Friday, January 17, 2014

Meet & Greet with #Author C.S. Reid (Plucking Poetry from the Air)

 What do you do to unwind and relax? I produce music, sing, write, and frequent music venues that feature live Jazz/R&B Bands.
How important do you think villains are in a story? Villains and or the antagonist(s) are instrumental in creating textures of opposition throughout the narrative.  The anti-voice must be allowed to air its dissatisfaction with the protagonist(s) aims and or underlying agenda.  The aforementioned opposition creates the tension that is necessary for an interesting story to take shape.
Can we expect any more books from you in the future? Yes.  I am one of those who plans on writing throughout the course of my life. I have several YA books that are essentially completed, but I continue to add more chapters.
Are you reading any interesting books at the moment? James Baldwin, Early Novels and Stories; Paul Bowles, The Collected Stories; Sylvia Plath, The Collected Poems.
When do you usually write? Typically, I am most comfortable writing in the evenings.  I am able to get the most work done on the weekends.
Do you share your work? My mother and sister (Lorena) provide feedback concerning my finished works. I don’t share my work with other writers and or friends.  Often, I feel that workshops can hinder one’s creativity because his or her peers are dissecting the writer’s work.  One should receive feedback from an individual that is an established writer and or writing instructor who can qualify his or her critiques fully.
What advice would you give to other writers who do not have emotional support? You must look within and erect your own sounding board.   There are people who just harbor contempt towards creative individuals.  I would say, ‘put miles between yourself and the naysayers.’  Of course, it is more problematic when your parents and or family members are continuously airing their misgivings about your literary aspirations.
One does not have to reveal their innermost desires to all.  However, if you have been writing for fifteen some odd years and you have not had any work published; then, you might want to reexamine if writing is your true calling.
What are your social interests? An organized, educational system is fundamental to the prosperity of any nation. It is important that all individuals have access to a quality education that is taught by fair, unbiased educators.
What projects are you currently working on? Currently, I am wrapping up a YA narrative that explores Jazz and encourages youngsters to want to excel at becoming proficient musicians.  When one becomes proficient in a discipline, he or she develops a level of maturity and sense of self-worth.
What inspiring words do you want to leave to developing writers? One has to have tenacity to be a writer.  Additionally, one has to be a voracious reader and continuously work at perfecting their skills.  There is no easy route to becoming a writer.   Intrinsically, one has to possess an unwavering will of determination, pushing onwards to the culminating line.
Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers? I just want to convey a sincere “Thank You” to everyone that has purchased an ebook and or, stopped to read the excerpts that are available on the Internet. Believe you me; I know that it is asking a great deal to read a narrative composed by a complete stranger.
Calliope was simply born to be a poet.
Her prodigious talents are cultivated
under the astute instruction
of Mrs. Rutherford,
her sixth grade teacher.
However, Miranda Michelli is a
considerable, dueling wordsmith in
her own right, as the reigning genius
of their language arts class.
Who will take the penultimate crown
in the Shining Voices Poetry Contest:
Calliope, who pens about the wonders
of nature, or Miranda Michelli, the
resident brainiac in the sixth grade?
Here is a synopsis of what you’ll UNCOVER INSIDE:
Do you want to learn how to read and analyze poetry critically?
Do you want to learn how to create your own poetry?
Young poets will learn how to recite poetry with confidence, young poets will learn what important literary terms mean and how to use them in their own poetry, young writers will learn about notable Jazz Figures, young writers will learn about The Beat Generation and The Harlem Renaissance Literary Movements, young poets will learn self-discipline by completing their poems from start to finish, young writers will learn how to work collaboratively on writing projects, teen writers will learn how to analyze and interpret multicultural works, and teen writers will develop their own literary voices by becoming critical thinkers and readers of literature.
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Genre - Juvenile Fiction, Careers
Rating – G
More details about the author
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