Author Interview, Katherine Mayfield

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Interview #59, with passionate truthteller: Katherine Mayfield!

Describe yourself in 5 words:

Katherine Mayfield

Idealistic, fun-loving, passionate truthteller.

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

The Box of Daughter

“I think about how art and music heal the holes in the human soul that we create with our own dysfunction.…

My lifelong goal is to create a beautiful mosaic of a life from the broken bits of a traumatic childhood, a light-filled stained-glass window fashioned of the shattered shards of the self I’ve excavated.

I wonder: does everyone try to fit the pieces of their lives together as if they’re working on an unfamiliar jigsaw puzzle? Or only those of us who were so disassembled that most of the pieces don’t even match?”

The Box of Daughter, Katherine Mayfield

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

“The body never lies.” – Alice Miller

Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:

For me, writing is a passionate terror, a terrible passion, a burning need to express myself and the ideas that rush through me from wherever they originate. Some days, I love it more than anything, and other days, I want to tear my hair out in desperation to find the word or phrase that expresses exactly what I feel.

The publication process, on the other hand, is much more logical and orderly — not without frustration, but it’s a more linear process for me than the process of writing, which is somewhat like living in a blender with a meditation room attached.

What is your definition of “good writing”?

Meaning that touches the heart and soul, words that heal, thoughts that inspire.

Please share your #1 tip for poets/writers:

Another line from my memoir, The Box of Daughter: “I often wonder if the alternate meaning of writer’s block is ‘Somebody in your psyche is getting in the way of your being able to express yourself.’ ”

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in listening to the old voices and writing the “right” thing that we think we can’t write anything at all. In my mind, the best cure for writer’s block is writing wildly and madly about anything and everything, especially about whatever you’re feeling.

Your websites/blogs/etc:

I blog on Dysfunctional Families on my website: http://www.TheBoxofDaughter.com

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Much thanks to Katherine for stopping by! Katherine kindly hosted me for a recent guest post (part of the Teen Guide blog tour). Be sure to check out her memoir, The Box of Daughter — the story of her journey to recover her authentic self after growing up in a very dysfunctional family.

* UPDATE: Katherine’s 2013 QnA and guest post on recovering from being bullied!

 

Author Interview, J.C. Knudson

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Author Interview #27, with gay rights advocate and author J.C. Knudson, who believes through education comes acceptance and a better chance of equality for all.

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Hi Joe! Describe yourself in 5 words:

Caring, loving, giving, descriptive, & enlightening.

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

From Living the Difference:

My sense of awareness as to my sexual preferences began early on in life. While most children at the age of five and younger were fully content playing with toys, watching cartoons, and all the other fun things to do at preschool, in addition to those, I was always mesmerized when I saw a handsome man. That fixation on men would at times occur out of nowhere, seeing a man in a television commercial, taking lunch out to the hired hands on the farm, watching older male students play basketball at the high school games, and many other remembrances.

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

From Eat, Pray, Love:

I was sitting in the formal dining room of a Scottish castle with seven other men and three delightfully batty British women of a certain age. Wine flowed, haggis was served, and the conversation among a roomful of people who barely knew each other roared on with each course.

Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:

The writing process is much easier; finding the right publisher, one you can trust with your story, is a challenge. Once the book is written and published, the real work begins, that being the promotion of your book!

What is your definition of “good writing”?

Writing from the heart; writing that will entice your reader to want more and to want to pick up your book and continue reading at every opportunity. To accomplish that, a good writer must be a good story teller, along with a good feel of what your intended audience would want to read!

Please share your #1 tip for writers:

Never give up, even when you experience “writer’s block”…

Your websites/blogs/etc:

http://www.outskirtspress.com/livingthedifference
http://www.thegaylyblogger.blogspot.com

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Much thanks to Mr. J.C. Knudson for the chat! Visit his blog for his author bio, the book trailer for ‘Living the Difference’, and more.