Introducing Elizabeth Diane Daniel
My name is Elizabeth Daniel, writing has been my passion since I was a small child. Poetry is the very essence of who I am as a person. I can say that it has truly saved me during some of the toughest of times.
I come from a small town with big dreams. And there is not a moment that goes by that I am not thinking of or writing poetry. My writing comes from life experiences, family, and the things that affect us all. I hope every reader attains something from my writing. Whether that be hope, laughter, or just the sense that they are not alone. It’s a big world, but through poetry, we are all connected.
Interview – Book: Diary of a Poet
Creative Talents Unleashed: Hi Elizabeth, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Elizabeth: Thank you for giving me the opportunity.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Elizabeth: I was born and raised in Kentucky, a city girl born in the country. Ironic I know. I have 4 brothers and a sister. And a slew of wonderful nieces and nephews, which often end up as subjects of my poetry. My house is always loud, with one of those brothers, 2 dogs, a nephew and my mom living here. Publishing a book has always been a dream of mine since I was about 8 or 9. Along the way to that dream, I earned an Associates in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education. I babysat my little nephew Ethan for seven years. After short stints in classrooms and as a story time lady at the library. My publishing dream was always in mind though, it happily came true recently as I released my first book entitled “Diary of a Poet”. I’m hard at work on my second book as we speak.
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.
Elizabeth: Poetry has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. I still have the binders that I kept my works in from as far back as 14 or 15. I started even younger than that, making cards for my mom, etc. Those binders are some of my most treasured possessions. As most are dated and take me back to those times in my life. I think poetry and I we’re made for each other. I may have taken other paths but they always led back to my love of writing.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Why do you write, what is it that you’re trying to communicate through your work?
Elizabeth: Writing for me is like breathing…absolutely vital. I write to convey my feelings, surroundings, and use my life story and experiences to help others.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Where does your inspiration come from, what might inspire you at any moment to write a story or poem?
Elizabeth: Inspiration for me can come from anything. I’ve been known to be in a restaurant with friends and grab a napkin when a song comes on. And in a few minutes, it’s filled with poetry. Nature inspires me, especially sunsets and the moon. There is something captivating in those late night hours for a writer. One of the biggest inspirations in my life has been my nieces and nephews. They are my world. I write of my special bond with my youngest nephew a lot. My little brother as well, memories are a huge deal to me. And of course heartbreak has influenced my writing. What writer hasn’t been awake at midnight pouring their heart out?
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
Elizabeth: The hardest thing was deciding which poems to include. I write constantly and each is so special to me. But I went with what I knew would evoke emotion. That book cover took a while to pick out too. I wanted it to be the best representation of who I am.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the easiest thing about writing your book?
Elizabeth: Writing the content was the easiest, as I had prepared for this book well in advance.
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?
Elizabeth: I learned that my patience isn’t what it should be. I also learned that I am open with my thoughts and feelings, perhaps a little too open at times. I am also my own worst critic for sure. In the end, the biggest lesson learned was that if you do your best, be proud of yourself. Oh, and I learned not to compare my journey to other writers, we don’t all walk the same path.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What in your view is the role or responsibility of a writer or poet, if there is any?
Elizabeth: We are the voice for those that can’t put what they feel in to words. Many times people have come to me and asked me to write something for them. Or I’ve had people message me and say that I expressed exactly what they needed. It’s a humbling experience.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What are your ambitions as a writer, where do you hope to see yourself in say 5 years?
Elizabeth: I have many, many goals for the future! In 5 years, I’d like to have published a few more books…be in bookstores, increase my audience. The sky is the limit!
Creative Talents Unleashed: Who is your favorite writer or poet? Perhaps you have a favorite quote from them that you would like to share.
Elizabeth: I have been a fan of Shakespeare since I was a young teen. One of my favorite quotes, which happens to be my life motto is, “Though she but little, she is fierce.” My second favorite isn’t a writer. Napoleon Bonaparte, “Let her sleep for when she wakes, she will move mountains. Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.”
Creative Talents Unleashed: What advice would you give to aspiring writers who have dreams of publishing or making writing a career choice?
Elizabeth: Don’t ever, ever, ever, ever give up. There will be naysayers who tell you that you are just a dreamer, dream bigger. They’ll tell you that you’re just a little fish in a big ocean, be a shark. Keep writing, never let your own doubt cloud your aspirations. My biggest piece of advice, never forget why you fell in love with writing in the first place. Keep that sense of excitement and passion!
Excerpt from the book: Diary of a Poet
Make Lyrics Not War
The melting pot of our generation,
A place all cultures converge,
At the intersection of chaos and clarity,
A safe haven to simply be,
Pick up your pen,
Write it out,
Think lyrics not war,
Through witty verse,
We shed our skin,
Behind spectacular phrase,
As a group you and I become whole.
© Elizabeth Daniel
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