L.D. Collins (Aundrya Richardson) is the oldest of three and she was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida to her parents, Elder James Richardson and the late Minister Linda Richardson. Collins currently resides in Jacksonville where she's a senior at the University of North Florida and is preparing to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Sociology on April 27, 2018. Collins' journey as a writer began when she was just eleven and discovered her passion to write. At the time, Collins wasn't the strongest writer there was but she was determined to do what it took to improve as a writer so that she could create a story for others to read. The summer after young Collins completed sixth grade, she spent her entire summer vacation working on a series of short stories that she created entitled High School. The stories were about four teens in high school trying to stay focused on their studies while dealing with peer pressure. By the end of that summer, Collins had over 250 pages worth of stories that she spent time writing and by the time she finished middle school, she knew that she wanted to expand her initial story and take it to a place where a short story approach would no longer suffice.
In 2001, at age fifteen, Collins also began working on her first book and changed the title from High School to The Choice. As Collins continued working on her story, her parents knew that she would benefit greatly by learning how to type so that she could complete her stories a little quicker by gaining speed and accuracy when she typed her work. So in ninth grade, Collins took a introductory typing course where she learned the basics for typing and building speed. In addition to that, her parents purchased a game called Typing Tutor 7 which was a tutorial that not only gave you tips on learning how to type but there were different activities and games that challenged you to increase your speed and accuracy on the keyboard. As young Collins continued to learn in and outside of school, her skill for typing began to improve in the span of a year and by the start of her sophomore year, she was able to type around 50 wpm which made a difference as she continued working on her book and other writing endeavors.
Collins graduated from Buchholz High School in 2004 and in the fall of that year, she started her first year of higher learning at Santa Fe College where she first pursued English as her major and central area of focus. By December, a couple of months after young Collins turned nineteen, she started working for part-time for Publix while attending school and living at home. In addition to work and school, Collins continued to stay motivated to finish The Choice even if it was going to take her a little more time to have it completed. Tragedy hits young Collins and her family on Sunday, June 19, 2005 when her mother passed away due to an ongoing battle with kidney failure. She died at the age of 45 and would have turned 46-years-old on July 4th of that same year. Collins was very close to her mother and losing her was like losing her best friend and she didn't know how she or her family would recover from this loss. Much opposition came into her young life after her mother's death and for sometime, Collins put her writing and school on hold while she did what she could to process what had just taken place being that she wasn't in any way prepared to lose her mother at nineteen. The next year, in 2006 at age 20, Collins gained her first real experience as a young adult when she moved into her first apartment which was located near the college she attended. The transition wasn't easy and mistakes were made as she learned different things but she persevered and things in her life soon began to turn for the better despite the opposition she faced.
By this time, it had been year since her mother passed away and it had been a year since Collins had done any writing and she knew it was time to get back to it because she knew her mother would be pushing her to continue and to pursue if she was still living and it was Collins' desire to continue making her mother proud. In 2008, Collins had finally finished The Choice but she still wasn't ready to pursue publication for her novel. She spent the next four years after, reading and editing her work and making many changes to her initial story by making it better. Collins decided to work towards becoming a self-published author to avoid the risk of being taken advantage of or having her work compromised in any way by connecting to the wrong people. The journey had been long but Collins was enjoying every minute of it because she knew what she carried as a writer and she was confident that in due season, what she had before her would be read by many. In 2013, Collins graduated from Santa Fe College with her Associate of Arts Degree and she then transferred as a junior to the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. On November 11, 2016, Collins took the next step in making her dream a reality by self-publishing her debut novel, The Choice to Amazon, making it part one of a five part series that Collins created over the years she spent preparing this great story.