Interview with Davina Ellis

What is your writing process?
My writing process is I write ... like a short version of what I want to write. Then I go over it and fill in the details and then I go over it a 3rd time for more detail and mistakes
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up half my life in a middle class predominantly white neighborhood. It was hard being the only mixed child on the block. Then right before my teenage years we were forced to move into lower class neighborhood where I was the only mixed child with 2 white parents. The changes of the two types of lives influences me. It blows my mind how people on the same cultures and ethnicity can be so different.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing at age 13, I wrote poetry about the tragedy and struggles I endured and conquered.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind this book is my life. Ive lived a very "colorful" life. I'm a red headed step child, I'm black, white and jewish. I made it through poverty abuse and all kinds of drug addictions. It's a great story but at the same time I know there are things that I went through that people can identify with and see that I made it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I made the decision after I was published by a scam company and really everyone is going eBook.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me it's an escape, a time where I can be me without being scrutinized or judged.
What are you working on next?
Next I plan a second book in the red headed step child series.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What inspires me is the beauty of life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love cooking, music and movies. I don't like t.v. but I love a good thriller.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was about the fictional double life of myself.
What do you read for pleasure?
Books about psychology and the mind.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Throw a tomato and 100 other ways to be mean and nasty.
A Clock Work Orange
Animal Farm
The Shawshank Redemption
Malevolent Isosceles
Published 2016-10-24.
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