Today we’d like to introduce you to Dei Araujo.
Hi Dei, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’m a retired Air Force officer. I came from a military family where both of my grandfathers were military. My dad was Air Force and my three brothers and I went into the military as well. While on active duty, I served as a public affairs officer and worked with the media and local communities to promote the Air Force and its mission. My final stint was as a press desk officer at the Pentagon. My family and I relocated to the Miami area seven years ago. Miami opened doors to so many opportunities for me. I started my own editing business called Literary MD, providing premier editing services to aspiring authors. Since being in Miami, I’ve published two romance novels, Need You Now and The Chaebol’s Wife. Additionally, while attending Barry University for my second masters, I cultivated a relationship with the faculty of my department and was invited to teach Public Speaking as an adjunct professor. I’m a wife and a mother of four boys, one who has severe special needs. Prior to arriving to Miami, my son was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called Adrenoleukodystrophy that affects the myelin sheath, which protects the neurons in his brain. Despite the challenges I face as a wife and a mompreneur, I’m still able to do what I love, which is writing. I’ve been writing since I was 11 and pray, I’m able to do so when I’m 111.😀
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The road has been somewhat difficult. Granted, while I had the opportunity to write for the Air Force, it still wasn’t the type of writing I desired to do, which was romance. After retiring, I was able to focus on my writing full-time and attend my first grad school program where I earned an MFA in Popular Fiction Writing. The skills and tools I learned through this degree program enabled me to prepare my first book, which was my thesis, for publishing. It was such an exciting moment in time for me, knowing that I was finally making my dream come true. The sequel to my first book didn’t go as I had wanted, and other life’s trials and tribulations took me off course. There were changes that I noticed in my son’s health that tore at my heart as a mother. I really had to encourage myself, trust that God was more than able to turn things around in my favor and give myself the space to feel the negative feelings I felt and then move past them. I think those struggles not only helped me to appreciate the gifts that I have in my life, but they also helped make me a stronger writer.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Because of my work as a public officer in the Air Force, I transferred those skills I was taught into an editing business. As an African-American romance author, I love to write stories that represent black love. My niche is more multicultural and interracial romance. My latest book, The Chaebol’s Wife, pays homage to my love for Korean Dramas. After one of those life’s trials, KDramas were a way of escape as I tried to heal. My love for this genre sparked a story idea that tells of an Asian Male and Black Female married couple who fight to overcome adversity found in racism, and classism. My first book, Need You Now, looks at Autism through the lens of a parent. I’ve tried to take aspects of my life and weave them into my stories. I’ve lived a blessed life and have experienced so many amazing and awesome things. I think those experiences set me a part and are the fodder for the stories I hope to tell.
Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I’m not naturally a risk taker, but I have to admit that some risk in life is necessary. If we go through life playing it safe (with our dreams and aspirations), we’d never get anywhere. I think encouraging myself to be published was a huge risk. I opened myself to be vulnerable to criticism when I put my work out there for the masses. Everybody isn’t going to like my books. As a writer, you got to learn to take the good with the bad and try to enjoy the good more than that one-star review that popped up on your page before that first cup of morning Joe. Keep in mind, though, that even the bad can work together for your good. View mistakes and failures as stepping stones to your goal.
- The Chaebol’s Wife ebook: $3.99
- The Chaebol’s Wife print: $19.99
- Need You Now ebook: $4.99
- Need You Now print: $15.99
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.deiaraujo.com
- Instagram: deiaraujo73
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeiPAraujo
- Twitter: @dei_araujo
- Other: www.literarymd.com
Book Cover art and Dei Araujo logo created by Sarah Kil Creative Studio. Literary MD logo created by Christina McKinney.