About Avianna Lemonier:
Avianna Lemonier is an American author and poet, currently residing in Tallahassee, FL. With an educational background in psychology, Avianna Lemonier has used the gift of writing to uplift individuals of all backgrounds. Instilled with a strong sense of faith, her work is created to encourage. As an advocate for mental health support, Avianna Lemonier has contributed to and founded a number of projects that are dedicated to improving public awareness of positive mental health care.
What inspires you to write?
The thing that most inspires me to write is being able to use my personal experiences to inspire and encourage other people. Transparency is very important. I think that being transparent about the things that we struggle with can really help and encourage other people in their own lives.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Answering this question is so hard because there are so many authors that I love. Lately, I've been listening to a lot of voices from the past. Last year, I mostly read books written by black authors that made a profound impact on society at pivotal moments in history. I was reading a lot of James Baldwin and at one point I was reading Frederick Douglass' autobiography.
I think it's very encouraging to engage with writing that lets you know that you aren't alone. Sometimes we might think that our struggles are isolated but then we come across something from the past that lets us know that they aren't. At the moment, I'm very inspired by that.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is very simple. I usually only write when I feel like I have something to say. Once an idea comes to me, I decide how I would like to bring it to life – whether that be through a short story or a poem or something else and then I just write as the ideas come to me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don't usually interact with my characters but each of them does have their own personal soundtrack. Music is essential to my writing process. Most of the time when I get an idea, it's brought about by a song that I have listened to.
What advice would you give other writers?
My advice to other writers would be to write from the heart. When you do that, it doesn't really matter what other people think of your writing. If you know that you've given the best of yourself, that's all that matters.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I realized that I wanted to publish my first collection of poetry, I started reading articles about book publishing and many, many people suggested self-publishing so that's what I decided to do. I ended up really enjoying it and the freedom that it allows for.
I would advise new authors to choose how they are going to publish their books based on their own preferences. Self-publishing may not be for everyone just like traditional publishing isn't for everyone. When thinking about your writing career and the direction that you want to go in, consider your own goals and preferences.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that book publishing is headed for a bright future. Books are just as relevant and necessary as they have always been and I think that it is important that they continue to be used to ensure that everyone gets a chance to have their voice heard.
Personally, as an author that is mainly self-published, I feel that independence regarding authorship is being heavily promoted and encouraged and I believe that that is a wonderful thing for both self-published and traditional authors alike.
What genres do you write?: I write in a variety of genres but the main genres that I have published in are Poetry, Religion and Romance.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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