Wild, Is The Flower Untamed is the first collection of poetry by author, Chamala J. She opens up her words and invites you into a thought-provoking poetic tale. With vivid imagery of love, growth, seduction and pain, through her poetry, she hopes to give you a story of the life that blooms before her. A gift to the wild-hearted, this is for the untamed.
Good afternoon, Chamala! The book cover alone makes Wild, Is The Flower Untamed seem like an enticing read, but as all of us avid writers and bookworms know, there’s more to a book than meets the eye. One’s debut is certainly a cause for celebration, and I’m glad you got your words out there. What inspired these words in particular?
The inspiration of this book came from my life experiences. Each poem is inspired by true events. It highlights many trials and trubilations I have experienced since a child. It is about my growth and finding the courage to write.
Personal experiences (especially the challenging ones) make for authentic, heart-grabbing poetry. When did that intitial spark of poetry enter your life; the moment when you realized “Poetry is my thing”?
I have been acknowledged for my writing skills since a very young age. I began writing music lyrics at the age of 12 and started poetry around that time as well. It took a long time for me to gain clarity and confidence in my poetry, and since then I have been writing poetry.
I’m glad you gained that unwavering sense of confidence, and you’re here with me speaking about your very first book! It just goes to show that passion really is a force to be reckoned with. What would you say is the central message you’re trying to convey?
The message I want to convey is one of growth and love. I use many references to nature and music. There are poems of seduction and some of betrayal.
I think in poetry, every thought
is something worth writing.
Growth and love certainly make the world go ’round. And there can’t be seduction, without betrayal at some point. What are your biggest influences?
My biggest influence is nature, and musically, it is Nina Simone, Erykah Badu, many Jazz and soul musicians. I’m also very influenced by all works of art.
Nature, music, and art really are poetry in and of themselves, so it makes perfect sense why they would be your muses. (They’re mine too.) What does a typical writing session look like for you?
My writing process is much like my writing, complex. I am usually writing all day long and every day. I surround myself with things that inspire me and from there I begin to write everything. I like to say I think in poetry, every thought is something worth writing.
Being in constant inspiration mode is the way to be! One last thing… I’d love for you to share some concluding thoughts with the community. 🙂
This is something that I have worked towards for a long time. I went through a rough childhood and even rougher life. Dealing with emotional and mental health problems for a long time, I never had the confidence or determination to write or even publish my poetry. Being able to do so now, is not only an accomplishment, but a triumph over my deepest fears and inseurities.
That’s so powerful, and speaks volumes! Thank you so much, Chamala! I’m definitely feeling quite inspired right now. 🖤
A Seattle native who has a natural gift with words, Chamala’s writing talents were discovered at a young age and from there she has been developing her craft. She began writing songs as a teen but soon realized she wanted to solely focus on poetry. Finally deciding to share her most deepest thoughts, she brings you a collection of poetry that is just the beginning of a lifelong dream.
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