Q&A with Author D.A. Andrews
Q: What was the first book that you have written and published?
The first book I wrote and published is called To Fight Fire with Sun. I wrote it last year in about a month after my best friend, Alexander passed away.
Q: When did you get started as a writer?
I have been writing ever since I could remember. I really started taking it more seriously in the latter part of high school and actually knew I wanted to do this for the rest of my life when I took a creative writing course in college with a professional Caribbean poet named Tanya Shirley.
Q: How did your careers help inspire you with your chapbook?
I have an undergraduate in Marine Biology and Psychology and I have been working in the hospitality industry for the past 6 years. I draw on my psychology teachings to really help me decipher and flesh out any feelings I have while writing. I think my banquet captain career has helped me meet a lot of interesting people of which I have based a few poems off of. I have fallen in love with, fallen out of love with, hated, befriended, etc these people and I have somehow found a way to let them live on in my chapbook.
Q: Did you always see yourself as a writer?
I think I always knew I wanted to write but I never truly considered myself a writer until these last few months. I had been dealing with a lot if guilt over the years and a lot of imposter syndrome and it really took a toll on me to fully see myself as a writer. I still have days where I stop and think that no one will ever want to read what I write. But I read somewhere once that if you write, no matter how few or far apart, you are a writer. So, I just keep telling myself that.
Q: How many projects do you have planned for the future?
I have a lot of projects in the works. I hope to venture into fiction one day. More short term though, I have my second poetry book planned for next year. I am currently working on that manuscript and I am excited to put it out into the world!
Q: What three words would you use to describe your writing style?
Painful, emotional, unique
Q: What advice would you give to fellow poetry writers?
I would say to write about any and everything. Write about that bowl of oatmeal, write about how you stubbed your toe on the way to work, or how you can’t decide which nail polish to use. If you find it interesting, I guarantee that someone else will. I think we as poets and even writers second guess or self too much. Write, write, write. There is plenty of time to edit later.
Q: What themes can readers find in your debut, To Fight Fire with Sun?
The two major themes in To Fight Fire with Sun are love and loss. I tried to delve into the grief that comes with losing a loved one whether through the end of a relationship, or through death. Additionally, I tried to also be very realistic with love and included my own experiences with both heteronormative and LGBTQ relationships.
Q: Where can readers find you and your book online?
My book is available online on amazon, Amplify bookstore (a big thank you to them for believing in me and my work) and some major online sellers like Target and Barnes and Noble. My Instagram, twitter and tiktok handle are @daandrews_ and on Facebook you can find me @authordaandrews or simply D. A. Andrews. Thank you for taking the time to check out my pages and my book!