Today, author-of-all-trades Delizhia Jenkins pops in to discuss the illusive Muse, and how she started writing. Thanks for visiting, Delizhia!
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I have always been that person that never stuck to popular conventions, especially when it came to my first love: writing. I had learned early on that writing is an escape route to freedom, and as a writer I am entitled to take my own journey to wherever path my imagination leads me to. As a writer, I am granted an opportunity that many people are afraid to accept, and that is the ability to choose my own destiny or better yet, create one. When asked why I write what I write, the answer is simple: because I can.
I have yet to define myself as a writer, and maybe it is best that I do not. Right now my focus has been on the supernatural and paranormal ranging from romance to fantasy thrillers. However, the first book I published is an urban romance entitled Love At Last. No vampires, no werewolves or Faeries, no superhuman female heroes…just two people who finally found something that they had been searching for their entire lives: love. Moreover, I guess one might say that my writing is all over the place, or better yet, my imagination. I write what my muse tells me to; whenever he comes a calling whether it is 6:00 in the morning or 5:00 in the evening, his call is demanding, relentless, and unmerciful. And as a writer it is imperative that I heed to his call otherwise…he will find solace in the welcoming embrace of another writer or dreamer. That is the beauty of why I write what I write: the chaos, the intensity….the obsession. I live for it.
I write what I write because I like to read what I write. Is that a bit narcissistic? Perhaps, but I find that loving to read my own thoughts gives me an inside scoop of my own desires; my hidden answers to questions that consciously I refuse to acknowledge because my reality does not allow it to be so. I write what I write because a part of me lives in each and every one of the characters that I create; therefore a part of me is able to live in any one of my readers. I write what I write because there was once a point in my life when my voice was not strong enough to be heard, and now IT IS.
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About Delizhia Jenkins
There is not much to say about me. I wish I could say with honesty that writing was a destiny that simply fell into my lap; that I was meant to do this and in the next year or so my name will be written on the skyline; that I will be sitting on Oprah’s couch on her Next Chapter; and my work will be the next block buster. But I cannot. I will not. I am a 28-no excuse me, 29 year old woman with a long list of dreams and goals that have only been recently introduced to the light. So, what is there to say about me? Well, I used to write poems that eventually turned into song lyrics back in my teen years which led me to believe that I was going to be a ghostwriter for the likes of Destiny’s Child. Clearly that never happened. Just like every other passing whim of a dreamy eyed girl those words disappeared back into the ether perhaps to be syphoned back into the third dimension by some other dreamer with the heart to pursue their vision.
And then I unwillingly became an adult: and one can only guess how the cycle went; relationships, a relationship that eventually led to a child and a tumultuous road of ups and downs and disappointment. And then I got over myself and picked myself up. I put away the pen and sought more practical pursuits like giving college a final attempt. I decided to go through the for profit route: Westwood College. There, I was able to receive my Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice in three years leaving me feeling like my victory in accomplishing something was hollow. Now what?
I drifted. I did what adults have to do to take care of their families. I struggled, and in that struggle forgot about my ambitions on changing the world through some sort of activism to just hoping to land that position that would provide me with the stability that I was searching for. Throughout the pursuit of my education I was encouraged to write. “You’re an excellent story teller,” came one instructor. “Help me with my paper,” came a fellow student. I know, I know how does this relate to this particular point in my life? Looking back, I remembered. I remembered how much I enjoyed a good read. I remembered the many nights that my muse would haunt me with visions of vibrant and amazing characters begging me to bring them to life; to give them a story and a name and a purpose. I fought with myself; denying this sudden urge to become my own creator because I did not believe that I could write; and that my writing could affect someone somehow. I jotted down my ideas lest they end up forgotten and kept them safe until I was ready.
So, I bought a laptop, and it could not have come at a better time because as I was struggling with a great deal of emotional conflicts, I wrote an urban drama entitled Love At Last. Once that was accomplished, I gave one of the most challenging characters I created her story in Nubia Rising. As a fan of the L.A. Banks Vampire Huntress Legends series, I was inspired after her death in 2011 to create my own heroine. A heroine that would live on long after my time on earth is complete; and in that discovery, and in all of the hours of reading and research and bible studies (yes, Bible studies), I found her path which inevitably is my path.
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