Introducing A.M. Torres
A.M. Torres is the author of the Child series beginning with Love Child which was first published in 2011. It’s followed by its sequels Child No More, and Child Scorned. She is currently working on the next edition, but she has also written the Christmas poetry themed J and K Christmas the holiday compilation of Christmas poems, and short stories. She has put out an edition every year since 2012. She also published her first small book of poetry titled Shadowed Tears, and in 2015 she joined a group of fellow poets in their publication 19,751 Words an anthology by Some Poets. She contributed three poems to this publication. A.M Torres also occasionally writes for the Camel Clutch Blog, and The Playlist Chronicles. She currently lives in New York City with her two boys.
Interview – Book: Turmoil
Creative Talents Unleashed: Hi Ana, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Ana: Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Ana: I was born in New York City, but I was raised in the projects of East New York Brooklyn. I am the third youngest of seven children, and I graduated from William H. Maxwell high school in 1988. I am the mother of two boys Jason and Kristofer, and we live in Staten Island with their father Walter. I published my first novel Love Child in 2011, and have published two sequels Child No More, and Child Scorned since that time. (The Child Series) I have also published two poetry books Shadowed Tears, and Turmoil which was recently released. Turmoil is my first published book with Creative Talent Unleashed.
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.
Ana: Its hard to pinpoint only one thing, but it feels like I’ve always been writing. When I was in the fifth grade, I wrote an essay on winter. It was a class assignment, and the essay was chosen as one of the best four in the class. For my birthday that year my parents bought me my first diary, and I still remember how thrilled I was with that gift. It helped set me on the path I chose, and never stopped dreaming about.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Why do you write, what is it that you’re trying to communicate through your work?
Ana: Besides loving the art, I write to express. With my Child Series, I’ve attempted to bring attention to social issues that mean a lot to me from depression, abandonment, suicide, bullying, and poverty just to name a few things. Telling a story through fiction has been very rewarding. Its no different with poetry. I attempt to express many things in that medium as well, only with poetry everything is more straightforward which can make it more challenging for me.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Where does your inspiration come from, what might inspire you at any moment to write a story or poem?
Ana: I take two notebooks everywhere I go. One is for novel writing where I post my ideas for future novels. The other one is for poetry where I write ideas when the inspiration comes. Some of that inspiration has come from real life experiences. I have also found music to be very inspiring especially from musicians who have written their own music. The songs that come from the heart, the ones that tell a story are my favorites. They are similar to poetry in my mind, and this has led to inspiration especially when experiencing writers block.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
Ana: Reliving some of my experiences for Turmoil was hard. It probably was the hardest thing about writing the book. But once the poems were completed, I felt that sense of accomplishment that comes from getting it done. That was a great feeling.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the easiest thing about writing your book
Ana: After the writing, and editing were complete it was just getting it ready for publication after that. That was the easiest part.
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?
Ana: I learned I’m more disciplined than I give myself credit for. As the writing of Turmoil took longer, and longer, I had to face that eventual deadline. I’d been given enough time to finish the book because of personal issues, but once the deadline loomed, I surprised myself, and paced myself better than I realized.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What in your view is the role or responsibility of a writer or poet, if there is any?
Ana: The writer and poet is responsible for everything they write, especially when it offends a reader. Even so the writer and poet should also be prepared to resist any censorship they may face because of this. Censorship should always be met with resistance, and it is the responsibility of the writer and poet to stay on top of that.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What are your ambitions as a writer, where do you hope to see yourself in say 5 years?
Ana: I hope to be an established and well known writer/poet who can support herself on her writing.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Who is your favorite writer or poet? Perhaps you have a favorite quote from them that you would like to share.
Ana: I have a good share of favorites, but Sylvia Plath is the poet I can relate with the most. I’ve been inspired by so much of her poetry, and quotes. One of those quotes I’d like to share is this one “Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt.” As someone who goes though a good deal of self-doubt, this quote has helped me focus when I’ve struggled, and for me its a constant struggle.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What advice would you give to aspiring writers who have dreams of publishing or making writing a career choice?
Ana: Write every day. No matter how busy you get, find the time even if that’s ten or twenty minutes daily. Don’t allow anyone to discourage you. Some may tell you that that writing is not a real job, but don’t let that stop you from pursuing it. You will face a lot of frustrations, but its worth it. I’ve become a writer and a poet, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Excerpt from the book:Turmoil
She stands in her room
While staring outside
With windows kept closed
Bars kept her inside.
She viewed the fall leaves
Are they orange or yellow?
They’re bright from afar
Her mind moaned like a cello.
She pondered her future
Hating to stay;
Her self-harming thoughts
She kept them at bay.
There’s reason to live
But depression lurks,
When things should look bright
But she could still mope.
It’s not her fault
Depression is an ill,
She wandered about
Working on her will.
These strangers are kind
They seemed to care,
As some patient’s roamed
Some stopped as they stared.
© A.M. Torres
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