Welcome to the six hundred and eighty-seventh of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with poet Linda Eve Diamond. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Linda.
Linda by Kate Gardiner Photography
Linda: Hi Morgen. First, thanks so much for the interview and for sharing my poetry on your wonderful Website!
Morgen: You are very welcome, Linda. Thank you for providing it and for being here today. Please tell us something about yourself and how you came to be a writer.
Linda: My writing began in the technical writing field over 20 years ago, but how that came about is too long to tell here. At the time, though, I never imagined even attempting any sort of creative writing. Even when an idea or little turn of phrase came to me that made me want to try, I’d ignore it because I felt I didn’t know what to do with it or how to write a poem. After a while, I just started writing these things down anyway… and there it was… and I couldn’t stop. My newest book, The Beauty of Listening, is my second poetry collection.
Morgen: It’s interesting you went the non-fiction route first. To-date the only non-fiction I’ve written is about writing but I’m thinking of writing articles about other topics. Do you write poetry to form or as it comes?
Linda: Mostly I’ll write poetry as it comes, though sometimes different forms intrigue me and I’ll play around with them. In the new book, I play a lot with concrete poetry, a form that builds shapes with the words. My favourite is a little poem I wrote for my husband, Jeff, just before our wedding called The Rings, which wraps two lines of poetry into circles, side by side.
Morgen: That sounds delightful. Do you generally write rhyming or free verse?
Linda: Most of my poetry is free verse, but you’ll also find a rhyme from time to time.
Morgen: Being a (pretty much) non-poet, I do think writing rhyme is harder. You mentioned two collections of poetry, what have you had published to-date?
Linda: I’ve written eleven books in the areas of business, education, self-help and poetry. A few of the titles are Rule #1: Stop Talking: A Guide to Listening, E-Z Spelling, a spelling book for Barron’s Educational Series, and books for McGraw-Hill’s Perfect Phrases series, from Perfect Phrases for Writing Business Announcements to Perfect Phrases for Sales Presentations. Of course, even the “perfect phrase” books emphasize listening. My two poetry books are The Human Experience, which was one of my earliest books back in 2007, and The Beauty of Listening, which was just published in June 2013.
Morgen: A new baby. 🙂 Do you write under a pseudonym?
Linda: I’ve always written under my own name. My husband, Jeff, and I were married in 2011 and I decided to take his name, but I still continue to write under my maiden name, which is Diamond. Oddly enough, this change in legal name makes Diamond into sort of a pseudonym. So, I’ve always been and will continue to be a Diamond in my writing life, but now in “real life” I’m a Novick, too.
Morgen: 🙂 Are your books available as eBooks? How involved were you in that process?
Linda: I think most of my books are available as ebooks, but I haven’t been very involved with that part of the process. Moving forward, I’ll be more involved with this. I’m in the process now of looking into making The Beauty of Listening available as an ebook.
Morgen: It’s not as hard as people think (I have tips on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/ebooks/how-to-create-an-ebook). Do you have a favourite of your poems or topic to write about?
Linda: Listening is a theme I enjoy, and it encompasses a great deal—from inner listening to language and modes of communication—to the perceptions, distractions and influences that interfere with listening. My first book was a fun, self-help guide to listening skills improvement and I also created a Website back in 2005 called http://ListenersUnite.com. The new book is very exciting for me because it brings together listening-related themes and poetry—two of my great passions. So, I can’t think of a favourite poem offhand, but entire collection, The Beauty of Listening, is very close to my heart.
Morgen: Listening to others and people watching are two of the best ways for inspiration. I walk my dog two or three items a day and am forever making notes. What are you working on at the moment / next?