Monday, October 10, 2011

Meet Our Writers Week 11: Indie, Poetry Paradise Official

Tell us about yourself

I am a 50 year old retired midwife. I live on a 4th generation family farm and can often be found scribbling in a small notebook instead of driving my tractor in a straight line.
Tell me about your blog(s), name(s), what does it mean to you?
I guess a lot of writers suffer from the thought that maybe they are just not really "that good" or that others wont see the meaning in their words that the writer is trying to convey. The idea of blogging for all the world to read was a little scary so I decided to break it down and simplify it. Basically I was just one girl ( the girl part  being relative I suppose) with one pen and one voice, I shortened that to "One girl, One Pen" I liked the simplicity of it.

When have you started blogging?

I started a farm blog about  day to day life on a farm but it wasn't the right format to address deeper or darker things in amongst the chickens so I started a blog just for creative writing,

What's the theme(s) of your blog(s)? What do you write most? poetry, book review or cooking recopies short stories?

On the farm blog I write about the antics of the animals and a few recipes as the spirit moves me - which isn’t that often. On "One Girl, One Pen" I write more interpretive content

What are the inspirations of your writing?

From years of working with birthing moms and babies I observed a lot of the range that women go through in life: their strength, their integrity, their spirit. I filled my cup with those observations and now I enjoy writing about them.

Does music impact your writing?

No not really. My family is all very musically inclined but that gene skipped me. What does impact me greatly is reading the words of others. If I get to busy to read my writing tapers off. Reading feeds the writer in me.

You are involved with bluebell book-The Book Review and Short Story Writing Challenge Blog, what is your role?

I write poetry reviews for Bluebell Books, usually on Mondays.

What's the benefits of it?

I absolutely love it! I have meet so many wonderful writers through it. Most writers are very accommodating about talking to me about the reviews. I did have to break down and learn about Twitter since I quickly discovered that is the best way to get in touch with them.  I also have been exposed to many great writers who have forever changed my world. I am so appreciative for this opportunity.

Do you have a favorite book or author?

I love E. E. Cummings and Mary Oliver as writers. I love their take on the natural world as poetry in motion. A favorite book is Jane Eyre. As a girl I read that and dreamed of far away people and places
Do you have a favorite quote?

Yes it is an African Proverb; "Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused."

Any tips for those who started blogging ..

Don't be so scared that you put it off. The more you write the better you get. I promise.

Any tips for those who wish to get published

No, but I would like to receive tips on that very subject if anyone's interested. 

What's your writing plans?

I am working on three books and dream of seeing one make it into print. Recently I started doing greeting cards with a local artist. She paints them and I write the words. I am learning calligraphy, so fun!
I would like to take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude for the Bluebell Books community. I am learning so much from all of you.


Please visit Indie here, she writes fantastic poetry, and her poetry book reviews at Bluebell Books are glittering and eye opening…

Keep it up!


Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

you are such a supportive and talented poet/writer.

keep it up.


Reflections said...

Thanks for sharing such a wonderfully creative writer with us. Love her work!

Indie said...

Thank you so much Cello Strings and Reflections. I appreciate your kind words so much!


Anonymous said...

keep it up, Indie.


Anonymous said...

nice to learn more about ya, Indie, and fantastic job you're doing here!