Why do you write?
I write a variety of poetry and songs as well as short stories and plays. Mostly, I write music and everything goes in my world.
What books do you read?
I love classics of British, French and Modern American literature. I have favorites in each. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is one, The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo and 1984 by George Orwell, just to name a few. My favorite American poets include Carl Sandburg, Charles Bukowski and Robert Frost just to name a few.
What inspires you?
How did you know you wanted to be a writer and when?
Since high school, my sophomore year. I was eccentric back then as I am now.
How Do you deal with rejection?
It’s an open door to something better.
Who are some writers you admire?
Off the top of my head, Litsa Dremousis, is one. Her writing is gutsy, different and tells a story with a backbone equivalent to epics.
Djuna Barnes is another. She revolutionized writing by bringing the Underground to the surface.
Is writing the only artistic medium you do?
No, my dear. I play the piano, as I am trained and educated in music and I do a medium called scratch board, which but a board immersed in clay and one carves images into it. Writing does serve as a starting point to everything else, though. I also run a radio show called “Gypsy Poet Radio” on http://blogtalkradio.com/gypsypoet
And it’s based on my wit, humor and focus on substance.
What would be some advice you would give to your younger self?
Don’t give up just because you didn’t get it the first time.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Start with one word that invigorates you, find different ways of pronouncing the word and have fun with it.
What is your writing process?
I have no filter between my brain and my mouth. I write the way I speak and the moment a word rings color to my ear, I work with it! Try it! 🙂