Introducing Maggie Mae
Maggie Mae Carter was raised in Florida and is now living in Southeast Virginia. She has always been into art and started writing poetry regularly in 2010. She has recently added photography to her list of creative outlets. She has poems published in 3 anthologies, 2 with Creative Talents Unleashed, Divided Lines: A Poet’s Stance and Poetic Melodies and 1 with Eber and Wein Publishing, Where the Mind Dwells: Salvation. She has another scheduled to be published with Eber and Wein Publishing later this year in The Best of 2016.
Trying to find peace in this chaotic world by sharing her words and visions. Hopefully you will find a piece that speaks to your soul. From the Moon to the Sea is her first book and she hopes that you will enjoy reading it as much as she did writing it.
Interview – Book: From The Moon To The Sea
Creative Talents Unleashed: Hi Maggie, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Maggie: My pleasure!
Creative Talents Unleashed: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Maggie: Ok, well I am 48 years old, I have one son and one granddaughter. In 1983 my family moved from Central Florida to Southeast Virginia. Other than a year and half in Scotland with my first husband and son, I remain in S.E. Virginia. I have worked in Accounting in the Automotive Industry since 1986 and enjoy the atmosphere of a New Vehicle Dealership.
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.
Maggie: I came across a couple of volumes of old poet’s in my teens and fell in love! Sadly those volumes have been lost over time. I am always looking for old volumes to purchase. I wrote some poems when I was younger but never kept track of them. In 2010, in an online forum I decided to write a poem for fun and have been writing them ever since.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Why do you write, what is it that you’re trying to communicate through your work?
Maggie: Mostly I write to release emotions or thoughts. After I shared a few of them with online friend and receiving feedback that they got something out of reading them, I decided I would share with a wider audience in the hopes that people would know that the feelings and thoughts that they have are normal. That they would know they are not alone in this one way journey of life.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Where does your inspiration come from, what might inspire you at any moment to write a story or poem?
Maggie: All around me! All of my senses give me inspiration at any time. Music and vision give me the most, just the melody of a song is enough to set my mind on a path of flowing words that I hope make sense when I am done.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
Maggie: Editing and formatting. Making sure that the poems flow and that I have used the best words for what I am trying to get across to the reader. Making sure that the poem is centered or left margin or in the correct section.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the easiest thing about writing your book?
Maggie: The title was the easiest part. “From the Moon to the Sea” is what I write about the most so that was an easy decision.
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?
Maggie: That I have more patience than I give myself credit for. Waiting for the edits to come back and then waiting for the final product to arrive. I am an internet, instant gratification type person but in this case I didn’t stress over the waiting at all.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What in your view is the role or responsibility of a writer or poet, if there is any?
Maggie: To be honest in your writing. Not necessarily telling a true story but honest in your feelings and visions. Some of my work does not have a silver lining because that is reality, even though I always look for one.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What are your ambitions as a writer, where do you hope to see yourself in say 5 years?
Maggie: I would like to see me having more books on the market or being published in other ways maybe someone will read something that helps them in some small way.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Who is your favorite writer or poet? Perhaps you have a favorite quote from them that you would like to share.
Maggie: Edgar Allen Poe is a favorite of mine as well as Robert Frost. “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” ; “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”
Creative Talents Unleashed: What advice would you give to aspiring writers who have dreams of publishing or making writing a career choice?
Maggie: Read. Read. Read. Make sure to enjoy what you write. If you don’t how will someone else?
Excerpt from the book: From The Moon To The Sea
The tide drifts slowly
Out to sea
Pulled by the moon
Taking with it
Dreams of tomorrow
The tide drifts slowly
Engulfing the sand
Pushed by the moon
Bringing with it
Memories of yesterday
© Maggie Mae
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