Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the one hundred and thirty-first, is of Brittney Joseph.
An aspiring poet and filmmaker, Brittney was born in January 1990 in Orlando, Florida, then raised in Long Island, New York. At the age of nine years old, she moved to Atlanta, GA with her family. She currently resides in Dallas, Georgia and is in her fourth and final year of college at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. She enjoys traveling and loves trying new things.
First introduced to poetry in the sixth grade (aged twelve), while living in New York, she began writing her own poetry and reads poetry regularly.
In 2010, she self-published her first book of poetry. The title of her poetry book is, All The Things I Never Said. The book focuses on her experiences during the ages of nineteen and twenty, while she was in her second year of college. She says that she has always been interested in writing but it was not until her second year of college that she thought about writing a poetry book.
Brittney is currently working on her second poetry book titled, Reflections of My Former Self. Brittney says that, this book will detail the last two years of college, when she experienced several newfound experiences such as her first love and a bout with depression.
She is also currently working on her first screenplay. She is interested in anything that deals with the arts/film industry. Her goal is to always help and inspire others. She would love to film documentaries, narrative shorts, and feature films, as well as learn more about painting, drawing, and sculpting. Brittney enjoys writing poetry in free verse as well as in rhyming form. Brittney also enjoys writing works of fiction as well.
Brittney is always writing. Aside from working on her screenplay, her second poetry book, and other projects, Brittney has also begun to work on her memoir.
And now from the author herself:
I was in the fourth grade and I remember that one of my teachers read a poem to the class. Most of the kids in my class did not care for poetry, but it was then that I knew I loved it.
English and Language arts were my favorite subjects in school because I was able to do a lot of reading and writing. I enjoyed being able to read poems and stories. I believe that reading all the time, helped me to really develop a love for writing; not just poetry but all types of genres.
Poetry is something that I love so much. It just made sense to finally turn all of my writings into a book so that I could share my love of poetry with others, and possibly be a voice to someone else.
My second book of poetry will be more mature then my first. The poetry will still be based on my experiences but the content is more grown up then my first book. I feel like this book will reach out to more people than my first book did.
I know that I am only twenty-two years old, but I feel that the experiences that I’ve been through so far are times in my life that I should write about. I do not plan on finishing up the memoir anytime soon, as I am working on other projects, but I would like to have it finished in a couple of years.
In the near future, I would like to start working on a novel. As a kid, I actually wrote several stories and I think it would be cool to make some of them into a book or a novel. I actually think that I have written more works of fiction than works of poetry.
As a child, most of my works of fiction were science fiction stories. I also wrote a few books that delve into the fantasy/action-adventure realm.
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