Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Anita Burkett although I started out with my pen-Jada Elise Mitchell. I am close to reaching a milestone, but people usually tell me I look ten years younger. Do I need to say more? lol
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in the U.S. in Arkansas.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have a B.A. in psychology and I was married later in life.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is starting my next book which is a collection of stories. Prior to that I began submitting stories for MCWA or Mississippi Christian Writers Association.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing around 2010 although it wasn’t published until 2013. I began writing after Jesus impressed on me to write about a certain situation.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I guess I considered myself a writer when I first saw the cover of my first book by the original publisher.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was sitting in church on a Sunday night when I felt led by Jesus to write about the hurtful things people say when trying to comfort those that have lost loved ones.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I use very concrete titles with no imagination at all. The title Mike and Me and the subtitles are about exactly that. It’s about a wonderful man named Mike and me.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write religious non-fiction to inspire and I also add my paintings to help tell the story. I am not geared to write fiction.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
All of my books, so far, are about real-life experiences and people I know or have known.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
The most I have travelled to sell or advertise my books is about 45 minutes. The internet is a wonderful tool and it has taken me several states away.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My first book cover was from the original publisher. They went out of business so it was revised with a cover from the new publisher. The second book cover was part of theirs with a picture added that was created by my young niece on the computer. My third book cover was partly the publishers with a picture of one of my paintings added. The fourth book I plan to do the same.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In my first book esp. I want readers to know that the old childhood adage is not true. I.E. Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Words can uplift or hurt.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I love reading cozy murder mysteries with no curse words or inappropriate material but I don’t think they are new authors. Fairly new authors I love are C.C. Warrens and Amada Sue King. They have the same type stories but take around eight hours to read and are probably not cozys.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My pastor supported me and he was the first person I told. He gave me helpful direction.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I see writing as a ministry but not a career. With each book I thought it was my last and was surprised when the idea for the next one came to me.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I would not change anything about my latest book.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned a great deal while writing my last book because it took me places that I had not been in years. I became more aware of my testimony of what Jesus has done for me.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I do not pay much attention to the movie stars and their movies so it would be hard to name a person to play me. Perhaps someone more like Mary Poppins lol
.Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
My advice for other writers is to write about what you are passionate about, don’t give up, self-publish, don’t expect all family and friends to support you, and think more on how you are helping people vs. the amount of sales, and learn from your mistakes.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I am thankful that my readers took the time to read them, give a review, and encourage me. I pray that they all got at least a little something from my writings.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I last read Sea Salt Caramel Murder and will begin reading Georgia Peach Truffle Murder both by Wendy Meadows.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I don’t recall the first book I read but do recall the Little Train That Could and Henny Penny-The Sky Is Falling.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I laugh or cry many times when people show me love or when recalling crazy times in my younger days.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet my grandmother and Mike. But as far as a stranger, I can’t think of anyone. If I thought long enough I am sure there would be someone come to mind.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I love to read and I do paint. But I am just coming off of a nearly nine-month break from my paints.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I mostly watch the news and old TV shows like Father Knows Best, Leave It to Beaver etc. But in the past, I was always watching hours of shows that I had taped.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favorite food is Mexican although Popeye’s Chicken is a close second. But I have been eating healthy for months and have not had any of it. I love the color purple and gospel music.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
If I didn’t write I would still read and probably paint. But I hope that I keep writing.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
In my last 24 hours I would read the best book of all time-The Holy Bible, pray, and get things in order.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
At this time my headstone will read Acts 2:38 and fiancée of Mike.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
At this time, I do not have a blog or website but I am on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, YouTube, and Goodreads. https://www.facebook.com/anitagreenburkett/?ref=settingshttps://www.facebook.com/JadaEliseMitchell/?ref=settingshttps://twitter.com/AnitaJada1https://www.amazon.com/Jada-Elise-Mitchell/e/B01N3D3TNS/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0