I have been writing for most of my life, it’s something that came naturally to me. I’ve jumped from genre to genre over the years, trying to decipher what fits me the best. I don’t think I’ll ever stay in one place when it comes to writing, and I’d eventually like to try out everything I can. I published my first book in 2015 — a young adult novel named Coins In The Coffee Cup.
A few years ago, I stumbled into poetry. I studied the classics in school but never paid much attention, I was too young to understand the art of them. But, after being forced into poetry when I did an online creative writing course in 2014, I found it interesting. I didn’t quite grasp it yet though, and the first poems I wrote were… well, awful. They were awful. It took me a lot of practice and a long time to find my own voice in poetry. I think I’ve finally found it; well I’d hope so considering I have an entire book of it.
My book is called Watercolour Nights and is a collection of poetry and prose. It’s incredibly sensitive and covers many personal topics; alcoholism, unrequited love, mental illness, heartbreak, toxicity. It’s on the more emotional side and since publishing, I’ve heard a lot of incredible feedback. I personally don’t think I would have continued or found a love in poetry if it weren’t for Twitter.
When I posted my first poem to Twitter, I nearly had a panic attack. I was worried everyone would hate it or make fun of me. None of that happened though, and I got so much positive feedback and love, it motivated me. After that, I got better and better at writing and would post more often. I finally decided to put all my poems that were worthy into a collection. It took months of hard work but is undoubtedly the most incredible thing I’ve done. I love my book and all its contents, but it wouldn’t have happened without social media and the online support I got.