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April Davila

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April Dávila received her undergraduate degree from Scripps College before going on to study writing at USC. She was a resident of the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in 2017 and attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers in 2018. In 2019 her short story “Ultra” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A fourth-generation Californian, she lives in La Cañada Flintridge with her husband and two children. She is a practicing Buddhist, half-hearted gardener, and occasional runner. 142 Ostriches is her first novel.

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April Davila The first piece of advice I always give to aspiring writers is to just get started. Set aside a regular time and just do it. It might mean getting up…moreThe first piece of advice I always give to aspiring writers is to just get started. Set aside a regular time and just do it. It might mean getting up early (like, really early) or working on your lunch break, or writing on the bus, but if you wait to be inspired, the odds of finishing anything are pretty slim. Be okay with the fact that your first draft will suck and just get to it.
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142 Ostriches

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Pub Day!

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Yesterday morning I woke up and logged into my website to change all of the “pre-order your copy” links to read “order your copy.” Because it’s Pub Day! My book is officially published, out in the world, a thing people can buy and read and hold in their hands.





It’s been a long road. No joke. And all day yesterday felt like Christmas morning. Better even. I got flowers. I got texts all through t...

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