Welcome back to writing Wednesday and you guessed it. I have another interview for you all today. This time with Kela Calvin, who is all the way from Virginia, but that’s all you’re getting from me for I’m going to let her do all the talking. And I’ll see you guys in a few.
- Please introduce yourself before we begin.
Hello, my name is Kela Calvin and I am from Hopewell, Virginia. I am the oldest of three siblings. I have an associate’s and bachelor’s degree in human services. Through writing, I aim to motivate and inspire others through the art of storytelling.
- Every writer has an origin story to tell, what’s yours?
My origin of writing began as a small child. I can remember being about seven years of age and my parents purchasing me my very first typewriter. I guess you can say that I was groomed into being a writer. I would always have notebooks and pencils on hand. My parents told me that I have always loved to write and that I’ve always had a vivid imagination. A writing assignment in the seventh grade led me to my writing journey.
- What was the first story, poem or novel you ever worked on?
In the seventh grade, the class was given an assignment to create a story and make it into a book. I can remember the name of my story. It was called The Attack of the Feet Monster. Long story short, I received the best grade in the class. I could hear my teacher snickering while reading and grading my story. She summoned me to read it in front of the entire class. The entire class laughed to tears. That is when I realized that I had a knack for writing. My Dad still has the book I created as a child to this day.
- What’s the hardest thing about writing?
Through the writing of my second novel, I learned that I am worthy to be respected and to live the life that I deserve to live. The book is entitled Worthy and honestly, I wrote through a lot of pain during this project. Through my past hurts in relationships, I was able to relate very much to my characters in the novel.
- What Genres do you write in and do you have a favorite?
I love to read thrillers, crime and mystery, fiction/urban fiction. However, I have begun to open up to reading other genres such as shifter novels.
- Why do you write?
I write because it is very therapeutic for me. Writing is my favorite outlet for self-expression. I also write poetry and perform spoken word poetry on occasion under the pseudonym therapeutic poet.
- Favorite author and/or book series?
A book series that I read recently that I really enjoyed was Said Books 1,2, and 3 by Author L’Amour Culture. Some of the family dynamics and cultures in this story were different from the norm, but this series was very interesting.
- Okay, the tough question here. It’s no secret that Mental health is important for writers. Seeing that I want to be more of an advocate for it, is there any advice you like to give to people to keep fighting, whether you’re dealing with it personally or know someone that is?
I was inspired to write my first book after receiving my Associate’s Degree in human services. I learned a lot about people with disabilities and I wanted to write a fictional, but relatable story regarding the stigmas and adversities that the disabled are faced with. I also wanted to shed light on the fact that people with mental health issues are also human, have feelings, have lives and families. I came up with the title Living Proof for my novel to motivate and inspire others who could relate to issues in the book as well as to inspire others who may be faced with trying times of their own life events. As I mentioned previously, writing has been very therapeutic for me throughout my lifetime. Once upon a time, I was a training specialist and case manager for individuals with intellectual disabilities and serious mental illnesses. Advocating for individuals in this capacity has always been dear to my heart.
- Before we leave is there anything you’re working on now or anything you have released?
I have two books published on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited entitled Worthy and Living Proof. Living Proof 2: When The Dust Settles will be published in the near future. I am also currently working on my first ever poetry book to be published. Stay tuned…
- Finally, anything you want to say to new writers/artists?
My advice to writers is to be true to your craft. Be confident that you have the ability to touch readers’ souls with your writing. Be as unique as possible. Make your work be the stand-a-lone read from everyone else. You may become discouraged at times, during and after the writing process, however, do not let it consume you.
There you have it folks and I hope you enjoyed that little interview today. If you enjoyed learning about Kela you can follow her Facebook, Instagram, and her Amazon page here. However, that’s all I have for you today. Just remember to read, write, and create whatever it is you’re doing and have fun doing it.
“You are young, gifted, and black. We must begin to tell our young, there’s a world waiting for you, yours is the quest that’s just begun.”
James Weldon Johnson.