AN INTERVIEW WITH PUBLISHER, AUTHOR & POETRY FORUM OWNER PATRICIA FARNSWORTH SIMPSON
AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR, PRODUCER, PUBLISHER, COVER DESIGNER AND FORUM MANAGER PATRICIA FARNSWORTH SIMPSON
Where are you from?
I was born in a small mining village in Derbyshire UK . I am very proud to say I was born a coalminers daughter the only girl with six brothers, I became a coalminers wife and a coalminers Mother, but then with pit closures I never did come to be a grandmother to a miner breaking the tradition, but even so I have seen and lived life from the raw grit of having to shovel through dirt daily to make a living through to the wonderful relaxing beauty of being carefree laying on a gorgeous beach...
During my life, same as we all do in one way or another, I have had very deep heartaches caused by worry and loss, but then to balance the scales I have also had the best that life can give, beginning in childhood with the best parents in the world, great wonderful caring brothers along with a wonderfully large loving extended family, being not just blood relatives but great neighbors and friends that you know you can always turn to if in need...my first great personal time of need was when I was 17yrs of age, when I was sunk down into the deepest depths of despair, which is all so clearly portrayed in my biographical book "Lifes Carrousel" ...which can be found here in my personal store http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Patthepublisherpoet
or here with others authors books in my publisher store http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/APFPublisher
Well! Life must go on ... and mine did with me finding everlasting loving happiness with always childhood school friend becoming a lifetime mate my husband of over 50 yearsTony Simpson...
Yes! I have been truly blessed in marriage giving birth to three children my eldest son Robert and two daughters Jeannette (The renowned psychic Jeannette DuPont) and Deborah my youngest baby... who between them now have given me eleven gorgeous grandchildren and six great-grandchildren at last count... See here the video of our Golden Wedding Celebrations held on the Canary island of Tenerife...
So I have spent my life contentedly being a wife and mother to my son Robert and my daughters Jeannette (Who is the renowned psychic Jeannette DuPont) and my youngest daughter Deborah Houlding (Acclaimed Astrologer at skyscript co.uk)
It was only in my late 50's that I turned to writing poetry when I found it gave me something I could focus on when facing another serious worry in life ...and yes it did help me carry the cross then that I felt I was carrying ... and so loving it I continued to write, I got a computor which I have now mastered (when the Servers don't let me down) and I have become a published poet and publisher too, one that loves helping other writers to achieve their own book dreams... To do this I do all manuscript formatting I make all pictures and design covers that are original.
Now I am most proud to say I am the happy owner of The writers & Poetry Alliance which is a website where writers 7 poets world-wide can share their work and inspirational thoiughts.... This site I hope will be a lasting legacy when I am gone to all of the wonderful poet friends that I have made over the years....
When and why did you begin writing? / What inspired you to write your first book?
I began writing poetry serious when my Daughter had a brain tumour. At first it was all prayers to the Lord … then all about my childhood any thing to keep my mind occupied …until I was writing “Thanks” to the Lord …..
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I entered a poem title The Friendship Tree into the International Poetry Society competition winning the silver bowl award…A Publisher contacted me as a winner saying if I had more poems like that one they would do me a book … my first book then came about titled “There’s Something in The Parlour”
Do you have a specific writing style?
Mostly I am a rhymer, but I enjoy doing all styles having now created 36 new styles of my own…
How did you come up with your book titles?
Mostly the book titles are the title of the first poem I put in book such as “There’s Something in The parlour”… was the title of a poem that had something in the parlour being the content … I knew something was in there that I was not allowed to see… it was years later when I learned that the time I was barred from the Parlour was because my brother’s body was in there … he had been killed down the pit at 14years of age …
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes there are especially in all the children’s story books that I have written.
How much of the book is realistic?
Some of my books are based on realism but most are inspired imaginative magical stories to thrill delight and teach a moral with an happy ending …
Are experiences based on someone you know, or event in your own life?
Life- like be it in poetry or story many are based on my own life experiences
What books have most influenced your life most?
The bible and all the stories heard from it at Sunday school
.If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Many, but one lady in particular that says I helped her along most… certainly inspired me too … our relationship was like a volley in a game of tennis … we tested and grew with each other… her name Christina R Jussaume
What book are you reading now?
The ones I am just publishing ready to release for others…
If you had to choose one book to read the rest of your life, and nothing else, what book would it be and why?
I suppose if only one it would have to be the Bible to keep me focused as to what is most important in life
Do you have something you are working on at the moment that you’d like to share with us?
Yes, my own latest book that will be published soon titled “Embracing Poetry in Style”
This book has one section portraying poems written in all my own cultivated styles then there is a second section showing poems that I have written in many of my poet friends own creations then section three finishes the book with poems done in many of the well known traditional styles…
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No… I am happy with it …
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Through a need to express feelings that I had previously found hard to talk about … it became a great healing process for me
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
No and if there is then I enjoy it as I like a challenge and I enjoy encouraging others through a challenge
Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Too many to say
Who designed the book covers?
I have designed all my own …and majority of the books I have published for others..
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Writing about the sad times … loss of brother when a very young child then loss of my husband, when I was only 17 …
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Yes lots!, Mostly I learned that by writing of ones’ own pain you get much release for it to be a great healing process …and when others relate it also helps them to come to terms with life’s pain
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Only never be afraid to express yourself …there is always someone that will relate
If you could mirror the career of any other author, who would it be and why?
I am happy with myself, but would love to have a number one, though not for fame and fortune but for the inspired words that I know came from Spirit that ought to be read for their messages to be passed on
If you had to choose something besides writing, what career would you choose and why?
I am very happy right now doing what I am helping others to become published.
Do you have a muse? (a persimmon, type of music, location you love)
People, I love people. I love the Town of Puerto De La Cruz Tenerife, for its Winter sunshine, I love all kinds of music … for like poetry there is something to suit every mood.
What is the interview question you always dread being asked? Can you give us the answer.
I do not dread any soI would answer all.
What’s your favourite name ?
Robert for a man that was my Dad’s name now my son’s and grandsons
For myself Mother especially Grandmother
What is the most interesting thing about you?
No idea…probably my family
What is the worst book you’ve ever read? Why?
I would not read a book I did not like I would close it, just like I turn off the TV .
Is there a website or page you would like to be included on your review post?
Is there a poem you would like to post here;
Yes, this one.
WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT?
Who’d have thought in a million years,
That books and a web site I'd see,
For no-one would have thought it,
Some twenty years ago!
That I’d be writing words
fit enough to show!
For the best education that I truly had,
Was with living life happy and sad!
I attended just one our lvillage school,
Where up to 40 in a class was then the rule!
With a teacher for a year who taught us everything!
An hour at this an hour at that then an hour learning to sing!
Then the following year another teacher would do the same,
Hitting us with the ruler, if we didn’t play game!
But them the time outside the door I’d be,
In disgrace for and acting the fool constantly!
Now I wish that I could tell those teachers of yesterday,
“That I must have listened to what they had to say”
How I wish I could E-Mail them, to ask them to look,
At all of the web sites all about me and my books!
But sadly I can't thank them for their efforts made,
But I can thank friends and family for the part they played.
For NOT pronouncing H’s, sadly is how I speak,
So help with proper grammar, I’m always glad to seek!
Many friends have helped by reading my poems through,
Telling where an H' should go and where it shouldn’t be too!
Without this help might first book might not got accepted,
I bet It would have come back with note “REJECTED”
But here I am today in my 70th year
Publishing books for others to bring them cheer
I'm owner of a world-wide poetry site too
That I pray will still thrive when my life is through
So that in future years all poets may find
This wonderful legacy left by Pat behind!
The Writers & Poetry Alliance