This past August, Louise Hastings wrote a guest post for Muse In The Valley describing her experience in the creation of Phases of The Moon, a collection of her best poetry. Today, we have a brand spanking new interview. Read on!
Please describe yourself using the letters in the word Moon:
Mindful, Observant, Obstinate (I blame it on being a Taurean) and (sometimes) Naughty 😉
Since the release of Phases of the Moon in August. Tell us your latest news? What are your current projects?
I have been fairly busy with different projects. Wo/man, Rebirth is a book of poetry co-written by myself and Joseph Hesch. I’ve also started work on a fiction novel and also hope to put together my second collection of poetry.
When and why did you begin writing?
It had always been in my head to write but it wasn’t until I became ill with anxiety and depression that I started writing regularly. I found it a very therapeutic way to express my feelings and emotions.
What inspired you to write your this collection of poetry?
To be honest, it wasn’t something I had deliberately set out to do, I had been writing poetry for my blog and had received a lot of positive feedback. This encouraged me to pull my work together into this anthology.
How did you come up with the title? Any personal connection to the Moon?
I had actually used the title for a single poem but it seemed to express the theme of my work very well. I have gone through many emotions and phases in my poetry and spiritual journey and the title just seemed to fit.
I have anxiety and depression, just like you and found some great books to read which resonated with me. What books have you read which helped you during this difficult time?
Two books really resonated for me, the first by Jeanette Winterson, Why be happy when you could be normal? And the other is by Gwyneth Lewis, Sunbathing in the Rain. I liked the honesty with which they both described their depression and problems and I would highly recommend them to anyone going through something similar.
What do you like to do when you are not writing? (please do not say writing LOL)
I love being surrounded by nature, so I take long walks by the river and up the hills into the when I can. I also enjoy yoga and meditating, and reading a good book is high on my list of pleasures.
I don’t think I would change anything in my book. Although I believe I am improving as a poet, it is a forever record of my poetry during that period.
What is your favorite poem in your book?
Do you have any advice for other writers?
I would say, if you want to write, you have to stop thinking or talking about it and just write. I started originally by journalling every day, which then turned into blogging which turned into poetry and now fiction. I have learned so much about the craft and am still learning. But it starts with putting pen to paper and sticking with it every day. It’s not always easy and can sometimes be hard work, but it’s the most rewarding thing I have ever done.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading!!!
What is your most embarrassing moment?
Hm, I’m someone who can get embarrassed fairly easily, but my most embarrassing moment was when I walked into a lamp post after turning around from talking to someone. lol
If you could create the ideal writing space, how would it look? Please describe, or send me a picture
If only. If I could live in a log cabin overlooking a lake, I would be in heaven. As it is, my ideal writing space at the moment is my bed
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
To free write when I feel blocked. Stream of conscious writing sorts me out every time.
What color are the socks you are wearing now?
Name 3 things you would love to give as gifts:
My books, a bottle of good wine and ride in a balloon
Sunset or Sunrise?
Where can we purchase your book?
The beautiful county of Somerset in Southwest England serves as perpetual inspiration for Louise Hastings and her sensuous poetry, which contemplates the connections between the human psyche and the allure of our natural world. Louise allows her thoughts and emotions to breathe through the power of her artistic expression, creating a profound healing for both the mind and the soul. Follow Louise as she continues her poetic journey. (source: Winter Goose Publishing)