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 three options: an emailed list of questions or a more fluid interview via messenger, or an interview about their latest book, or a combination of these.
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.
Carrie Anne Golden
is a deafblind writer from the mystical Adirondack Mountains now living on a farmstead in northeastern North Dakota. She writes dark fiction and poetry. Her work has been published in places like Piker Press, Edify Fiction, Doll Hospital Journal, The Hungry Chimera, GFT Press, Asylum Ink, and Visual Verse
1. What inspired you to write poetry?
I have found that writing poetry was the best way of expressing myself as a woman and as a creative. It is very cathartic for my soul that I can never get enough!
2. Who introduced you to poetry?
Although I was really introduced to poetry via school as a girl, it was a coworker many years later who re-introduced me. Through her, I learned about National Poetry Writing Month (in 2008) which I tried and became “addicted” to writing poetry.
3. How aware were you of the dominating presence of older poets?
I was never truly aware until very recently.
4. What is your daily writing routine?
Pre-COVID19 the mornings were my time to write since I had the house all to myself. Now, with my guys home all the time, I try to squeeze it in whenever I can.
5. What motivates you to write?
Characters and stories motivate me. If I don’t get them out of my head, I’d go insane!
6. What is your work ethic?
I’m usually too laid back to stick to a strict schedule. As long as I am creating something each day or as often as I can, I’m happy! Deadlines usually stress me out however at times they are the only way to get me to focus and complete a project.
7. How do the writers you read when you were young influence you today?
I read a lot of horror and supernatural books as a girl so I guess these had a hand in the kind of stuff I like to write.
8. Who of today’s writers do you admire the most and why?
I love Terry Brooks’ books. Although he tries to keep a set writing schedule, he spends a lot of his time in a hammock outside losing himself in his imagination and daydreams.
9. Why do you write, as opposed to doing anything else?
Writing comes more naturally yet at the same time it is the most difficult thing to do. The feeling I get each time I create something nothing else matches it!
10. What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?”
In order to become a writer all you need to do is pick up a pen and write words on the paper. Don’t worry about anything else just write what comes to mind.
11. Tell me about the writing projects you have on at the moment.
I have two projects at the moment. One – I’m using poetry as a tool for writing my first memoir. Two – I’m in the process of writing a disaster-creature book called Terror From the Deep. The third one is actually a guilty please that I’m dong for myself a fantasy/scifi story involving magic and apocalyptic events that is set in an alternate dimension (the story is called Armageddon’s Race).