Here is the next in my Author Profiling posts!
Please welcome Cindy J. Smith!
Title: They Won’t Shut Up
Author: Cindy J. Smith
Voices in my Head
Talk all of the time
To music I feel
They add rhythm and rhyme
Emotions take flight
Grief, despair and love
Heart seeks to find hope
On wings of a dove
Their view of this world
Both nature and man
New angle embellished
To help understand
Walk for a minute
In other guys shoes
See why they might feel
So lost and confused
Dreams, flights of fancy,
Sarcasm and light pun
Work through frustrations
To friendship and fun
Open myself wide
Feel pure empathy
See how this world could
With love, truly be
Listen with your soul
To songs that I share
May see way to change
This world if you dare
Release Date: 08/13/2013
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1 When did you first start writing?
I have written all my life.
2 Did you always want to be a poet? If not what did you want to be?
Writing poetry is something I always have done. Sharing my poetry is something I never thought I would do. I always wanted to work with people, either the elderly or children. However, I am a Truck Driver and a Poet.
3 What drew you to writing poems?
I was probably drawn to poetry by the exposure I received from my sisters. They were always singing silly songs or reading me nursery rhymes and Dr. Seuss when I was small. I guess I just got used to thinking in rhyme.
4 Where does your inspiration for these poems come from?
This I am not really sure how to answer. The poems usually just come into my head out of the blue. I am able, usually, to write if someone asks me for a poem. I can even sometimes find one from what I see.
5 What has your experience been like publishing with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing?
It has been an awesome experience! I published my first book through a POD and I was driven crazy. CHBB is one big family, they support each other and are willing to share advice.
6 What was your favourite chapter to write and why?
The Visions in my Mind section is the most fun. I get to play with unicorns and dragons. A bit of a break from an emotional ride.
7 Where is your favourite place to write?
I write in my head while I am driving. I use a voice recorder to keep the poems.
8 Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
Nope, the poems come when they want to. When I try to force a topic, I get nothing.
9 Do you use a computer/laptop for your poems or are you a pen and paper writer?
I use a voice recorder then type. My handwriting is so bad that sometimes even I can’t read it.
10 How do you come up with the themes for your poems?
My theme for all my poems is just life.
11 Did you learn anything from writing your poems? What was it?
You can say anything in rhyme and not offend anyone. They will either get the message or think it is cute. It is a great way to find balance in my life.
12 How long does it usually take you to write a poem, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
The poems usually come into my head completely done. If it is a request, I may have to think about it for a while but never more than a day.
13 Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published poem/s for the first time?
Shock. My daughter had sent my poem into a contest and I was very surprised when they chose to print it. I am still shocked that people actually like them.
14 Who are some of your favourite poets?
Dr. Seuss, William Blake and Shakespeare.
15 Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?
After my daughter passed and I wrote her eulogy, I stopped writing. Friends got me to open up again.
16 What piece of advice would you give to a new writer/poet?
Write to please yourself. You cannot please everyone so be sure you say what you want them to say.
17 Would you share a deep dark secret about you with us?
Deep dark secret, hm. Not sure how dark it is but I hate driving a truck. The pay is good but driving can be pretty scary.
Thank you for letting us get to know you and your books, Cindy. The poems sound lovely.
Everyone, please remember any questions or suggestions for Cindy please write them in the comments section below.