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Interview with Diane Wilbon Parks, author of The Wisdom of Blue Apples
Author’s Bio: Diane Wilbon Parks published her second and most
recent collection of poems, The Wisdom of Blue Apples, and is one of six PG County Poets
whose poems have been highlighted in Bowie and Oxon Hill, Maryland Libraries,
Metro Building 3, and College Park Community Center for Dr. Sues’ Book
Festival. Diane is also a visual artist and is currently exhibiting her art in
Metro Building 3 in Hyattsville, and will be exhibiting her art in Oxon Hill
Library, March 2018.Diane has been a
featured poet in Washington DC, VA, and MD. Diane read at a Cultural Academy
For Excellence event with gifted musicians and award-winning poets. Diane also celebrated
reading and recording for Grace Cavalieri’s "The Poet and The Poem” at the
Library of Congress; holds a degree in Information Systems Management and is an
U. S. Air Force Veteran.
DL: What’s the
inspiration for writing your book?
DWP: Everything inspires me to write. As a poet, I hear
the world’s heart beat and have to write in cadence with it. There is a lesson
waiting on the other side of decisions, experiences, laughter, pain, etc., my
most recent book speaks to the wisdom found in the lessons of all life
I am awakened by what is
happening in the world socially, politically, spiritually; I am intrigued by
squirrels gathering acorns, the flow of rivers and the rocks that sparkle underneath
them, the melting glaciers, birds building nests from borrowed things, and new
and old relationships. I am influenced by the stories that we continue to write
from the pages of our lives – hence, the writing of the book, The Wisdom of Blue Apples.
DL:Is there any particular author or book that
influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
DWP:I would have to say that there were many authors who I’ve enjoyed
reading as I was growing up, but I don’t think that there were any direct
I still enjoy reading poems
from my favorite poets:Gwendolyn Brooks,
Franz Wright, Rita Dove, Nikki Giovanni, Lucille Clifton, and Sonia Sanchez.
Each of them found his/her voice in his/her poetry which certainly has been a
great influence in having your unique style and distinctive voice.
DL:How long did it take
to write your book?
DWP:The Wisdom of Blue Apples took about two years.
Since, I write poetry daily, it was a matter of selecting a variety of poems that
deposited a bit of wisdom, a bit of hope, some guidance, laughter,
introspection and pain. I wanted the reader to experience life, its lessons and
see wisdom and dedication in art of writing, while reading my book.
DL:Do you write with an
outline, or just let it flow organically?
DWP:Everything flows organically in my writing, I
find truth there. At times, I realize that there is pain from truth, but there
is also freedom that lives beyond your truth. I enjoy the surprises of letting
my poems write me.
DL:Do you listen to music when you write? If yes, is there a theme
song for this book?
DWP:I cannot write with music. Actually, it has to be completely silent
in order for me to write. There are so many whimsical things floating around in
my head, I have to be in an isolated space, completely silent and alone when I
write. So, there is no music or theme song for my book.
DL:What are the keys to
success in marketing your book(s)?
DWP:I think that you have to be willing to introduce your book
everywhere you go. I’ve had successful book launches, was invited to book club
meetings to be the featured author, created my own book tour, continuing to
accept invites on being a featured Poet, and sharing updates on Facebook.
DL:What advice would you
give to aspiring writers?
DWP:To understand your writing style and be true to it. You will be
influenced by others, but your writing will have its own signature that will
pave roads and highways only meant for you to walk or drive.
To journal daily and read.
Whatever your genre is - research best writers in that category and learn from
them. Let those before you teach you the way. But make sure you stay true to
what your message is.
DL:How about sharing an excerpt from The Wisdom of Blue
Like many authors, I’ve had to cancel a few in person appearances and other author events since the pandemic. Bummer. But I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email from Georgia Harris, a friend of Emma Lou Black (the founder of the Heritage Book Club in Lexington, Kentucky) asking whether I would be available to meet virtually and discuss my first romantic suspense novel, Gotta Let It Go with her book club – The Ladies Who Love Literature. Without hesitation, I jumped at the opportunity to connect with these avid readers via Zoom. After we locked in the date (October 10, 2020 at 4 p.m.) I began communicating with Gayle Lloyd, a founder of the book club. She prepared a flyer (see below) with details of who they are, the types of books they like to read, and their logo designed by Belinda Stallings-Fields (another founding member) denoting the “chic, sophisticated persona of this group of enthusiastic readers." This was awesome! Needless to say, I was super excited w
Author’s Bio: Amazon best-selling author Sharon Buchbinder’s broad range of writing includes internationally best-selling textbooks and award-winning novels that tell haunting tales of love, family secrets, forgiveness, extraordinary abilities, truth, justice, and redemption. She believes happily-ever-afters are born through strengths developed in overcoming adversity in fiction and real life. Sharon’s Western romance ghost stories are woven with supernatural and Native American paranormal suspense elements. Set in small towns in the American West with strong female heroines, sexy male heroes, secret government agencies, undercover agents, shape-shifters, werewolves, weretigers, ghosts, jinnis (genies), telekinesis, teleportation, and remote viewing, these stories will make you wonder about those bumps in the night. For more information go to: https://www.sharonbuchbinder.com Deliah Lawrence: What inspired you to write your book? Sharon Buchbinder: The Missing and Murdered Indige
Author’s Bio: Award-winning screenwriter and director Bonné Bartron has always loved books, but it took the world shutting down for her to finally write one. Whispers is a spine-tingling thriller with a sharp satirical perspective, the perfect genre for her to cozy up to in these unprecedented times. The most humorous moments live in the tension of fear, and Bartron serves both up in her debut novel. On October 6, 2020, Whispers debuted at #13 on the satire best seller charts, and #10 on the Amazon new release best seller list. On October 8, 2020 Whispers took #1 and #2, for the paperback and e-book respectively, on the Amazon Best Sellers New Release charts in the following categories: sociology of abuse, satire, mystery, and political misconduct. Deliah Lawrence: What inspired you to write your book? Bonné Bartron: It was more of a response to feeling silenced. I saw something else spreading with COVID and realized if I was going to have any chance of helping or contributing at al