Today I’m introducing Cindy J Smith and her poetry to you. It is a genre I have neglected shamefully on my blog as I don’t often get round to reading it. I have, however, been lucky to have read both of her booksand here is my review for “Voices in my head”:
This book is a lovely collection of heartfelt poetry, taken from the author’s all day life, served with refreshing honesty and directness.
A collection of poems written throughout my life. Topics include, nature, fantasy, Love, loss, and sarcasm. Some were written for specific people, others just observations.
I was quite taken by the down to earth character that I have not often found in poetry, but then I must admit I rarely take the time for poetry.
Smith talks openly about her family, friends and partner in rhyme, with obvious devotion and a little thing for Valentine’s day it seemed to me. My personal favourites were her poems on nature and the seasons.
There is a lot of thought in each of those poems, not just heart ,which is probably why Smith chose the title.
I am a truck driver with my husband. We have been doing it for about 12 years now. I am originally from Upstate New York but have lived in several states along the eastern US. I am addicted to coffee and am rarely without some in my hand. I love writing poetry but I don’t believe it is very good. I love animals and miss having pets.
Tell us about your writing history. When was the first time you decided to write and when was the first time you did?
I have always written. My sister says that when I was 3 or 4 I would add to the Mother Goose and Dr. Seuss rhymes because I thought they were too short.
Did anyone influence you / encourage you to become a writer?
No one really encouraged me to write, I have done it all my life. My daughter influenced me to publish and share my poems. It was her dream to see my poems in a book. In fact, she entered one of my poems into a contest and it was my first published work.
Tell us about your poems and your creative process.
My poems just pop into my head. I can look at a picture, see a tree, read a line or just hear a word and suddenly my “voices” start rhyming. I just write down what they say. It is probably copywrite infringement, but they can’t really sue me.
What are you working on now?
I just write poetry. I do have one short story I am working on but it is not something I intend to do regularly. I hate writing full sentences and trying to come up with names for people and places.
What is your main reason for writing?
I write to let out the feelings in my heart. I grew up believing you should not say anything if you can’t say something nice. However, sometimes what you are feeling is not nice and I write to let out what I am really thinking and feeling.
What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?
My favourite thing about writing is getting the voices in my head to quiet down. I also like the challenge of finding the words to express my ideas so they are clear. I hate waiting for responses for my work, and marketing.
How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next?
That is easy, I don’t market. I write poetry all the time so another book is never a problem.
How do you handle criticism of your work?
I like to receive honest opinions of my work, I have not gotten any serious criticism as yet, except in college where I was told my work was terrible and I failed Creative Writing.
What do you do when you don’t write?
I am a full time over-the-road truck driver, so most of my free time is used up with driving. I also enjoy reading and cooking.
I love sarcasm, that is my biggest chuckle feeder.
Who would you like to invite for dinner?
Dr. Seuss, I love his work. I am amazed with the way he can teach morality without actually saying that is what he is doing.
What is your advice to new writers?
My advice is edit your work! It is best to have several people read it over and watch for errors.
Who are your favourite authors?
Big time authors, I like Stephen King, Anne Rice, Shakespeare,Tolkein, Poe and Blake. Indie authors: Christoph Fischer, Uvi Poznansky, Virginia Nelson and Kim Scott.
What is your favourite book?
Lord of the Rings.
What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?
I am currently reading Stephen King’s Revival. I read 6 or 7 books a week. This one is hardcover. I prefer paperback or hardcover, but e-books are very handy as I drive a semi.
Voices In My Head:
Amazon Authorpage: http://tinyurl.com/clybzs8
Amazon UK Authorpage: http://tinyurl.com/mzpek5x