Welcome back to Writing Wednesday! Today I have for you yet another interview (Duh). This one is someone I got the pleasure of knowing through social media and I wanted everyone to get to know her as well. Her answers and advice are lovely, and I hope you enjoy them too. As always please show a lot of love and support and let’s get this underway.
- Please introduce yourself before we begin.
Hello, I’m Starla Carr but almost everyone calls me by my nickname -M.T. babyee!) I live in Kansas with my wonderful partner for life and our doggy Nika. I am a lesbian woman of color, proud weirdo, poet and author.
- Every writer has an origin story to tell, what’s yours?
I sincerely thought that I was going to be a rapper when I was in my 20’s. After a horribly failed rap show and feeling like a fish swimming up a rocky stream I decided to give up my rap career. I turned my love of words and rhythm into creative writing in the areas of poetry and fictional stories. For 20 years I’ve worked on my craft as a spoken word artists, author and ghostwriter.
- What was the first story, poem or novel you ever worked on?
At the age of 13 I wrote a book titled -The Crimson Blade. It was 7 handwritten pages about the tragedies of life from the mind of a young woman who was chronically depressed. You may not have to guess that the young woman was me.
- What’s the hardest thing about writing?
When I’m in my writing mode it’s difficult to find a balance of good story telling and combine my adoration of elaborate words. I want to write books that make people pull out their dictionaries, but I also don’t want to come off like I’m a literary snob.
- What Genres do you write in and do you have a favorite?
I have written inspirational, lesbian fiction, horror, poetry and educational stories. I also am a ghostwriter. I’ve written a handful of memoirs for others. Though I don’t currently have a favorite, there are moments when I write poetry that I feel, in a visceral way, that the words coming out are quite powerful.
- Why do you write?
Growing up as an only child I’ve always had an active imagination. Allowing the stories that I make up in my head to have a place to reside outside of my body is why I write. I use work art to clear mental space for other things.
- Favorite author and/or book series?
That’s a tough question! I have several favorites but currently I’m into reading Stacyann Chin. She’s a feminist, poet and author. I’m so excited to dig into her just released a book of poetry in 2019 titled Crossfire.
- Okay, the tough question here. It’s no secret that Mental health is important for writers. Seeing that, I want to be more of an advocate for it. Is there any advice you’d like to give to people to keep fighting, whether you’re dealing with it personally or know someone that is?
From a young age I’ve been challenged with depression and anxiety. I strongly believe in the healing properties of creativity. While it isn’t a cure, sometimes it can make me feel things that I don’t want to acknowledge about myself but getting it out is incredibly helpful. I encourage all people to find a creative outlet. Most of the great art in the world comes from the hearts and minds of those who suffer with mental illnesses because it comes from a genuine place.
- Before we leave is there anything you’re working on now or anything you have released?
My favorite question! Yes, I have two collections of poetry available on Amazon.com. The titles are -Who Molested my Elephant and Is God A She? I’ve also compiled and contributed on a book with my community of faith titled- Christian Terrorism. My next two books will be available in a few months. The titles are Embalmed and She Knows Angel.
- Finally, anything you want to say to new writers/artists.
Stop overthinking and write! There is often a part of creative minds that’s determined to make sure our words/books/poetry/articles never see the light of day. Even when you think what you’ve written isn’t good enough still submit it to a writing contest. On the days when you feel the worst find something creative to pour your energy in. Share your art because you never know how it may touch someone who is needing what you’re doing. Don’t give up.
And. There. You. Have. It. Folks. Thank you all for joining us and please check out her author page on Facebook and click here to see some of her published work on Amazon. Unfortunately, that’s all I have for you guys today. So, Happy reading, writing, or whatever it is you’re creating and have fun doing it.
“Write Every day even if it’s just a paragraph.”