My first and middle name. My pen name. I was named after the famous impressionistic painting called Water Lillies by the artist himself. My mom saw it at a garage sale when she was pregnant with me. She was eighteen, still in continuation high school, suffering the abuse of my bio dad who later went to prison for felony drug trafficking charges. I’m one of those stories you read about where someone rose above the odds, a flower bursting through the concrete. My secret; follow the pull inside of the heart. Do whatever it takes to get to where it’s leading – no matter what it takes.