Author Interview: Martha Silano (Author&Poet)


Hello everyone, I am excited to share this great interview that I had with Martha Silano. If you aren’t familiar with her, Martha is an author of four books, a poet, and also a teacher at Bellevue College. I was blessed to get in touch with her and luckily she agreed to answer just a few questions.

Arganise: What style of writing interest you?

Martha: I’m interested in poetry and essays, primarily. I also enjoy reading memoirs and nonfiction.

Arganise: How long have you’ve been writing?

Martha: I’ve been writing poetry since I was 7 years old.

Arganise: What inspired you to be an author?

Martha: Emily Dickinson inspired me to become an author, as did JD Salinger and Kurt Vonnegut.

Arganise: Anything new to expect from you?

Martha: I am currently working on two poetry manuscripts. The first is titled MISSION BOULEVARD and deals with personal identity. It uses space travel as a metaphor for the obstacles that get in the way of achieving autonomy and one’s full creative potential. The second poetry manuscript I am working on deals with the evolution of the English language, including etymologies and grammar, and proverbs and riddles, as well as extinct/endangered languages such as the Tlingit, Sellkum, and so-called whistling languages.

Arganise: Any advice to writers?

Martha: My advice to writers? Write what obsesses you, listen and learn from writing teachers/mentors/critiques, and keep at it. Writers face a lot of rejection, and it takes a long time to gain even a modicum of recognition. Writing in the community helps, so seek out others whose work you admire, and get together and write together when time allows. If you can’t find time to write with others in real time, swap writing prompts via email. It’s also important to meet deadlines and make writing time a priority, scheduling it into your day or week as you do with physical exercise. Most of all, believe in your vision and voice, that which cannot be imitated ~ what Stanley Kunitz refers to as our ‘own cracked tune.’ That tune might sound off-key to editors at first, but give them time. If your voice is strong and your writing is standout, editors will start to take notice. Practice patience, persistence, and practice ~ the 3Ps!

Martha has truly taught me a lot from the conversation I had with her. I hope that we all can gain something from each other. It was a true pleasure to speak with Ms. Silano and find out interesting information. Don’t forget to like Martha Silano on Facebook and show her some love. Thank you for reading.

~Arganise

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Interview: Kelly Miles (Author)


Hello everyone good day to you all. I just got home from school and I just had to make sure I share with you yet another amazing interview with the beautiful Ms. Kelly miles. The interview was supposed to be originally posted a while ago, but Ms. Miles was sick. I’m so happy that she is feeling better because I hate to see anyone down with any sickness. Ms. Miles is such a beautiful and nice lady. I respect all adults, but I haven’t met one quite like her. She is always supportive and loving so here is what the Author of “Montana Sky” and “Back To Me” had to say.
Arganise: What is the next step for you?

Kelly: My next step is to continue writing. I’ve released two novels, Montana Sky and Back to Me, and both have done fairly well considering I had no idea what I was doing when I started. I’m also in the process of trying to help other indie authors by featuring them and their work on my website every Friday. I realized fairly quickly that selling and promoting your work is an almost impossible uphill battle, and my heart is really for helping others succeed. I’m excited about the project and I hope it will help other writers achieve their goals!

Arganise: What made you the writer you are today? 

Kelly: Reading, reading and reading. I think within the last two years I’ve read over 500 books. I truly believe you can gain knowledge and helpful tools just by observing other authors and their style. My genre is romance, but I’m trying to branch out into other fields to gain an appreciation of all different styles. I don’t read as much since I’ve released my own novels, but I try to squeeze in at least one a month.

Arganise: Any consistent writing habits?

Kelly: I always preach ‘write 30 minutes a day’, though admittedly I break my own rule from time to time. I think it’s important to write daily to keep yourself in the habit. It’s the same with an exercise routine, making healthy food choices, or any other conscious decision you make. The more you do it, the more it becomes a part of your routine and you won’t have to force it.

Arganise: When did you fall in love with what you do?

Kelly:  This is a fairly easy question, yet hard at the same time. Eleven years ago, at the age of 26, I was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. I was given 5-7 years to live and told I was ineligible to receive a heart transplant because I had other health issues. I had a 3 year old and a newborn at the time. I was devastated. I came home and began writing. I wrote goodbye letters to my husband and children. I wrote letters to my parents and my siblings. I even wrote letters to my future daughter-in-laws that I was convinced I’d never meet. After that I began journaling at the request of my doctor. I filled up notebook after notebook; charts of boring symptoms and vitals. Then, because I’m stubborn, I ripped up all those letters and decided I wasn’t going to die. I wasn’t going to give up. That’s when the stories began to develop and I began to write for real. The rest is history.

Arganise: Can you tell us a little about yourself personally?

Kelly: Well, I’m the youngest of 3 children and I’m the only girl, so to say I was spoiled may be an understatement. I’m extremely close with my parents and my family, though they live a couple hours away. I’m married to the love of my life, 16 years this March, and we have two boys that make my world go round. Besides writing, I love to create. I have a side business where I sell pallet art (mostly scriptures and meaningful quotes) and I also make floral arrangements. I also try to stay active (on the days I feel well!). Gardening is another passion of mine, but the weather wasn’t very conducive this past year and so I didn’t plant as much. I’m definitely a people-pleaser, just because I like for others to be happy above myself. I’m very passionate about life in general, mostly because eleven years later I didn’t think I’d still be here. I just try to enjoy every day to the fullest and remember to be thankful for the life I have.

Arganise: What do you see yourself doing in the near future?

Kelly: Currently, besides finishing my third novel, I’m working on a children’s book with my niece. She’s only 10, but she has such a creative imagination and at her young age is probably a better writer than me! I’m also doing the illustrations for her book which has been a bit challenging, but I’m having an amazing time working with her. 

Arganise: What did you do to help you get where you are in life at this moment?

Kelly: You know, I think I simply grew up. There was a time in life when things seemed like a much bigger deal than what they actually were. We all experience that. At almost 40, I’ve realized what’s important and what’s not, and I don’t sweat the small stuff. I also believe that God has gotten me where I am health wise. There’s no logical, or medical reason why eleven years later I’m still here and for the most part living a normal life. My faith has carried me through some of the hardest times in my life and I depend on my relationship with God every day. I’m very persistent, as well. If someone tells me something can’t be done, I will absolutely find a way. I don’t give up. That’s not to say I don’t get discouraged every now and then, but I pick myself up and keep pushing forward.

Arganise: Anything new we can look forward to?

Kelly: ‘Blake’s Hope’ will be my third and final book in the Montana Sky series. I’m hoping for release mid 2016, but realistically it will probably be closer to the end of the year. I’m also working on the children’s book that I mentioned earlier and I have another novel in the works called ‘Tormented’, but I don’t even want to think about starting that one until I get a few of these other things behind me.

Arganise: Any advice, quotes, inspiration, etc. to young writers and the youth in general? 

Kelly: My advice is this: be true to yourself. It’s that simple and that hard. I remember being young and the drama that seemed to plague me. It was horrible. That’s where the growing up part comes in. I tell my children all the time to treat others how they want to be treated, to be respectful of others, even when there’s a difference of opinion. But most of all, be who you are. Be good. Do good. Do something you can be proud of… don’t follow the leader because it’s the cool thing to do. Always do what is right and you’ll never go wrong.

Isn’t she a beauty? Very powerful with her words and works. I can tell Ms. Miles has a real and genuine respect for writing. She has truly inspired me and I am so honered that she allowed me to go through with this interview. With that being said I would just melt if you would show her some love by checking out her novels and website. Thank you Ms. Miles for everything and have a great day everyone.

~Arganise


Interview: Austin Bouse (Author)

Hello everyone, I hope your day is going well, it’s 10:07am here and a little frosty, but lets bring in the new year with a fantastic interview. Today I will share an amazing interview with the Author of “Blood Trade” Mr Austin Bouse everyone:
Arganise: What makes you, the writer you are today?

Austin: I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Geek. I’ve been extremely faithful to my obsessions (Batman, Monsters, Tim Burton) all my life. Not to mention that I was soaked in a culture of movies, TV, comics, and novels as a kid. All of those things and my love for storytelling contribute to what I do now.
Arganise: Would you say that your personal life has an impact on what you write?
Austin: Absolutely. I actually think that the entire reason why stories exist is so that we can make sense of our lives through the prism of fiction.
Arganise: How long have you been writing?
Austin: All my life. Whether it be short stories, playwriting, screenwriting, and now books, writing have been a crucial part of my life.
Arganise: What are your goals? 

Austin: I was always uncomfortable with the question “Where do you see yourself in five years?” whenever it was posed to me at school. I want my life to surprise me. But, for now, it’s writing books. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had!
Arganise: Any writers you admire?
Austin: Stephen King is my favorite. But other heroes of mine include Neil Gaiman, Rod Serling, Anne Rice, Clive Barker, Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut, J.R.R. Tolkien, Shakespeare, and hundreds of comic book writers, playwrights, and filmmakers.

Arganise: Why do you write?
Austin: As someone that has a form of Cerebral Palsy, there isn’t a whole lot that I’m good at. But writing is. Ha-ha! I also love how storytelling is a way for people to show others how they see the world. All Art does this, but the craft of writing is my favorite form of it.


Arganise:  What can we expect from you?

Austin: Apart from the vampire novel that comes out in the Spring of 2016, BLOOD TRADE, more books. Mostly in horror, since that it’s my favorite, but I also want to write in every genre. BLOOD TRADE is pretty intense, so I think my next one will be a comedy.

Arganise: Any advice for young Authors and poets?

Austin: Apart from the standard learn your craft, tell the stories that only you can tell, and read a lot, there’s a couple of things that I’d add to those. Firstly, you don’t HAVE to have an agent or go through a publishing company to call yourself an author. My definition of a writer is when someone pays you to read something that you wrote. Whether that is through, say, Harper Collins or Amazon, the result is still the same. And secondly, the key to success is that there is no key. You cannot control how people will react to your work, so don’t try. There is no guarantee that if you release something, you will be successful at it. If there was, we’d all be rich. The only guarantee is that, if you don’t at least try it, there is zero chance of you making it. So gather information, find your own path, and always remember to enjoy what you’re working on. Doing what you love is one of the greatest feelings in the world and should never be taken for granted. Good luck! The world is waiting to hear from you.

Wow, what inspiring words of Mr. Bouse. I am truly grateful to have him as the first interviewee in 2016. Shout out to Austin for allowing me to do this and don’t forget to look out for his book this year. Also, don’t forget to visit his site https://austinbouse.wordpress.com/ and follow him on twitter https://twitter.com/AustinBouse. Have a fantastic day everyone!

~Arganise