“Naked Soul” takes the reader on an uplifting spiritual journey through life’s countless lows and highs. These literary tidbits of self-discovery in poetry form reveal a soul-stirring narrative that will jolt inspiration within many hearts. Through Ashley Perkins’ articulate use of alliterative lines, striking stanzas, flowing rhymes, and unique metaphors, this ultimate awakening gains momentum poem by poem. Both intuitive and equally as expressive, poet Ashley Perkins invites you to lose the notion of what doesn’t make your heart sing, so you can discover the driving force of reality: authenticity, passion, and unconditional love for others and the self. By the end of this heart-felt collection of exquisitely-crafted poems, you will be transformed in ways you may have not initially expected. Whether you have struggled with low self-esteem, depression, suicidal thoughts, or simply not feeling good enough, “Naked Soul” will serve as the golden light at the end of that winding dark tunnel. Find out what she learned through her faith in God and her own personal experiences and let these poems resonate with you.
Hello Ashley! I’m excited to be talking with you about your new book today. “Naked Soul” is definitely a beautiful poetry book. I’m sure a lot of inspiration went into its making. What inspired this poetic creation the most?
Finding myself in the deep pits of depression and finding healing in expressing myself through writing. I also found healing through reflecting back on my past and leaning on my faith in God to get me through. I grew passionate to encourage others to know that there is hope and that life gets better.
That is extremely empowering. Poetry really is a wonderful healer. As a fellow word weaver, how did your creative journey begin and how did it flourish?
I started off with the ambitious goal to simply write a book full of poems not really knowing what I was going to write about. My 4-6 poems grew more and more each month. The journey started off really passionate. It got tough along the ways, but I kept pressing on because of the people I was writing for. I knew that they desperately needed to hear what God inspired me to say, so I could not give up.
Amongst the many themes featured in this collection, what would you say are the most prominent ones?
Transparency, low self esteem/ depression/ suicide/ lack of purpose, and hope in Christ.
You talked about what inspired “Naked Soul,” but what inspires your soul?
Nature… walks in the park, oxymorons, prayer, music, and relaxation.
Ha! I love that you included oxymorons in that list. Okay, so we chatted about inspiration, themes, poetic journeys… There’s a ton more we could cover, but I’m especially curious about your creative process…
My creative process is usually is spontaneous. I get inspired by music, nature, and all kinds of things. I am most creative when I am not trying to be. Once I get an idea in my mind, I write down everything that I am inspired to say. I don’t worry about any grammar or spelling errors at that moment. I just let the words flow out of me. I speak with honesty and try to let my personality show.
That sounds perfect! It really is all about harnessing that natural creative flow. Forcing it hardly ever works. So, is there anything else you’d like to add before we part ways?
If this book touches one soul and inspires them, my writing was not in vain.
Oh, I’m know it has and will continue to inspire MANY. Thank you so much for having this interview with me. It was such a joy talking to you! 😀
Ashley Perkins is a passionate author, songwriter, playwright, and advocate of positive change who calls Amarillo, Texas home.
To date, she has written five plays and one short skit for church. Also, she enjoys writing songs. Ashley is motivated to uplift Jesus Christ and inspire others in her creative works. In addition, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in General Business with a Concentration in Entrepreneurship.
When she isn’t crafting plays, lyrics, or poems, Ashley enjoys sewing and journaling. She is also an avid bookworm. She resides in Amarillo, Texas with her husband, Tradon, and their pitbull , Faith.
Ashley’s Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/author/ashleyperkins