Author Interview--April Alisa Marquette
Lyn: Why did you decide to do this project?
April: I decided to do this project because ever since I was a girl, my mother told me stories about her life. A year ago it crystallized for me. My mother, an older woman, has had many experiences that could quite possibly help others.
Lyn: You seem to be very close to your mother. So many mothers and daughters do not get along. Growing up, there are often fights and you don’t see eye-to-eye. Did you experience that too?
April: Boy is that true! My mother and I never saw eye to eye while I was maturing. However, after real life things started happening to me, I began to see what my mother had been saying all along.
Lyn: Did doing this project change how you see her?
April: Doing this project enabled me to see her from a non family perspective. It gave me a new respect for her; for all that she has been through, all that she is.
Lyn: Has this project affected you in any way?
April: This project enabled me to tap into a type of patience that I had been unaware that I had. I realized that in order for me to extract the best, and the most from my mother's memories, I had to slow down, to really listen. I even had to sometimes ask painful questions.
Lyn: Why was it important for your mother’s story to be told?
April: It is important that my mother's story be told because she exudes a quiet grace and wisdom. Although in the past, she has used both to help countless people, there would yet be others whom she would be unable to help if her experiences were not made public. Therefore, with her consent, I have chosen to share her with the world.
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