4 Questions with Holly Lyn Walrath.

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1, Tell us about you, and your writing (themes, influences, etc.)

 

I like to self-identify as a “weird writer,” which basically applies to everything I do creatively. I don’t write in one specific length but tend to flit between poetry, flash fiction, and now I’m even working on a novella. I write in a variety of genres from sci-fi to fantasy, but all of my work tends to have a weird, speculative, fantastical, or surreal element.

 

I think one of the themes I’m working through right now is what it means to be a woman in today’s world and more specifically how we can gain strength from reimagining our bodies as fantastic. My work often deals with the emotions of guilt and grief. A reviewer called my latest book, Glimmerglass Girl, “at once violent and delicately beautiful,” and I think that basically sums it up. I like dark things, but I want to show people how they can be beautiful.

 

2, What are some of the ways in which you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat into, your time writing?

 

This is a never-ending struggle for me! My work appears on Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Medium, and a variety of other little caverns on the internet. It’s a lot of work to keep everyone up to date on my work right now because I’m in a very prolific period of writing and I’ve been so blessed to have many people support my work. Even though I often feel burnt out, I recognize that it’s important for writers to promote their own work. No one else can shout the praises of your work as well as you. Who else is going to say, “I love this weird little thing that I pulled out of myself, won’t you take it home with you and love it too?”

 

3, What projects are you working on at present?

 

Right now I’m finishing up revisions on my space-opera-pirates-thanos-y novella. (Official title TBD, ha.) It’s basically about a character whose battling her own inner demons. I’m also working on a series of tiny poems that I hope to make into a book. And there’s still my erasure poetry series to finish, which is all erasures of male canonical authors. Uhh… did I mention I’m an overachiever??

 

4, What does poetry mean to you?

 

Edward Hirsch, one of my favorite poets, says that “Reading poetry is an adventure in renewal, a creative act, a perpetual beginning, a rebirth of wonder.” He talks about how the poem has to journey a very long way to get to the reader—all the way from inside my weird mind to the page, where I just hope that the right reader will find it. But to me, when you find a poem that speaks to you, it’s like lightning has struck a dark place. Everything becomes clear and brilliant. That’s my goal in writing poetry—to shine a light into the dark crevices of the world. To build a bridge. To burn a hole in a paper and then view the sun through it.

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Links Love.

More links love!

Visual – Verse give you a visual prompt to respond to in writing each month. Submissions close on the fifteenth of the month. Elizabeth Gibson’s story Sweets on Neptune absolutely delighted me. Elizabeth has her own wonderful publication Foxglove Journal, which publishes poetry and fiction.

I also found an untitled poem early on in the week by Nichole McElhaney in Rose Quartz Journal

Starry Eyed Collective are a new publication, which aims to empower women and girls. The editor is Orlagh, from Northern Ireland. They welcome any submissions too.

Eunoia Review, a poem called Things only Broken People can Know by the brilliant poet James Diaz. His poetry always makes you feel something.

Speaking of my favourite poets, Linda M. Crate had poetry published at The Gremlin Creative and Spillwords.com

At The Leveler, a Jessie Janeshek poem Toy Gun Commercial

And last, but not least, a blog post by Emma The Little Bookworm about what exactly goes into creating a blog post, and the hard work involved. As she says it’s a complete roller coaster!


Thank you for reading! Did you enjoy any of these links? Do you have any of your own links? Share in the comments.


Ghost City Press Micro – Chapbooks

Summer is coming to an end, and so is the Ghost City press summer Micro – Chapbook series. (Boo!)

Here are some of the Micro – Chapbooks released recently in the series. They can be downloaded for free here from the Ghost City press website as a PDF. Why not catch up on the ones you haven’t read over the long weekend?


Have you read any of these chapbooks? Which ones would you like to read?

What are you reading over the long weekend?


Blog Tour. Akea – The Power of Destiny by Elizabeth Jade. My Review.

Akea – The Power of Destiny

Akea is born into a family of sled dogs and a life that follows a predictable path, but from the day she first sees the lone wolf, Kazakh, Akea knows her future lies beyond the safety of her home. Kazakh is well aware of Akea’s destiny and the pack laws he will break to help her reach it. Regardless of the challenges ahead, he must make sure this young husky will be ready, even if it means his life.


Youtube Author Readings

Reading from Chapter 1 (2 mins 44 secs)

Reading from Chapter 6 (2 mins 26 secs)

Reading from Chapter 10 (2 mins 17 secs)


Author Bio

Elizabeth Jade was born in North Yorkshire, England, in 1998 and moved with her family to Wellington when she was very young. Her early schooling did not go smoothly and she began home schooling at the age of 7. She stumbled into writing at the age of fourteen when she began to struggle with depression and anxiety, and quickly found her story ideas pouring out faster than she could get them onto paper. It wasn’t until the age of eighteen that she realised her struggles in school had been due to Aspergers Syndrome (an autistic spectrum disorder). She has always had a passion for animals and has volunteered at various animal rescues, so it seemed only natural that her stories would revolve around them.

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I enjoyed reading Akea very much. It was a simple story, with stripped back writing, a few twists and turns, and a satisfying finish too. I liked the family feel that the book had. The illustrations complimented the writing well. I could imagine Akea making a great television show. I liked the visuals. I can’t wait to read more from Elizabeth Jade!

(Thank you to Rachel at Random Resources and the author for providing me with a free copy of Akea for reviewing purposes)


My thoughts on Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur.

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Title: Milk & Honey

Author: Rupi Kaur

Genre: Poetry

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I was not sure what to think of this 2015 debut poetry collection by Rupi Kaur. I had seen a lot of her poetry quoted on social media, and have only just got a hold of her book from my local library, which still has its surprises. If you think you have read all of her best writing, there is still plenty in Milk and Honey that you won’t have already seen.
I keep flicking through the book, finding new poems. The poems are in short form, as well as prose. I can’t argue with a lot of what Kaur writes about our bodies, and loving ourselves. Poems about beauty, periods, body hair, and one of my favourites on page 201

 

“what terrifies me most is how we
Foam at the mouth with envy
When others succeed
But sigh in relief
When they are failing,”

The feminist subjects make this book another one I wish I had when I was a teenager, and all I wanted was a boyfriend, like everybody else, and how accepting ourselves first is important because we give so much of ourselves away. The Loving section is a good narrative of a relationship: the intimacy, the fighting, the heartbreak, and letting go.

It is interesting to read this book now because I think Kaur has inspired so many poets. I didn’t begin by reading her, I began with Amanda Lovelace, and Jennae Cecilia. The styles I think are quite similar, as well as some of the subjects they write about.
I enjoyed Milk and Honey. I couldn’t connect with all of the poems, but I appreciate Kaur’s writing, and her experiences.



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