Welcome back to Writing Wednesday and today I have another interview with Adrienne Kelly. She’s a published author and a mother of two kids. But I won’t spoil the rest of this interview for you, so sit back and enjoy your time with her as much as I did.
- Please introduce yourself before we begin.
My name is Adrienne Kelly. I go by the pen name, Adrienne’Quinn. I wrote my first book, a memoir, that will be published Friday, July 24. I am the mother of a bustling boy, 2, and a princess girl, 6. I grew up in a small, country town by the name of Farrar, GA where my mother, two maternal siblings, and maternal side of the family resided. I have been a registered nurse for 8 years and started practicing as a Nurse Practitioner this year.
- Every writer has an origin story to tell, what’s yours?
I began therapy about 2 years ago and to see the progress I have made in the areas of spiritual and personal growth have at times taken my breath away, in gratitude. For years, I have journaled my prayers and wanted to infuse them into a book that was not solely religion-based. My book details my life as a once-fatherless daughter, single mom to two children by two different fathers, my struggles with relationships, both personal and familial, and my story of internal evolution.
- What was the first story, poem, or novel you ever worked on?
In middle school, I remember writing a fiction story based on my friends and I lives. Of course, with different character names and fluff. I remember my best friend, at the time, read it and thought it was good. It was handwritten on wide-ruled notebook paper and passed around to other classmates to read and try to guess who each character was displaying. I wish I would have kept it within reach, I’m sure I could read it and have a good laugh about the teenage years. I enjoy writing so much, even back then.
- What’s the hardest thing about writing?
The hardest thing about writing is knowing what you mean but trying to convey it with the write words so that the readers get the message clearly.
- What Genres do you write in and do you have a favorite?
My first official published book is a memoir and can also be listed as self-help. I really like writing in this genre of non-fiction. I think it brings a different level of accountability and authenticity to the book.
- Why do you write?
Writing for me is freeing and natural. The paper does not judge and it never gets tired of me telling my story.
- Favorite author and/or book series?
My favorite author is Iyanla Vanzant. Her book, “Yesterday I cried” was added to the collection of my saving graces.
- 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? (This is an optional question)
Mental health has become a recent popular topic but has always been a raw and taboo reality for many people for many years. Most of my experience with it has been in the healthcare field. Seeing many patients suffering from untreated mental illnesses and the lack of resources geared to holistically focus on treating the individual has been eye-opening.
Mental wellness exists in many different forms and should be of equal importance as eating healthy and exercising. Many people, especially, in the black culture suffer silently from the effects of childhood trauma, anxiety, and/or PTSD. Some people are shamed for even expressing signs of “weakness” when it comes to these mental illnesses. When I tell people that I am in therapy, the question is often followed with a confused facial expression and “what are you in therapy for”. My book details the normalcy of reaching out to a therapist, mentor, or experienced friend for help and direction when it comes to navigating stressful and good times in life.
- Before we leave is there anything you’re working on now or anything you have released?
My first book, titled Through Healed Lenses: Lessons of growth through relationship reflections, will be available on Amazon on July 24th
- Finally, anything you want to say to new writers/artists?
Do it! Finish the book, get the editor, publish it, and tell your story! Do it how you best see fit. You matter and your story matters and will save someone else’s life, even if it is just one person. Do not worry about the numbers. Focus on your soul’s satisfaction with telling your story.
The one thing I like about doing these interviews is that I learn a lot about the people I’m talking to. I have met people from all different walks of life and have learn how they each had their start up. Whether it started in Middle school, therapy, or later in life. We all have a different origin and it’s what makes all unique in way or another.
“Breathing Deeply and releasing fear will help you get to where you want to be.”