JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Beverly Collins, author of Quiet Observations
Here goes… I am a simple soul who loves all things Art. I was born and raised on the East Coast (Central New Jersey) and currently live in Southern California. My dream is to write full-time and work for an organization that is focused on healing the damage to our oceans… I wrote a poem in Quiet Observations called “Losing our Lease” which speaks of our need to respect Mother Earth.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Quiet Observations?
Beverly Collins: The idea came to put this book together because there seemed to be a theme coming through me, and the book was writing itself. Many of the poems would come to me when I was trying to sleep, and I had to get up and write. I have one poem in my book that I called “Awake” because it would not let me sleep.
JP: What sets Quiet Observations apart from other collections of poetry?
BC: I wanted this book to uplift, inspire and remind us of the simple truths we all know to be true and sometimes forget. I want this book to become a keepsake for the owner. After enjoying my observations, the reader is invited to add their own in the back of the book which they and their families can read over and over in the future.
JP: As an author, what poems or which poets have inspired you to be a poet also?
Maya Angelou and Billy Collins come to mind. But I was more of a big music lover. I did not begin writing poetry until after my mother’s death.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Quiet Observations?
BC: My poetry writing process is much like writing songs. I usually start with the title which is like a road map for my story. Each one has its own tempo. I most enjoy writing poem that rhyme.
JP: What’s next for Beverly Collins?
BC: To continue expanding on my writing. It is such a joy for me. I have several ideas for books that I am finishing up. I also plan to continue being a part of fund raisers for my favorite causes. I want to be part of the solution instead of just talking about how bad things are. I recently donated a car to my local rescue mission. It felt wonderful to help out.
I appeared in the July Issue of Bits & Pieces magazine their website is http://www.motivateandinspire.com/
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