LEE DURMAJ, AUSTRALIAN POET AND CANCER SURVIVOR INTERVIEW

An Interview with AUSTRALIAN author Leokadia Durmaj

1) HOW DID YOU FIRST BECOME INTERESTED IN WRITING?

I use to write long poems for my family and friends for their birthdays. Anything that touched my heart inspired me to write.

2) HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ACTIVELY WRITING?

I have been seriously writing since my recovery from cancer. I was encouraged by my Specialist after I wrote a poem to thank him for saving my life. He liked my poem and told me I should publish it. I was surprised at his reaction; I then asked him if he would read my other poems that I had written and give me his opinion. He did, he told me he very much enjoyed reading them. I decided then to join a poetry site so I could read other poets work and learn a little more about writing poetry.

3) DO YOU CURRENTLY WRITE AS A PROFESSION?

No

4) WHAT TITLES HAVE YOU PUT OUT AND WHERE CAN WE FIND THEM?

When I joined soulasylumpoetry.com I won second prize in a publishing contract, this gave me an opportunity to have my poems publishes into a book. The title of my book is “My Journey through Life, Love and Passion”; you can purchase my book from: http://soulasylumpoetry.com/jamroom/members/81/info.php

5) WHO IS YOUR INSPIRATION?

My family and friends and all the many poets whose poetry I have read.

6) DO YOU WRITE ON A SCHEDULE?

No

7) DO YOU WRITE IN ONE PARTICULAR PLACE?

At my Computer

8) DO YOU WRITE FROM HOME?

I do write from home as I spend alot of time there.

10) DO YOU PREFER TO WORK IN A QUIET ENVIRONMENT?

If I write about a subject that is serious I prefer it to be quiet.

11) DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHEN YOU WRITE? IF SO, WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO AND WHY?

I love to listen to music when I write about love and romance as it inspire my thoughts. I love classical, romantic music, and country.

12) ARE YOU AN AVID READER?

When time permits

13) WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Robert Browning

Henry James

D. H. Lawrence

14) WHAT IS YOUR GOAL IN WRITING?

To touch someone’s heart and soul to create images that take your breath away; to leave beautiful thoughts in the mind of the reader; Poetry makes for amazing reading, it can bring a smile of joy, or tears of happiness; It can be heartfelt when it touches upon the heartaches of life; to inspire someone to read poetry who have never read any. I write because I love to create beautiful images. I love the fact I can paint pictures in people’s minds with my words. People who have read my work have told me how much they have enjoyed it, some who have never read poetry before have told me they couldn’t believe that poetry could be so beautiful and easy to read..

15) Would you rather write a book that sells millions of copies, but have it be "Celebrity Fluff" - or write an award winning novel that no one reads? And why does it matter?

None of these things matter to me. Writing helped my recovery from cancer, I was diagnosed with ovarian and uterus cancer, I did have surgery to remove all the cancer inside my body by a very gifted doctor. I refused Chemotherapy; I chose to use all natural supplements to improve my immune system. My choice was very different to most in this situation, I have been told I should not be here, but I am, it will be seven years this Christmas. Writing helped me not to think about the cancer I had and the choice I made in refusing treatment. I will be always grateful for that.

All I want is for people to enjoy the poetry that I write. I would love for those who have never read a poem in their life to read my work and be inspired to rekindle love, bring romance back into their lives, appreciate all the creation around, to value life, family and friends. I truly believe that Poetry lights a fire in your heart and soul.

16. ARE THERE ANY LINKS YOU WOULD LIKE TO LIST HERE?

Yes, this is the link to my book developed by my publisher.

http://soulasylumpoetry.com/jamroom/members/81/info.php

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carol3san 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

Great interview. Thanks for posting. You get a vote up from me.


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Some writeres learn how to write. Lee is a natural talent and writes some of the most beautiful, emotional and

easy to read poetry I have read. Lee is this wholesome person who is always honest and caring in her work and her interactions with others. Robert Hewett Sr. aka Cottonwood


Jan Henson 5 years ago

This poetess,Lee, give her all and the results are wonderful...she also gives encouragement and words of support whether it be in poetry or the battle against Cancer...she is a truly remarkable lady and I consider it an honour to count her amongst my dearest of friends.

Jan Henson


Pat Simpson 5 years ago

I have known Lee for many years through being on poetry sites together ... I have always found her to be most gracious in review and an exceptional poet ... she is loving , caring anf kind and everything she does reflects this ... She is one special Lady ... PatSimpsonxxx


Erich Goller 5 years ago

I have known Lee for many years through different poetry site.Lee is a wonderful lady poetess, I have always enjoyed reading her beautiful poems and I have learned from it.She is very inspiring and always helpful.Her encouragement is helping me with my fight with cancer.

Even continents apart,I'm honoured she is my friend.

God bless her.Erich


Jonathan Danyali (uppy) 5 years ago

Lee lives for poetry. She is a lovely lady and always has time to help another. Lee poetry is easy to read and is filled with love.

Lee has had more than her fair share of wars in life, she has taken all in her stride and her poetry shows the richness of love and life.

I haven’t long known Lee, when we met I knew nothing of poetry, Lee has taken a great considerable amount of time and laughter to enlighten me, and I look forward to more laughter and poetry in the near future.

Blessings Jonathan

Lee has become a dear friend.


Karen O'Leary 5 years ago

Lee is a supportive and caring person in addition to being a talented writer. She is a gift to the writing community. It is a blessing to be able to read her words.

Karen O'Leary


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Vinod Madhok 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

I got to know Lee very recently and it is amazing to discover her versatile writings...she is a gifted natural writer who writes from heart....a very wonderful human being...and a dear friend...God bless her!

Vinod Madhok


Connie Minshew 5 years ago

LOVE Lee, and I love her beautiful poetry and sweet spirit! You're a keeper, dear friend! God bless! ~Connie (aka ShakySphere)


Christina Galan 5 years ago

I have know Lee since kindy (many years) she is truely a wonderful person who writes from the heart - I have her 1st book and consider it awesome - keep up the good work ... God bless


Jason Vella 5 years ago

Lee's poetry is raw, emotive, and a reflection of the person she is ... warm, loving and genuine. Poetry has always been a part of her, but triumph over adversity has inspired her to share her beautiful gift with others. I have always been proud of Lee for the person she is ... I am just as proud of her poetic accomplishments and the beautiful words people have to say about her work. Her poetry makes people happy ... that is truly a special gift. Your proud son, Jason


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Congratulations Lee on all these great comments and many more to come. Bob


Leokadia Vella 5 years ago

Thank you Robert, I am very blessed to have all these wonderful friends in my life and also my family. I sincerely wish to thank everyone for their love, support and inspiring words, as a humble poet I am honoured Sending blessings and love, Lee


Char 5 years ago

I have known Lee for years now and she is a dear friend of mine, as well as a wonderful poetess of romance and love. Of course, I have read many other themes she has written about, and they are just as beautiful. She is a loyal, lovely friend and an honest lady, and I found her interview to be no less. Wishing you the best life has to offer, always, dear Lee.

Blessings and Love, xox Char


Gillian Tindale 5 years ago

I consider myself to be very blessed to know Lee. She really is inspirational. If you are her friend she will go to any lengths to help you. Sometimes if I am sad or perturbed she will send me a special poem that she has written for me, or she does research and finds something that would improve my life for me, but best of all she always makes me feel wonderful, beautiful, precious and unique. She loves and accepts me exactly as I am and that is what all of us really want. We all need and want to be loved and accepted exactly as we are. I'm so glad that Lee is a very wonderful part of my life.

Love from your friend, Gillian xxxooo


Steve Vella 5 years ago

Lee's ability to transform her challenges and triumphs through life through imagery and poetry is remarkable. It's a true reflection of the person Lee is, and how one can tackle the challenges life throws 'head on' and still be an inspiration to others. Lee's words inspire people to live life and enjoy each day as a gift, and highlights the importance of friendship in getting thought the difficult hours (or days or months), particularly family and close friends. Continue to inspire.

Cheers,

Steve


Rick Vella 5 years ago

Lee (Mum’s) ability to evocatively capture life’s precious, joyful and challenging moments and share them in a thought-provoking, animate form is testament to her enormous gift, talent and success as a poet.

Lee lives and breathes poetry and has this exceptional ability to take you into her creative world and imagination or insight into some of her life’s most challenging or passionate moments. What is truly amazing is that her poetry can leave readers with very different and sometimes individualised personal responses and reactions. I am in awe when reading her poems of love and romance and often left speechless at what she has created.

We are all privileged to be able to share her inspirational poetry. I am enormously proud of her, not only for her talent, writing and accomplishments, but for the very wise, loving, caring and compassionate person she is and the joy she brings to her family, friends and readers. I believe Lee’s poetry will continue to create, inspire and provoke not only future readers but future poets too.

Love from your son,

Rick


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

These are wonderful comments from your family and friends Lee. Congratulations on having one of the hottest pages

on hubs.com This designation was awarded to you by the Hubpages.com editors. Bob


Leokadia Durmaj 5 years ago

Robert, I am in awe of the response and feel very honoured and blessed to be the hottest Hub Page. I wish to thank everyone. Sending blessings and love, Lee


B. Regina 5 years ago

I have been reading Lee's poetry on Soul Asylum Poetry since 2006, when I became a member; being just one of my most favourite poets. I simply adore and admire her style of poetry writing, her poetry always seems to bring about a special emotion to the reader, as well as her esquisite creativity. I read in awe of her poetry and always look forward to reading her work. Truly a well-versed and talented lady, who always seems to touch the heart and soul of the reader.


Mark from USA 5 years ago

I learned how to write my own poetry and found Lee to be a great inspiration, author, and advisor. She helped me to grow stronger with my talents through careful and productive advice and words of wisdom. She's learned a lot because of her own past and she shared it with me, a new author who knew very little and was half a world away! Thanks so much for all you've done, Lee!! I'll never forget you!


Leokadia Vella 5 years ago

All these wonderful poets who were kind enough to leave a comment I wish to thank each one of them. I will be forever grateful. Let me just say they are all my inspiration, friendship is a gift but when you share something you both love there is a bond that exists that all poets agree with because we share what is in our heart and soul together. I am privileged to know each and everyone of them. We are all unique in our styles and subjects in our writing that is what makes each poet so special both as a poet, human being and friend. Sending blessings and love to everyone, Lee

Now to my wonderful family, my handsome sons, I love you and I am so proud of you. I am very blessed to have you in my life. The newest edition is my beautiful daughter in law. a very loving lady and my gorgeous granddaughter whom I adore, she means more to me then anyone would ever know. Only my sons would understand why. I have been so blessed in my life. I thank God for each and everyone of you. always your mum, grandma, Lee

There are friends I have known since (kindy) three ladies I wish to thank for their love support and kindness, they have been through many things with me, two do not have computers so you may not see them here. They are Krys, Chris and Danuta, my survival from cancer would never had been so easy if it were not for their love and support. Krys has come to every specialist appointment I have been and still attending every six months with me. She is my anchor, my earth angel, a most beautiful lady you could ever meet, she has such a loving heart and soul. When waking from five surgeries it was her face I saw, her love and her support is remarkable. There is one more lady I have to thank she use to be my neighbour and her name is Anna, she passed away from cancer last Christmas.

She was very dear to me, helped me during my recovery from cancer as well, beings neighbours we were always popping in for a cuppa to each others place. She was such a happy lady, so full of life and love. She loved my romantic poetry, tortured he husband every night with it, smile.... I miss her dearly, hopefully one day we will meet again. God bless you my friends, love always, Lee


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Dena M. Ferrari 5 years ago from North Carolina

What an awesome Interview for a well loved and talented Lady! Her creativity knows...no bounds!! I have loved reading her work and I feel she and her Muse are Tight Friends!!

I haven't known Lee for a long time...like everyone else....but I find her friendship onsite to be pure and Golden....

Thanks Bob....for giving us a glimpse of sooooo many talents....


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Hey Lee, look at you, a hub score of 91, the first of our group to reach that height. Congratulations. Bob


Leokadia Vella 5 years ago

Robert, I am amazed, in may ways I am a nobody. I believe it is what I have been through with my cancer creates a bond with many people. This is something that most people fall victim to, either themselves or with someone in their family.

My poetry, I write simple words that create beautiful images, subjects that I hold dear to my heart and love being the main ingredient, smile! You dear friend have made me shine to the world like never before, thank you!

Take care always, Lee


Shawn 5 years ago

Great interview! I love hearing (reading) Lee's thoughts on a variety of topics, so it was nice to get to know more about her here. Lee is a wonderful contributor to my site and always has an insightful 2 cents to share. What amazes me about her is the depth, sheer volume and (seemingly) speed of her thoughts that she shares on my site; I don't really know how fast she writes :) but she makes it look so easy! Where does all that come from? Lee's definitely gifted and is here today to do a good work in the world...by touching countless souls with her writing. Thanks again!


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Daveda Gruber 5 years ago from Hermitage PA USA

This was a lovely interview with Lee, a woman who I respect and love. I have known her for many years and have always enjoyed her poetry. She writes with poetic flare. I send well wishes to Robert the interviewer and to Lee.


Ruth Thomas 5 years ago

I haven't known Lee for very long, but I do believe that not only is she a gifted writer and poet, but also a woman of courage, compassion and love. Her passion for life, for family and for friends shines through in both her lovely poetry and in her daily communications with those who surround her. I consider it a true privilege to be called her friend. Love and hugs to you, Lee...and Congratulations on all you have accomplished!


Leokadia Vella 5 years ago

Thank you most sincerely for your comments dear friends. I believe collecting friends is like collecting treasures in life, each one is unique and beautiful, they will build lasting memories that forever will dwell in your heart. Wishing you a beautiful day with lots of smiles to touch your heart. Sending love and hugs, Lee


Krystyna R 5 years ago

Dear Lee

WOW, What a great accomplishment, you topping the list. Congratulations on all your achievements especially your Book of Poems, a wonderful read, full of colour, compassion, fact and imagination. You transport us to another world at times...for this we thank you.

Enjoy all the accolades that are bestowed on you, they are truly deserved.

Our love and best wishes always for your continued success, good health and happiness.

Lots of Love

Krys R and Family.


Pat Simpson 5 years ago

great interview for a most beautiful lady with a heart of pure gold ... i am blessed to call her friend ... pat xxx


fashion 5 years ago

This is a nice interview.I love it


Christina Jussaume 5 years ago

This is a beautiful heartfelt and written interview. I truly enjoyed reading it. I have learned to love all that you write which definitely is a gift for the Lord. May God continue to watch over you and gift your quill. God bless always


Leokadia Vella 5 years ago

Friendship is a gift of treasures unforeseen, a journey of your faith, hope and dreams to be shared together in laughter and at times with tears. It is a hug filled with love, sharing the deepest of thoughts, understanding each other needs. Being there in time of grief. It is also welcoming the many joys of happiness that our life brings or just sharing day to day things. Thank you dear friends for your love and all your hugs and just for being my friend, Love you all always, Lee


michael l schuh 5 years ago

this is a wonderful interview lee

you like all poets have a great gift that sets you aprat from most other people

you use it beatifully bless you my friend


Leokadia Vella 5 years ago

Mike, I appreciate you leaving such a lovely comment, thank you dear friend. Sending blessings, do take care, Lee


Sue-Ellen newman 5 years ago

hi luv, you have an excellent interview, it has been such a long time, between reviews, i am so happy you are a published poetess now, well done i miss reading for you, blessings and hugs to you always


Leokadia Durmaj 5 years ago

Thank you most kindly for your lovely comment. I miss you too Sue-Ellen, and reading your lovely poetry. It was kind of you to post a comment. It has been an amazing journey when you think about it, we all started at that first poetry site. It seems like another world sometimes. Take care my friend, love and hugs Lee


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MAFLongfellow1 5 years ago from BYESVILLE

WONDERFUL INTERVIEW LEO YOU ARE VERY INSPIRING TO THOSE WHO ARE GOING THROUGH AN ILLNESS TO WRITE , IT CAN BE A LIFE SAVER AS WE POETS KNOW. GLAD TO BE READING YOUR POETRY AGAIN AND GOD BLESS YOU WITH MANY YEARS OF WRITING, YOUR POET FRIEND, MARILYN/MAFLongfellow


Leokadia Durmaj 5 years ago

THANK YOU MARILYN, MY POET FRIEND FOR YOUR KIND AND THOUGHTFUL COMMENT. POETRY FOR ME WAS AND IS A LIFESAVER. NOW MY BEAUTIFUL GRANDDAUGHTER KEEPS MY FAITH AND HOPE ALIVE. SENDING BLESSINGS AND LOVE LEE


Nancy Adair Childers 5 years ago

Dear Lee, I am so very proud to have a friend like you.

Even though we have never met. Your loving

Spirit that brings me so much joy from across

the waters of this earth. You are a wonderful

poetess and lady. Keep writing those inspiring

poems. your friend in poetry, always with Love.

God Bless, Nancy Childers


Leokadia Durmaj 5 years ago

Thank you Nancy, it has been a pleasure to know you my dear friend. Across the miles friendship had came to be, the sharing of poetry, families and every day things. Emails are indeed such a wonderful gift in sharing the things we hold dear.

Take care always, sending love and hugs, Lee


Joseph S. Spence, Sr. 5 years ago

This is excellent, just excellent! I like the interview and the information presented. The essence of the piece shows a person with love and affection in her heart for all. Great job!

Blessings always,

Joseph


Leokadia Durmaj 5 years ago

Thank you Joseph, your wonderful comment is greatly appreciated. I am blessed to have known you through poetry and friendship. Each person who touches out life leaves lasting memories. Take care always, blessings, Lee


Viola Jane Tabor 5 years ago

I don't know Lee, but I very much enjoyed reading her interview with Robert Hewett SR. Good luck Lee in all your writings.


Leokadia Durmaj 5 years ago

Thank you Viola for your kind reply to my interview with Robert. I do appreciate since you do not know of me.

God Bless & Take care always, Lee


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Great interview and a great story behind it. Congrats on the sucess and best wishes.


Lynne M. Cullen 5 years ago

I love reading Lee's poetry and have had the honor of writing with her on the Alliance.....She is always interesting to read and pens the most wonderful romantic poetry as well......She is also a very special lady with oodles of warmth and love for all....Lee fantastic interview and always wishing and praying the best for you......xoxoxoxo, Lynne aka Gwen :)


Leokadia Durmaj 5 years ago

I appreciate your wonderful comment thelyricwriter, thank you! Take care always, Lee


Leokadia Durmaj 5 years ago

Thank you dear Lynne for your inspiring comments. I am honoured and humbled by your words.

Sending blessings and love, Lee


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Lee, your wonderful interview with the support of your family and friends continues to maintain a high hubscore. That does not surprise me, I know how well you write and what a good person you are. Love Bob


Leokadia Vella 5 years ago

I owe it all to you dear friend, you opened my life to the world, I will always be grateful for the opportunity you have given me. I will complete the last article regarding my survival with cancer in the next few days and send it to you. I feel so very blessed to have such a wonderful family and caring friends. Take care always, Lee


MARILYN FRANCIS/MAFLongfellow 4 years ago

EVEN BETTER THE SECOND TIME I READ YOUR INTERVIEW LEE, LOVE YA, MARILYN


Leokadia Durmaj 4 years ago

Thank you Marilyn for taking the time to read my story a second time, you are an amazing friend, love you heaps, sending blessings and love, Lee

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