Virginia is a poet, an English teacher, blogger, and an author of four titles thus far. She has been writing since the age of 14, when poetry and her journal served as her solace while dealing with her oldest brother’s sudden death and rejection from her peers. She published her first short story, Color of Crime in 2016. The story sheds light on a Black couple’s plight and crippling fear after the man in the relationship is framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Part two of the series, Color of Freedom, was released in 2017 and digs deeper into the couple’s fight for freedom and justice in a racist world where just being Black is considered a crime in itself. Also in 2017, she published Sheba’s Place, a book that chronicles three women’s poignant journeys that led within the walls of the only place that they each of them can call home–the homeless shelter, Sheba’s Place. In 2019, she released her first collection of poetry, The Mending, which depicts her personal story of finding healing, peace, and self-growth after grappling with the heaviness of a heartache and breakups and breakdowns in relationships. Virginia is currently finishing a workbook for The Mending and her first YA novel. In the future, she endeavors to write another book in the Color of Crime series and a follow-up to Sheba’s Place. She hopes to continue inspiring youth and women of color through her writing and teaching. Other than writing, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, shopping, teaching, reading, and listening to music and podcasts.
Besides being an author, a lot of authors are sometimes considered readers first before they actually publish their first book. For Davis, she has a few several authors she likes such as Toni Morrison, Langston Hughes, Octavia Butler, Jaqueline Woodson, and Mary Monroe. Those are really a great list and choice of authors that has paved the way for a lot of writers of today.
“My journey of writing began when I was in the ninth grade and started journaling and using poetry as a means to cope with my trials at that time. Ever since then, writing has been my best friend and companion, especially when I am experiencing a hardship of any kind.”
A lot of authors do face a lot of challenges along the way, but guess what? They don’t give up! Some challenges may be marketing their books to the right target audience, getting sales, growing a fan base or even getting books into the hands of people whether in their local community or online. Those can be some very solid challenges authors face. As for Virginia Davis, she has some challenges, but they don’t define who she is as an author.
“My biggest challenge has been feeling like I was too transparent in my latest book; I value my privacy, especially when it comes to my love life. I am VERY private when it comes to matters of the heart, so I have spent some time feeling like I gave the world too much, but it is what it is; it’s my truth, and there’s nothing wrong with honoring that.”
With new releases on the way you can definitely check out more of Virginia’s work by visiting her website at https://www.amazon.com/Virginia-Davis/e/B074TB3VN8?ref_=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000
Follow her on social media sites as well to stay connected and updated on future projects!