So this is a first on my blog – today I have an author of poetry, JAnn Bowers. JAnn has a collection of over 1000 poems (and counting). Today I’m featuring two of her new releases, Illusions of Love and She’s Gone… Broken. Battered, & Bruised.
Welcome JAnn! Tell me a bit about your journey into writing.
I started writing as a teen very privately but never kept what I wrote. Then my mother passed away and life went on until ten years ago when my youngest son was born and my marriage was in the beginning stage of failing – I turned back to writing. I wrote my first poem in years and haven’t stopped. I first published in 2013 but by 2015, I had to stop to take care of my second daughter due to complications with her pregnancy.
And here you are, coming back with your two new releases, Illusions of Love and She’s Gone… Broken, Battered & Bruised. Where do you draw your inspirations from?
My inspiration comes from my my past but also from my close connections with nature. But it is my kids that inspire me to pursue this dream of being a poet and moving onto greater things.
It’s wonderful you have such a close connection with your children and you get to follow your dreams. Were there any books with gave you the writing bug?
Yes, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson.
I love The Outsiders. Stay gold, pony boy! Who would you consider your favorite poets/authors?
I have more favorite poets then I do authors so I list a combo of both that has impacted me as a writer and as a person: Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe, Shakespeare, T.S Elliot, Walt Whitman, Sylvia Plath, S.E. Hinton, Ann Rule, Terri Blackstock, and Shel Silverstein.
Edgar Allan Poe was one of my favorite writers as a teenager. At the risk of sounding strange – something about his writing always called to me. On the topic of “strange”, what’s the strangest thing you had to research for your writings?
My strangest thing I have ever researched or learned from was documentaries of famous poets. When I studied Robert Frost’s work and read several of his poetry books, through his work I would have pictured him to have a personality of being quiet, stern and kept to himself, but when I was watched his documentary I was laughing more than I ever did at any documentary about a poet. Robert Frost’s personality to me was the strangest finding to me because I was not expecting him to be so comfortable.
I can understand that feeling – authors put so much of themselves into their work, readers feel they know them. Intimately even. It’s an odd feeling when what you thought an author would be like is completely different than the truth. What would you consider the hardest part of being an author?
To me, it’s getting people to read poetry and to review it. I feel that poetry is slowly making a comeback but it really takes time to find people who will review for content and for meaning. Writing the poems is the easiest part, getting an audience is hard.
I can imagine. I’ll admit, I’m not one for reading a lot of poetry. Can you describe your writing style, maybe give us a glimpse into why we shouldn’t forget the poetry genre?
My writing style is strictly from my past and from life experiences. My poetic voice is of a grown woman who has been broken, battered and bruised by life. I write from the heart and lot of it is sad but it’s my story I write between the lines of each poem. My other side of my writing voice is connected to nature and the spiritual world around me.
Illusions of Love is a book of my best love poetry that I wrote throughout the last ten years. It’s not your usual love poetry, it’s more a story of me searching for love and losing twice.
She’s Gone… Broken, Battered & Bruised is written over a very depressed and angry time of my life of giving up. It has some dark poetry, love poetry, and poetry based on what was happening in my life.
Your poetry sounds almost therapeutic.
Some of my best poetry was written after my first heartbreak after my divorce 5 years ago. These two books stem from the last 5 years of marriage through my loss of a close friend. So, more-less, these books of poems would have never been written without my experiences with depression, anxiety and learning to live in chronic pain.
Ok, enough with the heavy. Tell me a fun fact about this book.
A fun fact about my book Illusions of Love is that most poems did not have to be rewritten or edited they just flowed from my fingertips onto the screen. With, She’s Gone… a funny fact was that this book was the hardest and longest it took for me to write.
Any poem evoke a certain actor/actress as you were developing it?
The poem “The Disease” is about two people wanting to be together but one cannot move from the past and takes a bullet and shoots ‘the disease’ of love down. I would have to choose Julia Roberts and Kevin Costner.
What is one movie adaption of a book which absolutely drives you bonkers, and why.
Harry Potter, because my daughter has every line memorized to all seven movies. I have been living in a Harry Potter world since she saw the first movie. I enjoy Harry Potter but I do get tired of hearing about something to do with Harry, Ron and Hermione, and I usually do every day.
Be careful who you say that to – the Harry Potter Fandom is a bit… intense…, lol. Speaking of fandoms, have you had any odd fan encounters?
Yes, I have! A lot of people take the “I” and the “You” and “Me” wrong in my poetry.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Noise. I can’t write if there is noise around me. My writing schedule is based on when my kids sleep. So, either early morning with my coffee or in the middle of the night with my coffee is when I can write the best, unless I have a moment outside when it’s quiet before sunset or sunrise then that is my favorite time to write.
With so much of yourself poured into your poetry, is there anything you’re currently working on now?
I am currently working on my memoir of my past from the struggles I face now caused from tragic events that has happened. I am also working on my next book of poetry and an essay about living with Fibromyalgia.
Well good luck completing it. A last note – what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Never give up! Don’t let someone take your dream and want out of you and write something new each day. I highly recommend them to learn to build a good strong platform on social media and learn the business of self- promotion before publishing. But all else, live your dream the way you see it!
Thank you, JAnn, for sharing a bit about your life with us!
You’re welcome. For anyone interested in more , be sure to sign up for my emagazine/newsletter, a a bi-monthly magazine, where in one issue I will be spotlighting others and the second issues is my own personal newsletter. The link for anyone to sign up is: http://tinyurl.com/h2u4vx3
JAnn can be found at the following links:
Links for Illusions of Love:
Links for She’s Gone…Broken, Battered & Bruised:
Book Page on Pronoun – https://goo.gl/ljuouO
Google Play Books – https://goo.gl/Bwij4C
Kobo Books – https://goo.gl/fNB8LV
B&N – https://goo.gl/Sg43NO
Amazon Books – https://goo.gl/RQmotQ