How did you know you wanted to be an author? I‘ve always liked to write since my second grade teacher had my class collectively journal their activities each day on one of the many black boards in our room. Mrs. Robbins was also responsible for reading to us each day and getting us hooked on books. Good writers are voracious readers.
After graduation from high school, I received a full scholarship to Point Park University in Pittsburgh and a degree in Journalism and Communications. Employed by both industry and educational institutions, I ‘ve written grants, curriculums, and many technical works; but throughout, I always taken time to write short stories, many of which were published in literary and small magazines. It was an easy jump from short story writing into longer novel length fiction.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? My advice for aspiring writers is to read, read, read the kind of things you want to write. Get yourself a good collegiate dictionary, unabridged Roget ‘s thesaurus, and the œThe Chicago Manual of Style. (Don ‘t rely on the internet for all your technical/grammatical information.) Join a writer ‘s group, either in your town or online. Lastly, sit down and write in the genre you enjoy and don ‘t ever be afraid to rewrite. In one of my novels, I wanted it to end with one particular sentence for effect. It took my editor and me at least eighteen tries together as we swapped ideas to reach that concluding sentence. And, above all ”don ‘t let others discourage you. Writing is a demanding, solitary, but satisfying life.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?I have no writing rituals or practices. I travel a lot. I switch between a laptop and regular computer with a large screen monitor. I try to write clean copy in the first draft which is a throwback to when I wrote commercials for radio and television in Scranton, PA. The sales department would sell an on-air spot scheduled for broadcasting ASAP. You had to not only get the copy right the first time, but also get it quickly into production to accommodate the clients.
However, I do fine-tune my fiction manuscripts until I have copy worthy for my editor ‘s eyes or the public ‘s viewing. My only œclose to ritual is a cup of coffee which often sits on my desk beside my computer.
What message to you want readers to remember?My mantra in life is: Never let anyone steal your joy. Therefore, when I write, it ‘s usually with a great deal of humorous dialogue, and it ‘s usually about family relationships and interactions. I want to entertain my readers. I love happy endings. But I want my readers to remember that life is tough and sometimes you have to struggle through it to get to a pleasant ending.
How can fans get in contact with you? Fans can contact me on my contact page on my website: http://www.judyanndavis.com or via my mailbox in the right hand upper corner on my blog, A Writer ‘s Revelations, http://www.judyanndavis.blogspot.com or by a special email just for fans: email@example.com