Hello one and all! I’m back with the final installation on my series featuring women writers.
For the past few months I have been profiling the women writers who I am blessed to share publishing credit with in volume two of Voices from the Block. I’m not going to say I saved the best for last because all the women are simply amazing. As is Dawn Adams, today’s featured writer. Below is the interview I conducted with Dawn. I am so pleased to share it with you.
- What prompted you to pursue writing as a creative outlet? I was a voracious reader as a kid, so I guess it was rather natural for me to write as well. I was always jotting down thoughts, stories, phrases and poems that popped into my head.
- How do you get in the writing mood? I don’t have any type of ritual. As a matter of fact, I tend to write in spurts. My tag name is Nightwriter, which comes from a habit I have of waking up in the middle of the night and grabbing the notepad and pen on the bedside table and writing. A majority of my works have been sparked around two or three in the morning.
- How do you know when a poem, short story, novel, etc. is “finished?” It varies for me. There are times when I write straight through from concept to completion and I just know it’s done because it came together seamlessly and there is a peace about everything on the page. But there are the times when it comes one line at a time with days, weeks, months and even years in between before it all comes together.
- What or who has been your greatest writing influence? Oh, there’s not just one. There’s Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Stephen King, Carolyne Keene, Dr. Seuss, and the list goes on.
- Do you have a preferred writing form? Poetry, short story, scripts, essays, etc.? Poetry was my first love but I enjoy writing children’s stories and scripts also. I have yet to master the short story; however, I’m working on it.
- What are your future writing plans? I have a couple of contemporary adult novels and a children’s book series in the works currently.
- What do you say to people who tell you, “I want to write a book?” Just do it!
- What was your first thought when you held your first published work in your hands? (Silence)
- What was the most challenging thing about the publishing process for you? What was the most rewarding? The most challenging, I think, were the deadlines. I missed a few and had to negotiate additional time. The most rewarding was the feedback, I received. It’s always humbling to hear that something I’ve written has connected with someone in a deep and lasting way.
- How/What do you feel about the future of publishing? We’re in the digital era, which is great. I have Kindle and Nook apps on my phones, computers and tablets, so I understand the convenience and appreciate it. We have access to more content than ever before and from virtually anywhere in the world. But I’m still old school. I love the feel and smell of books, so my hope is that they never go away. When I think about the publishing process, I see self-publishing gaining even more prominence in the industry and becoming the norm. It has lost the stigma that was once attached to it. And in this age, where everyone wants to tell their story their way, self-publishing gives them the control that is not available in the traditional model, and that is encouraging to many would-be authors.
So now you know what I know. Dawn is not only a talented writer but also a poet, editor, trainer, cheerleader, philosopher, yoga practitioner, mother, entrepreneur, and so much more. I guarantee when you read her poetry in Voices you’ll be impressed.
I hope you enjoyed this series on women writers. It certainly put many smiles on my face to present it. If your summer reading list still has an open spot, I ask you to consider adding Voices from the Block. Thank you in advance, and happy reading!
Especially loved the answer to question 8. Great interview ladies x
Me too, Shay, a profound response to an important realization. I pray we can all keep that same sense of awe.
Oh yes x
Wonderful interview. It was nice to be reminded of what it felt like to hold our first published book. A nice reminder of how far we’ve come. 🙂
Yes, when I read Dawn’s response (or rather lack of), I got chills. What an accomplishment none of us should ever forget! Here’s to you Debbie and many more firsts.
Thank you Ann. Cheers! 🙂
Ann, I enjoyed your series on the book you compiled together! The individual people all have ability to be fascinating and articulate well. 🙂 🌹
Dawn, you really made me feel motivated to start fine-tuning the children’s books I have printed as pamphlets before. It was would be so cool to be able to hold in my hands something I have written and illustrated. Hugs to Ann and also, Dawn. ❤❤
Big hugs to you as well, Robin. Dawn is truly one of the most inspirational women I know. Her heart is as big as Texas and her smile too. It has been my joy to learn from her and stretch with her. Keep me posted on the children’s book process and remember the quote, “Nothing is impossible. The word itself has possible in it.”
I’m like you, Dawn–I write in spurts. I’ve started taking my phone everywhere so I can jot down ideas. Those are usually, my best writing.
Great idea, Jacqui! I’m going to adopt that practice. Thanks for sharing.
I loved the answers Dawn gave which do mean a lot to those people who are like me; still contemplating whether publishing is worth the effort.
The answers to which authors inspired you include some of my favorites: Carolyn Keene- I’m pretty sure everyone of us loved our Nancy Drew, intrepid detective! Maya Angelou spoke around Ohio which really brought me to tears, on occasion. Lastly, my brother taught in Cleveland in downtown elementary school. Dr. Seuss includes a lot of “truths” and great phonics, which we are a family who promotes good literature and the “basics” in education.
💐 Congratulations to Dawn on the awesome experience of being published and exciting new genres.
Ann, a superlative series of up and coming, plus established writers. Beautiful! 📖🕊
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You, my dear, are a jewel.
I just like to let people know when their post or story touched me, Ann. This was a lovely series and the book is going on my winter book list.
I lead a fairly simple life and really in my one bedroom apartment don’t have room for books but this will be an excellent choice I can read and pass it to my sister-in-law and brother.
Have a great rest of the week, Ann.
I so appreciate the support Robin, especially knowing we seem to have so little space, time and energy to devote to any one area of life. And in our case, reading also competes with spending time with those precious little ones. Again, I am glad you enjoyed the series and grateful you think the book worthy of reading. I am sending you so much love and light and well wishes for a lovely summer.
was very interesting!
Thanks! Big grin on my face :)!