Today, Paul’s Fantasy Writings has the privilege of an interview with the poet author Shee, who has written If You Cannot Find Her. Quite recently, I was speaking with Shee on Instagram and asked her the following questions.
Where do you live and has this place inspired your writings at all?
I live in the Bay Area of California; and, yes, some of my poetry has been inspired by where I live. The Bay Area is full of places to explore. Plus, it is only a short drive away from places like Yosemite, Santa Cruz, and other beautiful places that help to heal a tired soul.
Tell us a bit about your book If You Cannot Find Her? What is it about?
This is my first publication and it is a book of various pieces from the last couple of years. There are some pretty hard to read and vulnerable pieces that I hesitated in putting in the book, but I’m happy I did. I’ve gotten many messages telling me how much my words have resonated with others.
Reading the introduction of the book allows readers to grasp what the book is about. There are some light-hearted pieces, but there are more pieces of heartbreak than anything else.
This blogger: That sounds really interesting, even if there are some emotionally difficult pieces to read. I also imagine that it has been profoundly-moving, to be told by your readers that your poems have resonated with them. More than anything, it shows how talented a writer/poet you are.
Why did you decide to write poetry instead of a novel?
I’ve always wanted to write a novel and I have plenty of ideas. But I felt that putting together a collection of poems was so much more feasible because of my schedule. I’m currently working on my second collection that will be available next year.
Your posts are beautiful and well put together. When you first started putting your poems on Instagram, were your family and friends supportive?
Actually, many of them were not. They questioned why I had to put out such sad pieces; they did not understand how much healing came from those words. I got a lot of negativity… However, since I’ve published, my family is more supportive. They understand, now, that so much of what I write is a way I heal and express myself.
This blogger: I am sorry to hear that your family and friends were not supportive. They should’ve been the ones encouraging you and helping you, not putting you down. I am glad that now they see the value of what you do. If writing and putting up posts heals you, then you must do it and keep doing it!
Your poems are all very honest, truthful and inspiring. Where have you learned all this from?
Life is the best teacher. I’ve lived a beautiful one, but it hasn’t been an easy.
This blogger: That should be one of your Instagram posts, Shee. No two ways about it.
In two of my blog posts, I talk about targeting your audience. Who is your target audience for your posts and your book, in particular?
My target audience are those who are looking for the words to say, but don’t know how to say them. The individuals who appreciate honesty. The ones who are empathetic and accepting. My posts are for everyone, but more so for the ones who have an appreciation of prose.
If you could give your younger self some advice about the process of writing poetry, what would it be?
Don’t stop. I’ve been writing for most of my life, on and off. There have been years where I didn’t even think of poems, and those were usually the worst years.
I would tell myself to start collecting my work and not hide them away; to do more with the time I have; and to write without feeling guilty for seeing pain on paper, instead of only allowing it to weigh down my heart.
How has writing changed you?
I feel that writing has made me stronger. It has given me courage and strength to face my past and to look forward to my unknown future.
This blogger: (*Smiles widely*.) That is a wonderful realisation and transformation, Shee. May writing continue to give you strength and courage, so that you will achieve all of your goals and more.
What has surprised you most about writing poetry?
The most surprising thing about my poetry journey is finding my style. My writing has changed and evolved. In fact, it’s fascinating to see how the years have created a uniqueness to my pieces.
Do you find music helpful when writing a poem? If so, what music do you like to listen to?
I think it depends on my mood. Typically, I listen to classical or piano pieces when I study or write. I also really like to listen to acoustic songs.
What do you hope your readers will gain or learn from your poems?
I hope my readers will connect with my poems; or, at the very least, appreciate them. I think we all gain different things from poems. I hope they get what they need from mine, when they need it.
This blogger: Based on your Instagram post and from what I have seen of your book, I have every faith that they do.
Lastly, what do you like to do when you are not writing poetry or posting on Instagram?
I love to hike, photograph, travel, read, and watch movies. I’m pretty down to Earth and love to have fun and spend time with my family and friends.
End of Interview
That brings our interview with the poet author Shee to a close. I would like to thank Shee for her time, and to say that it has been a joy interviewing her. I wish her all the best in her future writings, hikes, her family, friends and other ventures.
You can purchase If You Cannot Find Her on Amazon. I must say, Shee’s poems are touching, thought-provoking and inspiring, and I hope you will feel similarly.
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