Part 2: The conclusion of Q&A session with author Arose N Daghetto on her book Anger Management:A Collection of Urban Poetry and her journey as a writer….
Q: Will you be publishing any more poetry books in the future?
A: Most definitely. I have a number of unpublished poems ready to go at a later date. I’m just focusing now on the novellas and fiction writing for now. There’s plenty of poems one can find on both my personal blog, Arose N Daghetto and my professional blog Literature Voodoo. On my Literature Voodoo blog I have mostly my poetry but it also has some of my personally favorite poems written by other great writers of various backgrounds, Spanish, Native America, Hawaiian. So in showcasing some of my work, I wanted to also showcase the great work of other wonderful writers. As a writer, I like to take the spotlight off me to shine it on other great talents. I enjoy supporting the hard work of other writers and celebrating their accomplishments. The literary industry is huge. It’s packed with so many wonderful people with so many diverse gifts. It’s a blast to be a part of that world and break bread at the same table.
Q: Do you see yourself being on the best seller’s list one day?
A: My main goal is to write what is in my heart and in the belly of my soul. Whether that makes me a gem in human civilization or an outcast is not a priority interest of mine. Sometimes you’re the last one picked for the team. Maybe my book will make the best sellers list, maybe it won’t. Not everyone in the schoolyard is going to play with you, hence not everyone is going to buy and support my book. I respect that. Maybe I’ll write something that will earn me a Pulitzer Prize, maybe not. One thing is for certain, no matter what falls down and how, I’m still going to keep writing regardless.
Q: What is your advice to other writers out there?
A: My advice to writers out there is just be you. Write like an escape convict who hopped the bob wired fence and took off running, not looking back. Break the sound barrier in your writing, test the limits, when necessary exceed the limits. Just do what you have to do to get that first draft done. Do it. Be it. See it through. Not everyone in school liked you as a friend so not everyone is going to like you as a writer
You have to write what is screaming inside of you & you have to put it out there at face value. You can’t botch it up or chop & screw the masterpiece so that it fits into the box some literary agent or publisher or demographic of people set out in front of you. If you do, your spirit will not rest. It will keep you up at night, it will make you feel like you got this big huge rock sitting in the middle of your chest and you feel like you can’t breath, like you’re having a panic attack. You have to just be and let the words flow out of your heart and through your hands. You’re not doing anyone any favor being someone you’re not, so why punish yourself by being a writer you’re not. Trust me, if you do that, your writing career won’t last very long. And if you can manage being a facade writer for a long time, expect many…many meltdowns. So my advice is simply just be you, unleash your creativity and give your readers what they pay for. It doesn’t matter whether your following is huge or small. Don’t insult their intelligence or yours by writing against your free will.
Q: How do you feel about your writing journey standing where you are now?
A: I feel great. I’m very proud of myself for staying the course for so many years and never giving up no matter how discouraged I got. I’m proud that I kept pushing through all the return to senders I got in the mail where literary agents didn’t bother to open my query. I’m proud that I kept my head up and pushed even harder when some literary agents were tacky enough to send parts of my letter back to me with some scribbling saying they weren’t interested. I’m damn proud that I didn’t let them, publishers, peers, critics or anyone else discourage me from giving up on doing a role I felt I was born to do which is writing. With or without representation, I made my presence known in the world. My work is out there through various channels. I’m not mainstream yet, but I will be. I have no doubt that in years to come, some high school student will be reading my writings and on a college campus somewhere, some college professor will be holding a lecture about me and the legacy I left behind in the world of literature. I rest in certainty of knowing that in my obscurity, I have made a contribution, it’s just that the other 85% of the world hasn’t caught on yet. I’m already a legend. In time it will be affirmed. My work will see to it that it’s done.
Author Q&A with Arose N Daghetto
From Black Girl Down Publications
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