Hortencia Owens

Prolific Poet, Author, and Motivational Speaker

Author Hortencia Owens is a native of Aruba, Netherlands Antilles. She relocated to the United States as a child and completed her education with a degree in Nursing at Elizabeth Seton College, in Yonkers, New York. As a retired nurse from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs – Orlando VA Medical Center, Hortencia, also called “Tency,” is a prolific poet and motivational speaker. 

She is a member of the Central Florida Writers and Publishers Guild, a senior fitness instructor, and a community volunteer at the Ocala Civic Theater. The author is also writing her second book. Hortencia is a mother and grandmother residing in Ocala, Florida. She is known for making Tency’s Aruban Tea, a popular delicious beverage provided at concessions.

See my glory, read my story

About the Book

In the book, See My Glory, Read My Story, the author shares a message of hope, perseverance, survival, and encouragement through real life illustrations of being victimized, and life after abuse. For women who find themselves in similar situations, this book serves as a testament of faith and inner strength needed to overcome challenges associated with divorce, single parenting, and near-death experiences. 

The Award

Author of the Year

Hortencia Owens was selected as Author of the Year for 2019 by the Orlando Renaissance Writer’s Guild. She has served as a member of the organization for thirteen years.  “My book was a dream realized and published during the “Me Too” movement.  I hope the reader finds the courage to share her story,” notes Hortencia.


What a journey!!! What a book!!! It’s not often that I sit and read with such tenacity that I am spellbound to finish a story!! From the very first page, I was in awe with Hortencia’s life events. I couldn’t stop reading. For the next hours of my life, I became consumed in the depths and heights of the human spirit; the hills and valleys of mankind’s tolerance and endurance; and the overwhelming desire of one individual to, not only survive but to succeed! A powerful work of transparency!! 

Patsy J.

I love reading your book, I don’t read much anymore, but I could not put your book down. You are a very strong woman.  Like they say, “With God, all things are possible.” 

Glenda R.

I really enjoyed reading this book.  I could not put it down because it was extremely detailed. I felt as if I was watching a movie.  Her struggles as a child and as a single mother were heartfelt thru her highs and lows of life. She is a strong, amazing woman, who has a strong, amazing story.

Rose C.

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