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Interview with Yvonne Didway
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Interview with Yvonne Didway
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1. When did you start writing? Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I have loved to journal for as long as I can remember, but it wasn't until I was about thirteen that I really fell in love with writing fiction. Being a typical emotional teenage girl, I needed a way of expressing myself and I discovered my way was through writing stories. And when others around me began to notice my writing I began to see that I might be good at this. At first I was only going to pursue writing as a hobby on the side, but then last year I began to see that my heart and calling was writing.
2. Did you have a specific moment where you wanted to write this book, or was it over a period of time this desire grew? How did God lead you to accomplish this goal?
When I was thirteen I wrote a journal entry as a fiction piece instead of a typical, "Dear journal today I..." That piece was what started my novel, Reverse Forward. I had started another book before that, but threw it out because it was awful lol. I kept RF hidden in my journal for a long time until my mom found out and my sister in law at the time. They are the ones that really pushed me to finish and eventually publish. It took me about four years to finish and work up the nerve to let others read it. God completely stretched me out of my comfort zone and I grew unbelievably.
3. What was the biggest challenge you faced in writing? How about in publishing?
My biggest technical challenge was keeping the story's timeline straight. My overall biggest personal challenge was to simply finish. By the time I published I had probably written about ten different drafts of the novel because I just could not be satisfied and as a result the timeline of all the events got mixed up. The biggest challenge in publishing was getting over my own insecurities and anxieties. I was so nervous about others reading my work because that is a part of me. And of course there's always the thought, "someone is better than me." But The Lord used my family and friends to really help me push past that. God taught me that I needed to get over myself because He gave me this talent of writing for a reason and he would take care of me.
4. Do you have a favorite part of the book? What's the biggest thing God taught you while writing this book?
My favorite part of the book is Blair's letters to her mom. Those are the sections I think that so many people can relate to. I really enjoyed writing those. The letters draw the reader into the intrigue and mystery surrounding the main character's life. One of the first questions the reader deals with is what happened to Blair's mom? Where is she? God taught me through this fictitious relationship how powerful journaling can be, how we need an outlet to vent and explore our heart and our mind.
5. Have your own experiences in life shown up in your writing?
Oh for sure! RF has a lot that related to my life at the time. For example, the main character has three brothers such as I do. I believe that a writer writes from what they know (especially starting out). I mean I was never bullied or had my mother pass away, but things like being afraid or insecure for sure! Middle school is emotionally tough, so when I was writing about Blair's middle school years I pulled from my own emotional roller coaster.
6. Do you have an advice for other writers, or anything you would like to say specifically to the girls here at GGFG?
My advice to writers is to write when you are emotional. Whether that is when you are happy or sad or mad. Just write whatever comes out, (I call it "word vomit" haha). God created us as emotional beings and he uses that. Then go back later and read what you wrote and edit. Also find a tough love type friend and have them read what you write and tell their honest opinion. Gotta have tough skin for that though Haha. And lastly be confident in the beauty and gifts that The Lord has given you. He has a plan and wants to use you. Allow him to do his work in and through you.
7. Do you feel God is leading you to write more books?
Oh yes!! I am currently working on a discussion guide to go along with RF that explores a the deeper topics covered. I am also working on my second novel which is totally different than RF. It is a story that covers the topic of the different types of love. I'm super stoked about this one! It's a little scifi-y and has some action and of course a dab of romance. I'm so ready to see what God does with it!!
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