1. Where is your home town?
I was born and raised in a small town in northeast Indiana. I’m still here but dream of going somewhere much warmer someday.
2. How long have you been writing romance?
I’ve only been writing poetry for about 14 months. I have tried other types of poetry, but always find my way back to poems centered around love.
3. What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?
I don’t really have an answer for this.
4. How many poems are in your book?
There are over 90 poems in this collection. They represent over a dozen different poetry forms.
5. What poetry styles have you used?
While I do some free style poems and a smattering of rhyming poems, I really like all the different poetry forms that have been created. I love how it makes me chooses just the perfect word to express the emotion I am trying to convey because I’m limited by just a few syllables. I really like the tanka, dodoitsu, acrostic, oddquain, cinquain, triquain and so many more. I have put a glossary of the poetry forms in the book at the back for the reader’s convenience. Plus, I do label each poem so the reader knows which form it is.
6. Will we need a box of tissues to read your book?
Probably not. But I do hear a lot that you may need to take a cold shower or fan yourself after reading them.
7. Your book had a gorgeous cover, who designed it?
Thank you. I had the concept in my head, but didn’t have the technical capability of creating what my mind’s eye was seeing. I called upon a friend to photoshop a few images together and then the graphic designer I use in my day job pulled the rest of the cover together. I think she did a fabulous job and I’m really pleased with the cover.
8. Tell us about your other book of love poems
Dreams of Love was my first attempt at self-publishing. It was a smaller collection (just about 30 poems) and I have learned so much since then. The poems contained within its covers are filled with angst and unrequited love, but also a love that transcends life. The first book has garnered some awesome reviews and I’m proud of my first book.
9. Tell us what you are working on at the moment.
I‘m always writing it seems. I find phrases and words that I write down because they speak to me. Later I go back and think about how to create something from a phrase. I post a new poem many days on my blog, but always have more that I hold back for a new book. I’m not exactly sure of the direction of this new collection yet, but I will decide on that in the next few weeks. I’m hoping to publish my next book before Valentine’s Day 2015.
10. Where can readers find out more about you?