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.
Nadia de Vries
is the author of Dark Hour (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2018). She lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
- When and why did you begin to write poetry?
I kept a poetry blog between the ages of 12 and 15. My interest exacerbated into a literary studies degree when I was 20, and I haven’t stopped writing since.
- Who introduced you to poetry?
Google, Alfred Tennyson, and Annie M.G. Schmidt.
- How aware were and are you of the dominating presence of older poets?
Not at all, I see young writers all around me.
- What is your daily writing routine?
“Daily” is not the right word but I like coffee, walking, and thinking (in that order) before I write.
- What motivates you to write?
Conversations with friends, reading work that excites me.
- What is your work ethic?
I don’t appraise myself/others based on labor or production more generally. I’m also hesitant to call my writing “work” because I feel that’d be a way of detaching myself from it, while I want to claim full responsibility.
- How do the writers you read when you were young influence you today?
I think I’m still young and also impressionable by nature, so I’m influenced by new stuff all the time.
- Who of today’s writers inspire you the most and why?
Recent books that I adore include: Who Is Mary Sue? by Sophie Collins, Fondue by A.K. Blakemore, A Handbook of Disappointed Fate by Anne Boyer, and Waitress in Fall by Kristín Ómarsdóttir (trans. Vala Thorodds), all published in 2018.
- Why do you write?
50% enthusiasm 50% masochism
- What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?”
Buy me a drink.
- Tell me about the writing projects you have on at the moment.
I’m currently finishing my first Dutch book (Kleinzeer) which will come out with Uitgeverij Pluim in the spring. I’m also working on two new poetry manuscripts and I’m due to finish my dissertation at the University of Amsterdam this coming year.