Eyvonna Rains [eyvonna]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I began reading for enjoyment in elementary school. My favorite book was Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith. In the seventh grade, we had creative writing assignments. I wrote ridiculous stories to make myself laugh. I got back into writing with poetry years later. I received a lot of good feedback when I shared my poems with friends and family, which encouraged me to pursue getting published.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
I love classic literature. If a story has stood the test of time, it must be good. I always learn something from the great novels. They make me think and often inspire me to write in a different style.
Here is the link to my children's book web page:
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
When I'm struck by an idea, I try to jot it down immediately. If I don't, it's gone forever. Once I begin writing, I'm transported into my own dreamy world where nothing else exists but my thoughts, pen and paper. It's euphoric.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Philisophical and spiritual fiction inspires me the most. A story that explores the mysterious spiritual and emotional side of human motives and actions makes me evaluate myself in a way that nothing else can. Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis is a favorite of mine. It has one of the most beautiful illustrations of faith and what happens when that faith is thrown away. I wrote a poem called Word Weaver after reading this novel.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
I write as a form of therapy. When something is bothering me, I tend to pour it out through poetry. After getting out all of my feelings onto paper, I feel like I've spent a few hours with a good therapist. I Bleed in Ink is a poem that I wrote about this very subject.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
I read everything to my husband. He is brutally honest and certainly doesn't like everything that I write. I've trashed things before based on his reaction if I don't feel strongly about it, myself.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
When the mood strikes, I write! It can't be forced if it's going to be good. There are times when I've got nothing good to say on the subject I'm attempting. The next day or two, I may have tons of ideas just waiting to be recorded.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
The computer is much easier for me to use while writing. I can type faster than I can scrawl with a pen. It's so much easier to correct and move things around on my computer. My written work is a total mess! My computer contracted a virus after I spent a couple of hours writing last night. I'm afraid that I won't be able to get that work back, so I may have to start printing everything when I stop working!
What are you working on now?
I have a book of Christian poetry and the stories behind them. I hope to fill it with great photography to go with each one.
I have finished a children's book tentatively titled, Color Makes Me Feel. It's about the psychology of color from a young perspective. (This idea came from my background in color consulting.)
A Marriage Guide for the First Time Bride is a positive book full of advice from 'veteran married people' to a young bride from a Christian perspective. This is in response to a young engaged friend who was nervous because of the bad things people kept telling her about marriage. She needed her positive friends with successful marriages to give her Godly advice.
And there's more.......
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
When I write something, I put it away for awhile. After weeks, months or more I am more objective about what was written. That helps me to know whether to change anything or completely start over. Sometimes I've found that I like it just the way it is after thinking it was hopeless!
So, edit it again and share! Be sure to share with someone who won't just pat you on the back and tell you how fantastic you are. You need objectivity from someone who knows what they're talking about. That can be hard to take, so be prepared and unoffended. But remember that a good percentage of popular books were rejected repeatedly before becoming huge hits.
Blackwell, Oklahoma, USA