Pre-Interview w/Ayani Meli
PW: If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
AM: I want to say Jesus, and then I think about it and I want to say my earthly Father. He was my best friend, travelling buddy, confidante, fount of wisdom….you name it. I am so grateful to God that he gave me Rev. D as a dad. But I have to actually say Jesus. And not for the reasons one would think. Why? I don’t have a lofty and ethereal answer, but because I believe He would have me vacillating between laughing and crying all night. The Word is food for the Spirit, but laughter is food for the soul. No one can convince me that Jesus (God) does not have a sense of humor. The stories He could tell me about the crazy things people do, for all the wrong reasons. And then make me cry with the many stories of the grace and mercy that He extends to us.
We have a tendency to attribute human traits to the way “we believe” God operates. That is so far from the truth that we can simply not comprehend it. Being there with Him in that intimate setting would help me to continue to foster a deeper more abiding relationship with Him. Being in the presence of pure holiness and pure agape love would only serve to make me a better person.
PW: Do you have a day job as well? If so, can you share a little of what you do? If not, how did you transition from day job to full time author?
AM: If I had to pick one, I would say my day job is co-operating Revolutionary Disciples Media, while attempting to help other Kingdom minded folk walk out their mandate to get the Word they have into print. So consequently this journey has not been about making money. This is another facet of ministry for me. I am not a stand up in the pulpit and preach kind of preacher like my Dad. But I can allow Abba to use my talents and gifts to help others, thereby helping to heal hurting people.
The basic premise for my ministry is that God is love, according to 1 John 4:8. I must strive to Love God by showing love to others, regardless of whether or not the person returns said kindness. I am to be a proponent for the regeneration and renewing of the “family,” which I do through fostering little people. And, I must minister to broken and wounded spirits, helping them understand that they are not alone. They need to know, before they can understand, that there is a God who loves them, can and will sustain them and will never forsake them.
Although it is my aspiration, I currently wear too many hats to consider myself a full time author. However, I am moving steadily in that direction; especially with my new venture delving into the world of Christian comic books.
PW: How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
AM: I utilize social media, my websites and am currently looking for a publicist. I have not yet delved deeply into other avenues of marketing. The medium that works best for me right now is social media and just trying to make sure that everything is networked. You can find information in the following places:
- Twitter: @Ayani_Meli
- Webpage: http://www.ayani-meli.info
- Children’s Lit: http://www.Godsays.info
- Blog: My Ink Will Not Stop http://myinkwillnotstop.blogspot.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.ayani.meli
- Tumblr: http://www.ayani-meli.tumblr.com/
- Publishing: http://www.revolutionarydisicples.com