Today, an interview with American Journal’s very own Daria DiGiovanni, discussing her various and sundry roles as journalist, talk show host, and ghostwriter.
1. I guess the standard questions for the average writer should be asked first. Bare with me: “How do you get your ideas?” ”A writer, don’t you have a real job?” Feel free to insert any other dumb questions you’ve heard from the general populace.
DD: To me, life experience is the best source of ideas. My first novel is based on actual events not only in my life, but in the lives of people I’ve known, whether friends, family or acquaintances. Of course, the names have been changed to protect the innocent – ha!
As for the “real job,” I spent many years in the corporate world, mostly in the financial industry, in various capacities from corporate communications to marketing to community relations outreach to recruiting. One of my favorite positions was writing e-proposals for a company that specializes in digital marketing for the hospitality industry. That experience helped tremendously in honing my descriptive writing abilities to give the reader a full sensory experience of a particular place, character or plot point.
Even now, I provide social media services for a variety of clients including authors and small businesses. Among other things, this involves setting up blogs, managing social media platforms, providing content, and navigating through the independent publishing process.
Dawn has been writing for 20 years, however she began Food Writing in 2010 after being dared – yes, dared – to write a Review for a Local Magazine. Thus began her “Story” of Dining Out. With a background in Film, Creative Writing, and Media, Dawn’s passion always comes down to words. She believes the power of words and story can transcend simplicity and create extraordinary. Having dined all around the world ignited something within: 4 Continents and 17 Countries later, every plate has a history and more importantly – a voice. Dawn’s approach to dining out is not simply to critique the food. She believes that the Entire Dining Experience should be unforgettable from decor and ambiance to food and service.
With a deep love of Art, Photography, Food, Wine, Hotels, and Travel, “ATOD Magazine: A Taste of Dawn” was created to help readers find a unique (and honest) guide to Restaurants, Visionaries, Artists, Hotels, Chefs, and Events around the globe:
“My pen is my voice. The keyboard my outlet. I have been writing since I picked up my first pencil. Words are my refuge. I can be anyone I want, I can speak without restriction, I can be bold. I have two 13-gallon bins filled with random things I’ve written since I was 12. I write about the things I am passionate about. The world, eating, breathing, art, photography, film, injustice. Writing is my oxygen. It nurtures my soul. As to how my journey began with ATOD, well – dining out has always been a phenomena to me. It’s extraordinary!
Eating out when we were kids was an absolute TREAT! We would get so excited if we knew we were going to a restaurant. Something about knowing we could order whatever we wanted seemed like Christmas come early. As we get older, ‘Eating Out’ takes on an entirely different meaning. Food becomes our escape, a memory made or shared with friends and people we love, it becomes the catalyst in an important business meeting, or even the excuse we need to have a little abandon. However I believe there is still a kid within us all. The little voice that sees a menu and secretly gets excited that the possibilities are endless and our saving grace is, we actually know what’s good. Eating out is simply life’s way of presenting us with yet another reason to engage our senses.
I suppose it was a natural evolution that I began writing about art in every form. It just seemed inevitable.”
There’s so much to discuss with such a multi-talented, inspirational guest as Dawn, so I hope you’ll call in to the program at (347) 945-7246 if you would like to pose a question to Dawn about her career, her company and her advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. If you’re seeking motivation from someone who’s worked hard and smart to achieve her dreams, this is the show for you!
You can listen live via your computer by clicking on this link to Writestream Tuesday with A Taste of Dawn, or listen by phone at (347) 945-7246. Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday, December 17 at 1 p.m. Eastern!
Many thanks to author Renee for her kind review of my social media training services!
Daria is a passionate entrepreneur committed to the success of her clients but also willing to stop and help her fellow author’s out when they have questions about social media. I recently reached out to Daria to better understand Twitter and after two sessions have gained a stronger understanding of Twitter and some new ideas about how to reach a wider market for my book using this outlet. I would recommend leveraging Daria’s social media expertise to help you gain maximum exposure for your work. You will find her enthusiastic and knowledgeable and a great resources for all things social media.
Need some help with social media? Contact me here.
Please join me on Tuesday, December 10 at 1 p.m. Eastern when I welcome the author of Red Sand, Ronan Cray, to the show. Ronan will talk about his writing career, his current book and his forthcoming book Dust Eaters, plus share his thoughts on social media, publishing and writing.
Here’s a description of Red Sand:
On this island, there are no survivors.
Lost meets Treasure Island in this riveting account of castaways on a desert island hunted on all sides. A rare blend of breathtaking action, deep character development, corporeal horror, and a believable story line brings this modern adventure to life.
When the cruise ship Princess Anne sinks at night in the middle of the Atlantic, strange, white-haired natives pluck seven survivors from the water. Delivered to a barren volcanic island and forced to work, the survivors disappear one by one as the natives, and the island itself, turn hostile. An old betrayal tears apart the native political structure as a hurricane threatens to bring to life the deadly secret of the island. With time running out, the natives and survivors alike form and break alliances to escape by any means possible.
Fear the natives. Fear the Island. Fear each other. Fear yourself.
If you miss Lost, don’t miss Red Sand. All the action, suspense, betrayal, and mystery you could ask for with scenes so swiftly terrifying you’ll gasp for air. Deeply human characters draw you in until horribly detailed descriptions end them. You’ll shut your eyes when it happens, but you’ll tell everyone about it the next day.
As always, the host and guest welcome your calls at (347) 945-7246 and your participation in the live chat room. Tune in to Writestream Tuesday on December 10 at 1 p.m. Eastern with guest, Ronan Cray!
As always, we welcome your calls at (347) 945-7246 and your participation in our live chat room. Click here to listen to the broadcast via your computer.
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