Featured Interview With Avianna Lemonier
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Avianna Lemonier is an American author and poet, currently residing in Tallahassee, FL. With an educational background in psychology, Avianna Lemonier has used the gift of writing to uplift individuals of all backgrounds. Instilled with a strong sense of faith, her work is created to encourage. As an advocate for mental health support, Avianna Lemonier has contributed to and founded a number of projects that are dedicated to improving public awareness of positive mental health care.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
When I was a little girl, my mother gave me a copy of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and I fell in love with it. I credit that book for being the reason why I wanted to become a writer and write stories.
My first “short story” was about a virus that threatens to destroy humanity. In it, the cure for the virus was orange peels (that’s all I could come up with at the time!). I wrote it when I was about seven or eight years old.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
It’s very difficult for me to choose my favorite author because I have been influenced by so many different writers. At the moment, I am reading a lot of books on theology and religion and my faith has been changed and so strengthened by what I have been reading. Last year, I read a lot of books by James Baldwin, Chinua Achebe, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison and many other talented black writers and I was so inspired by their work.
I enjoy reading all genres but my favorites are poetry, romance, historical fiction, suspense and sci-fi.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Recently, I wrote my first children’s book, Love Makes The World Go Round, and I am so excited about it. It was illustrated by a very talented artist named Abigail Tan and she did a phenomenal job with really bringing the idea that I had to life. I created Love Makes The World Go Round as a tribute to the people in my life that have loved and supported me.
I wanted to write something that would teach children the importance of really appreciating the relationships in our life that build us up.
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