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.
is a skilled nurse in emergency cases who writes poetry during her leisure periods. She is the fourth and last child of her parents who was born in Bloemfontein, Free State on 20th November but completed her higher education in Ghana as a professional nurse at Garden City University College. She’s so proud to be a unique writer which was built during her basic education at junior high school in reading out her manifesto after she got selected as the senior prefect. She currently has her personal blog (https://bbvintagepoetry.wordpress.com/) and is determined to continue writing to the fullest.
1. What inspired you to write poetry?
I got inspired to write poetry through various novels that I read whilst growing up as a young adult. Glancing through the pages by each author brought some sense of unique style and words which helped me in picking up vocabulary.
It also came as an in-built outpour of the heart, soul and mind as a result of the hardships that I passed through in life and the dents that it left behind.
2. Who introduced you to poetry?
I must say that no one did the introduction; I did my own write-ups and gradually gained confidence in presenting one of my poems during a world health day activity held at my old workplace. It added up to us winning a trophy and that is how it started.
3. How aware were you of the dominating presence of older poets?
With regards to dominating older poets I’m already aware that there were pacesetters in the poetry industry which became a stepping stone for emerging poets to follow suit. Experience is said to be the best teacher.
4. What is your daily writing routine?
I write mostly early in the mornings when I wake up based on whatever comes into mind. I don’t have an exact consistent pattern it changes most of the times.
5. What motivates you to write?
I get motivated to write more poetry by what I read from already established poets which encourages me to do better. The stages and ordeals that I passed through in life gave me an inner will power to bring
out the best in me and voice it out.
6. What is your work ethic?
My work ethic is to stay focused & principled in all that I write as well as avoid plagiarism.
7. How do writers you read when you were young influence you today?
Well these writers paved a way through my heart by their artistic style of writing and how they were able to bring out literally meanings in their novels, journals and abridged books.
8. Who of today’s writers do you admire the most and why?
Sidney Sheldon is one of the writers I admire the most especially with his book that he came out with “if tomorrow comes’’ I cried when I read this book but I really learnt a lot from it. Even though he isn’t alive but part of the 20th century writers; his novels had a captivating suspense about the major happenings encountered in life. His writing construct kept you reading without placing the book down and I used to read his books with one of my favorite teachers.
9. Why do you write as opposed to doing anything else?
I have that inner desire of writing the least detail that comes to mind because it’s my passion and inner tenacity to write for my readers to select essential facts from it or enjoy every bit of what is read.
10. What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?’’
I’d say it depends on your zeal and whether if you have the passion for writing. It all starts from within: what your aspirations are towards writing and whether if you are equipped to always reveal your writing skills.
11. Tell me about the writing projects you have on at the moment?
I’m currently working on ‘Tales of an Elegant Woman’ and ‘A Weeping Soul’ which will come as mini novels very soon. I’m as well working on daily and monthly poetry write-ups on my personal blog on word press, twitter and others. I have made quite a number of submissions to Black Bough Poetry, the BeZine, Haiku Dialogue, Bristol Museum & Arts, the London Magazine and a whole lot more.