1.Tell us about you, and your writing ( themes, influences etc. )
A1. I’m one who writes because I always have. Sharing was never really the plan…but give a girl a blog and you just never know. I wrote my way through high school, careers, relationships. It would seem a journal doesn’t judge you quite as harshly as your peers. At the end of the day it will always be my therapy. And those pages are also very patient.
2. What are some of the ways in which you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat into, your time writing?
A2. Promoting my own work proves difficult at best and I rely heavily on the networks to do so. It’s been ten years now, and the shallowness and selfishness has taken its toll. I now rely on Instagram which allows me to easily cross post and keep my few remaining accounts active. People are people even in their digital personas and people take a lot of time. I’ve had years of my writing life hijacked and have grown much more protective of my space. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some incredible talent and these days I’m working a little harder at the real world version of myself. I’m a small town country bumpkin and proud of it. A small reading in a park, church, or library is an adventure in itself. It’s pushing my comfort zone…and as a result pushing my writing in a brand new way.
3. What projects are you working on at present?
A3. Right now my goal is to commit to my 4th collection. It’s been sometime and focus shifts. I’ve been editing and reworking and making poetic excuses for far too long now. Locally, it’s library readings for me and hopefully connecting with a few local writers. I opened my own little curiosity/pawn/smoke shop with my family and I would love to open up the space to invite our local artists and writers to take part.
4. What does poetry mean to you?
A4. I love poetry because YOU, no matter where or what you come from, are a living breathing epic poem being written in real time. Some of us just choose to write it down. There is a poem for everyone, and it can be life changing when you find those words, that writer, that shares your story.