One Poetic Seasoned Sistah: Eve Hall!
She has been nominated for several awards including, “Poet of the Month” & “Poet of the Year” at: http://www.poetryinacup.org &“Poet of the Year” at: http://www.sormag.com. She has been interviewed by the African-American Children’s Writer’s & Illustrators.
Eve Hall: I was introduced to poetry in grade school, plus, Paul Laurence Dunbar attended the same grade school I did. It was only fitting for me to grow up reading and writing poetry. It gives me peace of mind.
Eve: I have self-published three poetry chapbooks and five books entitled, “Dontay’s Alphabet Book of Color” “Dontay’s Poetry Playground” “Enter Eve’s Poetic Paradise” “Enter Eve’s Musing Moments” & “Dontay’s Dog.” In my poetry books you will find rhyme & free verse pieces that are from life’s experiences and have come deep down in my heart & soul.
Charles: As I understand it, you’ve been nominated for quite a few awards. How does it feel just to be nominated? How important is it to you to receive the attention that comes with it?
Eve: It feels great when you are nominated for the hard work you have done with, awards, and recognition. interviews, accolades, etc. These awards make the public more aware of your work and your presence.
Eve: When my first grandchild was born, it came easy for me to write about the things we did together. I saw him be born. They say it’s easy to write about subject matter you know about. This is so true! One of my goal’s is to see my books published by a traditional publisher.
Eve: I love the fact that I can write each just every genre, but my favorite is writing children’s books. I think everyone has written a poem or two, in their lifetime, but writing children’s books is something everyone can’t do. It is very difficult writing a book that children today will enjoy and read over and over again. I enjoy this challenge.
Eve: What I am doing now is entering all the ‘FREE’ writing contests I can find and submitting my work to magazines, mostly online. My future projects would include getting ALL the books I have written for children, published. I don’t want to self-publish anymore of my books, the work is just too hard.
Charles: Eve, do you ever experience writer’s block?
Eve: No, because I write in different genres. I will write new poems when I get tired of editing what I have written in a short story, article or essay.
Eve: I am always writing and reading something, everyday, even if it is answering my e-mail, but I don’t pressure myself to come up with something to write everyday. I love to take mini vacations from my work, so that means leaving my work behind when I go on vacations to get away. I am editing things I have already written.
Eve: Readers can contact me and order my books by writing me at:firstname.lastname@example.org or by going to my website at: http://www.bradymagazine.com/gallery/evehall
Eve: Believe in your work. Be patient, persistent and preserve. Treat your work as a business. Proofread all your work. Edit, edit, edit!