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Author Interview with Mia Powell

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  1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

I remember writing a short story about a ladybug when I was around six or seven. I typed it up on the family computer, printed it out, drew pictures, and stapled it together. My parents were friends with the owner of a restaurant by our house and I remember bringing my little book with me to dinner one night; I think I wanted to show him my accomplishment!

  1. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?

Prose, poetry, and plays mostly! I’ll write or read anything!

  1. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Right now, Wonder Woman and Moana. I thought they were both beautiful stories, I loved all the characters, and these heroines are super important for audiences, especially children, to see.

  1. Which famous writer can you most identify with?

I’ve been compared to Hemingway and I absolutely love that. I also have a strong connection in my heart to Stephen King: my grandfather and I are very much alike and King was his favorite; towards the end of his life, he read and reread any King book he could get his hands on.

  1. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

My major WIP is a high fantasy novel, but I’m also working on two poetry collections. I have a blog (http://legendsofmia.blogspot.com/) where I post some of my creative writing, op-eds, and reviews. And I’m planning out a YouTube channel centered around writing, books, and makeup that I hope to get up very soon!

  1. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece? 

Yes, I already have to! There’s a character in the first few chapters that I decided I didn’t need. I knew that if I went back to edit her out before moving on, I’d stop writing (it’s happened before). I just made her leave as soon as I could and kept writing, so I’ll have to remove her when I go back for the first big edit!

  1. Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Try everything. You don’t have to write one specific way or genre because you’ll get stuck and sad and think about giving up; you don’t have to follow every piece of advice that people give you because it will contradict. Try everything until you decide it doesn’t work for you – and then try it again later.

  1. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉 )

Straight A’s! I still talk to some of my English teachers from high school, and I so admire the professors I have in college.

  1. How much research do you do for your writing?

Depends on the piece. If I’m doing something that’s soaked, marinated, and covered in history I’ll go through months of timelines and history books and trivia. There’s a WIP in the deep, deep depths of my folders set in WWI or II and I spent an entire year reading books and looking at maps and writing out a timeline of real-life events that might affect the characters and important fictional events in the characters’ lives before I even sat down to write the first word. In another historical romance, I didn’t do any research except for what I already knew until I had a question or two that needed to be answered immediately. For my current WIP, the only “research” I’ve done is figuring out how to draw a map and finding the pictures I put on my Pinterest board.

  1. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I mostly write on my laptop, but there are a few that I’ll write longhand if the mood demands it. I almost always write poems longhand first, because I get a line stuck in my head in class and need to put it somewhere, so I write it out in my binder or maybe my phone if I’m in the hall. There’s one WIP that needs to feel like a journal and an essay, so I have a very in-character notebook that I’m writing that in.

  1. What is the best advice you’ve been given? 

One of my writing professors is an absolute Godsend, especially when it comes to speaking actual gold very offhandedly. I’ve tweeted two things in particular that I find to be excellent reminders: “I think a lot of people stop writing because they don’t think it’s good. But it’s not good because it’s not done,” and “There’s no ‘good enough.’ There’s just what you want to do.” Keep an eye out on my Twitter for #GreenFacilitates (he often says he doesn’t teach, he facilitates – because you can’t teach writing)!

  1. What book do you think everyone should read?

There are three books I recommend to absolutely everyone no matter what they usually like to read: Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby, The Winter Seaby Susanna Kearsley, and Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys.

  1. Two-part question: Do you play a musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?

I do not! I took piano and violin lessons when I was younger, but I never quite connected. I’d love to learn the harp – that would be so cool!

  1. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?

I think I’d like to go the traditional route, but I’ve only done minimal research into the different paths so far.

  1. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?

I don’t know who Tom Hanks considers to be his best friend, but that person! I would love to hang out with him!

  1. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

I almost wish I enjoyed science, so I could be a marine biologist!
 
17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?

Bill Murray. John Cleese. No question.

  1. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)?

My senior year of high school, I got to direct a one act play that I wrote the year before. I don’t really like the play that much anymore and I wish certain circumstances could have been better, but I’m still really proud that I got it to production.

19.  What quote do you live by?

Robin Williams: “You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” Mr. Williams is a huge inspiration to me, and the reason behind my tattooed R on my wrist.

  1. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer Prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)   

I think it would be really cool for my work to be taught in school.

  1. Would you like to ask me a question?

Was there a specific book or author that sparked your interest in writing?

Probably Catcher In The Rye.  It was the first book I read where I felt like an adult… absorbing his (J.D. Salinger) compelling words considering I was only 15 years old. I paid homage by naming one of my characters in my book, Feedback after him.

Many thanks to Mia for interviewing with me! Please keep tabs on this cool up and coming writer here:

Twitter @LegendsOfMia
https://www.instagram.com/legendsofmia/
http://legendsofmia.blogspot.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW7GrcwJRId2_ulUJdKDHIA

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Wednesday’s Poem & Tunes

Romance 
by Edgar Allan Poe

Romance, who loves to nod and sing
With drowsy head and folded wing
Among the green leaves as they shake
Far down within some shadowy lake,
To me a painted paroquet
Hath been—most familiar bird—
Taught me my alphabet to say,
To lisp my very earliest word
While in the wild wood I did lie,
A child—with a most knowing eye.

Of late, eternal condor years
So shake the very Heaven on high
With tumult as they thunder by,
I have no time for idle cares
Through gazing on the unquiet sky;
And when an hour with calmer wings
Its down upon my spirit flings,
That little time with lyre and rhyme
To while away—forbidden things—
My heart would feel to be a crime
Unless it trembled with the strings.

Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

Fight the Power – Public Enemy
Something Just Like This – The Chain Smokers / Coldplay
Cold – Maroon 5
Suddenly – The Bogmen / Black Motorcycle Rebel Club
I Am The Highway – Audioslave
Ventura Highway – America
I Wanna Be Adored – The Stone Roses
Always On Your Side – Sheryl Crow & Sting
Everything Counts – Depeche Mode (101 concert version)
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band / With a Little Help From My Friends – The Beatles
Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Special dedication to Tony ❤

Contact – Big Audio Dynamite
Rock of Ages – Def Leppard
Don’t Come Around Here No More – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Blinded by the Light – Manfred Mann
Rocky Raccoon – The Beatles
Der Kommissar – After the Fire
Runaway Car – Audioslave
Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) – The Rolling Stones

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Thursday’s Poem and Tunes…

The Paradoxical Commandments by By Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

“Beauty of Grey” & “Mirror Song” ❤ wrenching double-play by Live (Unplugged versions)
“Getchoo” – Weezer
“One Dance” – Drake
“Dear God”- XTC
“Infatuation” – Rod Stewart
“Tired of Being Sorry” – Ringside
“Remedy” – Seether
“Fall to Pieces” – Velvet Revolver
“Fight Song” – Rachel Platten
“Personal Jesus” – Depeche Mode
“Don’t Stop” – Fleetwood Mac
“It’s a Mistake” – Men at Work
“Teenage dream” – Katy Perry
“Yes” – Coldplay
“Fear of a Black Planet” – Public Enemy
“Life on Mars” – David Bowie (VH1 storytellers version)

 

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Author Interview With Charlie Zero

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1. When did you start putting pen to paper?
It was the beginning of something special. I didn’t know where my poetry at that time would take me. All I knew was I wanted to write poetry, I guess I screwed myself. hahahaha!!!

2. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?
Poetry all the way. For me, poetry cures poison & kills off athlete’s foot. hahahahahaha!

3. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Easy, Iron Man. He’s always been my favorite superhero since the early 90’s.
And I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.

4. Which famous writer can you most identify with?
I’d say, William Gibson. Only because he’s a genius & underrated author. Yes, he may be famous to the Cyber-culture hacker geeks and what not. But his books have proven he’s ahead of everyone else in the future. I recommend ‘Neuromancer’, if you haven’t read it yet. Please buy it.

5. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
I’m currently working on my 3rd Sci-Fi Chapbook of poems. I’m doing editing work, & doing a collage piece of random images to make it my front cover art. It’s going to be wild.
The poetry itself will blow your mind away. Aside from that – I love blogging on WordPress and sharing my poetry to the world. I always want my readers to step into my brain and let their imaginations run naked.

6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece?
No. Most of the writings I’ve done are pleasing to my satisfaction.
I’m unconventional and a perfectionist when it comes down to poetry.

7. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Practice writing poetry everyday. Once you find your spark, then you’re guarantee to go mad.

8. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉
A’S & B’S I feel proud enough. 🙂

9. How much research do you do for your writing?
Here and there. Not that much unless I want to really write something that’s for parody, controversial, or, politically incorrect.

10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I either use my desk-top computer, or, get a piece of paper and free write my poetry on paper. I used to have a typewriter back in my days. I’ve used it 10 times, and I stopped. My dad has an old school classic typewriter. He put it away in storage. It’s still here and in good mint condition.

11. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Hmm??? I can’t really remember who gave me the best advice.
All I know for sure it left me feeling with joy and that I must keep on going with poetry.
I was meant to be here on earth for a purpose and finish what I have to say.

12.  What book do you think everyone should read?
William Gibson – Neuromancer. Frank Herbert’s – Dune. William Burroughs – The Nova Express. That’s as far as I’m willing to share. I have tons and tons of odd books and obscure literature.

13. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?
I use to play guitar, & drums. I don’t play those instruments anymore.
I was in 3 project bands back in 2004 til’ 2008. Those 3 projects disbanded.

14. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?
Well, if I we’re to ever write a book or even get published…I’d have to go through an agent or independent, but that’s a whole other story. I’m going to be realistic here – my work of poetry probably won’t get published til’ I’m dead.  Fate usually works that way with Artist and Poets. Nevertheless, if it ever did happen anytime soon when someone discovers my work. Then awesome! I’ll be happy and I’ll die happy knowing that I accomplish on publishing my first book ever. Not many poets aren’t ready to read my poetry works, it’s way too out there for any minds to comprehend.

15. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?
Friedrich Nietzsche. The man was way ahead of his time and he sought a generation that would collapse on its own and be controlled by religious dictators. Plus, he wrote some amazing poetry. I recommend
Dionysian-Dithyrambs by Friedrich Nietzsche

16. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?
Probably doing art designing. Or, be a motorcycle enthusiast.

 
17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?
Bill Murray all the way. He’s come along way…and he’s such a respected actor and 
comedian. John Cleese he’s phenomenal, sharp, and always a witty sense of humor
and he’s got some very very nice teeth. hahahaha!

18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)
Two poems – “
Beethoven Down Syndrome” and “The Alchemy Stretches Its Teeth” These two blew me away just because how far I was able to take it, visually and cinematically.
Plus, The Alchemy Stretches its Teeth gave me a reboot in my writing style and ability and launched my writing career into a whole new level.

19.  What quote do you live by?
“The only way your soul will ignite – is if you press your ears against curiosities chest.
That is true madness waiting to undress inspiration.” ~ Charlie Zero

20. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer Prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)  
Hmm??? I’ve never been asked this question before. I guess a successful self-published author. Be remembered as someone who challenged the idea of poetry and ripped the very fabric of traditional poetry and made it something that no one has ever read or envision before. I’m what you call unconventional, but no one is laughing.

21. Would you like to ask me a question?
Yes. If you could be any planet, which planet would you be?
Jupiter, hands down.
Many thanks to this talented and unique writer –  Charlie Zero, I look forward to reading more from him soon.
 
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Posted by on March 7, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Poem Of The Day…

~Dedicated to my extraordinary father on his birthday~

Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening
By Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2015 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Tuesday’s Poem and Tunes…

Caged Bird By Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

Currently Playing on Little Mountain FM

Good Times – INXS & Jimmy Barnes
People Are Strange – The Doors
It Was Always You – Maroon 5
Here – Alessia Cara
Used Ta Be My Girl – The O’Jays
A Lifetime – Better Than Ezra
Artificial Sweetener – No Doubt
Sweater Weather – The Neighbourhood
Everybody’s Talking – Harry Nilsson
King – Years & Years
Like I Can – Sam Smith
Drops Of Jupiter – Train
Come Get It Bae – Pharrell
Perfect World – Talking Heads
Feelin’ Good – Braiden Sunshine’s cover version from The Voice

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2015 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Author Interview With Antonio Westley

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I had the good fortune connecting with this fellow writer, blogger, and creative visualist Antonio Westley here on wordpress (another great example of this site’s perks). Antonio was gracious to take time talking about his cutting-edge process.

1. When did you start putting pen to paper?
About 12 – 13 years ago.

2. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?
Poetry when it’s very subliminal.

3. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Though this may not be a popular choice but based solely on the ideal of a character, I would have to say Superman.

4. Which famous writer can you most identify with?
Probably J.K. Rowling at the moment based on the ground work she was willing to do to make it where she is today. Not to mention the fact that she thrives on providing her readers with fascinating story arcs.

5. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
Well, I’m currently finishing up a novella which will be the final title of four creations I have been working on for the last 3 or 4 years. After which will be placed in proper editing for the readers pleasure upon completion. Outside of that I have just been putting muscle behind my social media status and blogs. All which can be found on my main WordPress site when googling my name. Lately, I have also been pushing my prize blog subjectsmatter.weebly.com where I constantly write about a variety of topics. While also rebooting a site called AllTheeAbove on WordPress to help give bloggers a place to promote and share their content. YouTube is the final place I have yet to tackle but something I’m willing to explore once my book titles are finally submitted to the auto mechanics of the literary world. I have channels on standby in the meanwhile that will also include music when I put my latest writing to rest and invest time in putting something together.

6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece?
Well since I haven’t released anything yet then I cannot answer that. However, I do pride myself in my work and would never publish something unless I was completely satisfied, at peace and proud of the content I created.

7. Do you have any advice for other writers?
For those writers out there who allow something like writers block to get in the way of progress, try to learn to let go of what can’t be made in the moment and move on to the material that can be created. Assembly in order should be a tactic used for the final print. So place your thoughts on paper now and treat your story like a jigsaw puzzle when all the pieces are ready to be set in place.

8. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉
I would say I was an A student when effort was applied but a B student without.

9. How much research do you do for your writing?
I try to do as much research as possible when it’s needed in order to provide the most accurate detail in my writing.

10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I tried a typewriter once but felt I made up far more ground with a computer.

11. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
In life: Don’t take everything to the heart. In the literal aspect: Take grammar more seriously even if it’s debatable.

12. What book do you think everyone should read?
I have always felt “Hamlet” was a piece worth exploring.

13. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?
I’ve dabbled but never had the time to master any instrument. However, if I could learn one instrument it would be the guitar – no contest.

14. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?
Hopefully, I can tackle as many platforms as possible when my work is ready to be released. But I’d hope to primarily host my titles on Amazon in order to provide readers with both a digital and hard cover copy of my books.

15. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?
This is bit out of my spectrum since I’m not much on sports anymore but actually Derek Jeter. Just because he’s the only guy I had ever come to envy in the world, which inadvertently comes from a place of respect.

16. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?
Well, growing up I always felt it would be nice to be an illustrator. But I abandoned the idea after discovering how time consuming it was for me to bring my ideas to life. Surprisingly, it would be the very decision that allowed me to transition into writing.

17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?
Bill Murray hands down and sadly though I am a bit familiar with John Cleese I don’t know enough to make a distinction between him and Michael Palin.

18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)
Well, it’s no heart stopper but there was an article called “Family Matters” which I wrote on a website called Bubblews. This was during its illustrious years and was one of my very first posts on the platform. So this meant I wasn’t expecting much attention especially as a newbie in an active community where posts were constantly being uploaded in real time. I’m talking about an around the clock sort of thing that made me believe I’d get lost in the shuffle. But I was wrong and found that not only did my topic do well but garnered more attention than I expected. I chose to tackle family values in this post and the struggles people are usually faced with in life. This led to me getting over 300 likes and over 30 comments on the subject making it to this day my top post on that account. What made it rewarding was the idea that I was able to thrive in a competitive area of the internet at the time. Which we all know can be a daunting task on that side of the web.

19. What quote do you live by?
Live and let live.

20. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous pulitzer prize winningauthor, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)
I would say a successful self-published author as a day job would be sufficient enough. Anything else that comes my way would be a bonus.

21. Would you like to ask me a question?
Okay, Jokingly: A rooster laid an Egg on top of the barn roof. Which way did it roll? Seriously: Do you believe rehashing format in authorship is preferred over original creativity?

To answer your first question, it rolled down the North-West corner of the barn… haha. I’d say original creativity is where it’s at for sure… but I also feel when rehashed formatting is successful (think Quentin Tarantino movies inspired by movies he’s fans of) the skies the limit.

Thanks again to Antonio Westley for giving us a glimpse in his super-creative talented mind. He’s one to watch! Please see all of his exceptional work on the links below:
http://wp.me/4hgUs
http://www.booksie.com/true_confessions/short_story/antoniowestley/a-bugs-life
http://www.booksie.com/AntonioWestley

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2015 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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