“As overwhelming as it could sometimes be, failure was not an option.”


“Life in Its Rawest Form is a great book, worth the read. When someone is as open about their life as the author was, you can’t help but to root for them. This book grabbed my attention from page 1 and kept it to the end.”

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Life in Its Rawest Form

This is the story of Qiana – a young girl whose body and soul are battered by abuse, neglect, and abandonment. She grows up in an environment impoverished by drug and alcohol addicted parents. She dreams of and hopes for a better life, wishing she could morph into a life of pure peace and happiness. But extenuating circumstances throughout her childhood and young adulthood prevent her from enjoying that life.

Instead, the adversity and oppression she and her siblings frequently endure keep that nostalgic dream tucked away in a far-off place. This young Qiana often wonders why she was born into these circumstances, and why others, perhaps more deserving of such circumstances, were not. She questions whether God is punishing her for being born. She has a hard time understanding why anyone, especially a child, must endure so much pain and hardship.

Eventually, the young girl is separated from her family and placed in foster homes, group homes, and shelters.

“Regardless of how dark the past may have been, there is always hope for a brighter future.”

When she becomes a mother at the age of 15, her hopes for a brighter future diminish somewhat, yet she continues to believe that future will be possible. Her journey is riddled with struggles. Nothing comes easy. She perseveres, scars from the past being the only real help she has. Somehow, she figures out how to use her scars and experiences as opportunities for the future she’s dreamed of for so long. Regardless of the odds, Qiana relentlessly searches for the future of her dreams – and she triumphs. 

Life in Its Rawest Form is an inspiring true story of how far hope in the heart of a young, abused, and disadvantaged child can take her.

Paperback: 222 pages

Publisher: Words of Inspiration Publishing (May 22, 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0998618004

ISBN-13: 978-0998618005

Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches

Available in Paperback and ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online retailers

Distribution through Ingram for bookstores & libraries


Qiana understands that in order to have a better outcome for the future, she has to think differently.Among her toughest challenges are not allowing her mother’s addictions and poor choices to affect her own choices, and not following in her mother’s footsteps and those of others around her.

“I couldn’t give up or look back, because no one else had my back. The more I understood that, the more I pushed myself to work harder each day.”

With a sliver of hope, with cuts, bruises, and a wounded spirit, Qiana is fiercely determined to persevere in conquering her past and to exceed society’s expectations. Her misfortunes inspire her to forge a better future. Though not a single day is easy as she pursues her dream, she never stops dreaming,and she never gives up. She works tirelessly, she overcomes old obstacles—and, early on, she achieves success. Qiana’s journey for a better life ends in triumph!

Qiana’s marvelous story of hope, inspiration, determination, and her tested formula for success can help others who want to beat their own odds—regardless of what has come before—to triumph over the impossible.

Also Written by Author Qiana Hicks

Companion Workbook

Companion Workbook

I wrote this Companion Workbook to Life In Its Rawest Form to help empower you – no matter what your background – to overcome challenges from your past. Challenges that may be holding you back from achieving your best possible life.

Growing up, I dreamed of a better future, but I had no one in my life who could just hand it to me. So, it was up to me. I figured out how to plan for my future by setting goals for myself. And, one day at a time, I accomplished each goal.

How did I turn my dreams into plans, goals, and a better future? My “formula,” and how it can help you, is all laid out and waiting for you in the Companion Workbook.

This workbook will be your “toolkit” to guide you in setting attainable goals and creating plans and strategies that give you power over your past.

I’m putting my tools into your hands.

Use them, as instructed throughout the Companion Workbook, and watch how you’ll be making better decisions that will lead to a brighter future. Whether you’re a child, a youth, or an adult, you’ll learn how to proactively seek opportunities that will make your life better and improve your circumstances.

Others who will benefit from the Companion Workbook …

Family services agencies, educators, foster homes, group home staff and administrators, mentors, youth advocates, community outreach programs, those who work with disadvantaged youth, youth who are at risk, teen parents, drug-and alcohol-addicted parents, family members or friends of families battling drug and/or alcohol addiction.

Companion Workbook will help you help others to break away from destructive and disruptive influences that practically guarantee that the cycle repeats for yet another generation. It will help family and friends of drug- or alcohol-addicted loved ones know how to help them.

Companion Workbook: 7 chapters that will change your life (for the better)

Each chapter includes interactive exercises and information to inspire you, uplift you, and improve your situation and circumstances.

Chapter 1. Families Battling Addiction

Chapter 1 discusses common issues and concerns that exist within families where one or both parents battle drug or alcohol addiction.

Exercises include defining how do their addiction(s) affect you? Express your thoughts and feelings, then share them with your parent(s). Make them aware of how their behavior affects your behavior. Share your hopes that they will change for the better.

Chapter 2. Families In Transition

Chapter 2 focuses on making you aware of how transition will affect you and your family. We identify how family service professionals can help minimize the impact of the process. We also explore how to effectively cope with the changes you’ll experience.

In my book, Life In Its Rawest Form, I talk about my experiences and how they impacted my life. I describe my emotional rollercoaster, my challenges with living in temporary placement facilities, and the types of help I wished I’d had to manage my transition positively.

Chapter 3. Teenage Pregnancy

Chapter 3 discusses opportunities for getting the help and support I wasn’t fortunate enough to have, to prevent or lessen chances of becoming an adolescent parent. We explore prevention methods, and, if you’re already an adolescent parent, we provide options that offer a brighter future. Some of the topics we’ll cover are:

Preventive Measures:

  • Ways to prevent teenage pregnancy
  • Love and relationships without sex
  • Ways to use time constructively


  • Acknowledge the reason(s) you became a parent
  • Understand the consequences
  • Know the impact on you and others

Defeating the Odds:

  • A plan for a brighter future
  • Better decision-making
  • Overcoming obstacles early on
  • Not letting your current situation define your future

Breaking the Cycle:

  • Dare to be different
  • Learn from your past
  • Be an example to others
  • Do not let your surroundings influence you

Chapter 4. Setting Goals

Chapter 4’s main goal is to define goals – short- and long-term – and develop a plan for executing them.

What goes into achieving goals? Hard work and sacrifices. We also discuss that aspect.

Chapter 5. Choosing The Right Role Model For You

It’s vitally important to your future to choose the right role model. Chapter 5 discusses good role models and not-so-good role models. You’ll learn how to distinguish between the two, and how to steer clear of the not-so-good ones. You’ll identify which qualities and characteristics to look for when deciding on the best role model for you.

Chapter 6. Leaving The Past In The Past

Chapter 6 explores methods for effectively acknowledging and dealing with our past. We identify ways to live with our past without letting it create unhealthy behavior or post-traumatic stress.

Chapter 7. Managing Your Emotions

Life doesn’t always happen the way we want it to happen. At times, we’re faced with situations that are out of our control and that challenge us to find solutions. Chapter 7 helps you to become aware of your emotions, identify with them, and create opportunities to manage them effectively. You’ll improve your life and the situation at hand.

The best part of owning Workbook Companion? You can use it more than once. Use it regularly, use it as a reference guide to track your progress. Share it with others, so they can know how they can help you.