JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Chantel A. Jonson, author of Thoughts, Desires, Passions: A Poetic Collection
Chantel A. Jonson is a writer of poetry, science fiction, and life experience. A graduate of William M. Raines Senior High School. A student of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Trident Tech in Charleston, SC and MUSC majoring in Pharmacy. At every chance, she enrolls in creative writing and literary conferences to improve writing skills. Ms. Jonson considers herself a work in progress.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Thoughts, Desires, Passions: A Poetic Collection?
Chantel Jonson: The inspiration behind Thoughts, Desires, Passions: A Poetic Collection is pure emotion. I wanted to capture every emotion in the spectrum and discuss it with honesty and depth. I wanted readers to be able to either be stunned that someone else is familiar with an emotion – be it anger, love, sorrow – or to awaken an awareness to cause and effect of an emotion. I wanted it to be taken personal.
JP: What sets Thoughts, Desires, Passions apart from your first collection of poetry, Passionate: A Collection of Poetry?
CJ: Thoughts, Desires, Passions: A Poetic Collection differs from my first book Passionate: A Collection of Poetry because it’s more purposeful and thought out. I’d experienced more spoken word events while writing my second collection. Seeing the passion and truth of words spoken from the fire of the heart was something amazing. At that point, I was charged with better capturing and sharing that fire’s intensity in my second writing attempt in Thoughts, Desires, Passions: A Poetic Collection.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Thoughts, Desires, Passions getting out to the public?
CJ: The keys to successfully getting my book out to the public has been determination, consistency, strategic advertising, and a huge amount of support from friends and family.
JP: Which poets inspired your style? What where you able to take from them to make you poetry stronger?
CJ: My style of poetry or writing is still taking shape. I can’t really say that it’s been influenced by anyone. I’ve read poetry by Dr. Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Jill Scott, and Shirley Bivins. By reading I further understand that we all feel, and in order to capture that feeling in words we have to be willing to share intimately and empathize without judgment or scrutiny.
JP: What’s next for Chantel A. Jonson?
CJ: I have completed my first dramatic science fiction novel, Soul Shadows, as well as, my first children’s book, Peanut Butter and the Friendly Martian. Both due out in late September/ early October. I will continue to write poetry and sharpen my writing skills.