Ava James Interview Published on: 25, Feb 2020

What was your life like growing up? Tell us a funny story from your childhood.

I was a tomboy when I was young. Had to keep up with my brother, so always got in lots of adventures and trouble too.

What is one of your first stories you ever made up/wrote? Did you ever complete it?

I was about 18 years old and had my heart crushed. Yes I turned that piece of writing into a blog post on my current blog.

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer? Were your parents supportive of this choice of career?

I have always loved writing. I have so many notebooks, I think I get it from my dad. My parents have supported me in every venture of my life and I know that they are proud of me.

What kind of research do you do for your books and how long does it usually take?

It takes time. I love a quote by Stephen King which emphasises the importance of always reading. Research varies, sometimes it can take a few hours, other times days or even weeks.

How many authors do you know in real life? How have they helped you with your writing process?

I have met so many amazing authors via social media. Every one is so different as stimulates you to write in varied and diverse ways.

What inspired the plot of "How To Be An Inspirer Who Leads"? Were there some alternate endings you considered while writing this book?

The life of my dad. He was a leader. Now I look at my own professional path and aspire to be a leader who sets a positive example to influence others.

What is the key theme and/or message in the book, "Becoming A Wife 31 Short Prayers"?

To trust God with every important and life changing decision in your life. And learn the power of prayer.

What kind of research did you have to do for your book "Grief So Abrupt"?

This was based on my own experiences, so it comes from my heart. Kindly endorsed by a Minister and dear friend of our family for many decades.

What did you enjoy about writing "Beyond The Horizon"? What were some goals you were hoping to achieve with this book and do you think you did?

Heartbreak will affect us all. For me the story is what we do when we face pessimistic situations that is key to progression.

Who are your favourite authors? If you could collaborate with any author, who would it be and why?

I have to admit when I thought about this I couldn't single one author, then I remembered some of the greatest writers who are no longer with us, yet their words resound in quotes and books that inspire us forever. Once such person is Steve Jobs.

What is something that people don’t usually know about being an author?

A numerous amount of hard work that no one can ever understand happens behind the scenes.

How has being an author changed your life up till now and what are some new goals you've set for yourself?

Every day is a chance to learn new things and I cannot be grateful enough due to every day that presents lessons, blessings and opportunities that can be found in every corner.

What do you think are the characteristics that make a good writer?

Good focus. Hard work. Never stop reading. Don't give up. Are a few thoughts. I could write a book (smile :)

How do you think concepts such as Kindle, and e-books have changed the present or future of reading?

In major ways, because we don't have to walk into a physical book shop or library. In addition reading can be done anywhere.

When did you first learn about AllAuthor and how were you introduced to it? What are some ways the website has helped you?

To be honest, I am not 100% certain, but I a glad I found AllAuthor. They have supported me in many ways. Thank you!

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