Let me be the first to say Welcome to Arlena's Blog Page for My Interviews with Various Authors
Happy Holidays to all.....and let's welcome this Sunday, December 18, 2016 Author A. D......
biography of yourself here if you would like... which may include many of the questions below. I think you have several occupations….a teacher and something with the airlines? Any pets?
Hello! My name is Anita Davis, but when thinking about establishing my brand as an author, I wanted a name that would also sound good if I branched out into singing as well. I thought simply using my initials would cover me well in both fields, so I go by A.D. People mainly communicate with me on Facebook via my personal, but I do have an author page, @theauthorad, that I would love to use as my main author platform on Facebook. People who know me as an author, generally refer to me as A.D. I am 33 years old and currently single. Being single affords me plenty of time to follow my dreams and not have to consider someone else’s desires at the moment. I am a woman of many trades. I am a licensed cosmetologist and worked in a salon in my early twenties for a while before I decided I wanted to do something different. I went to Northern Illinois University and ultimately earned my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis on teaching middle school language arts and social science. I worked at an elementary school for seven years as a writing teacher. Being in that position helped me to hone my already critical eye to view writing from a different lense. I loved teaching writing and would often have to write examples on demand for the students to show them the process that a writer goes through to come up with ideas, first draft, etc. Although I had always been an avid reader and always wrote, whether it was short stories or in a journal, constantly having the discipline of writing in my face as a teacher reminded me of how much I actually loved writing. Five years into teaching, I decided to pursue a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Upon completion of the degree, I knew in my heart that writing is what I absolutely wanted to do. My passion shifted from being a classroom teacher to writing on a more full-time basis that I resigned from teaching. I went headfirst into writing and thought my first book, “Underneath It All” would make me millions overnight, thus providing me with no need to get a 9-5. I was wrong. When it hit me that I would still need additional income to sustain me until my books “put me on top” (LOL), my friend suggested that I become a flight attendant. I was opposed to the idea at first. Flying is not a passion of mine, but the more I thought about all of the benefits of being a flight attendant, the more I realized it could be the best fit for me at this juncture of my life. I applied and was hired at a regional carrier and after my first year, I settled into loving it. It truly affords me a lot of time to do what I love, write. So yes, I am a flying, teaching, (I still sub in a few school districts), writer. =)
Where are you from? Where are you living now? Where would you like to visit in the near future and why?
I would say being a writing teacher was my start at writing as I do now and by the time I finished my masters, I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that’s what I wanted to do. In fact, my first two books were two of the three stories I submitted for my thesis for the program. I was hooked and ready to hit the ground running as a writer upon my completion of the program. The best thing about being a writer is the freedom of thought. I love being able to choose how I want the characters’ stories to be told, even though they tend to take over and tell their own stories. LBS. There’s a saying that a reader can easily live a thousand lives via books. I believe the same can definitely be said for writers. Another thing I love about writing is that when done carefully, it should cause one to have more empathy for humans. When we write we have to create background stories for even the most unlovable characters. In doing so, it temporarily causes us to identify with them, at least to explain why they are who they are and why they do the things they do. With the understanding that humans are complex, that same allotment should be given to those we see daily. That’s not to say that any and all behavior is acceptable because of one’s background, but a writer should be slower to judge others because of the space we have to put ourselves in often to tell the antagonists story. I know for me, being a writer has made me more down to earth and compassionate than I once was. LBS
Where do you like to read? Can you name the readers a few books you have on your currently to read pile?
1. Underneath It All (Sisterhood Chronicles Book 1) Feb 16, 2014 (Christian Fiction/Contemporary Women’s Fiction)
I do write poems from time to time, but I wouldn’t compile them into a book of poetry. When I write poetry, it’s simply just a personal release for me. There are poems that I wrote in “Underneath It All” that you can check out if one reads the book.
I don’t have a blog page at this time.
What would you like the readers to take from your novels?
What genres do you write and why?
to music ...if so....who may we find you listening to?
What genres do you love to read and what five books would I find stacked on your bookshelf that you have read?
What may the reader find you doing when you are not writing and working on your novels?
What advice would you give other aspiring writers about your writing in general?
What advice and motivation would you give a reader who would like to become a writer/author?
Have you ever thought about doing audio?
Another thing that I would like to impress upon my readers is that my writing journey is definitely about maturing my storytelling with each book. I hope they see that too as they take this journey with me from book to book.
Please leave us an excerpt from your any of your novels that you think the readers would enjoy......
“Hi Pammie. How are you doing today?”
“She would be doing a lot better if she used her head instead of her hormones.”
“Momma, please stop being so dramatic. I know I made a mistake, but you don’t have to keep throwing it in my face.”
“Well, I ain’t gon’ do it behind your back. Open rebuke is good for you.”
Pam stood silent brooding. She wanted to let her mother have a good tongue lashing at times, but she knew better than that. She took a big gulp of her water trying to calm herself down. “Don’t worry momma, as soon as my place is done I’ll be out of your hair.”
“You’re not in my hair, you’re in my house. I raised you better than being somebody’s fool. I don’t understand why you didn’t do your homework on him. I don’t care how charming he may have been, you shouldn’t have been his fool. Ain’t no man worth your salvation. Had you took the time to get to know him, brought him here to meet us, I would have been able to judge his character. That’s why your brothers’ marriages have lasted as long as they have. I met their wives, assessed their characters, and confirmed to both of my sons that each of their women were a great catch.”
“Eilene, be quiet. You aren’t always right. Sometimes you have to let kids learn from their own mistakes.”
“Kids? She ain’t a kid. She’s thirty-two years old.”
“I know that momma, you remind me of my age and what I did every day.” Pam took a deep breath. “I wish you would be here to comfort me while I’m learning from my mistakes instead of condemning me. You make me feel like I’m not wanted here.” Pam stormed out, but her exit wasn’t as productive as she would have liked it to be. She ended up in her room in her parents’ house."
A.D. where can we follow you?
A.D. I want to thank you for this absolutely wonderful interview. I have learned so much about you that I know your readers will enjoy knowing. You are truly one super lady and I am so glad to have met you personally and know that you are a real 😊 person and truly a author of some wonderful novels. For all readers who haven't picked up one of Author A. D.'s novel please do ...you will not be disappointed at all. At the bottom of this review please feel free to leave A. D. a comment. Thanks!