DiAnne Malone is the guest in this episode of DOZ Show. She is a writer and founder of Who’s That Lady Blog. She is also a published author, college professor and administrator. DiAnne first fell in love with words at the age of three and became an avid reader from that point on. Writing for her came later and she published her first poem while in middle school. Writing what she terms bad poetry led her to dismiss writing by the time she got to college. But in graduate school, she picked up writing once again and by the time she had obtained her MFA in Creative Nonfiction, she had published a few pieces of nonfiction in literary journals across the United States. She has collaborated on several book projects including, 7 Women 7 Words: A Collection of Inspirational Essays. On this project, 7 women wrote personal essays on the words: HER, SHOES, IMAGE, ANGER, HIM, HELP, SEXY. DiAnne shares with us her exciting experiences of collaborating on this book project and others and being a college professor. Listen and be inspired to live a life full of meaning.
Author Nicki Jeffery is the guest in this episode of DOZ Show. She shares her journey to become a published author, a journey which began when she was a young child. Her very first rejection slip would inspire her to view rejection differently. It was from Cassandra Golds, who was assistant editor of School Magazine and was turning down Nicki’s work because the magazine did not publish children’s work. She said to Nicki in her letter, “I grew up to be a writer, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you do, too! I think you have some very exciting times ahead of you, Nicole – the joy of writing stories, the thrill of sending them off to people, perhaps even the delight of having them published. But remember, if you should happen to receive a rejection slip, even many, many rejection slips, don’t be discouraged – just try again!” With those words Nicki continued to pursue her dreams and has a folder full of rejection slips as evidence. But through the years her writing has been awarded at different times. In this interview she helps us see the blessing in rejection even as she speaks on using her writing to help many including mums suffering from post-natal depression, a condition she suffered from herself. Listen and be inspired to keep pursuing your dreams in spite of life’s challenges and rejections.