Her first publication came as a sophomore in high-school when she was honored as one of the young authors in her district. The second came just a year later. Both were poems, and that’s where she found her beginning. Poetry allowed her to practice with wordplay and structure. She didn’t know it yet, but she was training herself in the art of writing. Her traditional poetry was later transformed into spoken word poetry.
After seeing Jessica Care Moore perform on the Apollo and watching the way people embraced her words, Lexcee knew then that this was an art form in which she wanted to be a part. She was learning how to strategically place words for power and impact in order to tell complete stories in under two minutes. Three and four years later she found herself winning East Carolina University’s own Apollo night doing spoken word. Student by day and writer by night.
With an undergraduate degree in Mass Communications and English, and two Master’s in English Education and Business, Reel has worked as a public educator for 10 years and as a specialist for middle and high schools another seven. Her full-time job is demanding, and since writing has always been therapeutic for her, she often rises early to write–releasing stress and capturing her freshest thoughts before daybreak. Writer by night and professional by day. Lexcee Reel is a pseudonym used to set her new genres and business endeavors apart from her other works and missions that are more inspirational, self-help devotionals.
The Caroline Peatree Gibbs Series is the first round of fiction books from Mrs. Reel, and Accidents of Attraction is the first book within that series. This genre of her writing appeals to an audience who needs scandal, drama and a little bit of Jesus and justice. Yes. Her characters are flawed, but then again, aren’t we all?
Reel is also a long-standing playwright and plans to bring her books to life. So, don’t be surprised when you find characters you have grown to love (or hate) on a stage near you!