Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Ambrosia: A Poetry Anthology

 Delight in the nectar of the gods.
Feed your mind with Ambrosia

Whispers to the gods are like honey from a poet's lips. When several poets raise their voices together, it's a sacred feast of memories and dreams. Poetry is divine food for the soul, full of emotional and celestial feeling. Join us in our longing, our pain and passion, heartache, logic and insanity, fear, faith, confusion, hope, unity, solitude, daily life, political strife, and more.

From the creative minds of Eric Keizer, A.L. Mabry, Sam DeLoach, Alyssa Trivett, Mello Sakia, Stacy Overby, Phillip Matthew Roberts, Veronica Falletta and Stephanie Ayers.

The Poets of this project have partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and all royalties will be donated to this charity.

One of the authors of Ambrosia is Stephanie Ayers and I'm delighted that she has joined us for an interview!

Stephanie is a publisher, author, poet, and graphic designer living in central Virginia with her husband and two kids, 3 cats, and a pitbull. She began writing as a child and discovered writing to be a great escape from her daily life.

Hi Stephanie, welcome to Just Books.

Would you please begin by telling us when you first started writing poetry and what made you feel the need to express yourself in this way?
I began writing poetry in my senior year of HS. I sought fame and fortune and at that time, poetry was a hot commodity, easy to get published with. In later years, it became a method of release and therapy.

What style of poetry do you prefer?
Most of my poetry rhymes, but I don’t really have a set style.

Has your idea of what poetry is changed since you began writing poems?
Yes, poetry has changed over the years, much like fiction. When I started writing poetry, rhyming was the thing. Now, it’s freestyle, with the lack of punctuation, stanzas, and verses. I’m old school so this style just doesn’t grab me the way the classics do.

How do you begin a poem?
With the first line. HAHA.
It usually starts from an emotion or an idea for a song.

Which of your poems is your favourite?
My favorite poem is “Soul Survivor,” a horror poem about being lost at sea.

What kind of work are you most drawn to reading yourself? Do you find yourself reading work similar to your own, or completely different?
I am more of a fiction writer, settling in the speculative fiction area with paranormal, supernatural, horror, thriller, and fantasy writing. I lean more towards fantasy for reading, always a Stephen King, and the Cross detective series from Patterson.

Do you have a favourite poet that continually go back to?
Yes. His name is Eric Keizer.

Do you have a writing routine?
I aim to write for 10 minutes a day. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

What made you decide to put your work out there to be read by others?
I am what one would call an “attention whore.” I need to have others read what I write to feel successful. I’m all out of sorts when I have no views.

Do you use your personal experiences in your writing?
Mostly in my poetry, as it is very personal, but some of my experience finds its way into my fiction also.
I have one character that I think is very much like me. Her name is Tribba and she is the MC in my fantasy novel-in-progress, The Elven Games.

What can we expect from you in the future?
I have a short story collection (horror), The 13: Tales of Illusory, releasing in October 2017.
I am working on the final draft of my epic fantasy serial’s (Master of the Relics) first book, Coterie of Prophecy, hoping for publishing in 2018.
The Elven Games needs a conclusion, and another short story collection titled “Cheap Thrills” is in the making.

What advice would you give to an aspiring poet?
Listen to your heart. It will give you the words you need to express yourself.

And finally...
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I spend most of my non-writing work time doing graphics for authors.
On my non-working time, I am doing stuff with my family, watching tv (currently binging on Criminal Minds), and reading.

Thank you for joining us, Stephanie. 😊

Catch up with Stephanie on Facebook, Twitter, and her Website.

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