Interview with Jennifer L. Davidson
Author of Crossing Carol, Justice for Julia and Missing Maggie
When did you first know you wanted to be an author?
Whereas I've always loved reading and writing, it took me a long time to realize I wanted to be an author. I started my college career in civil engineering, with calculus and chemistry and everything my mind struggles to comprehend. I was okay with making up numbers and crossing my fingers that my measurements would work out. As you can imagine, that wasn't a good plan. But skip ahead 20 years and things have really turned themselves around for the better. I'm now the author of three books with another one in the final stages of editing, and I'm able to share my passion for writing with all of you.
Who first inspired you to write?
One person who inspired me to write was Thomas Matchie, a literature and language professor at North Dakota State University where I earned a degree in English. He was always so passionate about everything he taught us, and I looked forward to going to class and listening to him. He made me want to feel as excited about literature as he was, because on multiple occasions he would shout, throw his hands in the air, and then ask us if we were as thrilled as he was when an author chose to use colors or other symbolism to show a character's emotions. He made learning fun!
What advice can you give to a young writer?
Be strong, courageous, and keep working to find your voice. Writing isn't easy and sometimes you'll feel like quitting. But in the end, your heart and head will come to an agreement and convince you to persevere. You'll write because you need to, not because you want to. And if you listen carefully, your voice will spill out onto the page.