Today I have the great pleasure of interview a fellow poet and writer, Emma-Louise I hope you all enjoy learning about them and their work. I also hope you consider following them on twitter, or checking out their Ko-Fi as well as the other links below. Enjoy!
1) Tell us a little bit about what you do.
I’m a UK-based writer, currently in my final year of a history degree. For publication, I almost exclusively write poetry and creative non-fiction (CNF), and I’m currently a regular contributor at Vessel Press, Nora and Luna, and five:2:one magazine. I also write fiction for fun in the little bit of spare time I have.
My main focuses at the moment are disability and trauma. As a multiply disabled writer, I think it’s really important to have those sorts of narratives available and prominent to readers, as too often our experiences are erased or forgotten about. I recently released a short collection, titled Intense and Unusual, about growing up with disabilities and all kinds of strange and scary things happening around me. If you’d like to read it, I’ll pop some links at the end of this interview.
I also enjoy illustration, singing, and art in general – if it’s creative, I’ve probably dabbled in it!
2) When and why did you start writing?
I know this answer is a cliche, but honestly, I’ve been writing creatively pretty much since I was old enough to write at all. Writing and creating are great forms of therapy and self-expression, especially when your circumstances make it hard for you to access those things any other way. The first story I remember writing and completing of my own volition was called Hunter, a story set in World War Two that I wrote when I was twelve. To tell the truth I don’t remember much of the plot, which is probably for the best. It was pretty awful, I’m sure, but at the time I enjoyed writing it and that’s what mattered.
Poetry, though, I didn’t start writing until I was about fourteen. I started out writing songs, which I suppose are similar, but then I had an amazing English teacher who really encouraged me (not just in writing, but in all kinds of ways). She was the first person to believe in my work and in me as a person, and I owe everything I achieve to her.
3) Tell us about a project that you are currently working on that has you really excited.
I’m currently on a break from submissions due to National Novel Writing Month, but I have a project coming up with Nora and Luna that I’m super excited about. It’s going to be a monthly feature where I write ekphrastic poetry – one of my favourite genres – on famous works of art, combining two things I absolutely love.
I’m also planning a non-non fiction sequel of sorts to Intense and Unusual for spring 2019. I’ve always been an experimental writer and I discovered non-non fiction through Burning House Press earlier this year. It’s the sort of thing I wish there was more of, and if the only way to do that is to create it myself, then that’s what I’ll do.
4) What are some of your goals for the future?
I’d love to be in a position financially to be able to write full-time – I think that’s a goal for a lot of people in the writing community. For now, though, my main short-term goals are to start attending more poetry readings and workshops, showing my face away from Twitter, and to reach the 50k word target for NaNoWriMo this year.
5) How can we support you?
Unfortunately, it mostly comes down to money. Writing is my second job, and I’m also a full-time student, so the best way for presses and readers to support me is by buying my work! This means I don’t have to work as many hours at my other job, and have more time to produce content for you guys, so everybody wins. If you do want to purchase the collection I mentioned earlier, you can get a digital copy at this link, or a hard copy over at Amazon. I know Amazon are a morally dubious company to say the least, but there was really no other viable option for me when I was publishing.
If you can’t support me financially, that’s completely fine! Other ways of supporting me include retweeting and sharing links to my work, leaving positive reviews and comments, and soliciting me to write for you. Basically, if you like my work, let me know that you like it – it puts a giant smile on my face every time!