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Author Conversations with Christian Cashelle #KontrolReads

Author Conversations with Christian Cashelle #KontrolReads

Just when Donnica Davis had it all figured out, she loses her job at Point Set Publishing and possibly her husband to another woman. After a fit of rage lands her at the local community center to teach a creative writing class, Donnica begins to see things differently. Two lives in particular change her perspective on what is important in her life.

Karmi Moore couldn’t take the burden of a secret she’d held in for years and tried to find solace in any man’s arms that she could. With her mother’s support, Karmi turned to the pen for comfort, inspiring Donnica with her poetry and delving into the secret that haunts her every day and night.

Langston Brooks has no time to think. Raising his daughter that his ex-girlfriend decided she didn’t have time for, Langston was fighting against his family and society’s norm on what a young man should do while trying to develop a strong case to gain full custody of four-year-old Kayla. When Langston meets Karmi in a creative writing class, a blank chapter in his life opens that he’s ready to write. While these three lives come together in the warm streets of Houston, none of them will leave the same.

From the author of Ava’s Story and My Joy, Revisions of Life is a page turner that will allow you to look at your own life, pull out a pen, and start revising.

Get to know Christian:

What inspired Revisions of Life?

I studied fine arts in writing at Lindenwood University in my first masters program. I had always been more of an instinctive writer, just doing what felt right. That program opened my eyes up to a lot of techniques that so many writers were using that I had no idea about. One of the hardest for me to grasp was the art of the revision. Everything I wrote was so dear to me. I hated going to workshops where other writers would tear my work apart telling me all that was wrong with me, maybe throwing in a compliment or two. I felt as if heart hurt to sit quietly for an hour as if it didn’t affect me, but what hurt more was actually having to take their words to heart and change what I had wrote. I didn’t want to delete or change anything and only did so because it was required in the class, but when it was done…it was beautiful. I say that to say this, no one is happy with making changes to something they feel is already perfect in their life or even something that they are just comfortable with. Revisions of Life is about having the courage to change a current situation and the reward is seeing how beautiful it turns out when you take that leap of faith.

What is different about Revisions of Life than your other two titles?

Revisions of Life is definitely different from Ava’s Story and My Joy. It began as my thesis after reading a novel with two different points of view. My view on things had changed so much from the program that I realized writing was an outlet to changing life. I thought about how different people can have such an impact on others and soon Donnica, Langston and Karmi were born in my mind. My first two titles were more about the plot and Revisions of Life is more on character and how everything and anything can change you if you let it and its up to you to decide if that change is good.

Why did you decided to use three different points of view?

I wanted to showcase each of my main characters in their elements without looking from the outside in third person. Doing three different first person points of view gives them each their own distinctive voice so that when they interact with each other it makes it more beautiful.

What is unexpected in Revisions of Life?

I think a lot of people expect the changes to be typical. Each character has choices to make and once they weigh their options, none of them take the road expected. I love to hear people’s predictions once they begin reading and the shock they get at the end.

Which one of your characters would you like to meet and why?

Karmi Moore. Karmi Moore. I believe that she is one of the strongest women in the world, especially at her age. She’s so human in the fact that she makes mistakes and reacts too quickly and even snaps when others perceive her wrong, but she’s so willing to be accepted subconsciously. She wanted to keep her ugly past to herself to spare those around her of the guilt she had been dealing with and that makes her so humble. But she’s so stubborn. I just love her.

What would you do with an extra hour in the day?

I’d pray, write and sleep. Only things that seem to keep me focused and the only things I feel I don’t do enough of.

Your third title is out…what next?

Writing never leaves me even when I want to take a break. My first priority is going to be to get Dynamic Image Publications more stable but I do plan to release An Inevitable Fate, my fourth title and sequel to my first, this winter.

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