The DJN speaks with Alexa Randolph, author of the novel With Love, Ella, and an advocate for chronic pain and illness awareness.
Featured photo by Mary Duprie
1. How long was the process of writing With Love, Ella and what did you learn from it?
It took me three years from coming up with the idea to editing and publishing the novel. I learned how to market myself as well as the process of editing, writing and publishing. I also learned a lot about myself and that I can do anything I set my mind to.
2. Where did you come up with the idea for the novel?
I was just sitting in my room watching TV when the idea of a book came into my head and I could see my characters perfectly. I started to outline my ideas and write out my characters. Within a few days I had my first chapter written.
3. “Be Forever Strong” seems to be the motto of your blog. What does that phrase mean to you?
Be Forever Strong means that you keep pushing no matter how tough life gets. There might be days that you’ve had enough, but just know you are stronger than you think.
4. When did you start your blog posts about chronic pain?
I started about two months ago and have been mostly doing an article once a week. I have also had articles written about me in the Oakland Press and my articles have been seen in The Mighty, Thought Catalog and on Yahoo! Lifestyle.
5. How has your work advocating for chronic pain and chronic illness helped you and others around you?
It has helped me to see that I am not alone in this fight. I talk to many different people in the groups I am in and I hear very similar stories. I think it helps others to also see that they aren’t alone and that we all have a voice that needs to be shared in some capacity. I think it is so important to be our own advocate because we are the ones who knows our bodies best.
6. What struggles have you had in the past with chronic pain?
I have had a hard time dealing with all of the things I could no longer do such as walking as much, working, and just living my life like a normal 21-year-old. I couldn’t work for almost two years and I felt horrible about myself like I was a burden. I had just graduated from MSU and couldn’t even do what I wanted to. I am able to work part time now and I am able to walk more, but I just take longer to recover than most people. It’s hard to know my brain doesn’t work how it used to. I can only be on the computer for so long before my brain feels overwhelmed. I now take it day by day and I have learned how to make the best of any situation.
7. What is next in the works for you? Any books on the horizon?
I am going to continue my blog as well as publish the Sequel to With Love, Ella titled Daniel, Ever After hopefully later this summer. I am going to do whatever I can to keep raising awareness on chronic pain.
Alexa Randolph is the author of With Love, Ella and the sequel Daniel, Ever After. She also has a blog called Be Forever Strong to create awareness for chronic pain. When she is not trying to raise awareness for chronic pain or writing my novels, she loves to spend time with loved ones, read, travel and drink wine.
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