Hey, blog buddies! Today, we have a very special guest! The wonderful Corinne Desjardins (*cheers*), whose poetry anthology I spotlighted (*yay!!!*). I asked her some questions and here’s what she had to say:
What was the inspiration for your book?
Gosh, lots of things. I was already writing poetry as a kind of personal therapy. I’d read a fantastic non-fiction book called From Girl to Goddess by Valerie Frankel that was about the heroine’s journey in literary characters. But it spoke to me of personal growth. So I was inspired to organize my poems with a certain structure. Then it was time for Camp Nanowrimo, and that just made it easier to write. There is so much support from the writing community.
When did you start writing/know you wanted to be a writer?
I realized I had written a lot during some traumatic times. I realized it was good for me. I hope my writings help someone realize that writing is good for them, too.
What scared you while writing your book?
It’s pretty scary writing about ones family, exposing them for their behavior: in-law’s and husbands, in particular. They don’t read however, so I think I’m safe.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Write, write, write. Practice your craft. Get a trustworthy coach and/or beta-reader.
What advice do you have for authors trying to expand their online presence (social media, Goodreads, blog followers etc.)?
It’s important to be present, to have a presence. But don’t try to be something that you’re not.
What secret talents do you have?
I can do the “Shoot the Duck” roller skate trick.
What is something none (or very few) of your readers know about you?
I used to quilt. I loved it, but ran out if time after I had children. I used to design my own quilt patterns. It was great fun! I only have one quilt left, as the rest were created specially for someone on a special occasion.
If you were a superhero, what would your name and power be?
I would be more of a fairy, I think, and I’d be called Silver. I would sprinkle pixie dust and get people to find the “silvery lining” in situations.
What is the biggest lie you’ve told?
The biggest lie is the one I told myself: that somehow I wasn’t “good enough.” That I couldn’t have nice things, or live my dreams. I’m still trying to undo that miserable perception. Luckily, I seem to be getting somewhere!
Thank you for stopping by and becoming a Boundless Buddy, Ms. Desjardins!!!! I wish you lots of success and health! Check out the spotlight and $25 giveaway right here on Boundless, and don’t forget to follow Corinne on social media!
About the Author:
I am a writer. I love stories. I love to read. I love to write. Also love coffee, chocolate, and Merlot.