Let me introduce Katie Youngs to you, she is a awesome young lady who is soon to become a published poet. She is currently in the process of getting her first book of poetry published. Her poetry is raw and truthful, and she is fast becoming one of my favourites from the samples I have seen on Instagram. I couldn't wait to learn more about this wonderful poet.
Thank you so much for doing this interview with me! You have been one of my supporters since the beginning and I am glad that I can show my appreciation by learning more about you and your poetry.
Tell us a little bit about your life.
Well, I am born and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania, right outside of Philly. I have one older sister, and two very loving, amazing parents. I have five cats and two dogs! I love animals so much. Since I was young, I have been very involved in dance and gymnastics. I have always been a good writer (honors english classes, etc.) and I have always excelled in creative artsy things. I also have always been a deep thinker. Whether it is space and time, or the meaning of life.
When did you start writing poetry and why? How did the journey start for you?
I would always write in my little journal as a kid. It helped me express my thoughts and get things out of my head and onto paper. So I guess you could say that my journey started since I could read and write. I remember being in elementary school and after finishing a book, I would try to write my own novel of some sort (including hand drawn pictures). I have always loved creative writing assignments in class. Not to toot my own horn, but I always surprised my teachers with my ability to describe things and put feelings into words. The poetry began in middle school with just some basic rhyming poems. I remember being in 8th grade and winning the school’s haiku contest. I was not expecting to win. That was when I realized that I actually found something that I was good at and loved to do. The kind of poetry that I write today started to form as I entered freshman year in high school. It came from a much deeper and darker place then years before. Very long answer short, I feel as if my journey started when I understood the power of words and books and how easily I could put what I was feeling into 26 simple letters to make someone else feel what I was feeling or understand what I was thinking. It just took me a few years to figure that out.
How would you describe your style of writing?
It is very hard for me to describe my style of writing. If you asked my Dad (aka: coolest person ever), he would say it is dark and mature and hard to believe that it came from the mind of a blonde little teenage girl (his little girl). If you asked my creative writing teacher, he might send me to the guidance office after giving me an A+. If you asked my best friend, she would say that it is so relatable but weird. I know my writing is dark and I know it gets your mind thinking and emotions churning. But it “does” something a little bit different for every person who reads it. That is the beauty of writing, especially poetry. You can take it as how you want to take it, and I fully believe that my writing style is how you as a single person make it out to be when you read it.
What inspires your poetry?
Tea. My dog. Depression. Pine cones. What makes people tick. I could go on forever, because I literally get inspiration from everything around and in my life. Sometimes I just sit outside and pick an object nearby and let my mind create something out of it.
What is the process you take to write your poetry?
Sometimes I find myself sitting down to write a poem, thinking hard about stanzas, rhyme schemes, word choice. And other times I find myself excusing myself from a conversation or party or what have you, to write down a line or thought or whole poem that jumped into my mind…and it just flows out of me as if it was already written. There really is no definite process.
How long have you have your Instagram account for and what made you want to share your poetry with the world?
I believe I’ve had my Instagram account for a little bit over two years, but I could be wrong. At first it was just a regular account, no poetry postings. I only started sharing my work when I realized that there were actually people who could relate to it and want to hear it.
What are the top three favourite poems you have written and why?
I don’t think I could ever answer this question! It is so incredibly hard to pick just three. It would be like comparing apples to bananas to oranges; they are both fruit, but still very different.
Thank you! I am very excited. All I can release to you is that I am going to have a book published through Underwatermountains Publishing.
Did you always want to publish you poetry?
I honestly never thought that I was a good enough poet to be published, so it had never really came to mind. I knew that I wanted to be a writer for a long time, but not specifically poetry.
Can you explain the publishing process you have gone through?
As of today, I pretty much have had no experience of the publishing process. Everything that I have gone through has been the basic steps such as which poems I want in my book, or even what to title it. It has been a long journey, but I think it will be well worth it.
Thank you so much for doing this interview! Your poetry is very raw and authentic, just like you. I wish you good luck in publishing your poetry book, I can’t wait for it to come out!
Thank you so very much! You are so lovely, it was my pleasure.
If you want to watch Katie’s journey you can follow her on:
• Instagram: @KtyktKatie