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This interview features, author D.D. Wright. Dive into the depths of your poetic soul as we get to know this phenomenal poet and authoress and her works!
It is an honor and pleasure to have this poet/author on UP interviews. I first met D.D. through her Poetic Soul Talk Show where she was the ever gracious host, allowing poets around the world to have a free forum to express their poetic flow and vibe out to others. Since that time, UP and D.D. have teamed up for several ventures including the Poetic Soul Talk Show Magazine and Too Sweet for Sugar, a collection of poems dedicated to the fight against Diabetes; as well as developing Untamed Joy of Reading Pomegranate Passion Wax Tarts! Now, we get to thrust her in the UP HOT SEAT and #getcaughtUP with all things D.D.!
Welcome to UP author interviews, D.D.! Before we begin, please tell us a little about yourself.
Hello! I am the mother of a beautiful miracle named Madison. I've been a teacher in NYC since 2002. I am also an entrepreneur of small business, Poetic Soul Inc.
With all the many hats that you wear, why did you make the decision to become a published author?
I have been writing since I was a teenager. Being an only child, I found it more comfortable to write my feelings down versus discussing them. When self-publishing options became available, I figured I should publish a few of the poems I had written over the years. I was ready to share the gift I had been given with others.
I, for one, am certainly glad that you did. You've been such an inspiration to others and opened up doorways and that is to be commended. Since you've been writing for a long time, please tell us a unique writing habit that you have.
I'm not sure if this qualifies as a habit, but I try not to use words that, in my opinion are overused such as “very” and “a lot” to name a few. I believe they are called superlatives. They drive me crazy. I would like to be considered a writer with precision.
I concur. When I think of your writing, the first word that comes to mind is soulful. Having said that, what do you believe makes your writing stand apart from other authors?
I agree. I think my writing is soulful or spiritual in a sense. It is also raw honesty without abrasives or at least not all the time, lol.
I'm interested to know when it is that you are able to tap into your soulful and spiritual style. When it comes to writing, are you a morning person or a night owl?
I am definitely a night owl lol! I find it easier to write after reflecting on the day, while the world is quiet.
Something told me you were a night owl, lol! I must say that there is definitely a different vibe to writing when it's peaceful, and you're able to delve into reflective moments. I know that you write poetry, but what other genres do you write or wish to write?
I write poetry, literary letters and short stories. I hope to publish novels, screenplays and songs in the future.
You better come through with the screenplays and songs! I will be sitting on the edge of my seat for that. That answer actually leads me into my next question. What are some of your other aspirations for your writing career?
Actually, I'd love to be able to secure a book deal with a traditional book company; although I can't say I've been actively pursuing that. I hope to be acknowledged in some way for the diversity of my writing.
You deserve that recognition and let me be one of the first to say so. Now, let's discuss some of your work. Tell us about your current book project?
In February, I released my second book in the Letters series, "Dear Passion, Autumn Leaves and Counterfeit Critics: 42 Published Letters". In March, Francisco Garcia and I released an anthology of poetic quotes entitled, “Poetic Quips: An Anthology of Poetic Tid Bits”. Currently, I am working on completing several anthologies with fellow indie authors as well as another book of poetry, Poetry 2 Love: A Journey.
What is your upcoming project about?
The next release will be, “Too Sweet For Sugar”, an anthology of poems and letters written by artists and every day people across the country. The purpose is to raise awareness of and encourage those living with diabetes. The proceeds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
When will it be released?
I don't have a release date as yet, however, I hope all will be finished by the mid-summer. In the meantime, I am continuing to promote my latest publications, "Dear Passion, Autumn Leaves and Counterfeit Critics: 42 Published Letters" as well as "Poetic Quips: An Anthology of Poetic Tid Bits" written by Francisco Garcia and myself.
Now, I'm always in awe of your strength and perseverance, so I'm extremely excited about your answer for this next question. If you were to write a book about yourself what would you name it? Why?
I love this question. The title would be, “Fire Made Her. God Saved Her". I have faced many obstacles from childhood to this moment. Discrimination, abandonment, growing up in an urban community. I feel like odds were stacked against me. However, GOD has saved me from all obstacles, providing me with too many blessings to count. The passion to succeed remains alive however “the fight” is no longer one I deem as my own. #butGod
Look at God! I do hope that you write that book because your words are always a source of inspiration and I feel this would change lives. I know that you've collaborated with other poets, but speaking of book projects, would you like to collaborate with other authors on a book project?
I'd absolutely love to collaborate. That is the goal I am in the midst of accomplishing. I do believe we all have a distinctive voice of our own. Working with others who have their own voice seems to bring power to pens. I love the idea.
Awesome! Since we were discussing collaborations. I'd love to know which authors you enjoy reading. So can you tell us who are your top 5 favorite books by indie authors. Why are they your faves?
Sure! Back 2 Me Kafe by Kisha Townsend, Poetic Compilations of the Heat, Mind and Soul by Author Dandii Lion, Az I Thinketh by Rule Jacobs, The Abundance of My Pen by Rashida Vines and The View by Author Untamed. Each of these books offer lessons about life in different ways. The topics covered in each are diverse enough that they are universal. Whatever mood I may be in, one of these books will bring me peace (or fire or inspiration). I admire the pens of the authors, making each one more enjoyable.
Honey, those are some heavy hitters. I've read all of their work and agree with you. I'm excited to know that a book of mine was also one of your faves. That's means the world coming from you. Thank you. Now, let's find out more about D.D. Outside of writing, what are your favorite past times?
Not to be predictable but I enjoy reading. I also enjoy dancing as well as travelling. Whatever takes me away from my day to day routine is fun - as long as it's safe.
Tell us one thing about you that is a little known fact.
That's an interesting question lol! I am phobic of waterbugs. I need help. I have moved out of apartments because of them. As much as I love children and elders, I have and will knock them down to get away from one. Sad I know. I'd have to invest in a phenomenal therapist to rid myself of this fear, which I consider often.
LOL! Hilarious. I know it's funny, not funny, but I feel you on that! Now that we were wrapping up the interview, I'd like to get your industry insight. What is one lesson you’ve learned since becoming a published author?
I've learned that this is a journey, not necessarily about arriving at a certain point by a certain time. I've also learned that this isn't an industry you can hop into for the sake of money. Substance and consistency are keys.
Lastly, what is one myth about being a published author that you learned and would like to share?
I have learned so much in this journey. One thing I think people don't consider is the amount of work needed to get to where one wants to be. Despite 5 books in 5 years, I'm still not there. The myth would be, “you'll get there fast and easy.” The truth is, “you have to be in it for the love and long run or don't even bother.”
D.D., it has truly been a pleasure to interview you, and we look forward to your future works. Please connect with the author and pick up your copy of her last release, Dear Passion, Autumn Leaves and Counterfeit Critics: 42 Published Letters!
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The way you exist within me has made me question your very soul, search for your definition repeatedly. I am beginning to believe you are a part of my DNA.
Your breath tickles me, gives meaning to mediocrity and quite simply, makes me feel so alive. I hear your music playing as I sleep, sometimes forcing me to choose between slumber and dancing with you. As I lie awake, typing this letter while the moon watches my fingertips, my decision is more significant than my eyes closing. I live with few regrets.
It is a shame that some have only encountered you briefly. A few confuse you with physical contact, faking it, barely making it. Pity on them. The strategies at your mercy, to live within a chosen few. Thank you for choosing me.
The woman that I am would not be if you were
terminated. See, I write with your eyes overseeing my
mission. I dance with my hips and feet filled with
Poetic Quips are snippets of poetry, quotes captured within a larger text yet magnified on each page of this thought provoking catalog. Francisco Garcia, poet/author has joined forces with D.D. Wright, fellow author and published poetess, to create a compilation of poetic quotes meant to inspire as well as comfort.
The writings within these pages cover a wide array of topics, celebrating both figurative language and writing styles, most will appreciate the sentiments of each word and/or thought that caused it to appear on paper.