This first interview was done by a student interested in my writing. Her name is Harriet Palmer
HP- What prompted you to write poetry?
Me- I was beginning this writing thing, and I was doing short stories. Very early on. I wrote a piece in five parts on Facebook. It was interesting and entertaining, but not good. Even so, I reached an audience, and one of the people was my old friend Russel. He encouraged me to try writing some songs. It started the beginning of my poetry career. No songs were made, but I was allowed a new outlook for my creative endeavors.
HP- What were you like as a child?
Me- I was lonely in a group of people. I always felt different. I grew up on a cul-de-sac, and when I was growing up there were kids within a few years of me. I was always getting into fights with other children. I played many sports on the block, and was physically active. I never really was any good at video games. I played Mario brothers and Techno Football, but that was the extent.
Hp- What conditions help you with your writing process?
Me- I never am constricted about where I write. I just make sure I do some form of writing every day. I allow for what is happening to not be directly on the page, but on the page in a non-visual way. If I am sexually frustrated, it will come on the page with humor or sadness, depending on how I feel about it. Many times I am jealous, and I write about something, and the jealousy is hidden, not just on the page, but also to me. Writing allows me to forget the details, and with that I can move on in my current reality.
HP- What do you read?
Me- I read about anything really. I am studying in school now, and so I do a lot of reading for classes. But, in the summer I concentrate on reading poetry books. I started with local poets such as, Dave Mura, Sun Yung Shin, Jim Moore, Joyce Sutphren, Patricia Kirkpatrick, and John Colbrun. Those are poets from Minnesota. I also have read Charles Bukowski, and Nikki Giovanni. I have more to read.
HP- Why do you write?
Me- I have been allowed a freedom that not all people get. I am able to feel something inside me at all times, that is a desire to produce something, and that has turned out to be poetry. I am privileged in that I haven’t always been a writer. It was always in me, but I was never driven, and then one day I had a story to tell, but didn’t know how. A friend of mine, Carl Janikowski, had a book that taught you how to write a short story. He gave it to me, and I never looked back. Also with writing, I have a new community, a community of writers. We all know what it is like to be in a ever going process of development. I don’t know where writing will take me, and I suppose that is why I like it.
The 2nd interview is from a individual who has read my book. When I told her that I was making a website, this what she wanted to know.
Q- Where do you get your inspirations or ideas for your poems?
A- I am usually inspired by the last poem. When I write, and I do often, it takes me a while to really get in my groove, after the first five minutes, I hit my stride. I am fired up my emotions, which is why I typically write at night, when I have gone through some sort of conversation or have gone to a play, a concert, or a movie. I rarely ever know what I am going to write.
Q- When did you start writing?
A- I started writing formally at age 24.
Q- Do only write? Or do you have other creative interests?
A- I indulge in painting, and in my job I use creativity.
Q- Do you belong to a writing group or poetry group?
A- I don’t, but I am a product manage for a literary magazine called, Haute Dish.
Q- Do you visualize your poetry in pictures?
A- No, I can’t say I do.
Q- Do you just write poems or stories as well?
A- I have written short fiction, novels, plays, and screen plays.
Q- Do you follow a writing style, like a haiku?
A- Sometimes I do. There are times I do vignettes. I usually do free form, which Walt Whitman made popular.
Q- Do you use a pen and paper or type on a computer?
A- I do both. If I am home, I type on a computer, but if I am camping or on a road trip I use pen and paper.
Q- How much time do you write each day, week?
A- I write for an hour daily. The time of day varies.
Q- Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that idea?
A- I had been working on it for three years. A friend named Alex, suggested I do a book of poetry. I decided that I wanted to get my work together. After the decision was made, it took a year to publish.
Q- How did you get interested in writing this particular genre?
A- I was trying to write songs for a guitarist, but he never took any, and so I found I like it and it transformed. I haven’t consistently been writing poetry, but it is my most frequent outlet.
Q- What kind of research do you do for your pieces?
A- It depends. I usually just write what I know.
Q- What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
A- I go about my day in a structured way. I usually go to the gym, then head to a coffee shop to meet with a friend, and from there it varies, but at around 10:30 I am typically writing at home. My most recent goal is to write three poems a day, but it has been word count, a chapter, or even a time goal. I mix it up to keep out the mundane.
Q- What is the hardest part of writing for you?
A- Showing it to someone.
Q- What’s the best thing about being a writer?
A- The community that evolves after some time. I have obtained friendships that I wouldn’t have had if I weren’t a writer. It is also a feeling of being a writer that allows me personally to accept my life. I always struggled with that until I made writing my past time.
Q- What are you working on now?
A- I recently finished a draft of my screenplay. I am writing poetry, and I am putting together a website to make my book more available.
Q- What advice would you give aspiring writers?
A- Focus on the craft, not the money.
Q- Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
A- Stephen King, Dylan Thomas and many famous, but my favorite locals are Marya Hornbaucher, and Dave Mura.
Q- If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
A- Will you appear to me?