Faydra Deon is a creative author of many talents. Discover newfound realizations, inspirations and a jazzy reading list.
Having published several books, were they mostly poetry or different genres?
The books I’ve published are in several different genres, because I’ve actually published half of my current catalog under different pen names as well as my own name. None of the books I’ve published are poetry. I’m actually new to poetry in the sense that I really wasn’t aware that I had a poetic voice inside me.
How did you come about publishing your first book?
I’ve always planned to be a published author, but I wasn’t really interested in publishing traditionally. I actually have never been interested in publishing traditionally, and this was probably when the indie movement was just a thought in one person’s head; not mine but someone’s. I didn’t like the idea of signing a contract that gave away so much of my rights to my own intellectual property to some entity that would only publish on their schedule and as it suited them, so it just happened that when I was ready to publish my first book it was in the midst of the indie revolution. I started my own publishing company and published my first book, which was the root book of the axioms project. This was back in 2011.
What inspires you most and what would be an ultimate dream for your creative pursuits?
This is going to sound morbid, but I’m inspired by death.
I’m inspired by death in the sense that I don’t want to go to my grave never having gotten all this art out of me and made it available to anyone and everyone who might be interested in what I have to offer. My writing is a gift given to me by my Creator, and gifts are meant to be given, not kept to ourselves.
One of my axioms is “some people say tomorrow is not promised, but then they act like they’re going to live forever.” I know there’s no forever in this world for flesh-and-blood beings, so I’m inspired to be as creative as I can before I die. It’s why I have my hands in so many things: web design/develop, graphic design, publishing, editing, blogging, writing books, teaching, etc.
The ultimate dream for my creative pursuits is to have my work affect people’s lives in a positive way. On the one hand, I want to be a best-selling author. On the other hand, I want to leave a written legacy that people look at and say, “That chick has something to say, and it was amazing!”
Who are some of you favorite authors and how did they influence you?
I don’t have favorite authors as much as I have favorite books by really great authors. My all-time favorite book is “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, then “Kindred” by Octavia Butler, then “Long Distance Life” by Marita Golden. Then, in no particular order: “Temple of My Familiar” by Alice Walker; “Parting the Waters” by Taylor Branch; the entire Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer; “For colored girls who have considered suicide/When the rainbow is enuf” by Ntozake Shange; “The Feast of All Saints” by Anne Rice; “Milk In My Coffee” by Eric Jerome Dickey; “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee; “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe; “Native Son” by Richard Wright; “Climbing the Stairs” by Padma Venkatraman; “Night” by Elie Wiesel; “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez; “Casanegra” by Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes; the Fearless Jones series and “Futureland” by Walter Mosley; “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest J. Gaines; “Chiefs” by Stuart Woods; “The Hiding Place” by Corrie ten Boom; “A Time to Kill” by John Grisham; “The Hills Were Joyful Together” by Roger Mais; the Blue Hamilton series by Pearl Cleage; “Bailey’s Cafe” by Gloria Naylor; “Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine” by Bebe Moore Campbell; and about three thousand or so more.
Great writing influences me to pursue becoming a great writer myself. I’d like to think I have the mindset to emulate greatness, even though I’m not looking to imitate other writers in terms of style or audience, etc.. Greatness is my goal, and not for the arrogant sake of being thought of as great, but I would like to be thought of as a writer who went hard after her craft and who is willing to learn and take constructive criticism to become the best writer I can be.
Favorite place to write?
I don’t have one favorite place. I write anywhere an idea hits me. I’ll start writing in the middle of a conversation with someone. Haha.
If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I’d rather not read anything if I don’t have my choice from everything, but if I have to choose I’d say supply me with enough of what I need to write my own book day-after-day for the rest of my life, and I’ll go back to the beginning and start reading my never-ending book when I have writer’s pause and then write some more when the intermission is over. Haha.
If you could be fluent in any other language, what would it be?
If you could write anything that would come true or re-write history, what would the topic be about?
If I could write anything that would come true AND re-write history, both at the same time, I’d write a world where every human being manifests the ideals that “we are all acceptable as we are, we are all connected without exclusions and we all share equally in all the resources that exist in every aspect of life.” That would be the book that I would write.