Promoting Creativity – Jasmine Torres

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Today I have the great pleasure of sharing with you all my interview with Jasmine Torres! She is a fellow contributor at Rose Quartz Magazine and I hope you have a chance to read some of her work over there.

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1) Tell us a little bit about what you do.

Right now I am a student trying to complete my undergraduate degree in Literature and Writing at UCSD. I’m looking into graduate programs for creative writing and hope to become a professor further down the line. I’m very happy that recently I became a regular contributor for Rose Quartz Magazine and have work upcoming in the first issue of Royal Rose Magazine!

2) When and why did you start writing?

I started writing in kindergarten. I have journals from that age with severely jagged penmanship. I don’t think half the things I wrote about as a child actually happened at all.

I can’t recall a particular reason for why I started writing, I mostly journaled because I had read The Diary of Anne Frank and was inspired to keep track of my life the way she did. She was a girl that we could learn great things from and I greatly admired her bravery and way with words in times of fear. I think this, and the fact that I read a lot as a child, are all reasons that kept writing in my life. It wasn’t until middle school that I started practicing the skill.

3) Tell us about a project that you are currently working on that has you really excited.

In high school, I used to submit a lot of work to contests and magazines — occasionally I placed or was published. However, when I went to college, I stopped writing and fell off-track for roughly 2 years due to depression and anxiety. I didn’t have motivation nor inspiration. Only in the last 4 months have I been writing and submitting work that I’m proud of. I guess what I’m saying is that currently, my “project” is finding my writing groove and getting back out there.

I was elated to be added to the staff at Rose Quartz and to have a piece accepted for the first issue of Royal Rose. These opportunities gave me the boost of confidence I needed to remember who I am as a writer. I’m extremely grateful to these magazines and their editors for providing a space for my voice especially after a very personal hiatus. I’m excited to see what else 2019 will bring publication wise as well as personally with my writing.

4) What are some of your goals for the future?

Some personal goals are actually to write more flash fiction! I’ve been focusing a bit on poetry and want to get back to writing more short stories. I’m planning on submitting to more lit magazines as well as participating in writing contests again. Kind of just see how it goes! I’ve also been working on a chapbook regarding themes of loss and transformation. I hope to finish this and then publish, but that’s not until much further down the line!

5) How can we support you?

I used to have a website, but in the midst of checking out mentally from the writing scene, I unfortunately deleted the site. Until I get a new one back up, I would greatly appreciate a follow on Twitter @relax_kiddo. I will be featuring any future writing & publication updates there!

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