Four Questions with Nicholas Trandahl @PoetTrandahl


Nicholas Trandahl

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


A1: I’m a family man (a husband to a lovely talented woman and a father to three young daughters), and I work as a newspaper reporter. I’m an Army veteran, outdoorsman, and poet published by Winter Goose Publishing.
My writing is simple and largely observational. I tend to write poetry about what I see and feel. That runs the gamut from nature, travel, camping, fishing, food, drinks, strangers, mental health, dreams, sex, spirituality, books, etc. In short, I suppose I’ll write about any facet of my life.

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?

A2: I promote my poetry and author brand through the regular social media platforms, and I don’t shy away from paying for advertising once in awhile and running giveaways for my books. I think I sell most of my work, however, through directly networking with readers and through events like book signings.
I don’t actually find marketing and promoting eating into my writing time. I don’t necessarily like marketing my work or promoting it but that’s the fact of modern publishing and writing. As for my writing time, I write anywhere and everywhere so I don’t find my writing time ever infringed upon really.


3, What projects are you working on at present?

A3: Well, my latest poetry collection with Winter Goose Publishing hit shelves at the end of March so I’m in a marketing campaign for that. I’m always editing my poetry and writing new poems. Im currently at work on the manuscript for my 2019 collection, “Echoes in the High Country”.
At the end of April I’ll be attending a 2-day poetry workshop where I’ve been invited to read poetry and sell some books. I also have other book signings scheduled for “Think of Me”.

4, What does poetry mean to you?

A4: To me, poetry means a hell of a lot. It’s how I properly express myself, calm myself, and show readers the world around them that they might not be noticing.




Nicholas Trandahl presents a stark and authentic work with his newest collection, Think of Me. Stories and observations rife with melancholy, adventure, and naturalism are displayed in the simple and honest verse he’s known for. Through this sincere poetic style, Trandahl informs us all, no matter our background, that the ordinary is actually quite extraordinary.

Nicholas Trandahl is an Army veteran and newspaper reporter that lives in the high country of Wyoming with his wife and three daughters. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and his collections “Pulling Words” and “Think of Me” have been published by Winter Goose Publishing. His third collection with Winter Goose is scheduled to release in 2019.

Four Questions with Anne Chivon @PeonyWings


Anne Chivon


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

I’m a writer with an overactive imagination, to the point where it’s hard not to daydream! While I am working on a fantasy novel, I am currently neck deep in poetry projects. I find poetry lets me be a little more creative with mixing writing personal experiences/feelings and diving into different worlds I’ve created.

I’ve always been one to love monsters and dark creatures, and I’m heavily inspired by the video games Dark Souls and Bloodborne in my writing. Mixing cute things like flowers and pastels with dark creatures and weird creatures, castle ruins, and magic is something I always try to add a touch of in my work.

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?

I promote my work mostly on Twitter and Instagram, it’s hard to branch out due to mental health reasons, I don’t want to stretch my energy too thin. Most of it needs to be put toward being financially stable and getting through my projects. So yea, it definitely eats into writing time. If real life wasn’t a huge struggle then having more time to market myself would be great, it’s just not possible at the moment.

3, What projects are you working on at present?

Right now I’m working on Peony Wings which is a collection of poems based around my characters the King of Bones and the Necromancer Queen. It’s a mix of creepy-cute and has personal poems as well as poems that relate between the two characters. (Let’s be real, the necromancer queen is my self-insert haha)

I’m also working on another poetry book called Violet Wings which is about being non-binary and very heavy in dealing with gender and queerness. It’s one of my harder projects because it’s SO personal.

4, What does poetry mean to you?

Poetry to me is emotion. Whether it tells a story, the poems connect and flow together, or are meant to stand alone. It all comes from someone’s feelings and emotions. Poetry is meant to be read to see the writer first… and relating to it if you do is just a bonus.




Bunny Bunny

crowned princess


must learn


that those who smile

will play this hateful game



– lovers become predators


A short collection of poems that touch on finding yourself while in the spaces between toxic people and emotionally abusive lovers.



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Four Questions with Ashly Kim @ashlykimchi

Ashly Kim


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

I’m a busy mom of two – and a part-time fish monger – in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I usually describe myself as a coffee addict, taco enthusiast, and paperback hoarder. Even though most of my calendar is packed with day-to-day errands, I do enjoy adventuring with my kids when we get the time – discovering new parks, that kind of thing. And then sometimes, I even find time to write. All of our adventures tend to show up in my work – I enjoy writing about places; travelling. And a great setting in a story will always inspire me.

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?

Oh, man. When I wrote Wayward Daughters, I did it just to prove something to myself, after so many years of just talking about publishing a book. I’m not sure I even expected anyone I didn’t know to even read it! I sort of just slapped it up on Amazon and posted photos of it on twitter and Instagram. Now, though, having met so many awesome people in the writing community, and learning a ton, I hope my next launch will go a little differently. I could be doing more to promote Wayward Daughters now, but I already have so little writing time, that promotion just gets pushed to the side. Social media can become a distraction, but I try to leave my phone in a separate room or go to a place that puts me in “work mode”, like the library.

3, What projects are you working on at present?

I’m currently putting together a story in verse about a 19th century, gun-slinging, dance hall worker. I really like history and historical settings in books – especially the old west. There’s also a few notebooks lying around filled with ideas for an eventual epic fantasy series. Getting around to finishing my first novel sounds really scary, but it’s one of my goals this year to, at the very least, start it.

4, What does poetry mean to you?

I answered this on Twitter a few days ago, haha! Poetry to me, means freedom. Freedom to go anywhere, sometimes be anyone. Not only in my own writing, where I can express things that maybe I wouldn’t normally just come right out and say, but also through reading so many other writers’ collections. I read and write for the same reason that most of us do – it’s my escape.


Wayward Daughters is a collection of poetry for anyone who’s ever marveled at the ocean or eaten tacos from a food truck.


Connect with Ashly @ashlykimchi on Instagram and Twitter

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Four Questions with Sam Rose @writersamr

It is Poetry Month! I personally believe poetry is for every month (it is for me) but where there’s a bandwagon and all that.

Four questions is my aim to feature as many poets as I can possibly get on this blog during the next four weeks, and perhaps beyond that.

Thanks goes to the writers for answering my questions.  I appreciate them taking the time to do so, and I do hope that you enjoy the insights into their writing lives as much as I did. The majority of the writers here are self-published,  or published by a small press, and need a little *extra* help in the marketing department,  as we don’t have the budget, or staff, that enormous publishers do to get the word out about our words. Word of mouth is a marvellous thing for us indies.


I do hope you will find a new found love for a poet, or even poetry itself if you think that poetry isn’t for you, while reading these Q&As.

Please do use the share buttons, and help spread the love for poetry.

Thank you!

Sam Rose




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

I’m a poet, writer and editor from Northamptonshire, England. I’ve been writing since I was a child, and I started off writing stories. When I was a teenager I started writing song lyrics, and this led me onto writing poetry. I dabble in novels too but am yet to finish one to a publishable standard! I get a lot of inspiration from music, and find my favourite bands to be just as influential as my favourite writers. Bring Me The Horizon and Professor Green are among my favourite musical artists, and I appreciate the honesty and openness in their work. I can relate to their lyrics, and they inspire me to write honestly about my own life. Matt Haig and Stephen King are my favourite novelists, and in terms of poets I enjoy reading Nikita Gill, Kaveh Akbar, and Chen Chen. Much of my writing revolves around my experiences as a cancer survivor, and I am very interested in memoir and creative non-fiction.

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?

I promote my work through social media (mostly Twitter), which doesn’t take up too much of my time. If I have had a poem published in a literary magazine I like to spread the word about it online. I also like to share some of my writing on my website and then share this on social media. I don’t think it takes up too much of my writing time, but sometimes if I am happy with a poem I am so keen to put it out there that I put it on my website and then may later regret it when I want to submit it for publication, because many magazines don’t accept previously published submissions. I am learning to hold fire when it comes to work I’m really proud of, and submit it to magazines instead of uploading it to my blog straight away.

3, What projects are you working on at present?

I am in the editing stages of my current novel, which I hope to finish and begin sending out to agents soon. I’m also working on a new poetry book which focuses on the telling of cancer treatment and survivorship through objects.

4, What does poetry mean to you?

Poetry for me is a way of telling and sharing the self. I write mainly for myself, and sometimes I don’t understand something fully until I have written it out – I can have an epiphany through writing poetry. It’s a way of seeing more clearly. And when it is expressed well, it can be a source for readers to do the same. So it’s also a way for people to connect with each other, to understand themselves and others better, to learn something new, and to feel less alone. Writing poetry and sharing it is an act of giving to yourself and to others.



“I tease the knots out of my hair
like they’re the ones in my stomach
remembering with each stroke
an easier existence.”

Empowerthy is a collection of poems about being a cancer survivor and living with Lynch syndrome, a genetic condition which makes people more likely to develop certain cancers in their lifetime.

The poems are written to empower and empathise with readers – whether you are a cancer survivor, previvor, or simply a survivor of this world so far.

A portion of the profits from sales of the paperback copy of this book will be donated to Lynch Syndrome UK.



Sam Rose is the editor of Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine.  The 2017 anthology is now available,  as is their March issue.




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