Earlier this year, my college had a writing competition to honor the 20th year anniversary of 9/11. The competition was titled, “What does 9/11 Mean To You?”. Students were encouraged to submit creative writing pieces and/or an interview they preformed asking someone what they remember about this day 20 years ago.
I decided to submit both: a creative poem I wrote and an interview I conducted with my mom. My poem, Weathered Loss, earned Third Place in the contest.
If you want to read my poem, you can check it out below.
I was interviewed by the blogger, Shaheena Chowdhury. In the interview I discussed the events that led to me publishing my collection of poems and at what age I began to write as a hobby. Here are some of my responses:
Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
A: There was never a day I specifically thought, “I want to be a writer”. I have always been a writer. I started writing when I was in 2nd grade. I came home from school and wrote stories in my notebook. As I got older and busier, I started to write less because I did not have much free time. But, my concussion drew me back to writing and I have been writing consistently ever since.
Q: How long did it take you to write your book?
A: Earthly Thoughts is a collection of poems that I wrote in the span of 5 years. It took me roughly a year to compile the poems and format them correctly for a book, but I have enjoyed the entire process. I love being creative and revising my poems is something I find fun. It is really helpful to listen to music while I edit because it can help me feel the emotions I felt when I originally wrote the poems.
To check out the blog post and read my full interview, click here.
Today I have some exciting news! My book is now in a library! And not just any library, but the library of my old elementary school. Never did I think that I would publish a book and that it would be in my alma mater’s library. This is really exciting and makes me so happy. Thank you for supporting my writing!
The book on the far left is mine. This photo was taken by the book’s editor and my grammar school English teacher, Ms. Deborah Quinlan.
Welcome to my website and thank you for the glorious welcome into the writing world. There is so much that I want to say, but I will keep this short and to the point.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart (and soul) for taking the time to visit this website and see what I have to share with you. I may have just published a collection of my poems, but I have SO many more projects that I am working on. There is always a new project under my belt and I cannot wait to share more of them with you really soon. If you want to stay up-to-date with my projects, feel free to sign up with your email at the bottom of the page to be notified when I have something fun to share.
If you want to get your very own copy of Earthly Thoughts you can purchase a copy on Amazon right here.
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