Lila Cohen is a junior English major studying at the university seeking the creative writer's "enlightenment" but life keeps giving her dose after dose of pure undiluted chaos, throwing her possibly more than she can handle. Full-time student, part-time theater stagehand, occasional wedding musician, and now the newly appointed staff writer for the local literary magazine, The Writer’s Block. New to the professional writing world, she is, but soon enough she is promoted and given a new assignment writing a monthly column dedicated to discovering what it means to live “the poetic life.” She is told to embrace this journey for enlightenment, but how can she when everywhere she turns life is tip-toeing about the edges of a cliff? Life can be described as many things, but can it always be described as poetic?
Okay, now it's time for me to answer the handful of questions I've received in the last month that I've either neglected answering or halfway answered.
1) What's the title of your novel and where did it come from?
It's titled A Poetic Life and the idea sprung from a blog post from a fellow writing friend of mine who inspired me to meditate on the idea of what it meant to have a poetic life.
2) What's it really about?
Well, the novel blurb is posted above, but I'll divulge a little more. My novel deals with the main question "What does it mean to live a poetic life?" For a writer, it should be easy to write about, right? Not really. First of all, is life even poetic? How can death be beautiful much less poetic? My main character is basically trying her best to understand the complexities of life. My novel is a story of discovery, of heakbreak, and of hope for the future.
3) Is your main character modeled after yourself?
Haha, not really. Lila Cohen is bold and she's certainly not afraid to speak her mind. Her personality is quite different from my own...maybe an alter ego of mine? Perhaps...I mean after all she did come from somewhere in my mind.
4) So...is your novel done?
Nope. 50,000 words is a great start, but it's nowhere near finished. I probably have another 40,000 words or so to go before I get to penning the ending. And then I'll have the editing and revision process up next...ugh.
5) Now what?
I'm putting the novel writing down for a good while. Meanwhile, I'm working on getting a book of poetry published by submitting my first query letter to a publisher who has been interested in my work for a few years now. Currently, the working title is A Close Proximity to the Heart. This collection deals with matters close to the heart and issues that pop up in our lives that hit rather close to home. Matters in close proximity to the heart resonate deeply within us, bringing out our most powerful emotions. For those who have passionate hearts, every little pebble, stone, or boulder encountered in our path of life evokes an emotional reaction of some sort either positive or negative. We live life fully with intensity, with sappy sentiment, with alternating bouts of love and hate, with occasional sadness darkening our minds, with a dreamer's hope, and most importantly, with a beautiful passionate heart that'll carry us through life. A Close Proximity to the Heart shows how our gamut of messy and powerful emotions is what makes us human.
6) What poems are going to be published in this collection?
"All I Seek"
"What I'm Trying to Say"
"Things Fall Apart...No, Love Falls Apart"
"Get Me Some Flowers"
"Would You Write Me a Poem?"
"You Are a Beauty"
And plenty of other poems!