Interview with Success, a guide for newbies;

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When I read quality in a man's work, I decided I wanted to know a little more about him... Here's an Interview with a talented STAR... I'm sure that all of you could have similar interviews, the only question on my mind is; "Who would take all the time to do them?"

Submitted: May 27, 2015

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This is a tribute to a wonderful Author who I believe deserves some kuddos on here, I hope you all will read his work, (you'll find it very well prepared, & presented I believe) Public appologies to you Christian for taking almost a year to finally come to print with this interview, but finally the world gets to know you a bit better my friend, I hope it turns out well:

To: Christian Taylor
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:49 AM
Subject: Re: Interview...

Yes, I'm excited to do an interview with you to let some of Booksie's readers know a bit more about you... So to begin, I feel we'd all like to know, if you feel comfortable with telling us;

What is your family background like? Where are your roots from? What kind of family do you have?

Are you married, have any children? Where do you live, Geographically?

How long have you been writing for? What made you start writing? Do you remember your first writing?

What was the first memory that you have of a desire to write?

Is there one theme, subject, or concentration that occupies more of your attention as a writer than any other?
 
 
Answers from the award winning writer;
 
"I live in the United States in a state called Wisconsin.  In describing my family, its a broken family at best.  My parents divorced when I was 15, which was in 2003.  I moved up with my father and my younger brother stayed with my mom.  I think this experience was where my interest in writing poetry started.  I was going through a lot at the time and poetry was my way of expressing myself without taking my frustrations out on others. 
Since I've been writing since I was 15, I've been doing this for about 10 years now.  When it came to my poetry, I started writing based on my parents' divorce, as well as being a regular target for bullies.  A lot of my poetry deals with issues and matters that young adults, especially teens can relate too.  The subject matters would be mostly life and depressing-like material.  At first, writing poetry was just way to express myself, but it wasn't until a year later when it became more of a desire.  My poem "Runaway", which can be viewed on my booksie site, got published through a local magazine and became a favorite for some of the readers."
 
 
My response back to Christian:
 
Thanks Christian... I'm impressed that you decided to do such a constructive thing as writing to deal with being picked on... I was a frequent recipient of bullying as well when I was young, & so, I very much understand how hard that must have been for you... I am curious to know if you feel that you would have turned to writing even if this had never happened to you, or if you feel that if one has this type of a history, it tends to push a person to have more interest in reading & writing... It definitely ended up being the case for me, & I wonder for how many others as well? On with the interview... You stated that your parents got divorced when you were in your early teens, did you ever feel that you could have made a difference in their relationship? Did you ever feel in any way partially responsible for the breakup? What is, & has been, or has become your favorite pass-time activity? Do you enjoy playing any kind of games? Board games, video games, collectable card games, role playing, etc? Do you feel that being a roll-playing gamer encourages one to also be a writer? If you could leave an impact, the most important thing that you could do or leave on the world, what would it be? What do you feel is the one thing that you feel is the most important thing that you'd like people to remember about you? If you were to know that today was your last day alive on this earth, what one thing would you do today? What do you feel has been the most significant impact that you've left on the world so far in your time here?
 
 
My friend's response;
 
"Thank you.  I'm not sure I would have turned to poetry if I hadn't gone through what I went through growing up.  Interesting thought! 
In the beginning of my parent's divorce, I felt I could have, (Done something), but looking back, I realized that there was nothing that I could have done to prevent it from happening.  I don't think I was responsible for my parents divorce, but it was definitely a traumatic time in my life.  When I learned that my mom was going to file for divorce after being separated for 4 years, it hurt me to hear it.  At that same time, I was dealing with the bullying, which made me feel that suicide was an option at times because I felt like I was nothing.  Now, I never actually attempted suicide at that time, but I've came close.That was when my father convinced me to move up with him, and to this day, I believe my father saved my life.  I don't know what would happened had I not moved out of my mom's place and moved in with my father. However, I strongly believe that my father did save me.  As a result, I've been able to accomplish so many things that many people didn't think I could.The whole divorce matter is a subject on my poem; "Family Portrait" which can be viewed on Booksie. 
 
My favorite past-time activity, still is to this day, since the summer of 2002 is fitness and exercising.  I'm known as 'Beastmode' to some of my friends because I am always working out and eating very healthy.  I don't eat fast food, don't drink soda, and no candy.  When I first started working out, a lot of my peers in middle school poked fun at me... They would look for anything to pick on me for... Hahaha... However, when you compare my athletic ability from the fall of my 8th grade year to the spring of my 8th grade year... My classmates noticed the improvements and I slowly started to gain some respect from my peers.  As of today, I am a competitive runner, which I do in various running distances.  Since I started doing running competitions last Oct of 2012, I've done Five 5k's; One 7k; One 5 mile run; and one marathon relay (7 mile leg). My last couple runs I've placed in the top 3 out of 100 or more runners. 
 
When I was kid, I always loved playing games such as; hide & seek, tag, 4-square, etc.  I also enjoyed playing board games like Life, Guess Who, Hungry Hippo, Trivia Pursuit, etc.  Video games, I always played MarioKart and MarioParty games, as well as Army Men and Call of Duty.  When it comes to role-playing, I've always had a passion for acting growing up and I would always take part in plays and also Forensics in High School. 
 
In high school Forensics, I did solo-acting, which is where I memorize an 8-minute piece with no script and my only prop was a chair.  I made it to the State Competitions for two years in a row and I earned Gold at state both times I was there.  There was one other year I went down to State Forensics, but that was for poetry, in which I earned a Bronze Medal.  I'm not sure if role-playing would encourage individuals to write, I think it may encourage one to pursue acting, but (More so) if they like making their own scripts...maybe it would encourage them to go into script writing. 
 

If I could leave an impact on people's lives in this world, it would be the power of perserverence and determination.  Through my experiences in life, I've learned that I've taken the bad and I turned it into determination and perserverence to prove that what people say or do cannot distroy my will power to succeed in life and do what makes me happy in life.  What I want people to remember me by is my upbeat attitude and my many talents from poetry, athletics, acedemics, etc.  If I knew that today was my last day on earth, I would just go for a long run...running has always been something that I enjoy doing and its a really good way to reflect on everything in life.  My biggest impact, I think, that I've accomplished in life is the ability to turn bad times in my life into creative/athletic outlets that have shown my talents.Examples would be both my poetry writing and my athletics, especially in running."

 

My input back to my new-found friend;

I want to sinserely thank you for your responses. I feel I've had the opportunity to get better acquainted with you throughout this interviewing process... Of all of your writing, what are you the most proud of? Is there anything that you wish you had never written? I think this is enough for a Short-story, life portrait... Are there any ??'s that you noticed that I've missed? Or can you think of any other items of an important nature to you that I haven't asked about, or that should be included in this expose? Thanks for your participation, and your desire to improve the world with your thoughts & your writing...

 

These were his feelings;

"It is often difficult to decide as to what poems of mine I would define as my favorites.  However, over the course of three years that I've been on Booksie, there were several poems that have become not only fan favorites, but also favorites of mine.  The one poem that I consider to be my all-time-favorite is; "Love Remains the Same".  I think it is my best written poem, and my most impactful poem.  A couple of other poems that I think are my favorites as well, are; "Cry", "I Love You", "Human Nature", "What If", "Don't Tell Me" and "And I'm Not Sorry".  In terms of the what poems that I regret...I don't regret any of my poems.  Granted, there are poems that are better written than others, but I don't regret any of them.
 
One of the biggest accomplishments that I've acheived is that my poem "Barely Breathing" did make it to the Booksie Site Homepage.  This happened about a year and a half ago and as a result of this...I became the IT poet on Booksie.  However, during that time, I found myself in a position where I was dealing with both negativity and praise.  It caused me to feel pressured to create works that were as good as that particular poem.  Once it finally was replaced on the homepage, I went away for a bit and wrote about 14 poems and published them all later.  One of the poems called "Poetic Fame" would describe that time I went through and how it has changed me as a poet as well.
 
I don't believe there are really any other questions that I can think of that you could ask, but I think you could come up with a few due to my booksie homepage achievement.  It was a pleasure of doing this interview and if you ever want to check back...I'm game!Thank you and I look foward to the interview being published!" 
 
 
Here he had me at a loss, since I hadn't known about his accolades on Booksie, so I continued;
 
Ok, so I didn't know the "Homepage achievement" thing, Congratulations for achieving that accomplishment, & I'm sure we'll see you repeat it at some point in the future... What's required for that to happen? How does one find out if it has happened to you? What percentage of your works are posted on the initial site, & what percentage are on Booksiesilk? (Approximately)
Thanks for your responses to my questions, & the frankness of your answers. I've been quite busy of late, but, if all goes well, I'm planning on getting this published as soon as I can...
Thanks again;
 
Spyguy
 
 
(His noble, & honest answer was inadvertantly erased, but he told me in his own words that he hasn't written any contributions to the Booksiesilk site, & has kept all of his work on the original site, prefering to write clean, wholesome stories & poems that anyone can read & enjoy. There is a link on Booksie, he says, that tells you how to get on the homepage.  The only way, according to him, that he found out that he'd made the homepage was when he was suddenly was getting a lot of comments for one specific poem, and when he made the homepage he became the "IT" poet on Booksie.  It was definitely an experience, he says, that he'll never forget.  All of his posts as far as he knows are published on Booksie and none are on BooksieSilk. I have a lot of respect for this wonderful man & the struggles he has made to create a very positive life that will live on in his stead long after he's no longer here to know of it's impact... I want to thank you Christian for all of your contributions to the world, as well as to this site... You are a hero in your own right...
 
 
 
Please acknowledge Christian's impact with both your comments here, as well as a visit to his homepage on Booksie... Thank you to all of my devoted readers for your patronage...
 
 


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