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?
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?
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
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.