Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Debra Sasak Ross



Wombwell Rainbow Interviews

I am honoured and privileged that the following poets, local, national and international have agreed to be interviewed by me. I gave the writers two options: an emailed list of questions or a more fluid interview via messenger.
The usual ground is covered about motivation, daily routines and work ethic, but some surprises too. Some of these poets you may know, others may be new to you. I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I do.

The Interview

1.   1. When did you start writing poetry?

I started writing when I was around seven or eight years old, but I started writing songs.

2. Who introduced you to poetry?

William Shakespeare and my mother. I was an introvert and my mother encouraged me   to write. I was always observing other people, their lives and circumstances.

3. How aware were you of the dominating presence of older poets?

Not at all at first. Music was my first love. It wasn’t until High School that I fell in love with poetry.

4. What is your daily writing routine?

Nature, life, personal experience and pain drive me.

5. What motivates you to write?

I have been on disability for quite some time, but I admire hard working individuals. I try to follow yet maintain my own original ideas.

6. What is your work ethic?

When I was young, I read a tremendous amount of gothic romance novels, but I think it led me to see the beauty out of the ordinary and mundane things in life.

7. How do the writers you read when you were young influence you today?

Some writer’s pieces are simply timeless like Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven.

8. Who of today’s writers do you admire the most and why?

I would have to say Michael Lee Johnson. He works endlessly and encourages so many new writers.

9. Why do you write?

It is just something I have always loved to do and will continue to do for as long as I possibly can.

9. Why do you write?

I would have to say Michael Lee Johnson. He works endlessly and encourages so many new writers.

10. What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?”

Write, edit, edit, edit and repeat.

11. Tell me about the writing projects you have on at the moment.

I am working on two more books. One on nature and one on the human condition.

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