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Poet Interview, Jen Minkman

Interview #46, with Dutch author/poet, Jen Minkman!

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Describe yourself in 5 words:

Romantic, generous, philosophical, genuine, emotional.

Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):

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It has been said that emotional intensity is bursting beneath the surface of my poetry, each and every poem riding on top of an undercurrent (hence the title).

Excerpt:

The Collectors

They were standing
there, silently
in the slant of the
early morning light

They had come for me.

Nice! Share an excerpt of your favorite poet’s work (10-100 words):

‘Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.

I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.

We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.’

(T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock)

Did reading a poem first spark the desire to write poetry, or was it an experience?:

To me, the things I write are always inseparably connected with what I feel. I first started writing (and drawing) to make sense of the world around me and escape it at the same time. When the world tends to get too overwhelming, I withdraw and create my own. Words are the tools to describe the emotional undercurrent of my life.

I’ve a similar experience with writing + drawing ;) What goal do you seek through your poetry?

My main goal is to express myself through poetry, but I would also like to touch the hearts of my readers and make them look at the world in a different way after reading my work.

Please share your #1 tip for poets/writers:

Be curious. Always look at the world around you as if you’re seeing it for the first time, and inspiration will never leave you.

ITA. Your websites/blogs/etc:

http://www.jenminkman.nl

http://www.facebook.com/jenminkman

http://www.twitter.com/JenMinkman

http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jen-minkman.html

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Much thanks to Jen for stopping by!

+ JEN’S BIO +

Jen is a writer of paranormal romance in Holland. She is currently the first and only writer of this genre in Dutch (all the other books on the market are translations of bestsellers from the US and the UK), so she is proud of making paranormal romance more well-known in her own country.

An English version of her book, Shadow of Time, is coming out in 2013. Her website is www.jenminkman.nl

P.S. She is having a free promotion of her poetry collection, Undercurrent, on Kindle 30 April & 1 May!


Third (Away) Notice

away notice

I tend to post (Away) or (Busy) notices now and then (2010’s was here; 2009’s was here).

I’ll still be posting blog interviews (as and when they come in), though I’ll mostly be focusing on completing my project featuring cyberpunk elves.

I was in a bit of a fix with the outline of the third book — I know the cyberpunk genre tends to be heavily “dystopian” in nature. However, I still believe that real life is miserable and hopeless enough, so I’ll be aiming for a semi-happy ending with the trilogy [while it won't be a SUPER sugary "everyone lives happily ever after" fairytale ending, it won't end like Repo Men or 1984 either (I LOVE 1984 by the way -- I just want a different kind of ending for the project I'm working on, tee-hee)].

I’ll be quietly/intensely tweaking this project as I’d like this one to:

  1. set the standard for, and
  2. lead the direction of jessINK’s mainstream/commercial department ^^

I’ll continue to do alternative work, but later (I need to build up my brand’s strength across different areas — I want to build something that lasts).

In the meantime, I added some freebies on my website. My short story, Skins, will be in the upcoming BsB Anthology 3 — will mention that anthology on my social media accounts once it’s out.

P.S. Postcards still available too!

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(Left to Right):
Skins (animal lovers)
The Gift (sweet erotic/romantic short story)
Real Love Vs. Romance (essays on commercialism)

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Listed at a very nice website, The Indie View. Hope to be interviewed there sometime (currently waiting for the Q&A).

Added a campaigns/causes page to jessINK also.

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Here’s a sneak peek at The Darker Side of Life (thanks to Curse of the Bibliophile for hosting me).

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sleeping cat

Sleeping cat (she sleeps double than I do, and I get/need eight hours on average).

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OK, take care all — I’ll be watching the snow (wintertime / Maine) + fixing the drafts for Book02 and Book03 of The Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy.

I won’t be on my social media accounts very much (once I’ve delved DEEP into completing the remaining parts of the project).

If you need anything just email me at missfey@gmail.com


Free Stuff, Free Postcards

* Write a review for one of my books…and claim a free postcard! These postcards were designed by me, and are based off my debut blog/IM novel, EyeLeash.

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. A short, honest review is okay, if you’re short on time.

2. You can post a review on Amazon / Smashwords / B&N / on your blog / on a social networking site like Goodreads, etc. Send me a message with the link to your review.

3. You can also send your review directly by email to me (my email is below).

4. You may select which postcard you’d like (till I run out of that particular design).

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From left to right (clockwise):
(1) Jade Ashton (protagonist)
(2) EyeLeash Book Cover Art
(3) Novan Chang (bassist / lead male)
(4) Jade & Novan (romantic snapshot).

5. All postcards will be personalized + signed. As with my books, it’s all about human connection :)

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P.S. Open to all readers internationally.

Jess.
missfey[@]gmail.com

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