I had a tough time getting my emails to this lovely lady, but I got it together. Avril Somerville is a woman on a mission- in her community, the book community and hopefully the world! She's a mom, educator and author and educator. Her book, A Journey Of Life On Purpose is more than a sharing of essays and poetry, it's life. Trials and victories for the female sex are pressed into the pages of her book and they create inner-strength and confidence. I'd love to see her speak!
Please enjoy my small set of questions; an opportunity to get to know this talented author and motivator. If you can, grab her book- available everywhere!
Please share a little about yourself: I’m a writer, wife, momma of three beautiful souls, friend, sister to many. I was born in the Caribbean in the Commonwealth of Dominica, grew up in Brooklyn and the Bronx, and have lived in the Northeast and Midwest. I enjoy working out and dancing; they both make me feel capable and strong.
Alyssa: When did you know you were destined to not just write a book but to become active. What set you onto this path?
Avril: I’ve always been a reader! Family members always seem to recall me with a book in my hand as a child, but I think I was more enamored with words and their inherent power early on. When I came to the United States at ten years old, I took to writing my thoughts in a composition book. Eventually, many of these thoughts became free verse and poetry. Composition books, for me, was where I found solace and quietude, where I was alone with my thoughts without the judgment and public sneer that comes with knowing you're different and displaced somehow. So, I’ve been a writer for quite a while; however, it was not until 2010 that I began to share my writing publicly. At my 40th birthday celebration, I declared to my friends that I would pursue a career as a full-time writer and I haven’t looked back since!
There’s always a story to be written, and even more to be read. I use my Life experiences and encounters as my canvas for writing material that help others navigate emotions and experiences that are transcendent such as struggles with vulnerability, feelings of inadequacy and/or other insecurities, tenuous relationships with our parents, and so on. These “issues,” while transcendent, are largely misunderstood and overly simplified. Because I believe that we’re more alike than we are different, my goal as a writer is to underscore these commonalities. If I can do this authentically, then there’s a good chance that what I write will resonate with someone needing the same validation.
As soon as I saw the new covers to this fun series, I knew I had to have them. Then when I'd discovered the story was based in an alternate Britain, with a huge chunk of Steam Punk- I definitely had to have them! Thanks to my reaching out to Kate Locke- I will soon have the chance. Till then, I've been reading up on her and the series.
In today's interview, I got to ask a bit about how she put together such a story and Check out her what she says!
Author Interview Series:
The Immortal Series-
Alyssa: What made you decide to become an author?
Kate: "I was 8 years old. My teacher asked us all to write a short story. When we were done, she read them to the class. Everyone laughed and clapped at the end. I remember thinking that I wanted more of that. That was the day I started writing."
My name is Brian Taylor and I’m the author of 12 Blackened Petals. This story is wild ride that is a part of a series. I’ve spent most of my life as an artist, and a fan of comic books and manga. I am also an anime nut. This story has been cooking in my head for probably four years now. It finally got the point where it wouldn’t shut up, so I had to turn it into a series of books.
I have been many things in my lifetime. I have been an artist, athlete, businessman, and now an author. Being a first-time author has been a very scary experience, but a fantastic one. 12 Blackened Petals was definitely a monumental undertaking because it is a story that spans several novels.
How did you come up with such a cool cover?
I’ve been an artist for about 33 years now. I knew that when I was writing this story, I wanted something pretty dynamic on the cover. But I could never figure out exactly what. However, by the end of the story, the writing process that is, I knew I had to start working on something awesome.
So believe it or not I took a picture with my cell phone of a friend of mine (who just so happens to be a world-class freerunner). The image went through several iterations before it evolved into the image that is on the cover now. I self-published through create space, and getting an image that would look good from their printers was kind of tricky. It took a little bit of patience and perseverance but I was finally able to develop a cover that I like.
Quick side note that image has about 50 photoshop layers, and the guy on the front was originally blonde with a man bun.
I introduce to you, Beverly Lee- a sweet friend in London! She's focused, determined and more than anything else- such a fun, lovely lady! After finally getting the time differences figured, we got together , via Skype and chatted for nearly an hour.
Also, she shared the heart and soul of her beautiful book, The Making of Gabriel Davenport. Now for some reason, the sound wasn't quite where it needed to be- so I had to edit the volume. You may want to turn up your sound a bit- or down depending on whether I'm laughing or not. Either way- enjoy the interview and my newest friend!
Hello! Today, you get to meet the wonderful Rhonda Ryde, author of Stella's Awakening! She's from Australia, a mum and a fantastic author who mastered the art of writing in First Person- 'gasp'! You have to read her amazing novel, but until then, find out how she came about such a special story with this interview!
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