November 30th, 2007 08:50 EST
Chase Von's Interview with Talented Writer, Violette L. Reid
Interview on behalf of the Student Operated Press with...
Violette L. Reid; Talented Writer, Poet and Author of "Violette Ardor," A collection of Poetry
Chase von: Hello Violette and thank you for finding the time to do this interview. You have your hands pretty full with quite a few projects and are doing some really amazing things. In addition to having published your first poetry collection, "Violette Ardor," you are releasing a fantasy novel called "The First Chronicles of Zayashariya: Out of Night" in March 2008. In reading up on you I find that, like many of the people I have interviewed previously, you have been writing since you were a pre-teen. And, to date you have more than 1,200 poems as well as 25 short stories. You're a writing machine! (smile) When was it, for you, that you realized writing would become such a major force and ingredient in your life?
Violette: Greetings, Chase. Thank you for taking the time to interview me. I consider it a true privilege. I am not sure when I realized writing was so important to me. At first it was just something I liked to do when I was bored and, the older I became, it became as natural as breathing. Now I cannot conceive of never lifting a pen again as a bard or creating new characters to tickle people’s fancy. I realized that I had a story to tell and my weird imagination was limitless. I guess I truly became interested in becoming a career writer after I graduated from college.
Chase von: You were brought up and still currently live in Georgia, and also attended Clark Atlanta University where you earned your B. A. in English in Atlanta. I know when I first saw pictures of you, my first thought was, "Who does she look like?" It didn't hit me instantly, but after studying it for a while, it occurred to me that you look so much like Halle Berry! Am I the first to say that? Or, did you often, in College and perhaps even now, have people tell you that? Because, since there is only one Halle Berry, your husband has to consider himself a very lucky man to have you. (smile)
Violette: LOL I have heard that a few times, but I do not see the resemblance; but, I take it as a supreme compliment because she is one amazing looking woman.
Chase von: You write about a plethora of topics: The Supernatural, Horror, Thrillers, Mild Erotica, Romance, Fantasy, Poetry and I could go on, but you obviously have no limits on what veins you will allow your talents to be utilized. As a fellow writer, I am always curious about other writers on this point. How is it you find your inspiration? As for me, I always feel like I am catching things. I will see or hear something or have a feeling and it is more like I am remembering, than really creating anything new. It's like a part of the puzzle will reveal itself, and I feel compelled to find and capture all the remaining pieces. How is the creative process for you?
Violette: When writing prose, I simply sit down and write and allow my imagination to take me where it pleases. It is almost like possession. I am surprised by the things that I write and how the story unfolds.
When writing poetry, I have to feel an intense sensing or have a strong desire to spill my emotions upon paper. Poetry, for me, is raw and unedited. I hate to change and correct my poetry after it is written because it seems to lose its sincerity.
Chase von: Who are some of the writers, both past and present that you admire? And, was there anyone in your younger years that caught your attention and thus sparked your interest in writing? There was no person for me, per say. I stumbled on it by accident and didn't even know that I had really written a poem. It just felt right. But were you exposed to, maybe, a Maya Angelou or a Nikki Giovanni or someone of that caliber and decide, "I want to do what they do as well."? And, you also are an artist, so the question's the same except for, are there also artist that you admire?
Violette: My favorite writer is my husband, Latif Reid. He is the most incredible poet I have ever encountered. The things he comes up with are just mind-boggling. Famous writers that I admire are: Maya Angelou, Anne Rice, Terry Brooks, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, R. A. Salvadore, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, Orson Scott Card and just about all the poets of the Harlem Renaissance.
Believe it or not, I am not big into art. I like to see beautiful things; occasionally, I walk through museums and go to art shows. I appreciate it but I do not follow artists. I just like to paint. I'm not sure how good I am at it, but I enjoy creating. There is no person in particular that I want to write like or aspire to be. I always want to develop my own voice and be as original as I can be.
Chase von: In the past, I have had people that state openly they don't like poetry, say they loved mine. Have you also had the same experience?
Violette: I understand why people would love your poetry. It is very refreshing and heartfelt. I enjoyed your book, myself.
Yes, I have had many compliments on my poetry. It makes me feel wonderful, but it is not the reason why I write it. Poetry is my heart’s song. It will sing regardless of who is around to hear it. I love poetry.
But truthfully, it is hard to read a whole lot of poetry. There are so many writing styles and vague images and abstract emotions.
Sometimes, I feel that many poets are not true poets. Many just write rhyming words with no meat to the poem, or they become spoken-word masters-- mastering their voices instead of the poetry; or, they write prose in sentence fragments or simply rant and call it poetry.
Poetry is about raw passion and sincere feeling. A thing of beauty and immaculate words being strung together into a precious piece of jewelry that is not only original, but unparalleled. Poetry is also about opinion and this is just mine. LOL But, here is a short poem about my husband who is a Hip Hop lyricist from NY:
Chase von: I won't put you on the spot as I have been many times with this question: What is your favorite poem that you, yourself, have written? (smile) To me, my writing creations are like children, and it's hard to pick a favorite; but, is there a short one in your vast collection you would like to share so our readers can get a taste of your works?
Violette: Wow! That is hard. My favorites are: Lost, A Poet’s Words, God, The Rape of Christianity…. I could go on forever. I am a vain creature. LOL
He sits on a rock in the midst of Central Park
as the sky scrapers peer over his shoulders hoping for a
glimpse of his words
He palms a pad in one hand as the other spills ink
upon paper absorbing true lyrics of poetic phenomena
I see his lips humming the beat that drums through his brain
as his head nods and feet beat against concrete
with vivid visions of microphone victories
galloping through his psyche
lyrically crushing those who dare to contend
against the might of his tongue and pen
heart pumping against his shirt
The hurt of the world mingling with birds singing
as his page flips
and those juicy lips leaking poetic poison
drowning within the noise of the city
VL Reid 2006©
Chase von: You also own your own newsletter called PeachPublishing. How long have you been doing that, and do you also promote other up- and-coming writers?
Violette: I have been doing PeachPublishing for about five years now. Of course I promote writers, and I do it for free. Networking is a wonderful thing and we all need as much exposure as possible.
The newsletter is read nationwide and in the UK, Africa and India. I have received submissions from all over the world. Check it out on www.violettereid.com.
It is updated monthly and is dedicated to writers and artists. I am constantly amazed by the creative literature and art submitted to me. I feel blessed. Maybe one day the newsletter will get more exposure and many more people will become aware of all the unheard talent floating around.
Chase von: How important is family to you, and what is your take on the state of our current world?
Violette: Family is EVERYTHING to me. I have been blessed with the most wonderful family in the universe, and I thank God for them all every day.
Our world is in a state of peril. WE ALL are so lost, morally corrupt, sexually retarded, heavily medicated and ridiculously violent.
Of course, there is still beauty, kindness, love and hope in the world; but, sometimes, I fear for my children. I try to instill in them as much of God’s Word, hope, faith, kindness, compassion and love in them that, when they get out on their own, they will not be caught up in this crazy whirlwind we call the world.
Chase von: What would you say, if you were standing in front of a microphone that could be heard by every child on the planet and, regardless of what language it was they spoke, they would understand you? What positive advice would you give the children, if that were possible?
Violette: Love God and yourself. Love your mind, spirit, skin, hair, body and your uniqueness. God made you perfect and beautiful just the way you are. Nothing needs to be added and nothing needs to be taken away. Let no one tell you different. Never compare yourself to anyone. You are unparalleled. Hold yourself to your own standard, not anyone else’s. Live to your fullest potential and love everyone like you deserve to be loved.
Chase von: How can our readers find out more about you and your works? Can you share your links and web pages? And, are there any future projects you are working on you care to share with our readers? Or any upcoming book signings you want to make them aware of?
Violette: You can find out more about me and my work at www.violettereid.com.
I am always working on new stuff. You can get all of my updates on www.violettereid.com. Also, visit my MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/violette_peaches, and add me as a friend!
Chase von: On behalf of The Student Operated Press and myself Violette, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this. I imagine one day you will be famous enough to be on the same stage as Halle Berry and people, other than myself, can marvel at the resemblance! (smile)
Violette: Thank you so much for interviewing me. It was a true pleasure sharing with you. You are too kind! :)