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📖PROMOTING POETRY BOOKS: “Urban Inspiration” by William H. Stokes📖

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A spiritual collage. A collection of poetic pieces aiming to impact the culture. The words infuse the dialect of Scriptures with life experiences, and deep truths. The mission of the poems is to inspire the reader to seek truth for themselves.


First and foremost, what was your main inspiration for Urban Inspiration?

I’ve had random pieces that I’ve written over the years, so I wanted to put together a tangible project. I have been doing Inspirational Hip-hop for the past 13 years. This poetry book brings a certain level of maturity to my passion.

Writing for over a decade is quite a long time, so it’s safe to say you’ve had a lot of time to hone your craft. Can you describe your writing journey in a few sentences?

I’ve been writing poetry since a young child. In my teenage years and early twenties I stepped away from my pen. Even though I went to college, I delved into a lifestyle revolving around sex, money and drugs. After an enlightening experience in my late twenties I began writing again. I did a lot of random pieces and put most of my poems to music. I always knew I was a gifted writer, and had a burning passion for it. I just decided to get focused on becoming a serious author.

I’m glad that you ultimately shifted your focus. What central messages are featured in this book of poetry?

I touch on a broad spectrum of themes but most of them come back to having faith. I paint pictures of inner-city issues, touch on racial tension, self-help, love and the frustrations of daily life.

Needless to say, you showcase a multitude of vital issues that are quite universal. In general, what would you say inspires you as a writer?

I am simply inspired by what I have seen throughout my life. I grew up in a low income area, and saw a lot. I am now married with children and living in a different environment. I pull from past experiences, my current family life, and the stories of people that cross my path.

Experiences (both good and bad) really have a way of shaping us as artists and as human beings. Now, let’s move on to the creative process. What does it typically look like for you?

I mainly write when the inspiration is there. I never force myself to write, but I do set aside specific times to brainstorm. I keep either my Notes app on my iPhone or a pen handy just in case some inspiring lines hit me. When I’m ready to piece something together, I’m able to pull from my notes and whatever is flowing at the moment.

I smiled when you brought up the Notes app. I feel like I use that thing more than pen and paper these days. But yeah, writing is a free-flowing sort of process and it’s never meant to be forced. Great point!

Before we wrap things up here, would you like to make any concluding comments to anyone who will read this interview?

I’m looking forward to the impact that Urban Inspiration will make in the lives of others. There is literally something for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or creed. I believe that writing is my gift to the world and Urban Inspiration is a part of my legacy and contribution to the betterment of society.

What a powerful final statement to make. It goes without saying that you’ve found your one true calling in life, William. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. You were a joy to talk to!


Urban Inspiration is available at the following websites:

📖Amazon📖

📖Goodreads📖

📖The Bookpatch📖

📖Barnes and Noble📖

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📖 Poetry Book Interview with Ideas with Ink📖

 

IdeasWithInk_CoverLife Became His Poetry. Poetry Became His Life. Captivating Poetry and Prose collection by 16-year-old Canadian teenager. The pain, the betrayal, lost friendships, first unrequited love bled from his soul, seeped through his fingers and into the words and sentences on a laptop. The images born in his mind lived on paper. Three years of poetry filled with despair and hope went into this book and were conserved as the time capsule of his teenagehood. Writing gave him a purpose to live, a desire to share his thoughts, emotions, and experiences, a will to connect with the world through rhythm and line.

Time Capsule sounds like a beautiful book of compelling poetry. What inspired you to create it?

This collection consists of over three years of writing, thoughts, emotions, and insecurities for a modern teen. As I am writing another book, I literally wanted to save all of my previous life and preserve it in the Time Capsule.

What a fitting book title! Now, may you share your writing journey with us?

What started as a healing process from the cruel experiences of the High School life turned into a life journey and passion. Misunderstood, invisible, laughed at, I turned everything around and started writing. I’m also in the process of helping other creative Canadian teens and founded this project: www.canadianteenauthors.ca, which will be going live in September 2017.

Now that we know a bit about your journey, let’s talk themes. What themes are showcased in this collection?

The themes of Love, Betrayal, Self-Worth, Why Do We Live and Die, Who Am I, etc.

Great choices! All of these are such universal themes. How about your personal muses?

Probably my life experiences and also my thoughts and dreams. I was lonely (and still am) but I write and create to share with the world.

Our innermost thoughts and dreams are certainly creative forces to be reckoned with. What does your writing process generally consist of?

I write every day for at least two hours. I then share it with my mother via google docs (we edit, add ideas, copy edit, etc.).

It’s wonderful how supportive your mother is of your craft. Do you have any forthcoming books?

My next book is coming in the Fall of 2017 and it is called nothing by nobody. It’s not just poetry, it also includes a lot of art and photography.

I love when creative minds dabble in multiple mediums. nothing by nobody sounds like yet another lovely collection. Now that this interview is coming to a close, is there anything else you’d like to say?

Yes. Always remain positive, work hard, and believe in yourself.

The perfect concluding words! Especially for us writers. If we don’t believe in ourselves, then our creativity suffers as a result. Self-belief is a super power, if you ask me. Anyway, thank you so much for having this interview with me! It was a joy chatting with you through and through.


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Time Capsule is currently available as a
Paperback and Kindle book on Amazon.


Ideas with Ink’s Official Website:

www.ideaswithink.com

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www.101panyapublishing.com/shop


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