On Saturday, May 29, 2015, Ciequinita Vaughn had her book signing event on Pensacola Beach. Her new book “From the Streets to the Sanctuary” just hit the shelves about a month ago and she decided to take it to the beach to promote it. Cirquinita, aka, CiCi is not a native of Florida, instead she was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She moved to Pensacola in 2008 and decided to make Pensacola her home. CiCi is a member of Deliverance Tabernacle where she works as the Assistant Principal for their Preparatory Academy. She has been writing since she was a little girl, and stated, “I would find empty notebooks laying around the house and just start writing in them. It was like an escape from reality for me.” At the age of fifteen, CiCi entered into a national poetry contest and won. In addition, CiCi wrote her first novel at the age of fifteen called “No More Drama.” She never believed that she would one day become a published author.
CiCi used her book as an outlet not just to tell her story, but as a way to help so many others that are hurting and are going through some of the things she has had to deal with. For example, CiCi stated, “I have been through so much in my life at an early age. Molestation, rape, alcohol, substance abuse, broken relationship, broken family and much more.” God has given her the ability to be resilient and has healed her from so many scars that were left behind by people and life in general. This book tells others about her life, and the hope that she found in Jesus Christ who has helped her through all of her struggles. This book is intended to help the reader that is willing to allow God, through her writings, heal them. The book will cause the reader to hunger for the word of God and in the process CiCi believes that this book will deliver the reader, and allow them to have a life that is pleasing to God.
Ciequinita has already started on her next book that she will be writing over the summer during her vacation from school. She plans to finish it by the end of August and start the editing process, but CiCi says “At the end of the day, it is all in God’s timing.”