We had the good fortune of connecting with Bria Brix Divine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bria Brix, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
I feel that many people don’t understand the magnitude in the time and effort it takes for an author to write novels. As an author, we really have to step outside of ourselves and become the characters that we are writing about. In a sense, it’s kind of like we are silent actors. Many days, I’ve had to literally sit in front of my laptop and physically play out some of my characters roles, in order for me to correctly interpret and write their dialogue. Also, many scenes that authors write are very intense, causing for some authors to become entirely too emotionally invested in their work. There were plenty of moments where I’ve had to step away from my own work for a few days because of how it was emotionally impacting me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I love to write. I’ve been writing short stories, poems, and music since I was in elementary school. The funny thing is, I’d always hated my language arts and reading classes, but something in me always said “…You’ll be a famous author one day.” Initially, I thought that I was going to become an author maybe in my 40’s or 50’s, or maybe when I was just a lot more settled in life. It took a former toxic relationship and a stressful job that pushed me into giving myself the confidence enough to start a full-time writing career. The road was not easy in getting. Even though, I currently write urban fiction, which seems easy to write too many people, it is still very tough. There is still a certain level of responsibility that I have to my readers as well as myself, and separating the two. I think that is one of the toughest aspects of being an author. I’ve had to learn how to keep my momentum up, have durability, and have the right amount of self-discipline in order to get my books completed. Keeping my name circulating within the literary industry, all while real life outside of my books is still rapidly going has truly been tough. There are many days that I decided to opt’d out of my social life or I sacrificed a night of sleep just to get a novel completed. Writing is something that you have to remain dedicated too, especially, because the pace of the industry these days is much faster with the influence of social media and technology. You have to do a lot of research and find what best separates you from the rest.
I would want for the world to know how dedicated and passionate I am to women’s healing. That’s a major life purpose for me, and that’s why I write my books with the intention of being as relatable as possible.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely take a close friend to Piedmont Park or take them on a slow hike up Stone Mountain. Both places offer great and peaceful views of Atlanta. Nobody can complain about a tranquil walk in the park. I would also take them to the Georgia Aquarium or the Atlanta Botanical Garden. I absolutely love the atmosphere of the aquarium and the close proximity to the beautiful marine life that the aquarium offers. There are so many amazing restaurants all over the city of Atlanta, so I feel that I would make a list of my favorite ones, all my friend to pick a few, and we could visit each of those restaurants day by day. Also, we would definitely have to visit the Martin Luther King Jr, historical park. There is so much to do in Atlanta! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to shoutout every single woman that’s included in my soul tribe. They know who they are. Those ladies truly have kept me going, even on my worst days. I’m so proud of us all for truly tapping into and doing our best to balance out our divine feminine energy.