Thursday, September 25, 2014

Follow Fest '14!

I participated in Melissa Maygrove's Follow Fest last year and it was an awesome way to connect with other writers.  When I found out she was hosting again, I had to jump on board!

Here's my info:

Name: Azia DuPont (pronounced like "Asia" - you know, the continent.  (But I wasn't named for the continent, I was named for the awesome 80's hair-band because that's somehow better.))

Fiction or nonfiction? BOTH. And poetry.

What genres do you write? Mostly realistic. 

Are you published? I have an essay and some poetry published in some small presses-- but no chapbooks/novels are graced with my strange name ::le sigh::

Do you do anything in addition to writing?
I am the founder and co-editor for the ePub Dirty Chai: // I am also available for CP & beta work.  

Tell us a little about yourself.
Well, where to start? I am in the midst of my twenty-eighth year of life.  I am a wife and mother of three.  I am a Christian.  I am a BOOK NERD, holler!  I have been writing since I before I could write, seriously.  I've always had notebooks. I'd log all of my thoughts, ideas, things that inspired me, or, before words made any sense to me- I'd doodle and scribble errthang.  I work part-time at Barnes and Noble slangin' books because re: Book Nerd. I'm a coffee-junky.  (Did you know that B-Nobs employees get HALF-OFF the cafe ALL OF THE TIME?  I know, right?)  It's rare for me to not have coffee nearby.  At about 7pm, I just switch to decaf, followed by a glass of Pinot Noir.  (So, basically, by about the age of 45, I'm going to have freaking disgusting teeth.  HAWT.) I feel like I'm not really telling you anything about myself, but whatever, you're cool with it.  I can feel it.  (I like to think I'm really good at feeling feelings.)  I live in Iowa and I've found myself falling in love with it here.  (I know, I'm as surprised as you are.)  And, Margaret Atwood is my idol.  And Angelina Jolie.  And Kate Winslet.  A character that she brought to life, April Wheeler (Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates), is my alter-ego.  

What are you reading right now?
I just finished The Reader by Bernard Schlink and it was freaking FANTASTIC.  And I've now started the memoir, Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls & am in LOVE.  (Also, both of the covers to the books are incredible.  Can my future book have a black & white cover pretty please?)

Which authors influenced you the most?
Style-wise?  Novelist, Richard Yates, the poet, Matthew Dickman, essayist, David Sedaris.  Inspirationally?  Margaret Atwood.  I WILL LOVE HER FOREVER.

Where can people connect with you?
Twitter @aziadupont

Do you have a newsletter?
No- I'm still just a wannabe!

Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
I'm willing to post cover reveals, love to help with CP and beta work.  I'm always on Twitter, so feel free to say hello!
Check out all of the participants here!


  1. Nice to meet you! I can really relate to the coffee thing. Also, though I write mostly paranormal, I like a lot of the same authors as you do. Tonight, I'm going to start reading Lamentation by Joe Clifford. It has an awesome black, white and gray cover.

  2. Woohoo! Thanks for joining Follow Fest again, Azia! :D

  3. I'm a coffee drinker, too. I love it with a splash of vanilla. :)

  4. One of us likes all things coffee, the other only likes the froufrou latte's. LOVE your name and love your explanation too.

  5. Book nerds always get my vote in the "good people" category.

  6. I think you have a great name - love it! And I'm a huge Kate Winslet fan...but I have yet to see that movie. Must. Remedy. That. :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

  7. Hey Azia! I can totally tell you're a phenom when it comes to feeling feelings! And Holler!! Book nerd, right here! Great to meet you through Follow Fest.


  8. For years I wanted to work in a bookshop. It took me a while to realise that it would be a total fail for me because (1) I'd never get any work done (due to the hiding in corners reading the merchandise), (2) I'd blow my entire salary on new books, they'd have to start advancing me money until I ended up owing them money. It'd be like hiring an alcoholic to man a bar. I'm sure you're managing the temptation better than me.

  9. I met you through Follow Fest last year, and love watching your pictures pop up on Instagram. It's great connecting again. :)

  10. You get discounts on the cafe ALL OF THE TIME? WHY DO YOU EVER LEAVE?? I'm kidding. Obviously you leave when the store shuts so that nobody calls the police. That is the only reason to leave a bookshop you work in yes?



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