Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: John Patrick Robbins

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.


John Patrick Robbins

Is the editor and chief of both the Rye Whiskey Review and Under The Bleachers .

He is also the author of A Cold Beer Beats A Warm Heart .
Available now on amazon published by Alien Buddha Press.

His work has appeared in Ariel Chart, Ramingo’s Porch, Horror Sleaze Trash, Outlaw Poetry Network, Red Fez, Angry Old Man Magazine , Synchronized Chaos, Academy Of The Heart And Mind , Blognostics .

His work is always unfiltered .

Wombwell Rainbow Interviews

1. What inspired you  to write poetry?

Honestly what first got me into poetry was the film Dead Poets Society .
Once I was a outcast as a kid I saw that film and just fell in love with words .
Started reading every poet I could find and haven’t stopped since.
I am always reading .

2. Who introduced you to poetry?

I found books and words on my own but my family have always been avid readers but my mother loves books as much as I and to answer the question it was her that introduced me to my first poetry.

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

I was drawn to poetry but it was a natural thing and read most anyone I could find in my library at the time .
You just know when you read great work it connects instantly .

No matter when you stumble across great work its new to you .
So from the first work I read once like most younger people was Poe .

You just know it’s great.
So from the minute I read the words I was fully aware of there greatness.

4. What is your daily writing routine?

Well being I edit full time it’s straight to work for me .
Then usually put music on and write .
I never force it when comes to my work.
Most times it’s worked out in my head
before I even touch the page .

If a idea is worth anything it stays with you and if you lose it then it simply wasn’t meant to be to begin with.

5. What motivates you to write?

It’s what I always felt I was meant to do and told I never could .
So as long as I am on this earth I feel I should take advantage of the fact now I have the avenues to put my work out there.

6. What is your work ethic.

I edit three ezine’s , do a podcast and also       write fulltime least nobody can ever accuse me of being lazy.
When it comes to anything dealing with the page I am always driven .

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

I think when it comes my earliest influences to speak honestly very little.
Writing is something when you start out.
You’re influences clearly show , then as you grow as a writer you gain confidence and eventually find you’re own voice .

I’m eternally grateful for those whom inspired me to first start penning words of my own.
The influences are still there I just now have my own way if doing things is all.
8. Who of today’s writers do you admire the most
and why?

That list is almost to long to go into
Being I am fortunate enough to actually call some my friends once is something I truly am grateful for.

But writers like James Dennis Casey IV
Whom I deeply respect for his ability to go wherever the page takes him with zero limits .

Ryan Quinn Flanagan. For his humor and  the fact he is one of the most real and driven people I know .

K.W. Peery

For his take no prisoners attitude and devil may care charm Kevin is a great friend as all three mentioned here are people I consider actual friends in my life .

Honestly I respect anyone who puts words to paper .
All the writers at my magazine .
The Rye Whiskey Review .

The list incredibly long .

But anyone there I certainly read and respect .

9. Why do you write?

It’s like being a shark if you don’t swim you die .
Its just part of my DNA .

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

I think people always were writers cause it seems it is just something that’s always inside you .
I do not believe you can learn to be a writer .
No person can teach another how to be creative .

But the best thing you can ever do is learn from writers always read .
And always keep a open mind I have never stopped learning .

Probably the best thing anyone can do who wants to write is put as many books into your head as possible .

Life will teach the rest.

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

I’m working the follow up to my book A Cold Beer Beats A Warm Heart .
I also have another project in the works that should be out in December with Cajun Mutt Press .

So there are a few things upon the horizon so keep looking cause if you are a fan of my work I can promise you will not be disappointed .



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