Dark Thoughts and Happy Endings is a poetry collection about heartbreak, mental health and open thoughts. Dealing with depression and anxiety, Alice channels her thoughts and feeling into this, her first poetry anthology. With compelling imagery and a unique style, it aspires to strike a chord with anyone facing these issues.
Hello, Alice! What inspired you to create your debut book?
I have been writing poetry for a long time now and am quite proud of my work. It has always been my ambition to share my work with others, but I never had the confidence to until now. I am at a point in my life where I really wanted to nail down what direction I am taking my life in. I have always been passionate about writing, I felt it was time to get my work out there and see where it takes me.
That’s absolutely wonderful. Now I’d love to hear about your writing journey.
I started writing when I was a little girl. My Grandma and I used to send poems back and forth to each other and she helped me get a poem published in the Beano. As I got older and particularly during puberty, it became a way that I could channel my thoughts, fears and anxieties.
I find it heartwarming that you and your grandmother did that. What a unique way to communicate. What themes do you focus on in this book?
Heartbreak, anxiety, depression, but also hope and love. Most of these poems were written when I was 16/17, so really all the crazy emotions you go through at that time. It’s about reflection mostly, reflecting on my own situations as well as the situations and people around me. I hope that it is work that many people can relate to.
I know that MANY people will connect with such themes. Who are your personal muses?
My biggest inspiration is Sylvia Plath. It was learning about her and studying her work at A Level that really began my journey into using poetry as more of an outlet and really inspired my style. Her imagery is so vivid, intense and she’s so real with her experiences. I found it so inspiring. There’s even a poem I wrote about her in the book. Amanda Palmer the musical artist is also a huge inspiration to me. I call her the Sylvia Plath of our time, again her imagery is so vivid, she’s so real with her art. I am very inspired by people who are passionate and unafraid to show it. I hope that comes across in my works.
As am I! What’s your writing process like?
Usually I am struck with the inspiration to write because I am in a certain mindset or thinking about a theme and will first get my stream of thoughts and feelings down onto a note on my phone. I’ll then decide how many lines I want per stanza, whether I want it to rhyme, on which lines and start to break the ideas down until they fit that structure. I’ll look at different ways of explaining what I’m trying to say, and really try to hone in on that imagery. Sometimes I’ll take a while editing and writing until it feels right. Other times it will fall out of my fingers like my laptop keyboard is a piano and I’m just playing away.
I am very inspired by people who are passionate and unafraid to show it.
Awesome. So, what’s next for you?
With this being my first book, I am looking mostly at publicising it and starting to build an audience; however, I have also started putting my next anthology together and am looking into writing some different stuff based more on history and religion.
More writing! That’s what I like to hear. Any concluding thoughts?
I am excited to finally be able to share my work with the world, and the support I have received so far has been really heartening to see. I only hope that I can continue to build on what I have so far, and I’m excited to see where this journey takes me!
Best of luck, my friend, and thank you kindly for taking some time out of your day to speak with me.
Alice Di Trolio started writing poetry at a young age. Her passion for writing manifests itself in other forms of creative and academic works. Her love of poetry and creative writing began thanks to her Grandma; with whom she would swap poems over e-mail and helped get her first poem – a limerick – published in the Beano.
As a teenager, she was inspired by writers such as Sylvia Plath, Lewis Carrol and Shakespeare. Struggling with anxiety and depression, she learnt to channel her thoughts, feelings and emotions into poetry.
Now, almost 10 years after she started writing, she has begun to publish and share her works.
Alice is a geek, with a passion for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Star Wars, video games and board games. She also loves a beer festival and is known for raising money for charity through her cosplay work as Madgirllolly.
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