At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
It was definitely a process. I’ve always been a proud pro-choice, pro-woman liberal. However, a significant change in my core beliefs happened as I was writing one of my novels. BrewGirl is novel about a feminist falling in love with a chauvinist. As I did the research to step into the shoes of my main character Zoe, I read a lot of Alice Walker (my MC’s favorite womanist). The book that sparked the most change in me was Walker’s classic collection of womanist prose, In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens. I consider it to be the bible of womanism.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
My mother, first and foremost. My favorite writers - Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston, and Erica Jong - enhanced my awareness as well.
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
I have a young daughter who watches my every move. It's important to me that I provide her with the guidance as she becomes a young woman of color in a world that will try to marginalize her.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
Mainly through my writing. I've self-published nine novels and all of them have characters who are flawed and fabulous women taking the lead in the narratives of their lives. I hope that my words inspire other women to write about women.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
My vision of a feminist world includes inclusion and intersection through all paths of lives. It's a society where women of color are allowed and encouraged to be carefree in thought and action.
How I Define Feminism:
Pure understanding, empathy, and love.
Eliza David is the author of the five-star rated, six-book Cougarette Series. She was born and raised on the noisy South Side of Chicago, but now lives in super quiet Iowa. When she’s not writing, working full-time, or raising two children with her loving husband, Eliza enjoys reading throwback Jackie Collins and indulging in the occasional order of cheese fries.
Eliza is also a contributing writer for Real Moms of Eastern Iowa and Thirty On Tap. She was a featured panelist at the 2016 Iowa Soul Festival and was a headlining author at the 2016 Iowa City Book Fair. Her latest project, Savage, hit Amazon in September 2016.