Tuesday, February 25, 2014

An Interview with a Heroine: Ava

She’s the Permanent Resident at the Purse Table

1.      How would you describe yourself to others? I haven’t always made the right decisions in life, so striving to better myself spiritually, physically, and mentally. My self-esteem is just like my weight gain, a never-ending rollercoaster. So my decision-making skills as a result of that could use some improving as well. And lastly, I tell it like it is and love to laugh, and am a hopeless romantic who is waiting for God to bring my godly husband. 

2.      How do you want others to see you? As a woman who has it all together. And as a people-person who is caring, helpful, funny, and spiritual.

3.      What is the most interesting thing about you? I am a juvenile probation officer. So I get to see a lot of different things, but it’s a great opportunity to try and steer troubled youth in a more positive direction.

4.      What things are of most importance to you? My friends and family. And the pursuit of my dreams and just being a healthy and happy person.

5.      What type of man do you want to marry, or do you want to marry at all? Yes, I want to marry. I want a man who will lead our family in the things of God. Someone who I can laugh with, talk to about anything, and who has ambitions and will be a good provider. Someone who values family and someone I can grow old with as we learn to navigate through this life together.

6.      How do face disappointments in your life? For the most part, I can handle disappointments well because I usually go to the Lord in prayer first. But there have been times in my life when I have felt alone and afraid of what to do next. And I have shut myself off from the world. The latter has never worked out well for me.

7.      What type of things do you like to do for fun or entertainment? I like to sit around and talk with my girlfriends, go to the movies, sing karaoke, and plan meals for parties.

8.      Do you have any hobbies or special skills? Yes, I am a great chef and have a catering business outside of my full-time job. I hope to one day go in to catering full-time.

9.      What is your main goal in life? What do you hope to accomplish? My main goal in life is to be the best Ava I can be. I want to fulfill my purpose on this earth and be a light to those around me. Whatever God has in store for me is what I want to accomplish. In His timing and His way. That’s the only way it’ll be truly blessed.

10.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would change my weight. Always being the big girl hasn’t been easy. It is a daily struggle on my joints and health. As I try to stay committed to losing weight the healthy way, I hope my willpower and inner strength can guide me to do just that. So I guess the real change would need to be in my lifestyle and how I view food and exercise to get long-term results.

Now here's more about the author, Keisha Bass.

Keisha Bass has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in English and holds teaching certificates in English, Speech, and Physical Education. She has been a teacher and coach for fourteen years, and currently teaches middle school physical education and coach girls’ volleyball and softball. She grew up in Houston, Texas, but now resides in Arlington, Texas. Keisha is also Vice President of the DFW Ready Writers, a local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers, and a member of North Texas Christian Writers.
Permanent Resident at the Purse Table is Keisha’s first novel. She has published non-fiction articles in magazines and two online publications, TheChristianPulse.com and sober24.com. Her article, “Heart Problems”, was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles. 

Now that you've met Ava, tell me what you like to see in a heroine. Since none of us are perfect, what flaws make a heroine believable? Leave a comment and answer the question to be in the drawing for a copy of the book or a B&N or Amazon gift card. Followers of the blog have a second entry into the drawing. 

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Melanie Backus said...

I love seeing that Ava or any character puts God first in their life and family and friends are very important as well.

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Anonymous said...

I love the fact that Ava is a big girl. Not just because I'm on the larger size myself, but because so many heroines are model images. I love realism in characterization.

Britney Adams said...

I enjoyed this character interview. I like a heroine that isn't afraid to share her vulnerabilities.

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Unknown said...

Thanks, Melanie! Great comment :-)