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INTERVIEW: “Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul” by J. Autherine

Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul, is a beautiful collection of poems that provide inspiration to strong, vulnerable, badass women who love deeply, sometimes fall hard but always lead with their hearts. It is a deep and gritty, fresh and robust look at the thrill of loving unconditionally, as well as the mental and physical toll that it takes when peace and harmony are sometimes lost in the process.

Drawing on personal experiences from her own journey of the past 30 years, J Autherine delves into the vulnerable hearts of women from around the world, including from her early years in Jamaica. Poems such as Quiet Storm reveal the pain of sudden loss, while The Rebel Soul carries with it that air of doubt or uncertainty we all feel when in love.

The pain and struggle of women who love deeply and pour into others without first filling their own jars is prevalent throughout, as is the reoccurring theme of reclaiming your heart in order to live and love harmoniously.

Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul has the ability to pick you up in moments when you feel broken or not good enough to be loved and provide the strength in the love you always need as we search for the one who is worthy of our love.

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Hello there! I’m excited to be speaking with you. First off, what inspired you to write your book?

Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul came from a realization that we all share the same joys and struggles in life. We often don’t share them because we feel alone or embarrassed. If we share our joys, vulnerabilities and pain, we can grow together, celebrate together and heal together. I didn’t alway write my thoughts, however, I realized that almost every time that I would feel deeply about an issue, the words would flow and I stopped ignoring them as random, overly emotional thoughts and started to write them. When I suffered heartbreak or disappointment, I would write several poems each week. I soon discovered that I was not limited to writing about my own experiences. I went to see the play, the Waitress, and was so moved by the story that I wrote the poem, Riding High, which teaches us not to stand in judgment of another’s journey because we don’t know their pain or their struggles. After writing about 15 poems, I realized that my poetry writing wasn’t a fluke. I entertained the possibility that my emphatic heart and introvert brain could collaborate to write poetry that could resonate with others.

That’s wonderful! How did your passion for poetry come about?

The beauty of poetry is its ability to convey an important message in short form. As a child in Jamaica, I spent a lot of time memorizing verses both in church and in school (songs, poems, written word). After moving to the United States, I started reading everything that I could find by great authors, such as Dr. Maya Angelou. Her poems, “Phenomenal Woman” and “Still, I Rise” gave me the courage to walk confidently in the world. I discovered that I was most excited to write when a “heart” issue was involved – love, struggle, passion, heartache, unrequited love. I lead with my heart in almost every area of my life so the inspiration came often and random poems turned into a book.

Books by Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison also sparked my love for issues that are close to the heart of women. As women, we spend our lives caring for others and putting the needs of others first. This often comes at a cost to our emotional and physical health and well-being and Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul doesn’t shy away from the tough issues. Many of the poems in the chapter, Wild Heart, deal with self-sacrificing behaviors that eat away at our self-esteem. The poems in the chapter, Peaceful Soul, are empowering and help us find our way back to being the “Phenomenal Woman” that sister, Maya envisioned for all women.

What would you say are the top three messages in your book?

Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul is about love, freedom, peace, vulnerability and authenticity. It is the heart and soul working together to explore every part of our humanity in order to create a life where we are living and loving harmoniously. The heart was made to love and should have the freedom to love authentically without unrealistic boundaries. Often, we are afraid or ashamed to speak about the heartbreaks and disappointments along the journey to finding love, even with our best friends. The poems speaks to the heart of women on a broad range of subjects – dating post divorce, dealing with rejection, struggling to hold on to our self-esteem when we have been hurt, being caught in the emotional grip of an unhealthy relationship. It empowers by holding a mirror to our common struggles. Another important theme is the ability to live and love harmoniously. Women give so much of themselves to others that their spiritual, mental and physical jars are often empty. Good Enough to Love addresses the temptation to change ourselves in order to find love. The Princess Takes the High Road encourages women to write their own happy endings. Strong Sisters Unite speaks to embracing our vulnerability and humanity and not pretend to be strong when love, counseling, and self-care is what is needed.

Excellent! How about some of your writing influences.

Maya Angelou moves mountains within my soul. When I read her work, I feel like I am journeying with her and feel both the pain and the inspiration. Still I Rise and Phenomenal Woman made me walk with confidence; a light was ignited in me, as well as many young women and that light continues to guide our paths. She walked in her truth and combined poetry with activism, using the power of words to shed light on the social and political issues that our society faced.

Can you tell me about your writing process a little bit?

Free flowing through words is the best way to describe how I write. My mind rarely thinks in a linear manner so I dump all of my thoughts on paper and organize them when my mind is clear. Clarity usually comes at 5:30am daily. My body clock goes off at 5am, thankfully before anyone else in the house is up, and I meditate for about 15 minutes, then sit at my desk and write for at least 30 minutes getting the family out the door. If I am writing non-fiction, it is a disciplined process where I write daily, even if it is one line. The best writing advice that I have received is short – just write!

Poetry writing works best when I am inspired. It is usually driven by emotion – empathy, love, anger, feeling vulnerable, or experiencing great joy. Because of the unpredictability of the process, I usually keep pen and paper by my bed so that I can write a thought that comes at 1am or a recorder in my car for when a great idea comes when I am driving. That is how a poem starts; crafting it to perfection requires carving out time at my desk, in a bookstore, in the corner of my favorite restaurant or on the beach to just focus on writing.

One more question: How do you stay connected to the poetry community?

This is a wonderful time to be a poet. Poetry books are on the bestseller lists again and the audience has seen exponential growth with the ability to post poetry on social media, in particular Instagram. Being able to follow and support other poets and have poetry lovers communicate their thoughts and share their stories has created a vibrant poetry community that I am proud to be a part of. I am alway happy to chat with readers @JAutherine, as well as share advice and collaborate with fellow poets. I am fortunate that Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul is reaching a wide audience and is resonating with readers.

Thank you so much for having this interview with me! It’s been a pleasure. 🙂


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INTERVIEW: “Love, War and Glory: Spoken Words for All Seasons” by Denis Olasehinde Akinmolasire

Love, War, and Glory… Three things that we all have seen, experienced or been a part of. As with life, in general, all three of these concepts have their ups and downs. This book explores those themes via poetry and spoken words and examines what these themes mean in everyday life. Explore what it means to go beneath the surface and find out what you are truly capable of and how to rationalize life events, both good and bad. This book also explores how to keep your perspective when you achieve your life ambitions and aims. From dealing with heartbreak and finding your true love, to tales of warriors fighting never-ending battles, making dreams become a reality, and overcoming the odds to finally reach your goal as well as tales of supreme champions, reviews of global figures of interest, and understanding the changes and the journey we all go through in life, you will find it all in this book. I believe there is something in here that everyone can relate to. ❤️⚔️🛡 


Hello, Denis! We have a lot of ground to cover, but first: What inspired the creation of this love- and war-infused poetry collection?

I have had certain troubles and experiences in finding love and had to overcome various hurdles to achieve my ambitions in life. I wanted to share my thoughts on how to handle disappointments in life, what to do when you achieve your ambitions, staying hungry and what it means to love someone. I’m hoping this book will inspire people to not give in and offer encouragement regardless of what stage they are at in life.

I absolutely love the sentiment behind that. How did your passion for poetry initially come about?

I had written narratives, but because of where life took me, I never had a chance to explore this skillset. Narratives such as “The Man Who Went to War and Won,” I wrote 11 years ago. So it was an opportunity to explore my thoughts on a much deeper level.

Excellent! What are the top three messages in your book if you had to pick?

The book is split into four sections: Love, War, Glory and Life Stories. Each section has poems and narratives analysing these topics from a real-world standpoint.


It’s safe to say your book covers a lot of ground. Who/what are some of your major writing influences?

Everyday life and some of the things I have experienced along the way. I think my friends and family were also a big influence on me whilst writing this book.

Okay, now may you please tell me a thing or two about your poetry-writing process?

I started off by writing a list of titles that I wanted to explore. I then wrote about how I felt at the time. Sometimes I would get an idea whilst working out at the gym or on the track and would get on my computer to start writing.

What makes your book different from other books like it?

A lot of books focus on love or may focus on war and some may touch on glory. But very few cover all three in a manner that can be applied to everyday life.

Any final thoughts?

Honestly, I think this book is for everyone. If you like love poems you can find them here. If you want to hear about stories of warriors fighting never-ending battles this book has it. If you want to know how to cope when you reach the top of your mountain in any aspect of life you will find it here. There are event accounts of some of the great champions that have come about in.

That’s wonderful, Denis. Thank you so much for speaking with me. It’s been a true pleasure! 🙂

 

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INTERVIEW: “Please Stop Hurting the World” by Ben Smiley

A poetry book about compassion and pain. Introspective and innovative at the same time. A book all must read. A book to fight greed. A book for the green.

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Good evening, Ben! I hope you’ve been having an amazing weekend so far. I absolutely love the message of your book. What inspired it?

My inspiration for the book was I started off writing a philosophy book about compassion and then had a back injury and my life fell apart. I lost my job, my ability to play music, my wife, and my house. The poetry started to become philosophy and vice versa. This prompted me to complete this book because of the journey I had taken with it.

That sounds like a tumultuous journey, but I’m glad such a wonderful poetry book came out of it. Compassion is a powerful healing force as well! When did your love of poetry first enter your life?

I started writing poetry in high school. My friends knew I was a writer and asked me to join. I was a very concise writer, so poetry really caught my attention. Once I started writing I couldn’t stop, and the passion for wordplay grew. Now it is the form of writing I like the most.

That’s fantastic! What are some of the themes you feature in this collection?

My book has different themes, because it is a journey through a dark time in my life. So there is pain, sadness, and depression. I never lost sight of why I wrote the book. and that was to create philosophical poems that talk about compassion, charity and cooperation.

I like how there’s a balance between the dark and the light. You include sadness, but also charity. What would you say influences you most as a writer?

My writing influences are varied and I read every genre of writing I could: from poetry it was really Dr. Seuss and William S Burroughs. From philosophy, it was Douglas R. Hofstadter, Soren Kierkegaard, and the Dali Lama. From Science it was Stephen Jay Gould. From science fiction, it was Isaac Asimov, and Clive Barker.

Such diverse influences. I love it! What’s your poetry-crafting process like?

My writing process is very streamlined. I am working on the philosophy side of things all the time in my head. When I put pen to paper, the subject matter and parts of the story are ready to be written. I then get in touch with the emotion I am trying to convey when I write.

I truly admire that philosophical element. One last question: Why is this book important to the world?

This book is important to the world because it teaches compassion, charity and cooperation. It shows that you can solve problems with love and thinking. That you are not out there in life to fight things but to befriend others and smile. Life lets that smile in and helps you to understand its importance.

That is very beautiful, Ben. Thank you! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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🌺INTERVIEW: “God Placed You Here: A Walk to Faith” by C. Melita Webb🌺

God Placed You Here is a motivational powerhouse filled with inspirational poetry, prayers, affirmations, essays and heartfelt sentiments. The perfect way to start your day, pick up your afternoon and end your evening with a smile.

Uplifting words of faith will encourage, inspire and assist you on your journey to developing a stronger connection with our Heavenly Father. Whether you were seeking to deepen your understanding of God’s love and direction, or beginning to lay the foundation of your faith, you will enjoy the loving guidance provided in these words of wisdom.

Designed to empower children of God who are seeking a closer walk with Him. This compiled collection is an empowering affirmation of life. You will leave your worries and stress behind you as you read, reflect and manifest your way to a spiritually happier life. These loving words will assist you in recognizing all that you are in God’s eyes, His love and His glory.

You will find more spiritual strength and blessings each time you read these encouraging sentiments of faith.

This book can be used as a wonderful reference for self development and transforming your life. A great gift for you or someone you love who is seeking to become more enlightened and inspired. Come and enjoy every step of your journey.

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Every poet I have had the pleasure of interviewing up until this point has been nothing short of inspiring, and so are you C. Melita! We’ve chatted quite a bit leading up to this interview, and your story, courage, and perseverance have really touched my heart. So, this book is part of a four-part poetry series. What inspired the creation of this series, and more specifically, book three?

I kept hearing how a lot of people were giving up on life. Children who were bullied and a lot of pain in our society. Then the schoolgirls in South Africa were returned. I remember one picture where they were home, but their spirits seemed to be crushed. I knew they had shame in their hearts and felt cultural embarrassment for being violated, stolen and abused. I started writing a few poems, and thoughts. Then, as I put the book together, I felt led to the title. I wanted everyone with hurt, pain, depression, and anxiety to know they are important, wanted and needed by society. More importantly, they were created with a glorious purpose that has yet to be fulfilled. So my book celebrates the struggle to realize who we are in God and so much more of our life’s journey.

Wow, that is immensely beautiful and beyond touching! When and how did poetry first become your calling?

A book by Maya Angelou was loaned to me by a librarian or teacher in elementary school. Her story hooked me and her poetry taught me to dream. As I lost more of my vision, her words led me back to my love of writing and helped me remember we all struggle and to keep going.

I wanted everyone with hurt, pain, depression, and anxiety to know they are important, wanted and needed by society.

Maya Angelou is a huge inspiration to us all, that’s for sure. Why do you write?

I often write as I fight pain and breathing issues. It helps me find focus and think. Sometimes it helps me fight the pain too. So I write everything positive I can think of and save it. Then I listen to it when I’m in pain, struggling to breathe or just in need of a smile.

Your resilience is amazing. I’m glad poetry has a way of picking you up, even during such difficult times. Who is your biggest influence?

My father. He requested I publish some of the writing I had shared with him. So the first book was written for my father. Then the reviews were spectacular, so we put it in a print and e-book. I had so much written that it couldn’t fit into just one book. I saw an opportunity to help others facing life’s challenges and so I released three more books each with a specific purpose.

That’s wonderful! What central message does each book in the series convey?

  • Book One is like a welcome to my thoughts and enjoy your life.

  • Book Two is celebrating life and God’s love for His children.

  • Book Three is understanding why we are here and motivation for life’s journey.

  • Book Four is understanding what we mean to our Heavenly Father. Thus the title “Built for God’s Glory.”

Excellent! You have mentioned your struggles with your vision and breathing. Can you tell me and community a little bit more about that challenge, if it’s alright with you?

I fight with CRPS which affects my eyes. I also fight with severe asthma, so I do my best to keep my mind busy and find ways to relax through writing. Since my eyesight is blurry, I use voice to text to dictate my thoughts and tape a lot of my writings. I have a great team of three editors and a lot of family support.

You, my friend, are proof that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. I’m so glad you continue to write no matter what! Keep on doing what you’re doing. Many blessings to you! 🙂
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INTERVIEW: “Ariadne: Now and Then” by thedeadB3AT

A modern-day love story intertwined with the classic romance of Dionysus and Ariadne.


I’m here today with thedeadB3AT to have a chat about his debut poetry book, “Ariadne: Now and Then.” So, let’s start off with question number one: What is the inspiration behind this collection?

I have always admired the love story between Dionysus and Ariadne from Greek mythology, and I met my Ariadne, who inspired me to write this collection.

That’s really sweet! A dual love story all in one. When did your love of writing enter your life?

I’ve been writing since I can remember, but my focus shifted to mainly poetry and lyrics during my college years. I enjoy the freedom poetry gives me, through the rhythm and all the other aspects. It’s like a symphony of chaos at times.

A symphony of chaos… I like it! What are some of the themes that you included in your book?

Love. Self-destruction. Parallel Universes. Awakening.

I enjoy the freedom poetry gives me.

Wonderful! I particularly intrigued by that third one. Who/what are some of your major poetic influences?

My influences are all over the place. As far as poetry, it’s anything from Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan to Neil Hilborn and Billy Collins. And love. Always love.

Yes, love certainly is the ultimate muse! How did this poetry book come to be?

For this collection, I conducted research around the tale of Dionysus and Ariadne before outlining the two parallel storylines. I tend to plan for a collection for a month or so and then write chaotically for several days and take what I think works.

That sounds reasonable. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

As Dionysus and Ariadne come together, so do two young lovers in this obscure yet breathtaking collection of poetry.

Thank you so much for having this chat with me. I had a good time speaking with you. Never stop writing, my friend!
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