Today we’d like to introduce you to Savannah Jade.
Savannah, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started writing when I was around 11 years old. Granted, not very well, but I started to explore writing short stories and poetry.
The things I wrote leaned more on the darker side, and for a young adolescent, it concerned my mother and teachers a great deal. In fact, my family preferred that I stop. So, for a while, I pretended that the pen and my imagination ceased to function and that creative writing was not the avenue for me. But still, I wrote.
I stuck pages between all the books hoarded in my room so that they just looked like ordinary bookshelves. There were so many scraps of paper I accumulated, that sometimes when I brought a book out to dinner as the introvert in me requested, I would open it to find something I had written a few years ago, something forgotten that still sparked a light in me. Unfortunately, the fear of being in public led me to close the chapter. But, every now and then I found myself dreaming about being an author.
It wasn’t until reaching my high school years when all that boiled up teen angst hit me and I couldn’t keep all the emo in me from speaking out. I started to write on old assignments, on envelopes (before realizing that was a Dickinson thing), on bookmarks whenever another author inspired me, and even on sticky notes during class.
At some point, I built up enough courage to start sharing my work. So I went home, an iPhone oddly replaced by a pen in my hand, awkwardly fidgeting around with the Instagram app until I began the account known as “JadePoetry”. Within the first week of sharing my old poetry, I had 1,000 followers. Once I hit that tiny milestone I started to request that my followers leave a red rose emoji whenever they felt touched or inspired. This was my form of encouragement, it also became a sort of feedback, and gosh it felt so liberating.
A year or two passed and I had amassed over 30k followers. My dream of publishing before turning 18 came to fruition. I gathered all the stuff I had written as a young adolescent and a few of the newer pieces and started to format my book. Eventually, when the time came, months before my release date, I decided to name my volume of very embarrassing, angsty teen, childish poetry book “Began with a Rose” in gratitude towards the strangers online and the friends/family in life that supported and encouraged me with a simple red rose emoji.
Now, looking back at that first goal accomplished, I find myself cringing at the words I used to be so excited to share, perhaps because I know now that there is so much room for improvement, and there is so much more I can offer with words. So much that we all can offer with words, if only we just pen it down and share our hearts out.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I might be audacious to say this, but I personally believe that there’s no point to life if it’s an easy breeze. Everyone’s had at least one roadblock along the way. Life’s no fun without a little struggle.
My family was broken, my mother had a lot of health issues, my father suffered from addiction and temper problems, we suffered financially at times, and my brother and I had moved over 15 or 20 times growing up. It definitely was hard to even consider our goals or dreams, but nevertheless, our upbringing shaped us.
In fact, I like to view bumps in the road as a positive thing. Hell, I definitively got some fun writing material out of it, I’ll tell yuh that. Plus, being able to share yourself and open up really allows us to connect with others and form lasting bonds that continue to shape us and our capacity for resilience.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
JadePoetry became a business the moment I published. My first book focuses on teenage love, heartbreak, depression, and even suicide. With that in mind, I made sure to include all the suicide hotlines in my volume and decided to donate $1 of every purchase to Mental Health America.
I mostly specialize in poetry and short stories/prose. However, I tend to also do creative modeling/photography/drawings on the side which I love to accompany with my written work.
If I must be proud, I’m grateful for the multitudinous friends and connections I’ve made online that have supported me throughout my journey, even if I haven’t supplied writing the way I used to for some time now.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Oh man. I typically never have any luck, but I do have one story that changed my life.
Around 2015/2016, my mother began dating a man from Texas which was around the same time I opened up to her about my small dream of publishing before becoming an adult. It just so happened that the guy she was seeing happened to know someone who I could talk to. That person ended up being Jenae Noonan, a published author and MMA fighter that just so happened to start up her own publishing company. So, thanks to him, I was able to pursue my goals and publish a volume of poetry.
The good luck didn’t end there… a few years later he married my mother and has become a wonderful stepfather (that has gifted us with another little brother).
- http://jadepoetry.com/my-book/ my book is $12.99 and is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
- Website: http://jadepoetry.com/
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