Let me introduce you to Gina McDavitt. I have been following her instagram account for a long time and I am always struck by her deep words. I couldn't wait to learn more about this amazing poet and I hope that you enjoy reading all she has to say!
Tell us a little bit about your life.
I'm a San Francisco Bay Area native. I love writing, doctor who, and crazy socks. I live for live music and have an affinity for musicians in general, an extra special love for guitarists. Traveling is my second favorite hobby, my favorite city is Chicago, and the beach is my happy place.
When did you start writing poetry and why? How did the journey start for you?
I started writing when I was very young, as a way of releasing built up emotions. I was obsessed with books, and I would re-read "The Magicians Nephew" and many Greek mythology stories. I started reading at a very young age and would write down words I didn't know and go look them up in the dictionary after I was done. That's where it really started for me.
How would you describe your style of writing?
Impulsive and emotional. I don't know if I have a style, I just go with what feels good in my heart at the time.
What inspires your poetry?
Many things. A sunset. A plastic bag stuck in the trees. It could be anything that sets my wheels in motion. Although, I must admit, I am not always inspired when I write, a lot of it comes from my past personal experiences and emotions I am very familiar with.
What is the process you take to write your poetry?
I set aside at least a half hour every day to write something down. However, whenever I have an idea I have my notepad handy.
How long have you have your Instragram account for and what made you want to share your poetry with the world?
I started my writers instagram in Nov '14. A very old, very good friend convinced me. And now, he's nothing but a muse.
What are the top three favourite poems you have written and why?
I would have to say Curves, Flaws, and Identity are my favorites. I felt most connected to those three. They were very real poems about how I was feeling at the time. I guess you could say those were the most freeing.
Thank you! I am very excited! I submitted my poems to a publishing company on a whim, and they accepted me as one of their artists. I have been working on my manuscript for the last month - I'm looking for a target release date of Spring 2016.
Did you always want to publish you poetry?
No! I was always very private. I bare my soul in my pieces, so I was worried about being that vulnerable in front of a public audience. I have always wanted to write - but my poetry was really more of an emotional release for me. Funny how time changes things.
Can you explain the publishing process you have gone through?
Well, since I'm in the early stages it's more on me to just complete the manuscript. The process of being accepted was pretty standard - submit your sample and await a response. I do have some one on one time with an editor when I have a question about how to lay things out, but I haven't gotten much farther than my manuscript.
Thank you so much for doing this interview! Doing what you do is so brave and I love seeing how poetry has helped you grow into a more confident person. I hope to see your success when your book comes out later next year and I will continue to follow along on your journey! Best of Luck!
Thank you for taking the time to interview me! I love what you are doing and can't wait to see what else you create. You've been an amazing resource and inspiration.
If you want to watch Gina’s journey you can follow her on:
· Instagram: @Ginawritesthings
· Twitter: @Ginawritesthing
· Facebook: www.facebook.com/ginawritesthings