Today we have an ever-so-bright and lovely soul, my friend and fellow dancer, Tamara Miller Davis! This week's episode is a little bit of a different twist in terms of the type of healer that I have on the show, although her energy is naturally very healing as you will soon find out.
Do you remember that substitute teacher that was mostly assigned to your school, someone who was so awesome, someone you could relate to and you just loved? Well, that's Tamara, figuratively and literally. One of her many jobs is as a substitute teacher and a soon-to-be-published author of her new novel called, DESPITE THE BUZZ! which is slated to release on mother's day of 2021.
Despite The Buzz is a fictionalized tale about technology's toll; it's a human interest story with heart and a sociological study of modern times--pre-pandemic.
The novel centers around a motivated character named Miss Oliver who raises awareness about screen use inside her Reflective Writing class. The book depicts the demands upon school teachers and especially to those that grew up before and after current technology. But when an intimate act is shared between students over social media, an inciting incident demonstrates that the potential in our pockets could be lethal.
By the way, my remarkable friend regularly volunteers as the secretary for Parent Club at her children's school and was able to squeeze in time to write and professionally edit her new novel over the past 4 years while also starring in USA Today's Storytellers' Project.
We talk about how writing is healing, and how it led her to get the book published. Tamara teaches us that even though you may not know it at the time, everything you do has a purpose and each person you meet has a meaningful impact on you.
She also learned she had to prioritize herself, which wasn't always easy as a wife of a firefighter and mother of two children under the age of 10, especially during a pandemic. This novel journey of hers, which took her "4 long years to write," is a beautiful testament to self-love and self-care. You see, self-love is also asking for help, tending to your dreams in addition to all your responsibilities that you have in life.
Tamara Miller Davis is a writer, author, substitute and ESL teacher, and is a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran who hails from Michigan. She has a B.A. and teaching credentials from CSUCI.
Tamara's reading list, these are the authors that influenced her while writing Despite The Buzz: Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michelle Borba, Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman, A Memoir On Writing by Stephen King, Textbook by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown, The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey, Alone Together by Sherry Turkle, American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales , Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro, Educated by Tara Westover, This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Phillips, Inside Out by Demi Moore, A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oats, The Split by Randi Harvey, Life by the Cup by Zhena Muzyka, Islands Apart by Ken McAlpine, Leaving Home by Garrison Keillor, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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