Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
i’m a poet all the time, sometimes to the dismay of people around me, who become the object of the vacant stare of a poem clamoring to be written. i’m in love with words, my cats, really good coffee, and i’m a sucker for a well-crafted line (i’ll stop what i’m doing so i can write it down). i’m also a bit of a grammar nazi, which serves me well in proofreading others’ works. i currently have five books out, three of which are haiku and micropoetry.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
my most recent book is “disappearing me.” it’s a memoir of sorts, written via poetry.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
daydreaming is a big part of my writing, but that’s true for any author, so i don’t suppose i have any unusual habits. i prefer to write on the computer, but i do carry pen and paper wherever i go in case the muse clobbers me with an idea.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
i’m enamored of emily dickinson, robert frost, and e.e. cummings.
What are you working on now?
i have an ongoing poetry series on channillo.com, titled “trees like paintbrushes,” which is full-length poems. i’m also putting together the next book in my haiku/micropoetry series, called “three-quarter moon.”
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
i’m currently using facebook, twitter, and goodreads, though i try not to spam my friends and readers with a million posts. keyword, try.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
write! and read. keep writing, and keep reading. don’t give up, and don’t worry about people who don’t like your work. you’re writing for you, not them.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
you have to read in order to write.
What are you reading now?
i just finished “murder can botch up your birthday” by selma eichler. i am a voracious reader, with a wide taste range.
What’s next for you as a writer?
the next poem. poetry is everywhere, if we can see it.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
oh me.. “shogun,” by james clavell. “good omens: the nice and accurate prophecies of agnes nutter, witch,” by neil gaiman and terry pratchett. “the ronin,” by william dale jennings. collected poetry by emily dickinson.
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