We could all use a little more inspiration and spiritual guidance in our lives. Author and Minister Mary Davisson is devoted to providing just that. She is a women’s advocate, a motivational speaker, successful author, and minister. I had the opportunity to interview her about her two motivational books, “Step Into Greatness” and “Girl, Get Your Fight Back!”
Mary, where are you from?
Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is that my book, “Girl, Get Your Fight Back!” is doing very well.
When and why did you begin writing?
Wow! Good question. Well, it began with journaling. I’ve always been a “journaller.” Twice I was made to feel that my writing skills weren’t that great. However, I kept writing. I continue writing because something in me said, “Prove them wrong.” I like it when someone says I can’t do something. It fuels me to do the impossible, unimaginable, unbelievable, and the unthinkable.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Years ago, the coronary moment was when I began an online newsletter called Skindeep News and could see the readers’ response.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Again, someone tried, whether intentional or unintentional, to make me feel incompetent in my writing abilities. I shared it with one of my coaches and she encouraged me to share my writings with the world. She said, and I quote, “Girl, you have content. Let’s see what they have to say about it”. Guess what? You know it. The response was an overwhelming thumbs up!
Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes, I write from my heart mostly. Sometimes I do research on a particular topic or word and innately become inspired to write. If you give me a topic, I can write about it. I think I’m a phenomenal topical writer too. I’ve never used ghost writers. I like to write my own material. Lastly, many writers use outlines to write, I don’t construct an outline before I write.
How did you come up with the titles of your books?
Actually, I didn’t. My publishing company selected the titles. I selected the title of my chapters in the books.
Is there a message in your books that you want readers to grasp?
Absolutely! You are unique, an original, unstoppable, a genius and brilliant. You can do and be anything you want to be and don’t allow anyone else make you feel otherwise.
How much of the book is realistic?
All of my material is non-fiction, truth. I haven’t written any fiction books yet. But, I know I will in the future; definitely on my radar.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Events in my own life.
What books have most influenced your life?
I read mostly leadership books right now or women in leadership books. Depending on the season I’m in that’s what I’m inclined to read. To name a few, Sapphires by Terri McFadden; Enchanting by Jo Saxton; Romance Novels; Danielle Steele; The Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley; Suspense Novels; Sidney Sheldon; Jesus the CEO by Laurie Beth; Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels; 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell; Good to Great by Jim Collins; Michelle McKinney Hammond, all of her books and Willie Jolley, all of his books.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Michelle McKinney Hammond and Danielle Steele.
What book(s) are you reading now?
Mostly text books right now as I’ve returned to college. They have been a huge inspiration in my life at the moment.
Which of your books is your favorite?
I’d have to say, “Girl, Get Your Fight Back1”
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Willie Jolley Worldwide
Do you see writing as a career?
Unquestionably; without a doubt.
What would your ideal career be, if you couldn’t be an author?
First an entrepreneur, then I’d love to be a singer.
If you were to do your career as an author again, what would you do differently, and why?
I would love to self-publish. You have more of a say…. You get to manage all aspects of the publishing of the book.
Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
Sometimes I do. Yes, I do give attention to what others say about the book. It inspires me either way.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Yes. I would probably pick 2-3 authors instead of six.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’d have to say it began through my creative writing class in high school.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’m not writing anything but final papers for school right now.As I don’t have time to write outside of that.
Which of your books was the easiest/hardest to write?
Neither. Writing comes easy for me. I’ve never had writers block.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Yes, always have your own editor!
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Michelle Mckinney Hammond. Her books build confidence in the inner man, the inner you.
Do you have to travel much concerning your books?
Yes. But, I’ve been unable to do a lot of traveling because of school. But, I will be traveling again next year after school.
Who designed the covers?
Women Who Win; Elizabeth Felder
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes, stick with it!! Don’t allow anyone or anything to discourage you from fulfilling your dreams. Someone said, “Reach for the moon, you may land with the stars.” I say, “Reach for the stars and you’ll get the stars.”
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Writing is therapeutic for me, thus I write. Be you, do you on your way to being an even remarkable you! Life is full of circles, twists and turns; your time will come for the world to see who you really are and what you are made of. So, don’t quit! Always surround yourself with people who believe in you, your vision, and your abilities.
Thanks, Mary, for sharing a few moments with my readers. You can find Mary in her capacity as Minister at www.wellofwater.com and her books at Girl, Get Your Fight Back. “Step Into Greatness” will be out later this year.