Australian poet, Elizabeth Blade, who has written about spirituality and domestic violence, sat down to talk about her writing and work so far.
What have you written so far?
I have written many things in different genres, such as horror, crime and children’s stories. A wide variety – all of which are in development. I have also written and released two poetry eBooks and will be releasing my third poetry eBook later this year.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
My advice to aspiring authors is to never give up! We always get rejections, knock backs and so forth. We need to press forward and write for the love of writing. Don’t write for money, fame. Write simply because you have a story that needs to be told. Never try to be like someone else. Be yourself. Idolize others, but being yourself is the key. Inspire others to inspire themselves.
Can you share with readers a little bit about your latest book?
My latest eBook called In Motion With Devotion – Wonders That Be (Volume Two) is filled with poetry of wonderment and how certain thoughts flood [the] mind, [influencing how] one views the world through different perspectives, emotions and feelings. Poetry has always been my first love, but I am writing in other genres too. I hope each poem/story I write tells a story and makes you think if just for a moment.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing this book?
I have many books in development. I started to write my poetry many years ago. I have been writing since a very young age, and I wanted nothing more than to share my poetry/stories with the world. People call me the ‘Poet’. I think poetry is very important. I encourage others to read it and even write it themselves if they choose. That is why I started myPoets With A Passion Movement because I find writing [poetry] very soothing. I hope it soothes others as well.
I started to write my first poetry book years ago. It was just something I had written for myself and never really had anyone read it. So a year or so ago now, I started to write and thought, “I need to show this to others.” I no longer wanted to hide my poetry but to share it with many people. I have had some wonderful feedback from my readers. I really appreciate it.
What did you enjoy most about writing [In Motion With Devotion]?
Writing poetry has always come so easily to me. It is about being in tune with thoughts, feelings and your inner emotions. I enjoyed every moment of writing my poetry books. I hope those that read them will enjoy them also.
I always smile when I hear good things people think about my book. I write for an audience, and I write for myself too. We can get lost on a journey together through writing. Writing can be the movie for the mind. I have always found it so wonderful, the pictures that can swirl around in your head when reading a book. It can make us laugh, cry, or just feel an emotion that only we can feel. Being a writer is a very intimate thing between a reader and the writer. It’s a very special thing to be able to create for people.
What is your next project?
I am working on a variety of projects. I was once writing twelve books at a time. It got way to crazy…then I managed to cut the twelve down to seven and then seven to four. The four I am working on currently are two horror novels, a crime novel and a children’s book.
I never want to be known for just the one genre, although that wouldn’t bother me. [But] I like to be diverse and mix and change to what I write.
Who or what inspires your writing?
Music is definitely the key to my writing. If I put on a song that is in tone with what I am writing then it can work wonders. A line from a song can spark wonders with me when it comes to writing. That is a huge inspiration.
My family and friends are also huge inspirations also. Every positive word and encouragement they have given me over the years will never be forgotten. I am so thankful for the support. Also my readers inspire me to write more. I am so grateful for that.
What is one thing you hate about being a writer?
The thing I absolute hate about being a writer and I think I can say this for most other writers as well is writers block! When you want ideas to flow and you desperately want to write something and nothing comes out, or maybe your best work is not being written. It can be really frustrating…that and not being taken seriously, so many doubters. I walk on and [try to] be the best that I can be.
Tell us something unique about you.
I am not sure how unique this is, but I have a strong celebrity following on Twitter. I have always been so humble of the contact I have made with many people via social media. Social media can be an enemy but a friend as well. I never thought I would even talk to many people [whom] I have always wanted to talk to. [For instance], I have spoken to the likes of Mick Foley (WWE hardcore legend), Hulk Hogan (WWE legend), Rowdy Roddy Piper (WWE Legend), [and] Ultimate Warrior (WWE Legend ). I am a HUGE wrestling fan. Talking to those wonderful people means so much to me. I have also tweeted with Lou Diamond Phillips (Actor), Ronn Moss (Actor) Gilbert Gottfried (Comedian), Right Said Fred (singers/group), Jason Priestley (who played Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills 90210), David Faustino (who played Bud Bundy in Married With Children), and I have spoken to so many more. Without the voice of social media, I wouldn’t be able to speak to these people and I am forever grateful that they took the time to have a few words with me. It means so much. More than they’ll ever know!
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Everyone is more than welcome to contact me if they wish via any of my social media pages with any questions they may have regarding what I am working on right now.