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Interview with Jahzara, the Savvy Diva

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Jahzara, the Savvy Diva, knew from the moments she received accolades and laughter from her comedic short stories in grade school that she wanted to be a writer.

Jahzara holds a Master’s of Creative Writing Degree from Full Sail University and a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Journalism & Mass Media and Communications from the University of the District of Columbia.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The most challenging issue I faced while I was writing my book was overcoming the challenge of losing focus and discipline. Life has so many interruptions, and I had to make tough decisions to either choose the journey that my gift was destined to travel or succumb to the noise in the world around me. It’s a struggle, but I choose my gift.

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I first started writing this book last summer, but with a lot of interruptions. I finally put my foot down and forced myself to focus on what I wanted to write about, and then I took advantage of a sabbatical offered by my daily 9-5; which allows employees who have worked for seven years or more to take personal time off to focus on balancing their life.  My three-month sabbatical started on November 29, 2010, and I finished my book the morning of January 7, 2011, my son’s birthday.  When my sabbatical ended on February 28, 2011, I was proud and sad, because I completed one of my greatest accomplishments, used three months of free time wisely, but I had to face the reality of returning back to the office. If I had it to do all over again, I would’ve extended my time to at least six months. I can only imagine how much more prolific this Savvy Diva would’ve become with extra time to write without interruption.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published (if any)?

I really didn’t have any challenges to getting my book published. About seven years ago, my writing partner and I started a publishing company, Jahphut; to ensure our writing properties would be appropriately leveraged in the literary world.

Have you written a book that you have not been able to get published?  If so, can you share a little about it with us?

I have written another book, but I haven’t had difficulty getting it published. The book which is titled, If These Shoes Could Talk is actually the first book I started to write before I decided to write Savvy Diva’s Take On…44 Days of Observations. The difficulty I experienced with If These Shoes Could Talk, was seeking the perfect angle to enhance my story. However, I gained enough confidence and conflict for the story through my studies in my Master of Creative Writing Graduate program, so now, the completed script will be converted into a novel and will be published by my company Jahphut.

How did you come up with the title?

The title was the easiest part of the publishing process. I titled the book after my blog, Savvy Diva’s Take On…, which is a blog of random thoughts, with no rhyme or reason; just rants about life. The subtitle 44 Days of Random Thoughts & Observations came from the need to challenge myself to write frivolously, nonstop every day for two months until I had at least 60 days of content. Unfortunately, parent teacher conferences, birthday parties, deadlines for work (my 9am-5pm delight), household floods and maintenance interrupted the flow of creativity; ultimately leading me to make a choice between extending my deadline for another month without guaranteed success; or to chop down the initial day count. The good thing is, I have enough content to write at least two more volumes of Savvy Diva’s Take On…

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

I want to thank my readers in advance for their support and to let them know that Savvy Diva’s Take On…44 Days of Random Thoughts & Observations is a literary thrill ride of roller coasters and emotional relevance.

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