DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
The topic of domestic abuse is prevalent in the news and many women feel trapped and often stay in an abusive relationship. I want anyone in an abusive relationship to know there is hope and help. In this next book that I am introducing to my readers, this topic is addressed and if you have been struggling with getting out of an abusive situation, AFTER SHE SAID YES written by Kaya Gravitter may give you the encouragement you need. Although the book is fiction, the truth in it is amazing as well as where and how to get help.
your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now,
where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
My name is Kaya Gravitter. I was born and
raised in Northern Wisconsin. I have a BA with a double major in Political
Science and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens
Point, where I was the editor-in-chief for the diversity newsletter and campus
blog.In 2016, I moved to the Florida
Panhandle, where I work as a marketing manager and freelance writer. I have had
articles published in The Huffington Post, Yahoo News, among other media
inspired you to author this book? This book hits home at a subject of domestic
abuse and the need to get out. Was this something personal for you or if not,
why did you choose this subject matter?)
It is more of who inspired me.I decided to write my novel, After She Said Yes, for a few reasons.
It is partly because I have seen and/or experienced these experiences firsthand
but these are not the only reasons. Also, my love for writing and life
experiences led me to write this novel for the women speaking out against their
abusers and for the women who still haven't. Though the novel is fiction, I
wrote this novel in hopes, for the many women who are going through abusive
relationships, PTSD, or eating disorders. I also dedicated my novel to all
women, so we may always have the strength to stand up to any man who tries to
silence us. In the novel, you will learn about an organization called DAIS, theDomestic Abuse Intervention Services based in
Madison, WI, where I had volunteered a few years ago. I talk about DAIS in my
novel After She Said Yes. DAIS is not
the only place I volunteered, I also have volunteered for other women’s
shelters. This does not include any of their stories, but I also wanted to
write this for all of those women I spent time with and tried to help from when
I started volunteering at fourteen years old. I hope this novel shows women
that there is a light at the end of that sometimes very dark, what seems like a
never-ending, dark tunnel.
did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
My designer got the inspiration and used my
side profile as the face on the front cover.
been the biggest influence on you personally and as a writer?
One of my biggest influences is my
grandmother because she is a hard worker and accomplished so much as a single
mom. My biggest influence on me as a writer has been my own life and life
were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
I learned a few things from writing this
never knew how much blood, sweat, and tears would actually go into the making
of a novel. I mean that figuratively and literally. It takes a lot of time,
energy, and emotion. I poured my whole self into this novel and the characters,
but I was lucky to have a writing critique group to aid me and keep me
motivated along the way.
a book is a long journey. There were times I didn’t want to write. There were
times when I had writer’s block, but I had to keep pushing myself. I would not
let myself forget the reason I started writing in the first place or the reason
this novel is so important. I believe my novel will help many women and
resonate with many people.
I finished writing the novel, the work was not done. I had to find beta readers
(aside from my writer critique group) and a professional editor.I know that I did hire a professional editor,
which not all authors do before finding a publisher, but I did that because I
wanted to try to make this book as perfect as possible and that really helped
me in the long run.
your readers about your book.
My novel, After
She Said Yes, is a Women's Fiction Novel about Aurora, a magazine editor in
Madison, Wisconsin. She finds her way out of an abusive marriage after catching
her husband, Gannon, doing something she could never forgive him for. Battling
the wounds inflicted throughout her abusive marriage, she strives to find the
strength to be an independent woman again. Aurora is confronted with a
rekindled flirtation with her soon-to-be ex-husband’s friend, Melih, a Turkish
Muslim man. But will Aurora's previous marriage stand in the way? Finding
surprising success after an article of hers goes viral, Aurora must make a
choice. She tells herself to come to terms with the reality that a woman cannot
have both a successful career and love. Will she pursue her long-awaited dream
job, or choose a shot at love?
My target audience is primarily women for
mature audiences because of the subjects I cover in my novel.
book hits home at a subject of domestic abuse and the need to get out. Was this
something personal for you or if not, why did you choose this subject matter?
In the novel, you will learn about an
organization called DAIS, theDomestic Abuse
Intervention Services based in Madison, WI, where I had volunteered
a few years ago. I talk about DAIS in my novel After She Said Yes. DAIS is not the only place I volunteered, I
also have volunteered for other women’s shelters. This does not include any of
their stories, but I also wanted to write this for all of those women I spent
time with and tried to help from when I started volunteering at fourteen years
old. I hope this novel shows women that there is a light at the end of that
sometimes very dark, what seems like a never-ending, dark tunnel.
the fact that a Muslim man comes to the rescue, so to speak, what impact do you
think this will have on your readers?
What impacted me to incorporate the Muslim men
coming to the rescue because I have personally seen it happen before. I also
want to attack some stereotypes in my novel.
you consider your greatest success in life?
I feel my greatest success so far is
publishing this book.
one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
Something unique that sets me apart from
others writing women’s fiction is that I am a Muslim, who used to be Christian,
so I feel I offer a very unique perspective, which I incorporate in my writing.
you overcome writer’s block?
I overcome writer’s block by forcing myself to
write every day. Then sometimes writing only a little can give me the creative
energy I need.
one piece of advice do you have for new authors.
Get beta readers, they offer you sound advice.
your readers anything else you want to share.