Writer Spotlight: An interview with Amanda Dzimianski

Kimberley Payne
Oct 5 · 5 min read
Personal photo by Amanda Dzimianski

As a publication on Medium, we have grown to over 120 writers in 8 short months. We are excited to see what God is doing to get His Word out there.

Through this interview series, we want to share with you a little snapshot into the lives of our writers.

Amanda Dzimianski lives in Athens, Georgia, USA. You’re invited to join us in learning a little bit about Amanda and what makes her tick.


When did you join Medium? What influenced your decision to join?

December 2018 — I was writing an Advent devotional and wanted to make it available on another platform.

When did you join Koinonia? What attracted you to this publication?

Spring of 2019. The faith-based approach was the draw, as well as my friend Janis Cox suggesting I join.

How long have you been writing and how did you come to it?

I’ve been writing all my life. I began writing publicly in 2017, a few months after my son was born, in order to enjoy a creative outlet in the midst of new motherhood.

Who are some of the people who most influenced your decision to write?

Author/Podcaster Emily P. Freeman
My husband, David

Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?

Ideas are everywhere. Sometimes they surprise me, like lovely flowers on a walk, and sometimes they take some cultivation, like bulbs we place in the ground in the autumn in the name of spring.

I pay attention to what I read, listen to, watch, think about, or have conversations about, and I take notes in my bullet journal.

What do you like most / least about writing?

I love the joy of bringing an idea full circle on paper so that someone else can understand and hopefully be helped by what I’ve learned. I love the community found in writing. I love seeing something that was only in my head take on form, shape, and life in a finished piece or project.

I dislike the battle with imposter syndrome, and some of the necessary but draining aspects of marketing writing in the 21st century. I consider the business side of internet writing a gift, also, but one that is tricky to always recognize as an opportunity, versus a competition, another box to check, or a time-sucker.

How do you balance professional time with personal time?

Shelley Giglio once and said that true balance doesn’t exist — there will ALWAYS be something in life that takes precedence over all the other things.
So, I place boundaries, and respect the seasons of life I am passing through, instead of trying to measure and weigh for “balance”.

Practically, I Sabbath on Sundays — my phone stays off, I do zero writing that feels like work, and I stay away from my email inbox and my writing spaces online.

During the week, my writing time gets shaped by the rest of life. I try not to beat myself up if I don’t get to everything. I try to get in one session early in the morning before my son gets up, and another during his naptime.

Fridays are set aside deliberately right now as a day where I leave the house and focus on my deeper projects, while my husband graciously oversees our son.

Personal photo of Amanda Dzimianski

What Medium publications/writers are you currently following?

I prefer following writers over pubs. Maarten van Doorn always has fascinating things to say, and Darren T.A. writes beautifully.

What are some of your favorite things? What makes you unique?

I love in-depth, face-to-face conversation. I adore Hope*Writers, the online writers' community I am part of. Books, of course. And I’ve learned that adding a splash of live greenery in a glass vase or pretty cup throughout my home brings me joy.

I’m unique, perhaps, in my view of the Church and its place in Christianity — that we have over complicated the concept, and that “Church” is a people and a movement, not at all an event on Sundays.

How is your faith reflected in your writing?

It is the foundation. My faith is what explains the world I see around me, and this is the basis for everything I write about. I blog about identity, creativity, and community as Image-Bearers.

The topic that most consumes me at the moment is our identity in Christ — do we know what that actually means? Does it impact our daily thought processes? Do we recognize our purposes in light of this identity? Do we let our behavior flow gently from this identity, versus defining ourselves by the behaviors?

What are some things you learned from your own writing? From others?

To just start, and see where it leads. Often, the seed idea takes longer than anticipated to flower, or it simply leads to a different idea altogether.

I’ve also learned that writing is 100% a team sport — writing community is not optional, it’s essential.

I’ve learned “Your pace is your pace,” from Emily P. Freeman; to call myself a writer and let the writing flow from this identity, from Hope*Writers; and smarter ways to edit from Stephen King’s “On Writing.”

What is your ultimate writing goal?

I don’t believe in one ultimate goal, so my next goal is getting a book published. I am currently preparing a book proposal to take to an appointment with an editor at writer’s conference this fall.

After that, I’ll find a new goal!

What advice do you have for a newbie on Medium?

Carefully read Medium’s guidelines, and join a good support group like Medium Mastery on Facebook. Ask lots of questions — and stick around for a while. It takes time to get a feel for the platform, and it’s constantly changing.

Where else can we find you on the Internet? Do you have a website, blog, Pinterest board etc?

Website, Facebook, Instagram,
I’m focusing primarily on my book proposal right now, so my email newsletter (sign up here) and Instagram are the primary places to connect with me right now.


Stay tuned as we will be continuing our writer spotlight series with interviews of each of our other writers on Koinonia.

We are grateful for the fantastic writers we have and invite you to follow each of them here:

Co-editors of Koinonia: Bett Harris, Janis Cox, Mishael Witty, and Kimberley Payne


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