Today, we are honoured to have an interview with author Naomi Wilson. Naomi has written a book of poetry, called Love, Loss And Relationships. Naomi and I made contact the other week and she kindly agreed to answer some questions.
Where do you live and has this place inspired your writings at all?
I live in Birmingham, in the UK. I guess I’ve never felt inspired to mention location in any of my work before, but I do feel living in a city like Birmingham has definitely given me much inspiration in other ways. Being a busy city, full of diversity and different personalities, it has often provided me with material; some of the city’s more picturesque areas are my favourite spots to visit to be inspired.
This blogger: That’s all right. I studied history at the University of Birmingham and can understand that the city does not perhaps fire up the imagination in quite the same way as Oxford, the Lake District, or Dover Castle; not to mention more exotic places like the Pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal or the Great Wall of China. (*Smiles.*)
Your book, Love, Loss & Relationships, is a book of poems. What made you write many poems rather than a novel?
I’ve been writing poetry since I was 13. Back then Poetry was a great way to express my feelings and emotions. It just flowed more organically than a novel.
In saying that, I have written a few short novels in the past. But I have always gotten bored trying to stay with the storyline. So, poetry has been a great fit for me. Allowing me to write about many different topics.
In a couple of my blog pieces, I discuss how writers can target their audience. Who is your target audience? How did you choose this audience?
Having an Instagram business account really helps you understand your followers and the type of things they like. When I first started writing, I was simply sharing my work. But as time went by, I started using the insights.
It was then that I realised that my poetry posts, which had the most empathy, honesty, emotion, plus some humour, were the most popular. Also, the business account helps me to know what my core audience prefer. So, I try to post work that feeds into that narrative.
This blogger: That is a terrific observation. Sometimes, the key to success is simply finding what your audience likes and keep feeding them it lol.
Which of your poems in Love, Loss & Relationships is the one that talks to you most?
For me it’s hard to pick just one because each piece is a memory. But a couple of my favourites are ‘Case of the Ex’ and ‘Don’t forget to turn off the light.’
‘Don’t forget to turn of the light’ was different for me. It wasn’t a subject matter I’d ever written about before. But I was inspired to finish the piece after attending a poetry workshop. So, it’s special to me not just because of the deep emotions that it discusses, but because it’s one of the few poems where I pushed myself out of my comfort zone.
If there is one over-arching message among the many stories within Love, Loss & Relationships, what is it?
That love hurts. And if I’m honest, that wasn’t the message I was going for at all! I wrote my book looking to cover every aspect of love – the good, the bad and the ugly. But I do read it sometimes and feel the pain and deep emotion in my words.
This blogger: Your honesty is much appreciated. I have every faith that readers will feel your pain, as well as the emotion and energy that you put into Love, Loss & Relationships when they read it.
What is your writing kryptonite?
Lack of balance. If I’m over-tired, stressed or have not been giving myself necessary time to relax, then being creative can be difficult. In fact, often I will feel uninspired.
Have your friends and family read your book/poems? If so, how do you feel when they read your work, and when they comment on your writings?
Yes, and it’s a beautiful feeling! Sharing your work and deep emotions, and then having people give you their positive feedback. Honestly, it’s amazing; especially when the words you choose to share resonate with them or connect with them in a deeper way.
This blogger: That’s truly wonderful. May their feedback give you much pride and joy. Please God, one day, I will know the feeling (*Smiles wryly.*)
If you could give your younger self some advice about writing poetry, what would it be?
Keep writing! One day, you will share your words and they will mean something to somebody. Oh, and join more poetry and writing groups!
This blogger: (*Chuckles*.) Great advice all around.
How has writing changed you?
It has made me more courageous in sharing my work. It’s made me a more disciplined writer, too. Also, I’m more open to trying new styles of writing and expressing my work.
Are you writing another book currently? If so, please could you tell us a bit about it?
Yes, I am. The next book will be very different from Love, Loss and Relationships, but still I’m very excited about it.
This blogger: That’s fantastic! As a writer, you have be really passionate about your work and it is great to see that your fills with you excitement. That energy will be apparent in your writing.
What is the best piece of advice someone has given you with regards to writing poetry?
Always come back to your work. Let it be, leave it alone, let it marinate for a day or two, then come back to it. You may see things then that you can improve upon what you started.
This blogger: Again, great advice. (*Smiles*.)
Lastly, what do you like to do when you are not writing?
Read books lol. I also like go to the gym or doing something creative.
The delightful and very creative poet, Naomi Wilson, herself.
End of Interview
This brings our interview with author Naomi Wilson to an end. I would like to thank Naomi for her time, and to wish her all the best in her future writings and other creative ventures.
You can purchase Naomi’s book of poetry, Love, Loss and Relationships, on Amazon and I believe wholeheartedly that you will love it. Otherwise, like Naomi on Facebook and follow her on Instagram. That way, you will be able to keep up to date with her and know precisely when her next book will be available.
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