There’s nothing better than receiving random compliments about your written work when you’re a writer! Just last week, I received this lovely compliment from a friend on Instagram about my new short story collection, Abstract Clarity:
“I was going to read it in the car on our weekend trip but there was just too much stuff going on in the car so last night after I got everything done and the house was quiet I started reading your book! I was so tired but I kept saying to myself “just one more page – just one more page” and as I was reading I got a little scared…I mean because I was being sucked into the story! (It was a good thing) So – tonight I’m going to continue reading after the house is quiet! Thanks for such a great read! You are a talented writer” – new_writer_on_the_block
Hi everyone! I thought I would take part of this week to talk about each of the stories included in my new short story collection, Abstract Clarity! Let’s begin with the first story – Historical Hell!
Historical Hell is my favorite short story in the collection. I love them all, but Historical Hell was extremely enjoyable and interesting to write. I’ve always thought it would be cool to write a story about the possibility of someone escaping Hell, and in a way I think is very fresh, I created a story that explores the topic.
I’ve often found the whole concept of Heaven and Hell interesting and how, we don’t really know what either is like. We can only speculate and come to our own conclusions about the place where some of us believe we go after death. In Historical Hell, I decided to explore a different idea…
Hey everyone! My short story collection, Abstract Clarity, is now available for purchase in Kindle and paperback format on Amazon.com! To check it out, please feel free to do so by clicking on the link below! Thank you for all your support!
“The real meaning of Hell, a woman’s love for Halloween gone horribly wrong, and a magical pen. A mysterious place called Dream Land and an inanimate object that, with a little luck and hard work, helps change the world. In these five fantastical, terrifying, and beautiful stories, you will discover that there is more to life than the ordinary and explainable.” – Description written by B.W. Ginsburg, found on Amazon.com
Hey everyone! I just finished Stephen King and Richard Chizmar’s Gwendy’s Button Box! I decided to review it for you guys! My review can also be found on Goodreads.
Gwendy runs up the Suicide Stairs every day so that she can lose weight. One day, she meets a stranger who gives her a strange box with buttons on it. The man states that the box is for only Gwendy and that the box contains two things that she will find quite beneficial – chocolates and coins. Before Gwendy realizes what’s going on, she finds herself responsible for much more than a young adult could ever imagine.
Gwendy’s Button Box is a fantastic novella. Right from the start, I was intrigued. The story is fast paced and doesn’t have a dull moment. The best books give the reader something to think about and Gwendy’s Button Box definitely achieves this. It makes you question what you would do if you were in the main character’s shoes.
Hi friends! I recently wrote a guest post for and was interviewed by the talented and kind author, Diana Tyler-Anderson! Diana is the author of two novels – Moonbow (which I am currently reading) and the first book of The Orchid Series. She also has a number of fitness books available for purchase! For more information about her work, please feel free to click here! Thank you!
Have you purchased either the e-book version or paperback copy of my new book, Rest in Piece? Would you like to display your copy of Rest in Piece in a creative way and maybe win a contest to show your creativity and help me get the word out about my work? If so, you can send me an image of your copy of Rest in Piece creatively displayed or you can post it on your blog and let me know about it. I will check out your picture and then select a winner based on creativity! Your creative image will be displayed with all the contestants’ AND I will also design an award for you on PicMonkey if you win! Winning such an award would be a great way to show just how creative you are!
On the second Tuesday of each month I will be posting an interview with an author. The questions will remain the same, but the insights from authors will vary and paint a picture of all the diverse writers out there.
To start us off, I interviewed the self-published author B. W. Ginsburg. I am currently in the process of reading her debut book Rest in Piece. She writes about extraordinary events and is incredibly imaginative with her plot.
About the author:
B.W. Ginsburg has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember. Her favorite authors include: Harlan Coben, James Patterson, and John Saul. B.W. Ginsburg published her first book, Rest in Piece, in October 2016. In addition to writing fiction, Ginsburg also writes about mental health. In her spare time, she can be found blogging, watching TV, and listening to music. B.W. Ginsburg graduated college with…
Today I am interviewing Jade Moore, friend and author of Conversations Bordering on Torment. ‘Conversations’ is an excellent book of poetry describing the emotions of struggling with anxiety and trying ones hardest to overcome the mental health issue. Jade pens beautiful poetry that will take your breath away, whether you’re a fellow sufferer of mental health issues or just a lover of poetry!
1.) Jade, you recently wrote a book of poetry entitled: Conversations Bordering on Torment. What was your inspiration for writing the book?
My inspiration came from the wonderful people who first read my poems when I posted them on my blog. It took a while before I felt comfortable sharing such personal poems, but I received some great feedback and can honestly say I wouldn’t have kept writing without their inspiring words. I definitely wouldn’t have had enough to full a book!
Aside from that, I wanted to publish the book as a reminder of my personal journey with anxiety, to prove to myself that positive things can be born from negative situations.
2.) Many poems can be confusing to understand. How did you manage to write about such a complex topic in a simple way that reaches your readers? Are there any special techniques that you use to write your poetry?
Most of the poems in the book were written in the ‘anxious moment’ as it were. So I’d be experiencing the poem as I was writing it. The shorter poems like ‘Why?’ were written in the space of about a minute, because I just had to get it out of my system. I think that’s why they are easier to understand, they aren’t shrouded in poetic imagery or metaphors – they are how I experienced them.
The first poem, however, had a lot of thought go into it. It is written entirely in iambic pentameter, which means every line in ten syllables. So I had to go through every word and every syllable with careful thought to write that one, but the sentiment and process behind it was still done with anxiety looking over my shoulder.
And I love to rhyme. Sometimes they come naturally, and other times I need to think a bit more about them and do a bit of tweaking after writing them. Not every poem lends itself to rhyming, but I prefer them when they do. I’m particularly proud of my rhyming in ‘The Show Must Go On’.
3.) Many of your poems center on anxiety and mental health. How long have you struggled with this issue?
I can’t pinpoint an exact date, but I can tell you when I realized I had it. In my third year of college in 2012 I had what my tutor later described as a ‘depressive breakdown’. I wanted to leave college. My Granddad had just died and I was going through a few problems with a friend which caused me great levels of anxiety, and it all got too much. Luckily, I was given a week off to sort myself out and during that time I began having Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I still struggle with anxiety now, but I’m a lot better than I used to be.
4.) You chose to write poems about anxiety instead of a type of story or essay. Do you find poetry to be the best tool to express such issues? Why or why not?
I’m an advocate of writing as therapy. This is something that my CBT helped me to realise. Sometimes mindfulness works for me, and sometimes it makes me even more anxious. But writing is different, when I’m anxious my emotions are everywhere and my thoughts are ‘louder’ in a way. Writing them down in my diary isn’t enough, I need to create something and express how I’m feeling in a creative way that I can read back and be proud of.
Writing poetry is the solution for me in moments of anxiety. Once I’ve created something from it I feel a bit better, and it distracts me from overthinking. So although it might not be the best tool for everyone, it is for me. But whether you’re a poet or not – writing your feelings down does help.
5.) As an author, what do you feel is the most important part of writing?
Write for yourself. Write as though you’re the only one who is going to read it. It’s inevitable that authors should think about their readers, and this is particularly true of fiction authors and non-fiction authors. I also write fiction, but in terms of being a poet I want to write the words for myself before anyone else, and that is so important to me in order to be genuine. I think it also adds a human aspect to my writing; it’s not hiding behind a screen. It’s just me through my words, and if other people connect with my words then I’m a happy author indeed.
6.) What is the biggest lesson you want your readers to take away from Conversations Bordering on Torment?
The biggest lesson is this: You can do something positive in a negative situation. I place emphasis on a few factors:
– My poems are presented in the order they were written
– My poems were written during moments of anxiety
– They are (mostly) unedited
I’m currently working on a third edition of the book which will include extra poems, again in the order I wrote them after publishing the book. But by going through each poem again, I have naturally changed a few lines or words here and there to improve them, but each poem has been through no more than three drafts. This isn’t a lot; I know a poet who can get through at least twenty drafts per poem.
So I want my readers to read the words on the page as they came to be during moments of heightened anxiety. They were my positivity during negative times.
7.) What other genres of writing do you enjoy? What genres of books do you enjoy reading?
Mostly I read fiction and non-fiction. I rarely read poetry, but when I do read it it’s usually indie authors or short-form poetry. My favourite type of fiction is YA, and I like non-fiction books that focus on mental health and the mind. But I’ll read anything that appeals to me really!
8.) Who are you favorite authors?
David Levithan, Alan Hollinghurst, Edmund White, Jon Ronson, Jasper Fforde, Patrick Ness, and Sylvia Plath.
9.) How long have you enjoyed writing?
I’ve been writing ever since I was young, but I didn’t start enjoying it properly until I realized I wanted to do Creative Writing at university. That was only in 2013, but as I said, the years before that were really hard for me and I was on auto-pilot mentally. I couldn’t pursue my dreams or realise I even had any, but once I got into university that’s when my passion for writing really had chance to bloom.
10.) What are some things you want your readers to know about yourself? About your writing?
I want me readers to know that each poem is deeply personal. I write some poems in my book that refer to a past friendship. This friendship was my life day in day out for a huge chunk of my life, and it was the slow crumbling of this friendship that caused me the biggest pain anxiety-wise.
So my words may refer to things that people may not know the full meaning behind, but as I said, I write first for myself and it is up to my readers to take from my words whatever they want. If they find solace in my words, then I will be extra proud for having written them.
I’m also an introvert, and writing is the best way for me to communicate my feelings. I’m the baby of my siblings, and the quiet one in the family. A lot of my family don’t know much about my anxiety, so my poems are where you’ll find the most meaningful of my feelings. I’m letting you into my world and my mind.
11.) What are some other tools you use in order to get through anxiety?
A to-do list helps. My anxiety causes me to have memory loss. The more anxious I feel, the worse my memory is. So you’ll find me with a pocket diary with to-do lists spanning the entire week reminding me of exactly what I need to do, who I need to meet and where I need to go. Otherwise, I’ll have anxiety, then I’ll have extra anxiety because I won’t be able to remember anything. I sit down most mornings and go through each thing that needs doing, and this makes me less anxious because I know everything is written down.
I also factor in time to relax. The other night I was really anxious and instead of working on important things I gave myself the evening off just to eat and watch sitcoms. Being alone with myself and treating myself to simple pleasures really helps me to calm down.
12.) What are some other works you feel your readers should familiarize themselves with?
Quiet – Susan Cain
Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig
Breakdown – Chris McLoughlin
Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
Magazines: Flow, Breathe, The Simple Things, Happinez
Any and all poems by E. E. Cummings
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
The Journals of Sylvia Plath
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