Welcome to Clubhouse Chat page. Those of you who are not a member won’t be aware that the location of the Clubhouse is shrouded in mystery. The only way to visit it is via membership or an invite to the tearoom. Every few days, I’ll be sharing a conversation with all sort of writers and authors at different levels of their writing careers. Over tea and cakes, or maybe a glass of something stronger, I shall be chatting with my guest about their work in progress, or latest book release.
Today my guest in the tearoom is the poet Jilly L Bowling. Welcome, Jill. My first question to you is what would you like to drink?
Thank you, for the invite. Oh, please could I have tea, thank you, and those cakes to look nice.
Of course, you may. Now our refreshments have arrived let’s start by asking you when you first begun your writing journey what drew you to your chosen genre?
Ok Paula, well I grew up in a farm house on the moorlands in Lancashire, and there were so many things around me that helped led me down the path of writing poetry, I was 12 when I wrote my first poem, I was actually sat in the churchyard in a place called Haworth in Yorkshire. So as stated in my book there was plenty of things, I grew up around that gave me ideas for poetry.
Tell us a little about latest writing project. Is it a new idea, or one you have been mulling over for some time?
My first book of poetry, well it had been in the pipeline for a few years, planning saving up to be able to pay for printing and everything else that came with it. So yes, it’s been thought about for a while now. Also, all the proceeds are being donated to a Children’s and young adult’s hospice who I support here in Hampshire where I live. Sales are going really good had so much support from many people some I know and some I don’t.
How many unfinished projects do you have on your computer?
Oh, now you’re asking Paula, well I have my second book on my computer that will be out next year, I am also planning something else for next year which is in blue print at the moment.
Were any of your characters inspired by real people?
Yes, many of my poems are actually about real people I know, knew and experienced life around, if they read them, they will probably know they are within the pages of a book forever more. LOL
Is there anything about you your readers might be surprised to find out?
Oh, quite a few things, not a lot of people know about me, I once worked as a security guard and I was also in the Police Force for just under 10 years as a constable with Greater Manchester Police Force. I am also a Psychic medium; I see dead people as the film goes but I don’t work in the public eye on that one.
How long on average does it take you to write a poem?
That’s a tough one Paula, because I can write 2-3 poems a day from 5-8 verses, so I once I begin that first verse the words just begin to flow.
What did you learn when writing your poem? In writing it, how much research did you do?
The thing is when I am writing my poems, I find with some of the words it can take you back to a different era, I have researched a few things for one or two of my poems not much mind only enough to make the poem work.
Do you write any sort of plan write poetry, or do you just go with the flow?
I don’t plan poems they just gain entry into my head. Whatever I am writing about be it a real life subject that occurred, or a real life experience. Some people have actually said, when reading some of my poetry it actually take them back to a time they can remember, which I think is great. If you can transport a reader to a long gone era, and they enjoy what they’ve read then my job is done.
Do you set yourself a daily word count?
I don’t think I do, Paula I just start typing and just let those words flow. If I’m sat there all day, or just a few hours and I end up with a few poems than I am happy with what I’ve done for the day.
When reading your work through do you ever find that your daily mood swings are reflected in your writing?
This is actually a true thing, Paula, because many of poems can be emotional. I feel that how one feels at the time of writing does reflect within the words, and as you read them back it really does give the poem a mood of its own. No two poems feel the same when you read them, well I don’t think so anyway.
Thank you so much for joining me today, Jill. When you are ready to leave please let our driver Brutus know and he will run you home.
To find out more about Jill’s writing please check out her twitter account at: Jilly L Bowling @BowlingJilly
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