Make no mistake about it, every single person on the face of this planet has an opinion and most aren't afraid to voice it, be ostracized because of it, unfriended at the tone of it, or simply looked at as weird, unforgiving and downright rude because you expressed it. Speaking up and owning your voice is a cocky move and you should be prepared for those who just don't and will never get it. So, make sure your skin is thick and your sensitivity meter is turned all the way down, past zero.
What makes a person feel bold enough to say exactly what's on their mind without thinking twice? Some are born this way, with aggression and fierceness so powerful that everyone not only sits up and listens, but they dare not say anything against what you have just proclaimed as the truth. Some are a little meek and take their time finding their true voice, but once they arrive it's like new energy has been lifted and those in the path better take cover, and quick! I hope you're ready because this level of awesomeness is not for everyone.
Julie M. Tuttle who is an amazing author and chef reached out to me and asked if I would be a part of her Featured Foodie Interview. It was an honor to speak with her and tell her more about my writing journey. See what I have to say below!
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND HOW WE CAN CONNECT WITH YOU. What you see with my work is always authentic. I have many things swirling around in my head, so you never know what you are going to get. My website is where you can find my blog, a bit more about me and a few of my favorite pictures. www.ajsdiary.com/blog. Instagram: www.instagram.com/simplymeaj and on twitter I can be found @Ajonesy8)
WHAT IS THE NAME OF YOUR BLOG OR BOOK AND HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? AJ’s Diary. I started in 2018, I’ve always had so much to say and so many thoughts in my head and had an idea to bring that to life in a broader approach, so I started my website.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Mexican, the sauces and the flavors create this excitement within me that make me want to dance. Literally!
WHAT FOODS DO YOU CRAVE ALL THE TIME? Rice. I’ve loved it since I was a little girl. A little butter and a pinch of salt and I have a meal
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD? Homemade soup
IF YOU COULD LEARN HOW TO MAKE ANY FOOD WHAT WOULD IT BE? Gnocchi
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING A BLOGGER, WRITER, OR AUTHOR? Speaking from my heart. I love the ability to create something that not only I have enjoyed but others have as well.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR NEW WRITERS JUST STARTING OUT? Don’t be too critical of yourself. Just go with your first instinct. As you continue writing, you will see how much you have changed over time.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN? Garden. I like watching things grow. It’s amazing
WHAT HELPS YOU TO STAY MOTIVATED AND KEEP WRITING? Quite simply, the passion for it. It makes me feel so good.
HOW DO YOU ATTRACT NEW READERS? Of all the social media platforms, I would have to say Twitter is the most active, so I do most of my promoting there.
WHAT HAS INFLUENCED YOU THE MOST AS A WRITER? Other writers who have paved the way. Whether new or seasoned.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GENRE TO READ? Fables.
WHAT ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW? Just started The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
WHAT IS SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW? I am a huge tattoo lover. Working on my idea for a beautiful sleeve
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE TO LISTEN TO? Every single thing that has a beat. If I can groove to it I’m adding it to my music library.
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN ANY BOOK WHAT WOULD IT BE? Tara Road by Maeve Binchy. I fell in complete and total love with this book. It’s like I was there.
WHO ARE YOUR TOP THREE FAVORITE AUTHORS? Maeve Binchy, James Patterson & Clive Barker
DO YOU HAVE ANY BLOGS OR BOOKS YOU CAN RECOMMEND? I highly recommend The Thief of Always by Clive Barker. Also, Any and Everything written by Maeve Binchy.
IF YOU COULD HAVE SUPERPOWERS WHAT WOULD THEY BE? Eradicate hatred from hearts.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY OF WRITING LOOK LIKE FOR YOU? I never have a draft, I have the thought that came to me at 3 a.m. and I start there. I edit it over and over to ensure it flows. Once I feel that it is ready to be published, I pour myself a glass of wine in celebration.
WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW? Started my first book at the beginning of this year, still going, not sure when it will be published but it’s coming.
ANY OTHER INFORMATION YOU WOULD LIKE TO INCLUDE TO OUR READERS? I always want to know what they think about my work, but most importantly I appreciate their support. And just stay tuned to see what I’m up to next.
Thank you Alicia for such a great interview!
If you are a fellow writer, author, or blogger and want your own interview go to https://noshwithchefjulie.com/contact/
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AJ writes & blogs from her home in Atlanta, GA. You can also find her work as a contributing writer at www.groovmagazine.com
"This is how you do it; you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard." -Neil Gaiman