Hey there people of the blogging world!!
Today’s post is an interview! With the amazing Kellie Elmore!
A few of you would know (if you don’t know, now you do!) that recently Kellie released her first poetry book! How brilliant!
Here follows the interview:
Hey, madame! First things first… How did you start writing?
What inspired you to first put pen to paper and know something great will be the result? Hi Marlize! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your wonderful blog! So, let me just jump in… I started writing when I was in Junior High and it was really just simple poems of a lovesick girl lol. I had a major crush and I was extremely shy and scared to tell anyone (especially him) so, all I could do was sit in my room and write poems about how much I “loved” him. I never imagined that one day my innocent love poems would lead to being published.
And what was your first published/shared poem??
Oh wow, let me see… I did not publish anything until about three years ago when I found this amazing poetry community at Allpoetry.com. I opened an account and found that everyone was so warm and helpful that I felt comfortable enough to post. That first poem was a little rhyme called “Thunder” but, during the process of creating my manuscript, many of the poems were removed and revised for inclusion.
How do you feel about reaching NUMBER 1 on amazon.com (newcomers) in such a short time?
That was such an overwhelming feeling! I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! My husband, my son and my brother stood in front of the monitor and was just in awe at seeing Magic in the Backyard so high up on the list. It was really so very sweet and felt so good after so much work I put into it. Truly a reward!
What advice would you give to other writers who wants to get published someday? (Like me :P)
First, you have to write daily! Never stop writing. If you can’t find something to write about, or find yourself un-inspired…write about being un-inspired, something will come from it. Second, polish your manuscript, make it the very best, with your very best work. Then, submit. Anywhere and everywhere (reputable), that accepts poetry and/or short fiction and do not give up! Some people will like your work and others won’t. Just be patient and it will come.
Now, for a few silly/quick fire questions…
Favourite poem ever? Daffodils by William Wordsworth
Favourite book ever? My Girl
Favourite quote ever? “Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.” So much meaning in that!
Favourite colour? Blue and pink and yellow… I love color! (except purple)
Favourite smell? Gain dryer sheets… love how it smells blowing from the vent lol
Favourite taste? at the moment, sweet cantaloupe
Favourite animal? my dog =)
Favourite food? southern, home cooked meals, which usually means it’s fried! =)
Favourite drink? Coke
If you were to get a tattoo, what and where would it be? I actually went to get a tattoo a month or so ago and when we went in there was someone there getting one and I chickened out and left…but, it was going to be a dandelion and the words “Hakuna Matata”
If you were to become a millionaire, what would you buy first?? A ticket! I would put off buying anything until I took time to travel and see the world. Italy would be my first stop! Then Greece, then Brazil, then Alaska…
What inspires you daily? Life, moments, the view when I’m out driving, memories… I am inspired by so much.
Anything else you feel you want to share with us, Miss Kellie?? Just a “thank you”. I am so touched by so many of my readers that continue to encourage me. It has many times been their words and comments that has kept me blogging. Knowing that I was able to reach someone in some way is really rewarding and I appreciate all of them, you, everyone who has followed me. I hope you guys enjoy my book and I am looking forward to sharing with you a new one very soon!
And that’s it! Please go have a look at Kellie’s site (http://kellieelmore.com/) , and while you’re at it, BUY HER BOOK!!!