Author Interview with Anne D. Salyer “A Treasure of Seashells”


Introducing Author Anne. D. Salyer

Anne was born and grew up in a small town in Oklahoma. Eventually she escaped to Kansas where she met the love of her life with whom she’s been with for 25 years. They currently reside in Overland Park with three cats, her neglected poetic children, and a raccoon puppet. This is Anne’s first published book. It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you Author Anne D. Salyer.

Creative Talents Unleashed: Hi Anne, thank you for agreeing to this interview.

Anne: Thank you for asking.

Creative Talents Unleashed: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Anne: Not much to tell. I was born in Oklahoma and moved to Kansas to go to college at Washburn University. I obtained a degree in Psychology but ended up working in the Food,Safety and Quality industry. I currently work at a factory that makes margarine. I have been married for 25 years and I have three cats who are my children. I do not know a lot of people but I have been best friends with the same person for 30 years.

Creative Talents Unleashed: So when did you fall in love with poetry or writing in general, when did you decide this life was for you? Tell us a bit about that discovery process.

Anne: I have always been fond of poetry. I was first published in high school in a local anthology. I didn’t really write much until about three years ago when someone who really didn’t exist encouraged me to do so.

Creative Talents Unleashed: Why do you write, what is it that you’re trying to communicate through your work?

Anne: I write when the words move me. These days I don’t write much because I have been pursuing another passion- gardening. I am not sure if I am trying to communicate anything in particular. I am just trying to express what I am feeling or sometimes an idea or line that gets stuck in my head.

Creative Talents Unleashed: Where does your inspiration come from, what might inspire you at any moment to write a story or poem?

Anne: My brother, my husband and my interests inspire me. Sometimes it comes from out-of-the-blue. My writing is fickle. Comes and goes like the weather. It took my three years to write the poems for my book “A Treasure of Seashells”.

Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the hardest thing about writing your book?

sea shells

Anne: Promoting it. Like a said, I don’t know very many people, don’t have a lot of family. It is not the sum of my existence. I don’t expect to sell a lot of copies.

Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the easiest thing about writing your book?

Anne: Organizing it into chapters. I had a vision of what it would be. It turned out to be close to that vision.

Creative Talents Unleashed: There are many authors who say that in the process of writing a book you learn things about yourself. Did you learn anything in your book writing process about yourself, if so what?

Anne: Nothing that I didn’t already know. I am ambivalent about my work. Some days I think it is good and there are days I think it sucks. It is a love-hate relationship. My poems are my children and I am a very neglectful mother.

Creative Talents Unleashed: What in your view is the role or responsibility of a writer or poet, if there is any?

Anne: Be authentic. If it doesn’t ring true it is useless. Don’t write just to write or because others expect it of you.

Creative Talents Unleashed: What are your ambitions as a writer, where do you hope to see yourself in say 5 years?

Anne: I have no real ambition as a writer. I write when I want to write and when I have something to get out of my head. In the meantime, I have regular job, I have to pay the bills and put food on the table. That is my priority. In five years I want to be where I am now. In a reliable profession, still with my husband, cats and best friend. All of us healthy with a roof over our heads and full bellies. All else- poetry, gardening, music is the icing on the cake.

Creative Talents Unleashed: Who is your favorite writer or poet? Perhaps you have a favorite quote from them that you would like to share.

Anne: My favorite poet is Doug Pinnick. He is a musician and lead singer for my favorite band- Kings X. He writes about love, acceptance and being good to yourself. Not enough of that in the world. My favorite line of his is from a song called “Happy”. “The kingdom of everything’s within and to love yourself is not a sin. And if there is a light inside, it’ll shine. If there is a light inside, it’ll shine!” Amen to that.

Creative Talents Unleashed: What advice would you give to aspiring writers who have dreams of publishing or making writing a career choice?

Anne: Get a day job. Very few people can make a real living out of writing. I think because it is a lost art and few people see value in it anymore. Instead you have things like “Fifty Shades of Gray” and “Twilight”. Don’t do it for the money. Do it to touch someone, somewhere. Even if it is only one person- you have accomplished something. Don’t write something just because you can. Write a statement and not a trend. The most powerful words are the quiet ones.

A poem from her book A Treasure of Seashells

Summer Rose

She offered him her fragile heart
He took it within his hand.
“Come beloved let us share
The beauty of this land.”
“Lie within my warm embrace
I’ll give you all you need.”
So their rose began to bloom
When love was just a seed.
Day and night she breathed him in
And sought his piercing eye.
She planted roots within his self
And nursed them with a sigh.
But in the frenetic dance of years
He clipped her sapphire wings.
Jealous of her sovereign movements,
He placed her on his strings.
Possession became the poison
That turned his heart to jade,
And from this bitter paranoia
Their rose began to fade.
Now their land is cold and empty.
Suspicion is all that grows.
The vines of green-eyed envy
Has killed their summer rose.

© Anne D. Salyer

Preface . . .

I wish I could remember how the words started. I only have a vague memory of sitting in my garden. I have never been good at expressing myself but the words came. I was encouraged to breath them by someone who didn’t really exist. Now that non-existent person and I no longer speak but the words are still there.

If you are reading them, thank you for your indulgence. Like a neglectful mother I give birth to them and then send them out into the world. Please treat them gently.


Anne D. Salyer

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