I want to introduce you to a great lady named Heather, we have chatted before about writing but this is the first time I get to know a little bit more about her poetry. I am really excited to present her work to you all and learn about this up and coming writer.
Thank you so much for doing this interview with me about your poetry. I always knew you were a writer but poetry is another talent of yours I am happy to discover. I can’t wait to learn more about it and see your work!
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I work in the legal/insurance field, I’m happily married, and I own a dog and several cats. I have always struggled with my creative side – I excel in corporate/professional environments; but, my spirit is always mentally wandering the globe.
When did you start creating poetry? Tell us a little about your journey.
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I used to beg for extra credit in school, just so I could write. Growing up, all of my writing was focused around poetry and it wasn’t until college that I started to venture into writing stories. In the last six months, I’ve re-worked several old poems and the process has inspired some new work.
What is your style and why?
I don’t stick with any particular format; I just let the words flow. Sometimes I rhyme, sometimes I don’t; it just depends on my mood and what feeling I’m trying to get across.
What inspires your poetry?
My poetry tends to lean towards darker subjects. Sometimes I’m watching a movie and I’m struck by a particular scene or really connect with a character; at other times, I’m just not in a good mood – which can make for really good writing.
What kind of darkness do you explore?
I touch on a little bit of everything; my topics can range from lost-love to death. It really just depends on why I’m writing the particular poem. If I’ve been watching a violent film, it will sometimes spur some very dark feelings and I’ll just free-write until I get all of the negativity out.
What is the process you take to write your poetry?
Most of the time a few lines will just hit me out of the blue and I have to stop and write them down. It can be right before I fall asleep, as I’m driving, or taking a shower - there’s really no telling when it will happen. I’ll jot down my lines, allow myself to get all of the emotions out, and then I walk away from it. I usually need to leave it alone for a day or two before I can get it fully polished. The feeling that I get when all the words finally fall into place is pure bliss.
You work in law (I pity you), how do you make time for creativity when you work in such a high-pressure environment?
Coffee, lots of coffee. I work for an excellent firm, I really do; but, the job is mentally exhausting. I’m a gypsy at heart, I dream of packing everything into a Winnebago and just traveling around and writing. Unfortunately, I can’t do that so I’ve gotten into a habit of waking 90 minutes earlier than I need to, just so I have the time to write.
Why did you start your Instagram account? What aims do you have?
It started as a way to keep myself motivated; but, it’s become so much more than that. I recently received an email from a young girl who told me that I’ve really helped her work through some serious writing problems and I’ve had several others tell me that they really look forward to my prompts – it makes me feel so good that I’m helping other people, I never dreamed of receiving that kind of feedback.
I really want to continue to connect with other writers, it’s wonderful to be surrounded by people who share a passion for writing, and who understand my goals and struggles.
Lie To Me – though I think I’m the only person that likes that one. I’ve shared it with a few people; but, the response is never as positive as with other ones that I’ve written. I like the imagery of happily drinking up the lies to stay drunk on the illusion of love.
Treat – is definitely in my top three. I originally wrote it about ten years ago; but, I completely revamped it this year and it’s so much better now. It’s on the darker side but I like the beat of the words.
Coping Mechanisms- I just love this one, much like night time.
Would you ever publish your poems?
I would leap at the chance to publish my poetry.
Thank you so much for doing this interview and being brave enough to share your words with all of us. I never knew you were so talented as you are by writing novels and poetry.
If you want to follow Heather and be inspired in your everyday life, her social accounts are:
- Blog: www.EverythingOnPaperIsPerfect.com
- Instagram: EverythingOnPaperIsPerfect (or just search #paperperfect