Just wanted to point out that Jessica is another talented lady who I met on - Twitter. If you aren't there, you should be.
Can you briefly tell me when you first started writing?
I began writing when I was about ten years old. I was always a very emotionally in-tune little girl, and at an early age searched for some sort of outlet. I believe I found this venue from a school exercise, then realized immediately it was freeing and very healing. I wish I could say I have written continuously since then, but it has been off and on with a more consistent run the last five years or so.
What inspires you to write?
I have many inspirations and “processes” for writing. There is certain music that rings to me as poetry. I play those songs to get me in the mood, and the place I need to be to write. Being a stream of conscious and emotional writer, the flow often needs to be stirred. I have learned through the years to capture it better and even trigger it more than I was able to in the past. I also find great inspiration in others writing and will often become inspired by even just a word. Those moments I love the most and always hope I have a pen and paper close at hand.
What are your hopes and dreams with your poetry?
I just finished putting together my first collection of poetry. It contains 50 poems and 5 prose poetry works. I am submitting it to publishers along with a children’s book I wrote, that is currently being illustrated. I also have a very exciting collaboration I am doing with a photographer. We are collaborating to bring to life a poem I wrote in 11 parts that tells a story. It is more than just doing a photo to match the words; it is bringing the words out in a unique way. We hope to find a great venue to make it available to the public once it is complete. I am already working on a second manuscript of all prose poetry with hopes to also have it published in the future.
What is your favorite genre?
Classics always seem to catch my eye from Frost to Neruda, but also find myself attracted to such wonderful poets as Maya Angelou. I continue to find that it is always the romance that pulls me in the deepest. Often it is darker, but romance just the same. I do hold a place in my heart for the more humorous side of things. It always does me good to laugh and I try to - at least ten times a day.
While e-mailing Jessica,we discovered that we grew up relatively close to each other. My father lived in her home town until his death. We may just have to do a road trip to my favorite city (well one of them) San Francisco. Please enjoy Jessica's fine writing.
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