Q: Why did you pick a poetry format for your project?
A: Poetry is my “first language” in creative writing. Poetry breathes through me more naturally than prose. When in university, I was first introduced to the breath-taking form of the novel-in-verse. Put simply, it’s a novel told in poems. When I worked in public libraries, I read mainstream novels-in-verse as they grew more popular, and told myself that someday I would write one too.
Q: Is this your first serious writing project?
A: No. I wrote my first real novel as an English student at Crandall University in their Creative Writing Concentration. It also was in the novel-in-verse, or poetry, format. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the process, this novel is not yet ready to see the world. I learned invaluable lessons of what to do and what not to do, that will serve me well. Someday I may rework this older novel, but for now, this current project is my focus.
Q: Is this your only writing project?
A: No. I have several projects on the go. My aim is to produce many smaller pieces of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and creative nonfiction that I can submit to writing markets. This approach will improve my writing and provide more credibility in the publishing world.
Q: What are some of your influences as a writer? Do you have any favorite author or series of books?
A: I have always loved the classics, especially the novels and short stories of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, G. K. Chesterton, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and George MacDonald. More of my contemporary influences are Jan Karon’s Mitford Series, Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series, L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series, and Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.