Guest Author - Sonya L. Wilson
Omar Tyree, author of such novel wonderful novels as “Flyy Girl” and “For the Love of Money” has been entertaining readers since 1992. This award winning novelist has come from his humble beginnings to become one of the most well known African American Writers.
Omar Rashad Tyree was born in 1969 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Philly and attended the prestigious Central High School. He graduated Central in 1987.
After Tyree graduated from high school, he was able to attend the University of Pittsburgh due to his participation in the challenge grant scholarship program. Tyree was recognized for his excellence in math and science by the Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society and was granted three thousand dollars toward his tuition .
At the University of Pittsburg, Tyree began studying to become a pharmacist like his mother. He soon discovered he had an uncanny writing ability and scored very high in reading comprehension. One of his earliest writings “The Diary of a Freshman” was placed in the counseling pamphlet of the school. Because of his abilities he was one of the small number of freshman who were allowed to take a creative writing class during the first year at the school. This honor was bestowed on him after he got an A in upper level freshman English.
In 1989 Tyree transferred to Howard University to explore his new interest in writing. During his final year at Howard, Tyree made history by becoming the only student to have a column published in the campus newspaper, The Hilltop. The column was named Food for Thought.
Omar Tyree graduated with honors with a degree in Print Journalism in 1991. Shorty after his graduation he worked as an assistant editor and report at a newspaper in Washington DC called “The Capitol Spotlight”. He sold advertising for the paper. After that Tyree became chief reporter of a black owned newspaper called “New Dimensions”. While working for “New Dimensions” he was working as a freelance writer for Washington View Magazine.
In 1992, Tyree founded MARS Productions and began publishing and writing books. At this time he published his first book titled, “Colored, On White Campus” The sales of this book earned him enough money to assist him in publishing “Flyy Girl” in April 1993. By July of the same year, Tyree was self employed.
In 1998, Tyree signed a deal with Simon and Schuster to write thirteen novels, including “A Do Right Man” and a hard cover reprint of Flyy Girl. Omar Tyree has been called the “literary king of self promotion”.
Omar Tyree continues to entertain us as with such books as “Sweet St. Louis”, “Diary of a Groupie”, “What They Want”, and others.
Tyree currently lives in North Carolina with his wife and two sons.