Author Interview, Clayton Bye


Interview #67, with writer/editor/publisher/reviewer, Clayton Bye!

Describe yourself in 5 words:

Driven, Contrarian, Writer, Teacher, Friend.

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


The Town of Me

My days have been
the passing of dreams,
not quite real clouds
built of smoke and dust,
marking each pained
but gritty footstep
with rasping laughter
to steal away
the life-blood of
this aging ghost town,
while colourless
thoughts raised without form
walk through my halls,
echos of silence.

Copyright © Clayton Clifford Bye 2012

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

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

– Robert Frost

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

Writing is easy and Publishing is easy. It’s what comes after each event that’s hard. I typically write for 3 months, but then edit and construct for 9. I send the manuscript to the printer and I’m published. Now I must spend a year marketing the book.

Some might say, well…that’s because you self-publish. They would be wrong. The process is identical for all successful writers.

Yes, it’s non-stop work (lol!). What is your definition of “good writing”?

Good writing evokes — new thoughts, strong emotions, and it touches and brings to the surface deeply held beliefs.

Please share your #1 tip for writers:

Write every day, or at least work on a writing related activity.

Your websites/blogs/etc:

And you can find me everywhere on social media.

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Much thanks to Clayton Bye for stopping by — do visit Clayton’s Website for more info on him and his projects!

CLAYTON’S BIO: Clayton Bye is a writer, editor and publisher. The author of 9 books and a varied collection of short stories, poems, articles and hundreds of reviews, he recently published an anthology of excellent short stories by some great talents from around the world. Mr. Bye also offers a wide range of writing services, including small business management for writers.

Poet Interview: Leena Prasad


Interview #60, with the sassy, girly and geeky: Leena Prasad!

Describe yourself in 5 words:

leena prasad

sassy, sexy, goofy, girly, geek

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


on tv, the gaza conflict
outside my window
a bird chirps

happiness is a
decision, unfortunately
i’m indecisive

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

I don’t have a favorite poet but I read Robert Frost’s Mending Wall in my teenage years and it made a lasting impression.

Here are the first four lines —

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.”

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

When I was 13, I started writing sappy love poems about hopeless crushes on boys.

I’ve probably done that at least a couple of times myself ;) What goal do you seek through your poetry?

It’s a way for me to journal and to comprehend my emotional and intellectual life.

Please share your #1 tip for poets/writers:

Don’t be afraid to write a poem because even a “bad” poem is an entry into a thrilling new world.

ITA. Your websites/blogs/etc:


Twitter: @notexactlyhaiku

Amazon: not exactly haiku

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Much thanks to Leena Prasad for stopping by! Be sure to check out Not Exactly Haiku, where Leena’s haiku book is available as an iPhone app. You can also follow her latest haiku, senryu, and haiga via Twitter :)