For this month’s Promoting Creativity post I interviewed my friend and fellow writer Sarah Little. I hope you all enjoy reading about her and I hope you all take a look at her work. At the time of this interview her chapbook Not Your Masterpiece, had not yet come out. It’s now available on Etsy, Kobo and Amazon. You can also find my review of it here.
1) Tell us a little bit about what you do.
I do writing and knitting. Both are equally important, and I write poems and flash fiction along with the odd longer story. There’s also a yearly NaNoWriMo effort, which is eternally fun. The knitting tends to be cozy things, and I’m working on a series of fandom-inspired knits. Someday.
2) When and why did you start writing?
I don’t create music, but I began writing in true earnest when I was probably 17 or 18. This followed my attempts when I was 13, during which period I mustered up all the earnestness I could muster, but it didn’t stick until I was older. As to the why, I began poetry first. Like many others, I was a reader first and writer second, which meant that all the extra words needed to go somewhere. Poetry was my first medium because I was trying to find a voice, trying to ape what little I was reading.
I knew I liked the creation of something, but didn’t know how.
Prose followed in several forms, and I carried on with them in an effort to teach myself more. Still reading, and now writing – prose found me tentatively building worlds, characters – kind of like when you’re younger and start out with building blocks, or cheap paper and stick figures. I started out building my own little worlds around me, and the reading – oh, so much reading! – carried on, and I got inspired. I got bolder, started thinking I could do this. And this. And this.
And there is the genesis of my writing life.
3) Tell us about a project that you are currently working on that has you really excited.
I’m in the editing stages of a new poetry chapbook called Not Your Masterpiece. It’s a short collection built on a female narrator/protagonist/perspective, and she’s rebelling against the idea that she has to be what others want her to be. In this sense, it’s a bit autobiographical, because the “she” is learning/has learned that she doesn’t have to twist herself into pretzels trying to be something she’s not (especially when changing herself for someone else is a thankless, tedious mold to fit). So she’s arguing her case, telling you why she’s not going to be “your masterpiece”.
It’s kind of a reaction against people who think they can list off things that you’re doing wrong and expect you to go correcting them when actually it’s just a case of different perspective and really nothing needs to be different.
4) What are some of your goals for the future?
My goals for the future are to branch out, write more short stories and flash fictions. Compile those into chapbooks as well, and work on the several novels I’ve amassed over the last seven years. There’s one murder mystery series, and a vaguely Gothic YA series I’ve been planning for about five years now. I’m aiming to self-publish at least a few more things, and I’d like to get something handled by a publisher.
5) How can we support you?