Hey there everyone.
Welcome to another installment in the Author Interview Series where we focus on an another excellent wordsmith.
For tonight’s entertainment, let me introduce you all to author K.D. Rose and her poetic masterpieces, as she takes us on a thrilling journey and describes her own personal relationship with her pieces.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the show.
Hi there K.D., thank you for taking the time to talk with us today, it is lovely to have you over here with us to discuss your books.
Let’s start with your book of poems “Inside Sorrow”. This volume won an award in the Readers’ Favorite 2013 Book Award Contest. It contains poems that are full of mourning and grief, beginning with the death of a loved one. Please share more with us regarding this collection and the reasons behind your creation of it, I imagine that the process has been very cathartic for you.
Actually, it wasn’t a case of being cathartic. Although I do write things using personal experience, this book was not one of them. In this book I chose to look at my grandmother on my mother’s side of the family as the touchstone for the works and envision what she must have gone through when my grandfather passed away. The book itself takes place over a period of time and all the poems are related as well as part of the time that moves on with the central narrator. It’s the first series of poems to create a greater connected collection that I’d ever written.
You also have another book called “The Brevity of Twit”, which you published earlier this year. This is a collection of poems that were created specifically using the medium of Twitter and being creative inside the boundaries of the 140 character limit, which does lead to some very interesting editing and paring words down to the bone. Tell us more about the themes you have covered in this book, how you came up with the idea for it and your thoughts on the process making it – do you find that the restrictions make you even more creative, due to having to make every word, syllable and character count?
Yeah, I did that on Twitter over about two years then I combed through what I wrote because at that time I did use Twitter as a poetic and musing outlet. So it was more of what I actually did and then taking that material and turning it into the book you see now, along with insights and commentary on that particular social media outlet. You don’t see me do that anymore, since anything written is out there in front of all and my focus now is acceptances in to Literary Journals, so I don’t publish anything online at all.
I chose to look at the restrictions creatively. Just as different forms of poetry require restrictive devices so did this and at times it makes you think harder and deeper (rather than the opposite of trying to force something). In my mind I likened it to sonnets.
What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?
The most difficult at times is ideas and how to transcribe them accurately and in a poetically sound manner. I still work on refining all my writing and doing that with poetry is not the only type that requires lyrical expression. All writing can have a musicality that adds dimension. That is what I am currently striving for more of and working toward.
The easiest, just like they say, is when something just comes to you and you have the outlet to get it down quickly and coming out fully formed is so awesome. Rare, but awesome.
Who are some of the authors and historical figures that inspire you?
I grew up on books so I’ve always had my nose in one. I read all the mythology when I was around nine and loved mysteries and then moved on to science fiction. I will always be inspired by the greats in that genre such as Robert Heinlein, Philip K. Dick and Harlan Ellison.
Historical figures is a tricky one because you never know whose version of history you’re going by. My husband and I started watching a show called Drunk History. It tells some of the real history (amidst its shtick of drinking) that we didn’t know and a lot of different versions of what you thought you knew. Its amusing and informative. So I admire a number of historical figures that I never even heard of before watching that show. As well as changed my view on others. Mankind overall is indefatigable. It’s heartening.
What sort of research do you do to write your books? Do you use prompts to write your poetry, along with looking at aspects of your own life or do you use other methods?
I’m always researching because everything and its brother comes up when you are writing so I become the knower of odd facts all over the place. I don’t particularly use or like writing prompts though I do submit to themed issues of magazines so that is similar. Using your own life is both easy and difficult so its rich with ideas but they can easily become quicksand so I use pieces of things from my own life as well as things that I’ve absorbed.
Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?
I write as an outlet for expression and as a writer with purpose to give readers something akin to a new idea or new way of thinking about something or clearing across a block because some things are just inexpressible until you read certain language that connects with you and you come out different on the other side. That as much as anything inspired me. I was the kid lugging a bunch of books back home to read every day, and the one who went to the library (remember those things? LOL) with my mom all the time to check out more books. I started writing when I was 13.
What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?
Reading. Reading is a writers best friend, both to get you past the slump, to inspire you and to free your mind from worry about writers block. If you have others with whom you can discuss ideas on writing that is a big deal too.
You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Agh. I would say to go for it and get your MFA in writing rather than the sensible degrees I did get. I would have ended up on a campus somewhere probably for the rest of my life. It wouldn’t necessarily be better but I do wish still I could get my MFA.
How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?
Spending time with my husband and reading. Spending time with family.
Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?
Right now I am submitting like wildfire and for every ten rejections I have that one acceptance that keeps me going. I plan to continue doing this as I get accepted by better and better literary magazines. I am also as mentioned above, working on refining my writing, getting better and better. Later I want a publisher to publish a new book of poetry that will consist of those I am getting in magazines now as well as new writing.
Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?
Learn craft. There is no replacement for that. Learn what is considered good and what is not and don’t turn it on its head until you can do it well the first way. Unless you’re a genius. Then it all goes out the window. If I were E.E. Cummings (my favorite poet), I’m not sure I’d listen to anybody. LOL.
And that’s a wrap! Thank you for spending time with us KD, you have been a fabulous and entertaining guest, look forward ot reading your books 🙂
K.D. Rose is a poet and author. K.D.’s book, Inside Sorrow, won Readers Favorite Silver Medal for Poetry in 2013. Her poetry, essays, and short stories have been published in Word Riot, Poetry Breakfast, Candlelit Journal, The Voices Project, Strange Poetry, and showcased in the Tophat Raven Art and Literary Magazine. Publication is forthcoming in Stray Branch Magazine, Ink in Thirds, BlazeVOX Journal, Literary Orphans, The 2016 Paragram Press Anthology, and The Nuclear Impact Anthology. Her latest release is Brevity of Twit. She has a B.S. in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
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