Writer Interview with Jan Davies

jan daviesJan Davies has a short story, “Saving Sheena”, and a memoir essay, “A February Christmas” in my anthology, Written Across the Genres (available on Amazon).

Jan is an independent business lady, President of the WiMe Group, Inc., who has always loved to write; poetry, journals, short and long stories and memoir.  Her passions are family, writing, reading, taking photographs of special moments, eating delectable foods, sipping distinct, flavorful wines, and laughing with friends. She travels to new, enchanted places with laptop and iPhone in hand.

Here is the interview with Jan Davies.

Julaina: How did you get the idea for your story?

Jan: With “Shaving Sheena”, I wanted to write a piece about a mature woman, her experiences as a widow, dating, and her grown children’s reactions.

Julaina: What is a writing day like for you?

Jan: I steal precious moments either before the sun rises or way after the sun goes down. When the house is quiet, my thoughts and words are allowed their freedom.

Julaina: What do you enjoy about writing?

Jan: Seeing my thoughts appear on paper and launch into a life of their own.

Julaina: What is the difficult part of writing?

Jan: Having the discipline to do it on a regular basis and taking the time needed to sit still and allow the creative thoughts to percolate in my mind.

Julaina: What are you working on now?

Jan: My plans are to pursue an artist for my children’s books. I want to take the next steps toward getting them published.

Julaina: Do you have a tip for aspiring writers?

Jan: It’s easy to say, “Do it”. The passion needs to come from within but a writer needs a support group. Find a writing group that is critical but nurturing for you to expand and grow.

Julaina: Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Jan: I want the readers of “Saving Sheena” to see the humor of how a mature, widowed mother of four grown children introduces a younger man into the family as her boyfriend. Sheena proves there is life after a spouse’s death.

Julaina: Sheena certainly surprises her children and the readers. Thanks, Jan, keep writing.

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For over twenty-five years, I've taught elementary grades, high school, and county special education classes. Now I am a field supervisor for teachers working toward their teaching credentials. I also teach writing classes in Dublin and Pleasanton, California. I have won 5 awards in short story contests, My stories are published in The California Writers Club Literary Review, and several anthologies including four times in Las Positas College collections. I have several book projects, but the two that have my immediate attention are HADA'S FOG, which is women's fiction, LILLI, a YA novel, and NORMAN IN THE PICTURE, a paranormal mystery. I have published an anthology WRITTEN ACROSS THE GENRES that includes writings from members of my writing classes and other writers. It's available on Amazon and Kindle.

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