“They Won’t Shut Up” is Cindy J. Smith’s second book of poetry in which she explains life as she sees it. Her poems deal with emotions and conflicts that are universal to the human condition – pain, love, suffering, joy and loss. Cindy J. Smith writes of dreams and magic, she writes of the moments we live that are woven subtly into the fabric of our lives and nature’s beauty.
Several special poems have been added to the end of “They Won’t Shut Up”, written by Jasmine McMurtrey Reindl, Smith’s late daughter.
Cindy’s new poetry collection, “They Won’t Shut Up”, launches today, so in recognition of such an auspicious occasion, I decided to have her by for a chat…
TR: Cindy, I’m so pleased you came by today. Congratulations on your new collection!
CS: Thanks so much Thomas…it’s great being here today, and I’m very excited about the book 🙂
TR: So, what do you say we crank it up? How old were you when you wrote your first piece?
CS: Don’t you know it is impolite to ask a woman her age? I realize I was probably 6 but, really, age?
TR: It’s interesting to know how differently folks started writing. I’ve interviewed some who didn’t start until their 50’s. So, what did you write at the tender age of six?
CS: I would write extra lyrics to the songs and poems my sisters taught me. So, I guess my genre has always been poetry.
TR: See? That’s a fascinating beginning! What made you write something like that?
CS: I grew up at a time when Dick and Jane books were the rage. How anyone who learned to read with those books ever developed and interest in reading is a mystery to me. I wanted excitement like I found in good books like Seuss and Mother Goose.
TR: I know, the Dick and Jane books were pretty inane. What have you written since then?
CS: I write poetry all the time. I have written a few short stories, mostly farce. It is really not a form of writing I am comfortable with.
TR: Well, to each his own. That’s what makes the ball of mud go ’round, right? Now tell us, what was the inspiration for “They Won’t Shut Up?”
CS: All my writing is based on life. I write about what I see and feel, and also what I think others might be experiencing. If a friend asks me to help them come to terms with a situation, I try to put myself in their place and that is what I write. So far, that seems to have worked out great.
TR: Makes sense to me. Tell us a little about it, and where it’s available.
CS: “They Won’t Shut Up” is available starting today, and is being published by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. It is a book of 150 poems that cover a multitude of topics. I have poems that describe natural beauty, grief, love, hope and a few very sarcastic ones. It is a roller coaster ride for your feelings.
TR: Nice…a bit of everything. So, is there a particular place or setting where you get your writing ideas?
CS: I get ideas anywhere. My mind just suddenly picks a word, a view or a newscast and runs with it. Most ideas come to me while I am driving, as I do that at night when it is peaceful. I carry a voice recorder for this reason.
TR: Smart girl. Now, you’re published through two different houses. What made you choose traditional publishing?
CS: My first book I self-published through a print-on-demand company. It was a nightmare. When I decided to release a second book, I was going to try total self-publishing but a friend suggested Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly to me. It is a decision I am so glad I made. Having the support of this wonderful family of authors is amazing!
TR: It sounds amazing. Good for you! Now, if you had to choose the most important element in an author’s platform, what would it be?
CS: Not sure exactly what you are asking here. I think the most important thing an author needs is a good editor and the willingness to listen to the advice and act on it. I have noticed several authors have problems accepting constructive criticism. They act as if it is a personal attack. If the editing is bad in the first book a person reads of yours, it is very doubtful they will buy book two.
TR: Sound advice, there. Now to my favorite question – What mistakes have you made in regards to publishing and marketing your work, and what will you do differently in the future?
CS: Publishing I already answered. As for marketing, I am learning how to do it. I really am not good at it, which I am assured is normal. I accept any suggestion of what to do and try my best. Most important thing to remember is to never give up.
TR: Do you have an idea for your next book?
CS: I have already written 30 new poems, and expect to have another collection out in the not too distant future. For anyone who would like to see my work, or contact me, my links are:
Amazon Authorpage: http://tinyurl.com/clybzs8
Amazon Paperback: http://tinyurl.com/cv6mcwg
AmazonUK paperback: http://tinyurl.com/clbxnbl
AmazonUK kindle: http://tinyurl.com/ccnn3bf
TR: Cindy, it was a true pleasure having you. All the best with your book 🙂
CS: Thanks very much, Thomas. I had fun…
TR: That’s a wrap, folks. I’ve read Cindy’s poetry, and it’s top shelf. This collection promises to be more of the same, so why not drop by the big “A” and get you some?