We’re all beautiful in our own way, be uniquely you!
About the Book:
Thank You for your interest in Open Boxed Poetry.
Open Boxed Poetry is about my own real life struggles and experiences that I have turned into poems to help myself get my thoughts and feelings out. I also share my poetry with others in hopes of helping people in some way find their own courage and strengths. The title is open boxed poetry because it’s myself opening parts of my life up that I stuffed away in the pit of my stomach because of so much terror, pain, confusion, isolation, and lonesomeness that I decided to take these sheets of papers that I’ve written many of my poems on that have been tucked away in a box for so long and utilize them to continue helping myself as well as hopefully to help others.
Some poems surround bullying, abuse, mental illness, to love, passion, and encouragement. I believe that each of us have our own stories we can either share or not share and that is our choice and for me I have chosen to share. I hope to inspire you with courage and help bring strength into your life to find your own peace within your heart to know that you matter, you are loved, and your story is yours to tell if you choose to so continue being uniquely you.
Your Courage is Your Strength and Your Strength is Your Courage.
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
I am a mom, grandma, volunteer, artist, writer, photographer, poet, actor, and producer amongst other things. I started writing poetry when I was a little girl and lost in this world.
The only thing I could do was write down my feelings and thoughts that I wasn’t sure how to express and get out of my head, that has brought me to the magic of poetry. It’s my way of dealing with these thoughts and feelings that I sometimes have no other outlet but poetry.
I eventually started learning more about myself and wanted to share with the world my courage and strength to keep going on the good days and the not so good days. I’d eventually like to publish a biography book about my life, children’s books, and a photography book in hopes of bringing peace, love, hope, joy, and encouragement to the world.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
I usually write things down at times a thought or feeling comes to mind and save them so that I can come back to it and start writing poetry with those words. If I’m having a tough day the thoughts usually come naturally.
I like to edit my words during the nighttime hours while people are sleeping. I’m usually up trying to make sense of what I was thinking and feeling throughout a particular day. My hope is to learn and continue growing while keeping in mind that my words could possibly help someone else along their journey in life.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas come from life experiences and people I meet including, but not limited to, love ones, friends, volunteers, and the world around us.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
I don’t always have a plan where the story is going before I start writing as it can carry me away to where I’m stuck for minutes, days, or weeks until a poem is finished. It all depends on the day, time, situation, and how I’m feeling at any particular moment. Sometimes a beginning, middle, and end can be mixed up in my mind and until I’m satisfied with what I’m writing about my poetry doesn’t get published online, in a magazine, or in a book.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
My genre is directed towards children and adults. I’m in the middle of a children’s book with my granddaughter that we are hoping to have published in 2020. I write poetry that surrounds real life things, especially my own real-life experiences. In my first poetry book “Open Boxed Poetry” I’ve written about Volunteering, Love, Friendship, Bullying, Suicide, Mental Illness, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Addiction amongst a few other topics. To me poetry allows a person to have their thoughts and feelings flow while telling a story.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
Because my first book is a poetry book there can be many characters. If I could make a list of characters for a cast they’d be:
Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Jami Gertz, Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Dana Owens (Queen Latifah), Leah Remini, Jim Carrey, Nicolas Cage, Johnny Depp, and Keanu Reeves.
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I enjoy self-help books, magazines, online articles, and my bible.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
I’ve been reading my bible as I’m learning to trust in God and understand that I too am his child as I’m learning that he loves me just the way I am.
9: What is your favourite book and why?
I don’t have a favorite author however, if I had to pick one it’d be Dave Pelzer because reading his books has helped me to realize that I am not alone as I’ve been through some of the same things he went through growing up and I believe that we’ve broken the statistics and stigma surrounding many things that we had no control of growing up.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
Believe in yourself for we all have a story to talk about rather we share it or not; It’s up to us. If you have a dream to write don’t let others dictate your thoughts and feelings as you write because no one can understand your story but yourself and you may just inspire someone else along the way.
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
I don’t have a particular social media site for my work; however, I usually utilize Facebook to market my poetry book (www.facebook.com/deanna.culver.77).
My first poetry book is published on Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites. I would love to have my book become an inspiration for others as I continue to write poetry as well as a few other books in mind. I’d really love to become an inspirational speaker and am hoping and praying that someday I can inspire others to continue believing in themselves and to share their story and words with the world.