You can find and follow her on http://twitter.com/jesskristie @jesskristie. As well, learn more of this amazing lady on her homepage, http://jessicakristie.com/
In her own words, Ms. Kristie was ". . .born and raised in the California Bay Area, Jessica discovered her passion to write at the young age of ten. She regurgitates her heart and mind, sometimes in structure and sometimes in free flow, as a way to heal and understand herself and those around her."
So walk with us as we all learn a lot about Ms. Kristie's life as a writer and a little of her upcoming collected works, Dreaming in Darkness.
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You've been writing many years. Have there been lapses in your writing years when you'd not write for long periods? Or have you always wrote steadily?
I wish that I could say that I have gone my entire life writing without interruption. Life has gotten in the way too many times to have that be the case. I wrote a lot when I was really young, then again when I was in High School. I took a break for a while as I was getting nestled into being a mom and my world in general was changing. Over the last five years or so it has been pretty steady with my most active writing in the last two years.
When you write, do you find ambiance beneficial? what types of background music, lighting, etc. . .do you find aid your creative flow and focus? And when is your best time of the day creatively?
Ambiance is key. Feeling relaxed and safe to let out your emotions tends to help tempt the muse from hiding. Music plays a big role in my inspiration. Later at night when my house is quiet always helps bring the inspiration.
What other artistic talents / endeavors, if any, do you engage yourself in? Then outside of the arists' realm, how does Jess fill her day?
I love to sing. I sang in my church choir for many years. I never excelled in that area so I didn't pursue it any further than just for my own self enjoyment. I have a creative spirit so I find interest in art and have tried my hand at painting. I really enjoy that as well, but again only as a hobby.
Of your reading interests, what genres and writers are so fortunate to draw your attentions.
In this day and age I find myself reading way less books. I do find that sad but I know I need to embrace it. I spend lots of time reading others blogs, poetry, and creative works. I was recently introduced to a wonderful poet Sharon Olds who I am currently reading and just purchased Adam Dustus's book "High School Asylum" and Maureen Doallas's poety compilation “Neruda’s Memoirs.” All of these I have on my kindle app and read when I have a chance. I also enjoy my old school favorites Pablo Neruda and Maya Angelou.
How have Twitter and Facebook enhanced or retarded your writing endeavors?
I can't say enough how much Twitter has enhanced my life. Changed it really. Given me new paths and directions, new friends, and a wonderful new community that is loving and welcoming. I just recently got into Facebook in regards to my book PR, and it is a little slower of a growing community than Twitter. I feel they both have a huge value in getting your writing out there.
Prose poetry is near a lost art. how'd you get started with it?
Prose poetry happened by accident. I had written a piece that came out as poetic verse. It was VERY well received and at that moment I felt I had found my niche. I have worked hard to hone that skill and now enjoy writing in prose poetry. My second book will be a collection of prose poetry and poems that will all be connected and tell a story.
Is your upcoming collection, "Dreaming in Darkness," a single theme oriented? or a patchwork quilt of themes / topics / emotions?
Dreaming in Darkness is a volume of many pieces of my poetry that span all different types of themes and emotions. A patchwork is a great way to describe it. It tells many tales of raw human emotion. As mentioned above, my second book will be more themed focus and tell more of one story. Dreaming in Darkness tells many stories, ones that I hope each of my readers will find a deep connection to.
Willow Moon Publishing.
She wants to "Share the passion and anguish, the acceptance and regret that life imposes. . ."
Watch for her collective works and let her take you on a magic carpet ride of emotions.