Interview With Poet & Author Valeri Beers

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Recently I got to spend some time with Valeri Beers, a published poet from Maine in the USA. Using the opportunity, I asked her to give us some insight into her writing style.

MS: Valeri, you are a published author. Why do you write?

Valeri: Because I feel like I have to write these ideas, poems, lines or words down or I will lose them.

MS: What has had influence on your writing?

Valeri: Music has always been a huge influence on my writing. I have always been inspired  to write when listening to music.

MS: Who are some of your favourite authors?

Valeri: I really like Erica Jong, Dorothy Parker, Maya Angelou, Nicholson Baker, Stephen King

MS: What is your latest publication and where can it be purchased?

Valeri: My latest publication is my poetry book …details… , which can be purchased on Amazon as an e-book or print book.

MS: What are you working on next?

Valeri: At this very moment, I am choosing a poem to be included in an anthology. I hope to publish another book of poetry or maybe edit an anthology.

MS: Tell me a little about PoetryPasta

Valeri: PoetryPasta loves to show off new poets and their words.  I try to share educational, funny, positive and encouraging.  Send me a poem!

MS: Thanks for your time do you have anything you would like to add?

Valeri: You are most welcome Malobi :) Thank YOU for this opportunity :)

MS: Thank you Valeri for your responses, and wish you all the best for the future!

Valeri’s book …details… can be purchased here

The PoetryPasta site can be browsed here

I hope you enjoyed this interview and I hope to conduct more in the future! If you wish to be considered for an interview please comment below. Thanks

Visit to India 2014

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We were all set for a trip to Rajasthan this time on our trip to India, in Dec 2014/Jan 2015 – but they say, a higher power ‘disposes’ of our proposals.

My husband’s (and some of my) family are in India, and we make a yearly trek there to see them. This time we had planned on a trip to Rajasthan – Jaipur, and other places on a 10-day guided journey by car – not to be. My husband’s father was hospitalised with pneumonia and was still in hospital when we arrived there.

It was a case of rushing around trying to get as much done as possible in the short amount of time we had there (we were there for 3 weeks). I was so thankful that we had our own car and personal driver this time – no rushing around for taxis!

After that, my mother-in-law had a cataract operation on one eye – another ‘invalid’ in the house for a while as she couldn’t do much for a few days – whew!

But I had the FM station on full volume when I had the opportunity, in our room downstairs – it plays all the latest Bengali, Hindi and English music, so saved I was!

Well, and then it was time to come home. I was a bit sad, if truth be told – despite all the hectic running around, I really did have a great time! Well, here’s to the next trip…this time I have an inkling that there’s a trip happening in May to a place nearer to Oz…Bon Voyage alors!

FREE poetry from Malobi Sinha today!

Originally posted on PoetryPasta :

Malobi Sinha has been a contributor here on PoetryPasta! Congratulations Malobi :)  Download Malobi’s poems!  They’re excellent :)

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‘Rain’ is FREE on Smashwords for a short time…https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/295825‪#‎Poetry‬‪#‎malobsinha‬

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Praise for “Rain”:

Rain’ is a third Book of Poetry by author Malobi Sinha – poems to comfort, soothe…excite and satisfy the soul.

“Malobi Sinha writes poems of suppleness and emotional candour… Although Australia is rich in poetic talent like Ms Sinha…the rewards of her poetry are many, and her poems encourage repeated readings, growing richer and more complex each time.”

Phillip A. Ellis, Author, Editor Melaleuca

“There is a freshness and vibrancy in Malobi Sinha’s poems that I for one have rarely encountered in the otherwise Byzantine mazes of much contemporary poetry. The complex layers of meaning in her poems, beneath their often apparent simplicity, rewards the reader at every turn.”

Graham Pitts, Screenwriter

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The Castle & Other Stories

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I have been writing for a while now. It is a privilege for me that my writing has been published in many different e-zines, magazines and websites around the world, since the year 2000.

It is a privilege also for me that I am a published author, my latest book, ‘The Castle and Other Stories’, a collection of YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi short stories, having been published this month by Cresco Books.

It is an irony that I am from a Technical background, having done Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering from Monash University, that I find so much joy in writing. When I completed High School, my highest mark was in – you guessed it – English. However, I loved Maths too, which is why I chose Engineering.

Looking back, sometimes I wonder if I should have chose differently – but that is the past, and we cannot change it. Today, where there is so much material available for perusal at one’s choice, I feel it a privilege (that word again!) that my work is chosen to be seen by so many people, and that it is appreciated. But therein is the crux of the matter – good quality in anything shines through always, and it is an honour for me that you read my work – thank you so much!

Crossroads

Lioness2 I feel that I am somewhat at a crossroads – I have been working part-time (casual) for a while, in the things I love – Writing, some Screen and Content writing, and also some Business Analysis. I left my last full-time role at the end of 2012, and am enjoying my current work.

A book of mine, ‘The Castle and Other Stories’, has also been accepted by a Publisher for publication. It is a book of 12 short stories, for YA, in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi genre – and I am sure that if I had been working full-time I would have not been able to complete it. I am looking forward to the launch of it on the internet.

However, I feel like I need something more. I am not sure if I want to go back to full-time work – but a source of somewhat steady income is necessary.

So, is it back to square one? The resumes and applications – hopefully something will materialise. I hope that something will come my way – when I least or most expect it. I can only try, and hope that destiny will fill in the blanks!

Art Exhibition – Opening Night

AngelLast Thursday, the 3rd of July, was the Opening Night of my Art Exhibition – ‘Canvas Dreams’. I reached early, and set up the venue (the Degraves Hall at the City Library in Flinders Lane) with food and drinks, and then waited for patrons to arrive.

I was expecting over 40 people, as that was the number that had accepted the invitation on Facebook and LinkedIn. And then the guests started filtering through. All included, about 30 guests, some I knew some I didn’t, came through the Exhibition that night.

One of my paintings sold, and a book of mine (‘Savannah’) did too. Of course, I am hoping for more sales.

I will be going down to the Library tomorrow too from 4-6pm, to check out my paintings again. I feel a glow of satisfaction to see them hung up on the Library walls in the Degraves room – it is my first Art Exhibition, after all.

Below are a few links that can be explored regarding the exhibition

https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/MelbourneLibraryService/WhatsOn1/Pages/Exhibitions.aspx?FontSize=1
http://www.weekendnotes.com/canvas-dreams-malobi-sinha-degraves-hanging-space/
http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/canvas-dreams-malobi-sinha#.U7tpq3WKCM8