Interview with Diane Jordan-Grizzard

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Cincinnati Ohio. However, as a young adult, I moved to Liberia West Africa to serve as a midwife. My experiences serving as a midwife, owning a secretarial service, volunteering with the World Health Organization in the Breast is Best Campaign, and witnessing the military coup, all influence my writing. This was a time when I discovered that all women and mothers want the same for their children and families. The only difference is a woman's access to resources and opportunities that enable her to dream that her family might have a better life than her own, and then believe that the dream can come true.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing as an adult when I discovered that I had a story to tell about my life in Liberia. I wanted to tell the story about Liberia's complex history from the point of view of the indigenous population, the group who had suffered second-class citizenship under the hands of the ruling-class, who are the descendants of free men and women from the United States prior to the Emancipation Proclamation.

Once I discovered my passion to write, I went to several national writing retreats where they taught the craft of writing and I met literary agents and editors, who taught the business of publishing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book has to do with my passion to discover what makes a person dream and believe that their dream can come true. I am curious about the distractions that get in the way of our dreams and what motivates us to retrieve a dream that we have sidelined, brush it off, and refocus our attention on manifesting it in our life.

My book, Are You Riding in the Back Seat of Your Own Dream, is a metaphor for being stuck and not moving forward in your dreams and aspirations. The women I interviewed share their stories of how they got back into the driver's seat of their dream.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords contributes to my success by making the electronic platform easily available and affordable. It is author-friendly and supportive. Smashwords is customer-friendly because it makes the book available across multiple electronic devices.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
While writing is definitely cathartic, my greatest joy comes from readers who resonate with my stories and who discover insights to improve their own life journey from the content.
What do your fans mean to you?
I could not be a successful writing without my fans. I am grateful for their interest and their willingness to purchase and read my work. Thank you!
What are you working on next?
Another book about women and their dreams.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Lalita Tademy, J. California Cooper, Tina McElroy Ansa, Gloria Naylor, and Alice Walker.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I get out of bed each day because I am driven to achieve my dreams and aspirations. I believe in possibilities and I know that I have to show up for them to manifest in my life. I love life and living.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I spend time reading, and helping others to achieve their dream through speaking and convening retreats.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover ebooks by reviewing Smashwords and other ebook platforms.
How do you approach cover design?
My approach to cover design is to think about the seminal message of the book. I want the cover design to dramatically illustrate that message. For example, Are You Riding in the Back Seat of Your Own Dream pictures a woman in the back seat of a car and reflecting on her dream.
Published 2013-08-30.
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Books by This Author

Are You Riding in the Back Seat of Your Own Dream?
By Diane Jordan-Grizzard
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,180. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013 by HeartStudio Books. Category: Nonfiction
Are You Riding in the Back Seat of Your Own Dream? is a metaphor for feeling stuck and not moving forward with your dreams and aspirations. This book brings together personal interviews of women from diverse occupations and lifestyles, providing insightful lessons that will inspire you to pick up your dream, brush it off, push against fear, and get back into the driver’s seat.