Introducing VKP Contributor Aunya' DeAnn

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A School Counselor by trade, Aunya' DeAnn, native to Indianapolis, has always had a passion for writing. Being Black in this day and age, only intensified the desire to have her voice heard. Her straight forward and witty writing style can be seen in almost any of her work, whether it be on her own blog site, Black Tea Dispensary, or as a feature on other sites. She aspires to write her first novel and truly delve into the deep waters of freelance writing.  She currently enjoys the company of her pooch, Sophia, and playing the ukulele and guitar as well as painting with watercolor and drawing.

VKP: Who is your favorite author or writing influence?  Why?

Aunya': I don't really have one favorite author.  I read a lot of different genres of books.  As far as writing influences, I would almost say anyone who came ahead of me and made it possible for little black girls to do what they have a passion for.  More specifically, I would say the Harlem Renaissance authors.  Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Zora Neale Hurston, etc.  That time period is probably my favorite as far as creativity and passion goes.

VKP: What is your favorite book or piece of literature?

Aunya': Anything written by Langston Hughes.  Recently, I'm really thrilled with Issa Rae's ability to tell a story on the screen and in her book The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.  Also, on my nerd tip, I love J.K Rowling, George R. R. Martin, and Maria V. Snyder.

VKP: What was the most agonizing book you were required to read?

Aunya': Hmmm....I don't think I ever really had an issue reading required books.  I think the only time I really had trouble was in high school, only because I was being defiant.  I went back and read those though, later in life.  Now the book I read that was probably the saddest/troubling for me was Lord of the FliesOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Fahrenheit 451

VKP: Pencil or pen?

Aunya': Pen and several notebooks first, then transfer to a laptop

VKP: If you could create from anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Aunya': I would want to travel to and create in a bunch of places.  A few places I can name off he top of my head: Hawaii, Italy, New York, LA, France, any of the Caribbean islands, anywhere in Africa, etc.   I don't think I could stay in one place.  But if there is a beach, lake or wide river near by, I'm pretty much set.