Creative, a dreamer, loving and helpful, those are just some of the words used to describe Antoinette Davis. “Nette” as she is called by her closest friends and family members, has always had a way with drama. She is a dreamer and she encourages others to do the same.
Antoinette attended Baltimore City public schools and went on to Strayer Business College where she majored in Business Management. Owning her own company was always in her plans she just didn’t know which direction she would go in. Antoinette stepped out on faith in 2009 and started her own business first selling artwork. A friend at the time asked her to write poetry for some of the artwork she was selling and from there the writer in her was birthed.
In 2010 she started writing poetry on book markers, journals, planners, and put together her first poetry book that included a CD of poetry to music. She shocked her family and herself when she completed a CD of spoken word entitles “A Scent Just for Her.” All of her writing seemed to gravitate to the spiritual side in her, when asked why she simply replied, “That’s where my heart is.”
Antoinette has self-published all of her writings thus far. After being asked numerous times by different people how to get started in writing and publishing a book, she started her own publishing company under the “It’s A Pleasure, Writing with You in Mind” brand as a way to give back to others, that’s the loving side to her we admire. Learn more about Antoinette by visiting her website at: www.antoinettewrites.com
BPM: Tell us about your new book. What topics are discussed? Available on Nook and Kindle?
My new book titled His Eyes are on the Sparrow takes place in 1972 in Baltimore, MD and it starts off in April of 1972 on a beautiful spring day with a young lady by the name of Veronica out shopping with her mother Hazel for a new wedding dress and by nightfall a finance is dead and a bride to be is facing life in prison and an eleven year little girl is left behind to be raised by her grandmother.
The topics discussed are single mothers working hard and trying to have relationships and trusting men enough to leave their children alone with the men they have fallen in love with. Also we discuss children holding on to anger towards their parent due to lack of protection. I also talk about forgiveness and losing faith in God when you feel that life has dealt you a major blow.
BPM: What was your hardest scene to write, the opening or the close?
The opening was the hardest scene to write because it starts off with a young girl being molested and that really hit home for me because that was an issue that I have had to deal with.
BPM: Do you try to deliver to readers what they want or let the characters guide your writing?
I let the characters guide my writing by almost becoming the character. My characters have their own voice and I just expand on that.
BPM: Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
I would have to say no. I want to touch on all subjects as long as it addresses life issues and the writing is thought provoking and it helps someone else.
BPM: Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others?
Love scenes are the hardest for me and I’m talking about when someone is hurt by another person because due to the fact they love them. I cry every time someone breaks up or is cheated on. I can’t take the heartaches because I am a hopeless romantic.
BPM: What made you want to become a writer? How long have you been writing?
This may be hard for some people to wrap their heads around but it is my truth. In 2010, I went through what I thought was a life changing experience. I was in a relationship and the person left me and married someone else in within four months. I couldn’t understand what happened so I set out to find myself and just fall in love with me. I ask God , “what do you want out of my life” and I got my answer to use my gifts and talents and one of them is story telling. I tell a story like a real DRAMA QUEEN so I dived into that and here I am.
BPM: How has writing impacted your life?
I am able to express myself in ways that I didn’t before and it has helped me help others. I have had countless of people tell me how my books impacted their life especially His Eyes are on the Sparrow, because it is about molestation. I am able to have conversations with people that I have never met and will probably never meet but I give them apart of me.
BPM: Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
Absolutely, it is a cleansing for me. Back in 1994 I was working in Jessup, Md as a correctional officer and I was brutally attacked by an inmate who is serving life. Emotionally it affected me and caused me to have anxiety and depression but mostly it left with a lot of anger however writing is the therapy that I needed and to think I spent all that money laying on someone’s couch talking about my feelings, LOL. Writing has given me the tools to challenge that energy and deliver something positive.
BPM: What was one of the most surprising things you learned from this project?
People need to talk to their children and not be afraid of what has happen but face it head on and stop letting predators run lose to hurt someone else even if it’s your son, brother, father, uncle and so on. We need to stop hiding stuff under the rug and let our children know we love them and we will protect them.
BPM: Share one specific point in your book that resonated with your present situation or journey.
Having the guts to tell a parent how you feel about the way they handled your life and then forgiving the parent and understanding they are human and prone to error.
BPM: Is there a specific place/space/state that you find inspiration in?
No, not really I can be at Panera Bread typing away or sitting at my desk at work or in my office at home. Life events inspire me.
BPM: Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It energizes me, I can stay up for hours just typing away. It’s all about what is going on in the lives of the characters and I wait for them to tell me when to stop.
BPM: What makes you forget about the world around you?
Knowing that there is a GOD and spending time with my love ones. My grandchildren, my mother and my partner in life.
BPM: What strengths did you use to achieve two major goals in life?
People telling me I could not and my mother and God telling me I can do anything I put my mind to.
BPM: What other projects are you working on at the present?
I started a nonprofit organization called a Sista Can’t Fly on One Wing for young females who a dealing with emotional and mental issues and I am working on part 2 of KARMA. I just finished up let the Truth Be Told the finale part 5)
BPM: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
FB: A Sista Can’t fly on One Wing
FB: It’s A Pleasure Writing with You in Mind