Interview with a Vamp

The face to launch a thousand ships.
The face to launch a thousand ships.

Is a blonde only capable of having fun?

Q:  Why is a blonde's brain the size of a pea in the morning?

AIt swells during the night.

Everybody knows a blonde joke.  Blondes are supposed to be fun-loving and blondes are supposed to be dumb.  Deb Murarenko is a blonde.  Anybody who has come into contact with Deb through Hubpages or met her tending sheep and riding roos in the Outback somewhere, will tell you that one thing Deb is not, is dumb.  Deb Murarenko AKA Blondepoet is one very smart cookie.  So smart in fact, that she has just completed her first book.  Not chic lit or some other kind of fluff.  Deb has written a book of poetry, serious inspirational poetry.  Mind-blowing stuff, proof that Deb has a sharp intellect and isn't just a run-of-the-mill dumb blonde.

Over a couple of glasses, or maybe bottles of vino collapso from some obscure Australian Vineyard where they desperately try and grow grapes that'll produce the same quality wine as a South African wine, Deb and I had a chance to chat.  Isn't Skype wonderful!  We were even able to toast each other on our success and clink glasses.  Oops, is that what the crack is on my screen!  Anyway, I was able to ask Deb a few questions, and although at the end it was difficult to hear what she was saying as she was slurring, or maybe my headphones fell off and I didn't realise, must have been that cheap Australian plonk she persuaded me to gulp down.  Her answers proved to me, that this blonde is no bimbo.

Blondepoet being caring and helping out golfers by being their caddy.
Blondepoet being caring and helping out golfers by being their caddy.
Blondepoet riding the kangaroo to work.
Blondepoet riding the kangaroo to work.
Blondepoet having a beer with a friend after work.
Blondepoet having a beer with a friend after work.
Blondepoet relaxing after a long day hubbing.
Blondepoet relaxing after a long day hubbing.
Blondepoet as a domestic goddess.
Blondepoet as a domestic goddess.
Blondepoet singing for her supper at one of those music halls she frequents in Toowoomba.
Blondepoet singing for her supper at one of those music halls she frequents in Toowoomba.
Blondepoet thinking.
Blondepoet thinking.
Blondepoet looking for her superhero equipment.
Blondepoet looking for her superhero equipment.
Blondepoet getting into her serious poetry writing position.
Blondepoet getting into her serious poetry writing position.
Blondepoet at the Toowoomba Racecourse Pub.
Blondepoet at the Toowoomba Racecourse Pub.
Blondepoet into the kitchen making snacks for her marketing men.
Blondepoet into the kitchen making snacks for her marketing men.
Blondepoet caught in the wind on a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Blondepoet caught in the wind on a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Blondepoet ironing her special poetry book launch dress.
Blondepoet ironing her special poetry book launch dress.

The Interview

Deb, what inspired you to write this book?

For every experience I go through in my life, I write about that experience in poetry form. When I was a little girl I was brought up in a dysfunctional home, where my mother was abusive, and my father was distant. I would lock myself in my room each night, and write my feelings down. The paper was my friend. Before I turned eighteen I had been raped, institutionalised in a mental ward by my mother, on death's door with anorexia nervosa as well as having survived more than a dozen suicide attempts. One night, I stopped breathing, on a tiny white bed in a hospital room, weighing only 30 kilograms. Next minute I was looking down at myself from above,and with fear in my heart I whispered, "God please save me I don't want to die."

From that point on I changed my life around, 360 degrees. I am a person now who has guts, an abundant love in my heart, an abilty to forgive anything or anyone. I wanted this book to inspire others and to give hope to people who think they can't do it. I wanted people to know no matter what you have been through or what holds you back, there is a strength inside everyone of us, that has the power to conquer anything and everything. Every poem I have ever written has built strength in me as well.

How long did it take you to write, and did you find it difficult considering what a busy woman you are.

I started this book around five years ago. I am a chief procrastinator, I have never really finished anything I started. I would get into putting the book together, then go off on another tangent, forgetting about my book. Deep down inside I did not believe in myself that I would ever have the abilty to finish it. Around six months ago, I said to myself, "Deb you can do this, no matter what you are going to do it." It worked and for those six months, I have poured my heart into getting it all finished, no matter what my mind was telling me.

Can you tell us in as many words as you like, a little on the poems included in this wonderful book.

My book is meant to inspire anyone, not just those who have had major issues in their lives. There is hope for those who are suffering grief, anger,loss, lonliness, broken relationships,low self esteem, pride, unforgiveness,abuse,rape,eating disorders, or to anyone who has a heart inside.

In the book I have sections titled "Thoughts for your heart" which appear often, giving us inspiring thoughts to think on as well.

My aim is for people to know this; "No matter how dark it may seem, no matter what is holding you back in life, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for all of us, we just have to see it."

How long ago was it published?

Around two weeks ago. I am awaiting the proof copy to arrive in the mail, and then the book will be fully approved, to be able to be distributed through numerous book shops on the net. At the moment it is only available form Lulu.

You must feel a great sense of achievement to see your book in print, how does it make you feel to see your book?

I am like a bubble ready to pop at any point from the joy of finally seeing my book in print. I cannot describe the overwhelming feeling I have. I close my eyes and whisper, "I did it, I finished this.I can do anything now."

Do you feel comic writing is another great talent, you have such a natural ability to make us laugh with the hilarious articles you have written here on Hubpages?

When I was 19, I did my Diploma in Acting, as I have always been a show girl inside, and acting has been my passion. I have a natural air of humour about me, which has landed me many comedy roles. I have been typecast as the blonde bimbo, the over the top show girl, the exotic dancer, the loud mouth, and you know what, I love it as I have been told I am funny, even when I am not trying to be. I am dubbed the "Drama Queen", by anyone who meets me, as my enthusiasm, my over the top personality knocks them all down dead lol. I think when I am not writing poetry, I am more suited to writing comedy for sure.

How would you describe yourself to someone, who say does not know you?

I would have to say extremely optimistic, fun loving, kind, insane, compassionate and someone who is straight to the point, although that often gets me in trouble. The most important one I would have to say is that I am a free spirit, I run in the rain, act on impulse, ignore what others think of me, and live my life with a passion. I never ever will go backwards to where I have come from, there is only darkness there, so every day I just keep pushing forward.

Can you tell us a little about yourself, for example on what you do for a living, a little on the background on Blondepoet, the great lady whom we have come to hold so dear in our hearts?

I do and have done a little of everything including performing in theatre resturaunts,live theatre, I have done television commercials, modelling, one Australian movie, hairdressing, nails, makeup for television and film the list goes on. When I arrived in Toowoomba (yes there is really a place called that!) I landed the role as Dazz Daisy, by a production company who wanted us to be bigger than the Wiggles. Thank God no-one recognised me with that green body suit, those 2 feet petals around my head and those ten feet curly shoes. As Dazz, I sang and performed to crowds of children. I forgot to tell you I also sing and dance. I am thinking of doing a HUb with one of my songs, note am thinking lol.

What advice would you give to someone out there with a dream to write a book, but unsure whether to do it or not.

Do it, don't hesitate. I read once that Stephen King got knocked back so many times with his books before one person finally said yes. Can you imagine if he had given up, after so many rejections. If writing is your passion I urge you write your book, ignore the negative things your mind will tell you and just do it,

What are some of the things that make you laugh?

I find people with a dry sense of humour, just like yours Cindy, to be so funny. Other things I laugh at are the sily things I do, a good joke, English comedies, strange windy sounds around me, oh boy to cut this short I practically laugh at anything. If you ever speak to me in person, you will find I am constantly laughing, my humour is alays landing me in trouble, but hey that's me.

So if people belch and fart around you, you won't be offended, you'll laugh?

Yes, I guess that's part of growing up in Aussie, we are really free spirits and let out our spirits when the need arises.

Where can us readers find your book, to be able to grab a copy for ourselves?

At the moment it is only available here http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/after-the-storm-there-is-sunlight/7098911. In 4- 6 weeks it will go to Amazon and other online bookstores. It is also going to be available in bookstores in my country.

Our Blondepoet is no bimbo.
Our Blondepoet is no bimbo.

After The Storm there is Sunlight

 Joking aside, Deb's book is brilliant.  I was very privileged enough to get the opportunity to read it and I was amazed at the depth and insights of her poetry.  It definitely gives you a different side to Blondepoet.

The description on Lulu.com:  This book is all about hope and change, through the tremendous power of love and concern. It questions our morals and values, inspires our dreams and calms our spirit. Everybody feels pain, experiences negativities in life, shelters sadness and despair, and harbors various kinds of unwanted feelings. We cannot be totally protected against these elements; life is unpredictable, casting blows in the darkness of the night even on the most vigilant. This book will inspire you, and strengthen you, to be able to live the best possible life you deserve to live. No matter how dark it may seem, no matter what is holding you back in life, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for all of us, we just have to see it.

My review I wrote:  Deb is a survivor. Whatever life has thrown at her, she's come out on top, ready to live another day. Through all her hardships in life, and traumas she's faced, Deb used poetry to lift her mood and bring her back to the light. After the storm there is sunlight is a great book to read when you need to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Deb's poetry will move you and encourage you and definitely inspire you. Definitely a book to keep by your bedside.

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Comments 54 comments

Triplet Mom profile image

Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

Wonderful and insightful interview and congratulations to Deb!!


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My Inner Jew 7 years ago

Congratulations deb! You have overcome the worst adversities anyone should no face. I can't wait to read your book! and thanks for the hub with the insight Cindy!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Oh Cindy this is soooo great..... I practically laughed all the way through, nearly peed my pants actually, especially at me riding the kangaroo. Did I not tell you I am good at riding those big roos. Damn you are so clever, I just damn well love you to death, thankyou so much for the most beautiful tribute I have ever had..(hugs)xox I got a rotten hangover from all that booze we drank yesterday. I knew it was time to stop when I went to take a drink and I missed my mouth and ended up with a Fluffy Duck's cherry in my navel LMAO.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Great Hub Cindy! It's incredible to me who's behind these avatars, and what's gone into making us all who we are today.. Bravo all of us and Bravo BP for overcoming!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

TP and IJ the poems she wrote are great! She needs to be congratulated.

Candie, BP is inspirational!

Hey BP, am considering whether to finish the wine in the fourth bottle next to my bed or have a coffee as I've just woken up and it's 6am. And Blonde, writing this was a pleasure, that poetry is damn good.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

hey Cindy you have mail lol


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks BP, will put those on when I get to school!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

I have G-Ma in a chat room somewhere and am trying to communicate with her. I don't think she can read my writing so am now employing morse code.


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Not Telling 7 years ago from Eastern Nowhere

I've learned all the things I always wanted to know about Blondepoet, and seen more than I ever hoped to see, too! Thanks Cin D Vine!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Hahaha here that comment above Cindy hahaha,well you must have wanted to see more, cos you are here haha


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

BP, try Braille with G-Ma!

Not Telling, mmmmmm, have my suspicions as to who you are!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Do you know Cindy how you can tell a real blonde?, the eyebrows are a dead give-away. It is blonde hair with dark eyebrows that raises the truth about it all lol. I say to my ardent fans who ask me am I a natural blonde, look at my eyebrows LMAO. They a bit albino looking indeed. A bit of trivia here, because I am so fair,I didn't want to be so ghostly looking so I had my eyeliner tattooed on in a beauty salon. They do eyebrows eyeliner, lip-liner, makes the ole eyes water though I can tell u....don't ask me where all this sudden trivia came from...was just sitting here thinking about eyebrows...lol.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

lol BP, and I have hairy caterpillar ones that need a good plucking!


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R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

Ahhhh..... a hub by one of my favorite girls about another of my favorite girls.....and I'm really sorry I missed that skype call.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Hi RBlue long time did you move, where to? Wondered where you have been...C.C and quite a few others have left HP for good.

I have a suspicion too Cindy who not telling is as well LMAO, he left a funny comment too about you on my Hub,I am good at reading between the lines lool.


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R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

I understand the mass exodus BP....yep moved and have been extremely busy at work....have missed all of you and our chats. Will have my Skype back up and running in a day or so. Will surely miss CC....you'll have to give me Charlie's e-mail address.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

lol BP, we need to open up a detective agency!

Blue, it is upsetting that this challenge has pissed off so many!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

yea sure blue of course, my skype has been dried up noone there much lol


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

That's not all that's dried up on this site lol


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R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

BP...my Skype is always open for you....just as soon as I get it here to the house :-) For Sin Devine too!!


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R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

I really like what you did for BP Sin....we should promote each other. I also notice increased readership when we have running conversations on each others hubs.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

amongst the avalanche of hubs that fill my screen, I'm glad that this one tumbled down and hit me in the head. I'm happy to hear of this accomplishment of Deb's.

Way to go BP!

Ignore my avatar, I really want to give you a high five!

 


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Hey Toad, you were just attracted by the vamp in the title lol

Yeah Blue, in class at the moment with all my 10 year olds, but can chat muuuuuuuuch later on skype


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Hey, BP. I am so proud of you! And proud to be your friend too! Peace Out!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Hey, you can be proud of me too, Christoph, says she batting the eyelashes!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

hey I am back. Aww thankyou so much Blue. Now let me get that 5 bucks out of your trousers LMAO. Aww GT that means heaps that you are here, I know what it has been like, I would give u a big kiss but that big beard may scratch my delicate skin lol.

Dear Christoph I am proud to be your friend too, I remember back to dubbing you the man with the removable head, that always brings a laugh. I am chilling truly, I just removed my head from the fridge trying to find my Bourbon for a few evening drinks LMAO.

Don't forget check out my latest Hub I am doing Cindy there.

 Oh and Cindy that link to Lulu is broken lol.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Your link or my link BP?


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Sorry I took so long to come back my PC broke down. Your link here Cindy. :)


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

ah no, can you send me a better one then?


CC Riter 7 years ago

Hey Cindy dear, this is great. Now I know two great authors. Both of you are just gorgeous to me and I do love you both. you both make me alugh too, and that's importatn. What a pair you make. Go ahead and give RB my email. see ya's


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Hey CC, am busy working on a hub think you might get a laugh out of!


EYES CHAMbERS 7 years ago

Loved it!!! I love blondepoet, who couldn't! Am so excited for her...loved this informational hub on her...learned so much and in the beginning, I must admit, you had my yes leaking with inspiration and understanding. by the end I was smiling and excited...I'll be buyin' this book!


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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

Awesome stuff. =) Cool to see you two working together in a mutually useful way. =)


amber 7 years ago

Great interview ,thanks for sharing :)


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

BC, yes it could be a problem when a blonde wakes up smart in the morning.

CG, she is sweet and becomes even sweeter after a few glasses of wine and a cherry stuck in her navel.

EC, that book of hers you buy will be a great investment and a great gift for someone. So buy a couple.

Ixxy, this is what Hubpages should be all about. If others did this kind of things we'd have an even more awesome community.

Amber, thanks for stopping by6 and taking the time to comment!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Aww I am going soft as a marshmallow reading these comments thanks guys(Hugs)

Cindy this link works http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/after-t...


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R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

How ironic BP.....thinking of you makes me hard as a rock.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

It's okay Blue, we have chisels.


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R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

Yowwwwww!!!!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

You haven't put in an application yet Blue? Maybe your thumbs are too small.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

yes come on RBlue want to see your application on Cindys newest Hub I am awaiting to see your presence there, zzzzz, i have my stop watch on, grace us with your masculinity Lol


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R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

Watching Idol Finals cindyvine....go Adam!!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Oh, don't tell me about Idol, only see it tonight over here and I want to be surprised!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Is American Idol on, I have not seen it but I am a fan of Australian idol...


Freida Babbley 7 years ago

Fantastic job Cindy. Great read and Tantalizing photos sure to bring them in. Way to market! And major congrats bp. Keep us posted on sales!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks Frieda and be sure to buy our books! We have a special deal - buy both and pay full price lol


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

LMAO Cindy that is the best deal I have heard going. Thanks heaps Frieda. :)


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Hey BP, we have to try and market some way lol


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

We sure do Cindy a gal has to do what a gal has to do


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Now, sounds like we might end up with a boatful!


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Jodi Hoeksel 7 years ago

Congrats BP, what an achievement!

Cindyvine and Blondepoet, you both are very inspiational to get the creative juices flowing! Thanks.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks Jodi! Now you have to just buy our books!


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blake4d 6 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

I see you are a close friend of BP on the hub. I am her number one poetic soul brother. Blake4d Pleased to make your acquaintance.


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Pleased to meet you Blakey boy?

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