Introducing Sarah Lamar King
Sarah Lamar King is California made, moving to Washington early in life, where she currently resides. Born to a musician and a free spirit who weren’t ready to be parents, she was adopted when she was 6 months old. She met her biological father for the first time when she was 23. They remained close until his death on Valentine ’s Day 2003. She met her biological mother a handful of times throughout her life, few and far between, as her mother went where the wind and the alcohol took her. These events as well as raising a disabled child, dealing with loss and hopelessness, domestic violence, and walking in others shoes, have all contributed to the pieces she writes.
Sarah began writing poetry in the 3rd grade, her first collection of poetry being called ‘Poems Galore’. There were several times throughout life when she had to stop writing, times when she was silenced by life, was void of feeling, or felt too much to put anything on paper.
She finds solace in the elegiac poetry that she writes today. She began sharing some of her pieces on social media and realized how much feeling her poetry brought about in others, her ultimate goal. Sarah has always wanted to be an author and thanks to Creative Talents Unleashed and their publishing contract it was brought to fruition. “My North Star Misled Me” is her first published book, a long awaited dream come true, in hopes that her words can reach farther than she ever can.
Interview – Book: My North Star Misled Me
Creative Talents Unleashed: Hi Sarah, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Sarah: Thanks for the interview!
Creative Talents Unleashed: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Sarah: Well…I started writing at a very young age. It has been a huge part of my life. My poetry has been a major outlet for me…though I didn’t realize how much therapy it carried with it until recently, right before I decided to pursue publishing. My background for me is difficult to talk about. I’ve been through so many of the things I write about. I don’t have a mother or a father to speak of anymore and that has greatly affected my life. My kids are my anchors, my old man is my world, and I cherish my sisters dearly. It’s been a long rough road, for sure. Adversity has been my companion through the 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.
Sarah: In 3rd grade we had a project in class, to write a piece of poetry. That was the first time I remember it being introduced to me. I have been writing ever since. I fell in love with my heart on paper, with putting words to feelings, with inspiring people to write. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else, it seems ink has become my lifeline.
My favorite type of poetry is the Haiku. Such a profound piece in so few words, which is actually the style I use for most of my poetry in general. I believe it is an art in itself, to say something so powerful with so few words.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Why do you write, what is it that you’re trying to communicate through your work?
Sarah: In the beginning I wrote to release thoughts collected in my mind. But it wasn’t until recently, maybe a year or two ago, that I began writing for freedom… Not just my freedom, but for others as well. Several people were calling my work “medicine”. It was helping them find themselves, it was helping people to feel not alone in their own feelings. I write to help others see themselves in someone else, to feel connected to something, to find a piece of themselves. I can put a taboo topic such as suicide into a beautiful poem and all of a sudden it becomes ok to talk about. I’m not afraid to open up doors with my writing and in that way people can relate to it without being ridiculed. And every piece I write I feel to my core. If I don’t then it gets deleted or never made public.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Where does your inspiration come from, what might inspire you at any moment to write a story or poem?
Sarah: I am inspired by everything, most of my pieces just come to me and I have to quickly write them down before I lose them… but I write from life, from loss, from every point of pain imaginable. It can take one word or a huge event to inspire me. I don’t push out a great deal of work, simply because I can’t force it and I never want to feel that my pieces are diluted in any way. So before I release a piece it has to be perfect in my eyes.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
Sarah: Right before it was due to be released I started freaking out. I suddenly realized that everyone was going to see my heart and soul naked. I messaged my publisher and asked her if it was normal to feel that way! That was the hardest part for me.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the easiest thing about writing your book?
Sarah: There was nothing easy about writing my book. In fact, when I read over certain pieces, such as ‘Leah’s Song’ I get caught up in tears every single time. Every piece I have written comes from real life experience, whether it be mine or yours. The ability to feel everything, to see everything, to put yourself in another’s shoes is a blessing and a curse, indeed. My entire being is poured into each and every piece, sometimes feeling completely drained after writing one. But, I will say my publisher made the process very easy and smooth. She is awesome!
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?
Sarah: Of the many things I learned about myself during the process, I learned the most from the feedback I received from readers. It seems they could see me and see things in me that I could not see myself. I learned that people see me differently than I see myself.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What in your view is the role or responsibility of a writer or poet, if there is any?
Sarah: I don’t believe a writer has any other role than to write, and write well. I don’t believe a writer needs to explain any of his or her work. People will interpret every piece they read as their mind perceives it. I can explain one of my pieces yet it would mean something completely different to someone else. One would hope that a writer would bring something to the table that is different, enlightening, interesting, inspiring. To step away from the boundaries of love and broken hearts, to be a voice.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What are your ambitions as a writer, where do you hope to see yourself in say 5 years?
Sarah: In 5 years?? I hope to be a best selling author! Maybe even have BMTH or I See Stars singing my song, lol. I’ve had people compare my work to Poe, Blake, Tagore, Rumi, and Martin Luther King. To me that’s the highest honor, to be placed in those categories. I hope my words can reach that far, and help a few people along the way, inspire a few people.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Who is your favorite writer or poet? Perhaps you have a favorite quote from them that you would like to share.
Sarah: My favorite quote is probably by Charles Bukowski. “You have to die a few times before you can really live.” And this is so true. There are too many favorites to pick one specific author. I have a long list!! I have been a bookworm forever and thankfully passed it on to all of my kids.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What advice would you give to aspiring writers who have dreams of publishing or making writing a career choice?
Sarah: Take a step out and just do it. I am glad I waited as long as I did, or I don’t think the book would have turned out as well. When I was writing the pieces there was no pressure, it just came when it came. So publishing later was a blessing in disguise. I guess my advice would be to take your time, you will know when you are ready, and then don’t let anything hold you back. It may get scary, a little stressful, but doesn’t everything? You will be OK. Its an amazing feeling.
A Poem from My North Star Misled Me
Every hour you tear them down
You drive the knife.
Every minute you lock their cage
A heart goes dry.
It was your hand on the blade
That made it slide.
Every time you break a soul
You take a life.
Their voice, the only thing
That wouldn’t die.
© Sarah Lamar King
Preface . . .
This book was written to help a person find their internal quarrels in written words. Written words bring about a different perspective. To overcome something, you must be able to see it from a different viewpoint, you must be able to analyze and understand it in order to accept it or move past it. The most important step in the healing process is acknowledgement that what you are feeling is okay to feel, and that you are not alone in those feelings. Get lost in this book and find yourself in it, all at the same time. Emotional clarity.
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