Good morning/evening all!
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Linda Williams Stirling who blogs over at Ramblings of an Eclectic Mind asked me a few weeks ago to participate in a blog hop and tag 3 more bloggers to keep the blog hop, err, hopping. Well, since then I have published a book and moved house for the second time in 6 months, so you’ll excuse my posting on Tuesday instead of Monday As for tagging other bloggers to hop along for the next few weeks…I haven’t had much luck on that score either, so I will deviate from the rules a little by mentioning some bloggers and letting them decide whether they want to keep the hop hopping.
So, let’s get down to the blog hop business…
1) What am I working on?
I have just published my first poetry book called Death and Life. It is a very personal book and my decision to publish it was more of a personal goal than anything else.
The book is divided into 2 sections: Death and Life. Death encompasses the first 23 years of my life in Africa and chronicles my personal journey through death, depression, abuse, love and loss, and other literal and figurative deaths. Life encompasses my journey beyond Africa, where my painfully isolating experience in New Zealand laid the foundation for my rebirth, facilitated the quest and rediscovery of happiness, propelled me toward confronting the past, and prepared me for significant change.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
While I appreciate genres and rules, I tend to break any rules that constrict or stifle creativity. I often find myself mixing genres and bending rules – not because I’m contrary, but because I have strong instincts (in my personal life and as a writer) and I choose what feels right over any rules I’m supposed to follow.
3) Why do I write what I do?
1. I am an opinionated person in a politically correct world, and I believe that writers have a responsibility to question the status quo and voice the issues that people think about, but dare not say out loud.
2. Writing provides a creative outlet. I have always been rather reserved and introspective, traits that undoubtedly exacerbated my battle with depression through my teens and early twenties.
3. Writing is instinctive – a natural compulsion. Much like breathing, my inner self understands that it cannot survive without writing.
4) How does your writing process work?
My writing is 100% instinctual. Everything I write descends in a creative rain storm – unfiltered thoughts, experiences, emotions, and ideas build up like rain clouds until they eventually burst.
I always carry a notebook and pen with me, because I’m constantly inspired or provoked by things I see and experience. I have a journal of dreams, which often become threads or seeds in stories and poems.
My process generally follows this pattern:
Idea ➤ go with the flow, write/type until empty, until I have a first draft (turning off the internal editor) ➤ organise and rework into second draft ➤ research (ad nauseum) ➤ repeat until I have a final draft ➤ edit ➤ read, re-read, get someone else to read ➤ Done!
Now, let’s tag some awesome bloggers…
- Linda Stirling, the lovely lady who invited me to this Blog Hop, at Ramblings of an Eclectic Mind
- Jonathan Hilton at The Reflecting Pool
- Carrie at Magic and Marvels
- Yves at MindLoveMisery
- Oloriel at Color me in Cyanide and Cherry and her magazine at The Tophat Raven
- Jessica at Jessica P. West
- Nillu at Nillu Nasser Stelter
- D.A. Botta at DABotta
- JP McLean
- Matt Fried at Fried’s Blog
- Joe at JDS Fiction
- Hellen at Hellen Massido
- Julie at Chalk The Sun
- Melanie at Wordifull
- Gigi at Rethinking Life
- Laurie Smith at The Adventure of Writing
- Bob at Life, like wine, is best when shared
Wishing everyone a fantastic week,
She is the author of PASSAGE and DEATH AND LIFE, and has a BA in English and Film/TV/Media Studies.
Her poetry has appeared in Shot Glass Journal, Tongue In Your Ear (Volume 4), the Art Toppling Tobacco Project, and she is currently working on her debut novel, The Colour Fence.
She offers a free short story, THE HUNCH, to subscribers. To get your free copy, subscribe via