Introducing Amanda Hoppes
Writing has been my passion since the age of 7… my inspiration to keep going with my writing has always come from my mother. Even though she passed away when I was 18, it is now driven by her memory.
My name is Amanda Hoppes born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. My writing is my every step, every move, every breath I take; It’s my vibrant smile, my saddest frown, my every single mistake; It’s my heart on fire, my soul so deep, my mind always free; It’s my life line, my past, present and future, my writing is ME.
Interview – Book: From Midnight To Moonlight
Creative Talents Unleashed: Hi Amanda, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Amanda: Thank you for asking.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Amanda: I was born in Iowa and have lived here for all of my 36 years. I am married with three children a dog and soon to be adding two kittens to the family. I currently work as a Marketing Manager for an aerial acquisition and geospatial mapping company. I received my BS in Technical Communications a few years ago and really enjoy doing both technical and creative writing. I recently published my first poetry book and I am working on finishing my second one, plus a novel.
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.
Amanda: When I was seven years old, my teacher gave us an assignment about a trip we had taken. If we hadn’t taken a trip we could make something up. We could write it as a short story, draw a picture with a caption or write a poem. I had never heard of a poem, so I asked her more about it. She also showed me the book by Shel Silverstein, “Where the Sidewalk Ends.” After she explained it to me and I read some of Shel’s poems, I knew that it was something I wanted to do and be really great at. I ended up writing my first poem for the assignment about a hot air balloon ride. I will never forget my teacher Mrs. Brown for introducing me to poetry.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Why do you write, what is it that you’re trying to communicate through your work?
Amanda: At first I wrote for school assignments and then I started writing more about life and my feelings. This happened at age 13 when my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I wrote to get everything out. I felt like it was better to release it on paper than in anger or sadness to someone. Now I write and share it because I want people to see that there are plenty of people that go through similar situations throughout their lives – bad situations, but these bad situations don’t need to stop you from living – I want others to see that you can get past the bad and make it to the good. Don’t give up – there is a whole world of second chances!
Creative Talents Unleashed: Where does your inspiration come from, what might inspire you at any moment to write a story or poem?
Amanda: It can be anything! I can be going on a run or sitting in the living room watching TV and BOOM! a poem pops into my head! I am so glad I have a cellphone with a note pad app, because I can immediately jot down the words. Sometimes it’s not a full poem that I get, but I always go back to it later and add to it. Majority of the time, the words start flowing when I’m lying in bed trying to go to sleep. That’s when my mind is the clearest I suppose.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
Amanda: I had to deal with a horrible publishing company. They were never available to ask questions and they ended up not holding up to their end of the bargain. I lost a lot of trust and money because of them. BUT – I was blessed to find CTU shortly after and they blew me away with their promptness and professionalism!
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the easiest thing about writing your book?
Amanda: It was easy for me to have enough poems written for it. I had written over 500 poems as I was growing up. I didn’t even use a 10th of them for my book because I had already written newer ones.
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?
Amanda: I learned that I can procrastinate too much, but when I actually sit down and focus on something I can get it done in no time! I also did not realize how sad and depressed I was during the years my Mom was dying and I wrote most of my poems. It makes me proud to see how I fought through the pain and depression and I’m here, standing tall and strong.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What in your view is the role or responsibility of a writer or poet, if there is any?
Amanda: I think the writer or poet need to make sure they pay attention to their fan base. If someone reaches out to you, reach out to them. I think you become somewhat of a role model when you publish a book. People now look up to you and the amazing accomplishment you made in life. Stay positive and try to be as helpful as possible to other writers and poets who are traveling their road to publishing a book or getting themselves out there.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What are your ambitions as a writer, where do you hope to see yourself in say 5 years?
Amanda: I am determined to have a #1 selling novel within the next year and be somewhat retired. I want to go into a retirement where I can write when I want and help others as much as possible. I would love to be an editor at some point.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Who is your favorite writer or poet? Perhaps you have a favorite quote from them that you would like to share.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”. – C.S. Lewis
Creative Talents Unleashed: What advice would you give to aspiring writers who have dreams of publishing or making writing a career choice?
Amanda: There will be a time where something doesn’t go quite right, but don’t stop doing what you are doing. Those wrongs always make the rights even better.
Excerpt from the book: From Midnight to Moonlight
My Writing is…
Book Description: In this book, the author shares poetry that is full of an array of emotions. The first half of the book showcases the dark, sad, negative times of her life and the second half shares the bright, happy, positive moments. The goal of the book is to help others who have been in similar situations to not give up. Life may not be perfect and bad days will come, but if they keep moving forward, they can reach those brighter days. Speak Out Loud Why stay silent when I can be real? Speaking on pages how things make me feel Sharing my triumphs, my falls, weaknesses and mistakes Why would I ever want to try to be fake? I show that I am alive, I am human, I am free I am never going to try to hide the things that make me, ME.
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