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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
Poet’s Bio : Virginia Davis is a mother, poet, middle school English teacher, blogger, coffee lover, and author of four titles. She has been writing since the ninth grade, when she started using poetry and journaling as positive outlets while coping with the heavy emotions that came with the death of her oldest brother and not feeling accepted by her peers. Since then, writing has been her saving grace and has served as her one safe space where she feels free to truly be her most authentic self. She has self-published all of her books; her most recent title is a poetry compilation entitled The Mending , and it chronicles her poignant and victorious journey from heartache to healing. It is a poetic depiction of her choosing to take her broken pieces and transform them into something beautiful--art, and its most glorious form. Her first young adult novel will be released in the summer of 2020 and she is working on part two of The Mending. Virginia has a BA in English from Mor
Poet’s Bio: Neil M. Noble is a Washington, D. C. native whose newest creation is Moods of a Lake and Selected Poems , a collection of 45 poems that covers more than half a century of his thoughts, observations, feelings and emotions about the world. His book includes a series of visual art images designed specifically for each poem that brings a wonderful synergy of poetry and art. Neil is also an adjunct professor who teaches construction related courses in the Baltimore area. He and his wife enjoy traveling and spending time with family, friends and their dog. To learn more about his work, go to www.neilnoble.net DL: What are some of your reflections during the COVID-19 pandemic? NMN: My feelings about this virus are mostly sad. The reaction to this threat was not fast nor thorough enough. We will never know how many lives might have been spared had we come together sooner. DL: In celebration of National Poetry Month (April), can you share with us a few of your
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