Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sunday Interview on Kim Nelson

 Hello,
This is Luna and today we have interviewed Kim Nelson from  www.Kimnelsonwrites.com
On her new chapbook, Woman’s Evolution. She is a wonderful poet and it is my honor
To do this interview. Please go to her site and read some of her poetry and you WILL want to go and get her book. So let’s get started!

So Kim Why do you decide to get published?

I had  previously published three nonfiction books and wondered if  my poetry was good enough to attract a commercial publisher, so I began submitting manuscripts to test the waters.

What kind of book do you have there?

Woman’s Evolution is a traditional poetry chapbook, which means it contains about 25 poems  in a paperback format, with an artwork cover.

How long have you been writing?

I cannot remember a time when I did not write. I am a writer in my essence, having kept journals, manuscripts and note books  filled with poems, outlines and stories from the time I was a child.

Do you have previous publishing experiences?

Yes. Rio Nuevo Publishers  released my first two books, A Desert Gardener’s Companion and Southwest Kitchen Garden. Behler Publications released my third book, Mommy I’m Still in Here, which I wrote using a pen name.

What is the reason you choose the host of your publishing?

In all four cases, the publisher chose me and then we agreed to the contract terms, including royalties.. This is the normal course of events.

What is the cost of getting everything done?

I did not pay for any of my manuscripts to be published. In all four cases, I received payment from the publishing companies. 

Which part of the book do you believe most charming to readers?

I think  more than any given part, the flow and progression of the poems will most intrigue readers. The book is laid out to guide one through a woman’s personal evolvement. This is its strength, it’s hook.

Do You have a couple poems you would like to share with us

N My YOUth
A child alone yet never lone
A spirit quashed before could hone
An intellect mocked and bemoaned
But in the world, seemed fine.

Injured, broken, damaged, scared
I let few know, I rarely dared
What consequence, when tempers flared
Hurt, pain, no obvious sign.

I lost myself before I grew
Then sought to find that self in you
Safety, peace, my soul renew
A chance (who knew?) was mine.

Into your shelter I would steal
Your faith my inner self revealed
I learned love, kind and gentle, real
My light, you lit. I shined.

Into the world I then could go
My growing sense of self aglow
With confidence and certainty know
I was, I AM, divine.


Focused Energy
Wherein lies the value
Of your focused energy?
Will it bring joy, peace, love?
Serenity?
Will it improve the life of a child?
Enlighten the beguiled?
Soothe the wild?
Will it offer civility?
Increase good will?
If not,
Why
Are you
So
Focused?


Do you have any hints on how to get published?

Take the risk to share your work with others. Edit and revise when necessary. Write and rewrite and rewrite again. Be brave enough to endure the myriad rejections that inevitably precede acceptance and publication.

Do you have a favorite author?

I read voraciously, in nearly all genres. If you’re asking about poetry, Billy Collins, Mary Oliver and Robert Frost are the poets I read and re-read most frequently.

What are your major inspirations?

My writing has always been inspired by my personal experiences and by nature. One or both weave through every poem or piece.

What’s your writing plan for the future?

I’ll do what I have always done. I’ll simply write… every single day.  At the moment, I’m ensnared in poetry’s web, and quite enjoying the experience. That might change. If it does, I’ll write something else. The Good Husband keeps telling me to write a good sex story. “It’ll make you rich!” LOL!


Kim Nelson

Here are two links for purchasing Woman’s Evolution:


http://finishinglinepress.com/NewReleasesandForthcomingTitles.htm  Scroll down to listing, alphabetical by author last name.


 

The book will soon be available on Amazon.com as well.

Thank you Kim, We wish you all the best in your new book!
This is Luna from Luna’s world http:lunawitch15.wordpress.com saying adieu for now.

8 comments:

Bluebell Books said...

kim wirtes well, Thanks for the emphasis on Her Book.

Jingle said...

Into your shelter I would steal
Your faith my inner self revealed
I learned love, kind and gentle, real
My light, you lit. I shined.


love your poetry, Kim.

Andy said...

Congratulations, Kim!
I always enjoy your poems whenever I visit your blog.

A lovely interview.
Thanks, Luna.

thingy said...

Great interview. : )

Reflections said...

Fabulous interview...

Kim, I just love these lines:

I lost myself before I grew
Then sought to find that self in you
Safety, peace, my soul renew
A chance (who knew?) was mine.


Into your shelter I would steal
Your faith my inner self revealed
I learned love, kind and gentle, real
My light, you lit. I shined.


Great piece you have shared to entice us!

Kim Nelson said...

Thank you Luna and Bluebell Books! Few venues exist to highlight our work as published poets. Your site is a gift and I am grateful!

Jingle, Andy, Thingy and Reflections...
I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your kindness and your support. I am really lucky to be a part of an active and encouraging poetic community.

sharplittlepencil said...

I am lucky enough to have this particular volume of Kim's. I recommend it to anyone who is thinking of publishing, whether it's through a pub. house or, in my case, self-publishing. Her sense of flow of the poems; the natural progression of the woman's evolution; and, most especially, her magical way with words is sure to inspire.

Thanks for a wonderful interview!

Amy Barlow Liberatore

WyomingDiva said...

Great interview and great book - congratulations, Kim!