Author Q&A with Lauren Davenport
December 21, 2022
This week’s Author Q&A features Lauren Davenport, a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Lauren writes fiction, nonfiction, and more, and has been a New York Public School Educator of high school students for over twenty years. Her short nonfiction essay, Failure, is all about her profession and teaching experiences. We asked Lauren to share a little more about her writing life including some unique detail related to the writing of the story and what she learned from it.
This piece is seven years old! It haunted me just like the ghosts and I kept fiddling with it.
Time is a magical gift to writers. The simmer and slow cook method seem to work for me anyway.
We then asked what part of the artistic process she considered to be the most difficult, as well as most satisfying, and why.
Starting is the worst part for me, I procrastinate out of paralysis and talk myself into anything except actually writing-–it’s pathetic honestly.
[However], I think when I’m in the thick of it and writing away–time just dissolves and I’m not worrying about anything except trying to have my fingers keep up with my thoughts.
We asked her to describe her biggest fear as a writer.
Reading my work when it is out in the world and wishing I could change this or that. It happens every time and I guess it always will but it is scary to let anything go.
We asked Lauren what fuels her desire to write.
Boiling over with observations about the world that I fear no one wants to hear yet I need to share.
We wrapped the Q&A with the question of what comes to her mind when she hears the phrase, ‘The Good Life’.
I think of pasta. I have no idea why but I truly see spaghetti twirling on a fork.
That’s certainly one we haven’t heard before, but a great answer! Thank you Lauren, for sharing your story with us and for spending a little extra time on this Q&A. We wish you the best with your students and all your writing endeavors!
~The Good Life Review Team