Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Danielle Holian

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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Danielle Holian

is a poet, journalist, and photographer, born in the West of Ireland. She studied digital media of journalism and marketing in college and has since gained substantial experience in the media field branching off into poetry and photography. She flourishes her creative love through words and art. She continues her passion for words through her media work as a music critic of reviews and interviews. She documents her interests, sparks, and amusements as she captures moments she relives through her art.

On the release of her debut book, Danielle says, “Writing this collection was a journey I knew I needed to adventure on. From being in a dark place to find the light again. I discuss some heavy topics that are close to my heart that I hope to open conversations for the ones that were once me.”

 

 The Interview 

  1. When and why did you begin to write poetry?

I have been writing for as long as I can remember, but I began writing poetry in my teens. I used it as a way to express myself going through things where I found I couldn’t voice myself thoughts, feelings and emotions out loud. It was theraphetic and lead me to find my inner voice that I hope can inspire others. And writing has always been there for me through the good and bad times of my life.

2. Who introduced you to poetry?

I sort of just stumbled upon poetry one day and as they say the rest is history. There’s been many influences in my life both personally and writers I’ve come across through my time. I’m a creative individual with a constant urge to keep learning, evolving, and growing.

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

With the likes of Sylvia Plath, William Shakespeare, and Oscar Wilde, I know they have an influence in today’s writing many years later. They made their mark and continuously inspire writer’s like me. I grew up loving writing in school, so certain classes I studied involved older poets which evolved my love for writing. The art of creating a story to share intrigues me. They showed me that it is possible once you believe.

4. What is your daily writing routine?

As well as being a poet, I am a music critic and songwriter. So, my daily writing routine differs each day. It keeps the spark and interest alive as something always catches me off guard and develops into something unexpected. But, I generally try to journal something daily whether it becomes something or not in time.

5. What motivates you to write?

Life. People. My everyday experiences. I cannot live through this life of mine without documenting, journaling, and finding new ways to express myself through writing. It gives me a purpose.

6. What is your work ethic?

I think I have a strong work ethic, with strong perfectionist tendencies. I am constantly testing myself to do better. I know nothing I do wastes my time, rather prepares me for something greater. Everything I do is a learning experience with some curves that do try to keep me off target, but it’s the motivation and love for art is what keeps me going. It has taken me a long time to find a perfect balance with my work, life and everything in between.

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

They gave me courage to pursue my love for the art of writing. I have found the strength to discuss heavier topics in my writing and without the writers before me I doubt I would have considered writing as an outlet.

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

At the moment, I would say the likes of Nikita Gill, Olivia Gatwood, Rupi Kaur, Lauren Eden, Taylor Swift, and Demi Lovato are my biggest influences. I prefer to connect with a creative and the stories they tell. So, these women inspire me to be my best self in a world so cruel yet full of love. Their unapologetic vibe and strength to share their stories makes me feel invincible. Without these people it would have taken much longer to find the inner strength to carry on through.

9. Why do you write?

I write for the child inside me that didn’t have a voice growing up. I discuss heavy topics in my writing that I know will help someone. Give someone a voice. So, that alone is enough for me to know what I do is worthwhile. It’s a way for me to express things I either bottle up inside or cannot voice immediately. Writing is my escape from life and a way for me to ground myself.

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

There’s no set rules. For me, it was as simple as picking up a pen and paper and writing whatever inspires me in that moment. I then began sharing my work with friends. . .which lead me to begin sharing my work online. It’s important to build up contacts when wanting to pursue life as a writer. And never give up on your dreams.

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

I have just published my debut poetry book, Beautifully Chaotic. It’s available through Amazon. Other than that, I am still reviewing music, songwriting, and writing to my heart’s content.

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