Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Robert J. W.

Wombwell Rainbow Interviews

I am honoured and privileged that the following writers 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.
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Robert J. W.

Robert J. W. is a poet, author, and digital artist from Morgantown, WV. He’s the author of the poetry collections Houses I’ve Died In, Screamo Lullabies, and Dusty Video Game Cartridges. When not writing, he enjoys: listening to music, going for nature walks, meditating, playing video games, and watching videos.
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The Interview

1. What inspired you to write poetry?

That’s kind of a funny story. I started writing short stories before I could even remember so I’ve been writing basically my whole life. When I was in middle school, I played this game called Max Payne and the main character’s poetic inner monologue really resonated with me. It inspired me to take a creative writing class in high school where we had to write poetry as an assignment. I’ve been in love ever since.

2. Who introduced you to poetry?

As I said, I started writing poetry during high school so I suppose my teacher, Dr. Solomon, was my introduction.

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

I don’t think there is a dominating presence, personally. In my networking, I see many age groups writing and they all have talent.

4. What is your daily writing routine?

I put on some music, have some coffee, read some writing, and start up. It’s been my routine for years now and I like to get inspired any way that I can. Music is almost always involved. Usually punk or metal.

5. What motivates you to write?

My life experiences, mostly. Music helps. So does reading. Seeing other people’s work really motivates me to better myself everyday.

6. What is your work ethic?

I try to write at least twice a day. I don’t always succeed but I’m driven to do so.

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

I read a lot of Bukowski and Henry Rollins when I was younger (and still do) so my writing will always have that tinge of darkness attached to it. Not as much as it used to, mind, but I doubt I’ll ever escape it.

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

Keith Buckley is a big influence on me because his writing is very abstract and deep. He’s the vocalist for Every Time I Die and the author of the novel Scale. I really admire James Kelley as well. His work really hits hard and makes you feel pretty much everything. I also dig William F. Devault who can write a love poem like no other. Daniel Mctaggart’s work is raw and hits like an espresso. K. Kibbee has this abstract and southern style to her that I haven’t seen anyone else able to replicate. I could go on forever…

9. Why do you write?
I suffer from anxiety and depression. Writing helps me get those feeling out in a healthy way and motivates me to keep trying.

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

Simply suffer and rise.

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

I’m putting together an as-yet untitled flash fiction collection and am also working on another poetry collection.
Robert J. W. is a poet, author, and digital artist from Morgantown, WV. He’s the author of the poetry collections Houses I’ve Died In, Screamo Lullabies, and Dusty Video Game Cartridges. When not writing, he enjoys: listening to music, going for nature walks, meditating, playing video games, and watching videos.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Robertjw4688
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobertJW4688
Tumblr: http://robertjw4688.tumblr.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robertjw4688/

 

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