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.
Daniel J. Flore III
Daniel J. Flore III is the author of 3 collections of poetry- Lapping Water, Humbled Wise Men Christmas Haikus, and Home and other places I’ve yet to see. All three are from GenZ Publishing and available on Amazon.
1. What were the circumstances under which you began to write poetry?
I started writing poetry in lieu of paying attention during Geometry and English class in high school.
2. Who introduced you to poetry?
My very first introduction to poetry was learning about Edgar Allan Poe in grade school.
3. How aware were you of the dominating presence of older poets?
I’ve encountered a lot of egos in poetry which was intimidating at first but I did have some mentors who helped me a great deal and were genuinely good people too.
4. What is your daily writing routine?
Some days I do a full to do list of everything in my writing I’d like to get done, other days I find that too constricting and I just see what happens and what I come up with.
5. What motivates you to write?
Emotions, anything I find interesting or different.
6. What is your work ethic?
I’m a workaholic actually. Poetry is hard work and can be exhausting.I try hard to get a good poem or a good recitation. So my work ethic is pretty strong.
7. How do the writers you read when you were young influence you today?
They are huge. They’re my heroes. People like Salinger, Hemingway, Kerouac. Their work stays with me and continues to inspire me.
8. Who of today’s writers do you admire the most and why?
Jeff Weddle, Jenn Zedd, Tom Riordan, Paul Brookes, KW Peery, Mary Deweese, to name a few. These are people that keep me interested. It’s so easy in contemporary poetry to just tune out from boredom. At least for me it is. But these poets and some others continue to impress me and keep me awed.
9. Why do you write?
To create the best poetry I can.
10. What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?”
Write something really original down, as soon as you do that you don’t need to become a writer, you are one.
11. Tell me about the writing projects you have on at the moment.
My latest poetry collection, Home And Other Places I’ve Yet To See, was just released by GenZ Publishing. I have been recording a lot of poems and a couple more collections (Pink Marigold Rays, 2019) and (The Meaning of a Sigh, poems of the U.S.A. 2020) are forthcoming from GenZ Publishing. I will be hitting the bookstores again soon too, to do some readings.