October 20, 2010 at 12:25 pm , by Cherise Bathersfield
Twenty-six year old Danielle Evans has what most young writers crave: rave reviews for her first book, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. But surprisingly, Evans, who also teaches literature at American University in Washington D.C., says her life has not changed that much. “I’m thrilled that so many people seem to be enjoying the book, but yesterday I went grocery shopping. Today, I’m cleaning my apartment, grading papers and hanging out with my cat.” Her eight-story collection tackles serious issues like race, class and female identity in contemporary settings, but the key to Evans’ storytelling is making the seemingly-complex feel accessible. “Ultimately, I hope that my stories allow the reader to experience some portion of the world that feels new, and some portion of the world that feels familiar,” she says. Evans, already at work on her next book, answered our “Ladies We Love” questions.
What makes me a lady: A willingness to be direct about what I’d like to see happen in my life, my environment and the world at large.
Favorite guilty pleasure: Manicures and fancy bubble bath
Three things on your life list: 1. Read at least a healthy fraction of the books on my to-read list. 2. Live someplace where I can paint the walls. 3. Know that I’ve had a positive impact on the future.
If I could have a superpower, it would be: Teleportation
Ladies I admire: Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Margaret Atwood, my mother