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Aaron Anson: Mind Your Own Life

by Borderstan.com — May 12, 2011 at 11:00 am 0

Aaron Anson, "Mind Your Own Life," Luis Gomez Photos

Author Aaron Anson at ACKC on 14th Street NW. His first book will be released May 16. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Cecile Oreste of danceDC. Follow her on Twitter @dance_DC.

Aaron Anson is an inspirational writer and new thought coach who lives in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Raised a black devout Christian in the South and endeavoring to uphold instilled beliefs, he married and fathered two children before accepting that he was a gay man.

His first book, Mind Your Own Life, is a deeply personal memoir of his journey back to love. It is scheduled for release on Monday, May 16.

Borderstan: How long have you been working on Mind Your Own Life?

Anson: The process has been about three years. I started writing Mind Your Own Life while I was living in Atlanta and finished the book in D.C. It started as a journal of my own life experiences that I shared with my friends, and evolved into an inspirational book.

Borderstan: What made you want to move to D.C., and in particular to Dupont Circle?

Anson: I had been living in Atlanta for 12 years and I knew there was something bigger and better out there. I wanted to get away from what I had known. My partner Oliver and I made a quick visit to D.C. on our way to Martha’s Vineyard and loved the place. We moved to the area about a month later. Dupont Circle is a welcoming and diverse community. It also has lots of great restaurants including Raku — one of our favorites.

Borderstan: Any advice for aspiring writers?

Anson: Write your own story and write from the heart. Set a few hours a day and let your mind go. Write down all your thoughts as they come to you.

Borderstan: What’s next for Aaron Anson?

Anson: The book release party for Mind Your Own Life is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7 from 6 to 8 pm at Busboys and Poets on 14th Street NW. There will also be a D.C. Pride Week Meet the Author event on Wednesday, June 8 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Beacon Hotel. Please visit my website for more information.

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