Why do you write?
To find out what I think about things
What books do you read?
Mostly novels, now reading Elias Khoury, Gate of the Sun
What inspires you?
Usually my response to something I’ve noticed
How did you know you wanted to be a writer and when?
I’m not sure I want to be a writer. I started writing 8 years ago, during some tough times.
How Do you deal with rejection?
It makes me feel rejected for a moment but I know that editors’ tastes are all different, and the piece will probably suit someone else.
Who are some writers you admire?
The three R’s – Rumi, Rilke, Rimbaud.
Is writing the only artistic medium you do?
It is now – for thirty years, making stained glass panels was my creative outlet. Now I have elevated lead levels, and bad lungs, from not taking enough care while working.
What would be some advice you would give to your younger self?
Don’t give up!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t stop writing. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. Write every day.
What is your writing process?
I write best in the early morning, first drafts fly out. I revise, sometimes by posting to online poetry forums or workshops, sometimes with a local workshopping group. I find there are two different processes, the flow, and the fiddling. I love the flow, and get cranky with fiddling. But it has to be done.