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.
Denis Olasehinde Akinmolasire
is a software engineer who has always enjoyed writing and is taking the opportunity to share his unique insights and hidden talents to the rest of the world. Denis’s perspectives have been formed through his own journey in finding love, battling to overcome the challenges and fears that have been put in front of him in the pursuit of glory and being the very best he can be at everything he does.
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1. What inspired you to write poetry?
I have written in the past but because of where my career and where my life took me I never had a chance to explore this avenue. An opportunity arose last year to publish my first book Love, War and Glory: Spoken Words for All Seasons which allowed me to explore my writing skills fully.
2. Who introduced you to poetry?
I was introduced to poetry at my school by my English teachers. Poetry was a subject we used to explore and write about in the past.
3. How aware were you of the dominating presence of older poets?
I became more aware of the authors behind poetry when I got older. What I find interesting with poetry is how powerful it can be in terms of emotions. Poetry I have found on occasion can reveal the back-story behind a person.
4. What is your daily writing routine?
I don’t have daily routing at the moment as I’m kind of between books. I tend to write in the moment. As sometimes I will be inspired by a particular subject or topic and my ideas will just come from nowhere.
5. What motivates you to write?
Current events and what I experienced in my life. I choose the themes of Love, War and Glory for my first book as I was very keen on creating a message and a reading experience that many people can relate to. I also interested in writing things about areas that no one has explored before. I wrote Love, War and Glory as I felt there wasn’t a book out there that covered all 3 themes in one book.
6. What is your work ethic?
I have been the sort of the person that when I want to go and do something I just go out and find a way to make it happen. Similar to how I created my first book.
7. How do the writers you read when you were young influence you today?
Roald Dahl was one of my favourites; Fantastic Mr Fox was one of my favourites. I enjoyed reading Shakespeare especially Merchant of Venice; he was able to tell a story using poetic expressions which I felt was probably a little ahead of his time.
8. Who of today’s writers do you admire the most and why?
I’m currently reading Lost Gods written by Micah Yongo; he’s an upcoming Author whom I expect the world will be hearing more about in the near future. In terms of poetry I like some of the poems that Viola Allo has done especially in Bird from Africa.
9. Why do you write, as opposed to doing anything else?
In my day job I work as a software engineer. I took the opportunity to write my first book as I felt people in my line of work are often labelled as nerdy and not being artistic. Like for instance I went to a poetry event in September after work and one comment I received was you look too serious to be here because I was in my work suit. But when I read out my poems I think some of the audience were shocked by what I could do. People shouldn’t be defined simply because of what they do for a living on a day to day basis.
10. What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?” To become a writer I think is actually quite simple; pick up your pen/computer and get writing. The medium you write in is a different matter; that will come over time depending on how far you want to take your writing. The advice I would give to people is don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t and can do. Trust your instinct and let your imagination fly. I believe writers are at their best when they let their ideas just flourish.
11. Tell me about the writing projects you have on at the moment.
At the moment my focus is on two fronts; promoting my current book Love, War and Glory: Spoken Words for All Seasons. I’m also preparing to write my second book. My second book is going to be a fiction book on the subject of slavery. I’m keeping the title to myself for the moment . All will be revealed in due course.