Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Wayne Riley

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.

wayne riley

Wayne Riley

was born in Conisbrough, South Yorkshire England in 1968. By the early 1970s he had learned to make shapes into letters and from there progressed to words. This gave Wayne the ability shortly thereafter in which he wrote his first hand pencilled story about the adventures of the six million dollar man. Spurred on by this monumental achievement and the strange sensation that he was going to be more famous than God before lunchtime, Wayne continued to scurrilously scribble away. Fast forward forty years and Wayne finally achieved his dream of becoming an overnight nobody with the escape of his first book in 2015.

I Softly Went A Huntin’’, a collection of nonsense poetry and humorous short stories gripped the nation in such a way that it was completely missed by the general public. His second book, however hopes to eclipse this oversight and actually sell a copy.

Wayne lives at home with his wife, Dawn and only son, Nathan. Both continue to endure his madness from a distance and keep him well stocked up on crayons.

The Interview

  1. What inspired you to write poetry?

In my first book, ‘I SOFTLY WENT A HUNTIN’’ there’s a short story in there called, ‘IT’S NOT ONLY TRUE, IT REALLY HAPPENED’. That will tell you everything you need to know.

  1. Who introduced you to poetry?

From the moment I first met the white rabbit I knew poetry and words would be my life support system. I believe that day I was given a gift and one in which I will try to make good use of.

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

In school, in my day that’s all I can remember being taught, Byron; Keats; Wordsworth etc… but nowadays; with the invention of the internet the world really is your oyster.

  1. What is your daily writing routine?

I don’t really have a daily writing routine. I’m pretty flexible when it comes to that, and the Gods who give me the stuff don’t have a set routine, so why should I.

  1. What motivates you to write?

Like I’ve just said, when the Gods give me a poem/story or whatever, then that’s motivation enough. To get it down on the page. To let them know that their efforts haven’t fallen on deaf ears. And so far I think they’ve given me some pretty interesting stuff.

  1. What is your work ethic?

I’m a binge writer, simple. You can get nothing out of me for months on end and then I can literally write and think about nothing but writing for a full year. It’s a double edged sword really. Because when I’m doing nothing I’m quite normal, but when I’m writing I’m this completely other monster that gets consumed and eaten by myself over and over again until at last there’s this piece of art in front of me. I’m not pretty to look at or live with when that happens as I’m sure the wife and son will testify to.

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

That hasn’t changed or ever will, I think. If you’re a great writer then you’ll always be a great writer; the same with a painter or musician. Their work will continue to inspire me until my dying day, and I could never judge my work alongside theirs. That’s for other people to do. As long as you buy my books, that i8s. I don’t believe in free criticism. To me they’re asking for a fight. So if that’s the case then get fuckin’ ready.

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

I don’t have any one- single- writer who I admire above the next. That would be like saying that you were always happy. Different moods; feelings situations dictate who I read or listen to at any given time.

  1. Why do you write?

I’ve been writing for so long that I don’t have any choice now; it’s become automatic. Every phrase, every thought I get it down on the page. Also the Gods have a lot to do with it. They’ve been good to me. My mind and body is just a vehicle in which the words travel through before they get onto the page. I feel very privileged to be allowed that luxury, although sometimes it does come at a price.

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

If they’re serious about writing then they’ll already know the answer to that question, instinctively. It’s like asking someone ‘how do you breathe?’ But if you really want to be one then you have to go to all those secret places in your mind that only you yourself can get to. Once you’re there and you know who you really are then set the world on fire with your words. There’s no other feeling like it.

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

I’ve just completed my second book called ‘OUT OF ME HEAD’ Foundations Books Publishing are going to release it. Probably early next year, so I’ll be promoting that…

 

 

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