Interview with author Aarica Dee koliyah

When it comes to writing, I honestly believe in my soul that it is a gift. Something that helps you therapeutically.

What is your name?
I am known as Dee Dee K
Aarica Dee koliyah

Who inspired you?

My grandmum is my inspiration. She is like a guardian angel sent from heaven to be my protector, motivator, prayer warrior and provider. She has been there for me since birth and I can’t repay her for all she has done for me.

Is being a writer a gift or a curse?

When it comes to writing, I honestly believe in my soul that it is a gift. Something that helps you therapeutically and gives you the opportunity to live in a different world at times can never be a curse. Some people may see this as a curse but when you are in love with arts, you discover everything about it as joyful as a fat kid would see his favorite chocolate cake.

Now, I’m throwing this one in for our aspiring writers. Did you come across any specific challenges in writing (The Mindful Betrayal)?

Writing, most people see this to be an easy task. But even as a most ardent lover of words, I do disagree. I came across many challenges as I was writing this book. Some of these challenges were finding the time to actually sit and write since I was a student and who was also on the road most of the time chasing my acting and modeling career.

What motivated you to become an indie author and what did you want to become when you were a kid?
Becoming an author was not always a dream on my end. When I was younger, all I wanted to become was a doctor specifically, a pediatrician. However, being called Dr. Koliyah was not actually my dream either but my families’. My motivation for becoming an author came from my high school English teacher and my mentor who once asked me what I wanted to be and I told her “a doctor.” She then asked “why” and I couldn’t give her the answers. She then told me “Aari, you are a bright young lady with high energy. Your personality and skills belong on the screen or stage. You are also very good with words. I see you as an entertainer or someone who writes to entertain.” This is how I switched my majors to English and theater in college.

Does your family support your career as a writer or actor?
As much as I love my family and would probably want to hide the truth away from media, I don’t think I should. The truth is, my family did not always support my interest in arts. They wanted nothing else but for me to become a doctor or something in the medical field. They had a different dream but I was dreaming of how I could transport my words into acting. I was and I am a natural actor who has it easy with words.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
The mindful Betrayal is my first published book, which took me a couple of months (6 years) to complete due to working on different projects at the same time. I have another finished book My Kind of Love, which was inspired by real people and how they relate to and want to receive love. My third half-finished book is actually an autobiography called Finding Destiny. This is a book that will make readers want to get some wine and popcorn like one of my favorites TV sensation, Olivia Pope would on most nights. I am always working on new things whenever I get hold of my phone or a paper.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I have ever written was a letter to my dad and mum. It was more of vent and questions I needed answers. I’d refer to it as a cry of a child to Mother Nature, God and whoever cared enough to listen.
Where is your favorite place to write?
My favorite place to write is anywhere and everywhere. I write as I go. Words do not come to me based on a certain location.
Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

Having a big ego as a writer or any type of profession is not always a good thing because it will hurt your business. As a writer, you have to be able to accept criticism, take it as a way of being helped. Yes, it will hurt and probably make you upset especially after taking hours into a project and someone telling it’s shitty. However, critiquing your work will help you to become better. Whether an actor, writer, stylist or a model. At least they care enough to give you honest feedback.
Do your novels carry a message?
I am a very passionate writer. I do not write just for the heck of it. Therefore, my work always guarantees to carry a message(s). My readers are guaranteed to learn some lessons during and after reading The Mindful Betrayal. The story is full of many surprises which can be related to real life although it is fiction. “Oh, you gonna learn today.”
How do you see writing? As a hobby or a passion?

Some people write because they need to get something out their chest, some write just to tell someone that “hey, I’m a writer now.” But when I write, I do it whole-heartedly. Do you ever crave to do something every day? That’s me when it comes to writing. Words and I have a special bond that cannot be explained to anyone.
Do you reply back to your fans and admirers personally?

Oh, yes of course. I do my best to respond to my fans on Instagram and Facebook whenever I can. This might sound weird but I have received multiple calls from some fans from out of the country before who wanted to tell me how much they appreciate my work and postings. I recently got a call from Canada from a guy who happened to be from the motherland. At first, I was creeped out but it ended well and it felt great to know that people do see me as an actor and writer.

From all that we have been hearing and seeing in the movies, most writers are alcoholics. Your views on that?
This statement is 100% lie. I am very artistic and sentimental as an actor and writer and I’m not an alcoholic neither have I tried to drink just to ease my pain. I do all of that through writing. This is definitely a stereotype.

Where people may have seen you before, personal website, etc.?
Instagram: iam_aarica_dk
Facebook: Aarica Dee K

Or simply just google me

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