Carolyn Gill Davis

Carolyn Gill Davis
"Bear a Life Seasoned with Sage"

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
January 10, 2005

Q. Who is Carolyn Gill Davis?

A. Carolyn Suzanne Gill Davis (Baird/Jackson) - A four times divorced mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Q. How did you come about the idea to write a story about stuff animals demonstrating the ways of life?

A. I did not want to identify the characters in the book to anyone living or dead. I wanted to write a book of stories and poems to help strengthen the lives of women who are victims of domestic violence. I did research on domestic violence to get insight as to the causes and recommended solutions. The stuffed animals help the reader to understand that they are somebody. The stories and poetry will help to show a correlation between our daily lives, religion, and humor. Can you think of anything better than a stuff animal?

Q. How did you come about the title?

A. Bear a Life - being able to cope with what life has to offer from a spiritual aspect of life Seasoned with Sage=learn the ability to taste the wisdom that is passed on by our ancestors.

Q. How long have you been writing?

A. I began writing in 1980 and published my first book in 2001.

Q. How many books have you written?

A. I have written two books.

Q. Why did you choose to have Ms. Stuff suffer from verbal abuse?

A. Many people do not understand that verbal abuse is domestic violence. Physical contacts might break bones, but words break hearts that sometimes never heal. This has to be brought to the attention of our youth. This sometimes begins during the courting stage and is mistaken for love or concern for the abused.

Q. Are you currently working on another book?

A. Yes, I am writing about my travel during the 911 crisis in 2001.

Q. What type of atmosphere do you require to write?

A. Listening to quiet, soothing music playing in the background. A view of nature to stimulate and remind me of the gift that God has given me.

Q. What message would you like readers to receive from reading “Bear a Life Seasoned with Sage?”

A. I want to emphasize that the spiritual part of life is the support young adults need in heart breaking situations and help them feel a smile in the mist of tears and pain. There is a reason for living and there is work to be done for their descendants. Hopefully the scenarios will explain in a humorous, down to earth, and plain every day dialogue the way life is and methods of coping.