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Today in The Writer Spotlight: Virginia Davis!

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

How old are you and where are you from?

I am in my thirties, and I am originally from the Eastern Shore of MD, but I reside in the DC area.

Tell us more about your book!

Of course! The Mending is a poetry memoir that unveils my personal and triumphant journey from heartache to continuous healing. I wrote the majority of the poems while enduring a profoundly painful breakup that unearthed a multitude of unresolved issues from which I thought I had healed. I found myself traveling down a lengthy road of heartbreak and simultaneously nursing old wounds; the experience was treacherous, eye-opening, and devastating. When I was trying to surmount the intensity of everything that I was feeling — rejection, anger, hopelessness, etc., I wrote. I journaled, wrote affirmations, and composed poems that conveyed exactly what I was experiencing emotionally in the moment that I wrote them. It was cathartic and liberating, and after a certain amount of time, I realized that I had written myself from that broken and turmoiled space to a place of wholeness, acceptance, and perspective of what was happening. The Mending gives the readers front row seats to my entire healing process— they see the bad, the recurring anger, the crippling heartache, the envy; they also get to witness my mending and all of the beauty and awakening that comes with realizing that you’re on the right path to healing. This book is an honest, transparent, and poetic depiction of my choosing to transform my pain into personal power and art, in its most glorious form.

You’re sharing an elevator with a big name publisher. Pitch your book using 20 words or less!

I can’t do it in less than 20 words but here is my attempt.

My book is a story of hope and triumph; it is a poetic and captivating journey to healing and a reminder that true mending and self-growth can always take place, even amid the most gut-wrenching circumstances. I believe that my story will inspire others battling heartache and grief to do the necessary work to seek and obtain the healing that they, too, deserve.

What does your ideal writing space look like?

My ideal writing space is at my desk, which I keep surrounded by some of my favorite books and journals that are filled with my favorite quotes and affirmations. Typically, before I write, I light a vanilla-scented candle and/or burn some sage to set the ambiance for creativity to manifest. I also must have my speaker and my writing playlist on, which right now consists of a lot of Ari Lennox, HER, Jhene Aiko, Robert Glasper, Solange and a lot of other musicians. I am someone who thrives and is immensely inspired when in the presence of books, so I’m working on making my writing space a mini library, with some new bookshelves and more space for my journals. I am so excited about this project!!! Hopefully, once it’s finished, more books will come to fruition!

If your book was turned into a movie, who would play your main characters?

Great question! If my books were turned into a movie, I would play my main character. My pain and healing were both so great and surreal that I can’t fathom how someone else could project them, even though I know there are some great actresses out there! Someone would do an amazing job acting my story out, but I choose me, lol.

You’re stranded on an island, and only one character from any book can save you. Who are you picking?

If I were stranded on an island, I would choose Mama Ruby from The Upper Room by Mary Monroe to save me. Very random, but she would be the perfect person to do the job because she plays zero games and is hilarious! She would be the perfect source of comic relief that I would need in that circumstance.

Besides being a writer, what else do you enjoy?

Besides writing, I enjoy spending time with my daughter, who is almost two-years-old! I adore watching her develop and blossom into her own little awesome personality. I’ve never witnessed anything as miraculous and beautiful as her crossing her milestones, saying new words, and just being the joyous baby that she is.

I also enjoy teaching my students and playing a crucial part in their development as thinkers, readers, and writers in this world.

I enjoy reading and collecting journals as well.

Do you have any upcoming book promotions?

Right now, The Mending is available for just $9.99 in paperback and $5.99 via Kindle version. I am also releasing a new book soon, and I will have some book promotions for that. Stay tuned!

Where can readers buy your book? Post a link!

Readers can find my books on Amazon.

Post your social media usernames!

Instagram: @locs_and_lit

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