IndieView with Ann Campanella, author of The Beach Poems

The poems were written over a 10-year period. What you put out into the world represents who you are. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Poetry is rarely a big money maker, however I do have a small-scale marketing plan. My father, my husband and other family members also make an appearance. But I wanted to tell a story with this book, so I had to let go of certain poems that I loved in order to create an arc where the reader experiences a transformation from grief to joy. My biggest struggle came with choosing the right poems. I edit as I go. Do you outline? My advice is to create the very best work you can. Poetry has a melody of its own, and I seem to need complete silence so that I can listen to it. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Yet, when I’m ready to put together a collection, I spread out my poems on the floor to see what I have. I’ve always loved Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea, and as I spent time at the ocean, it felt as if these poems were given to me. As the poem is being birthed, I try to stay out of the way (and avoid editing), but once it is out on paper, the editing begins in earnest. Every time I visited the beach, the words poured forth. Of course, Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh touched me deeply because of how it captures the rhythm of the ocean and the natural evolution of life. I jot them down and allow the voice to take me where it will. About You
Where did you grow up? I try to stay out of the way of the poem and let it surprise me. We often share our work, critiquing and encouraging each other. These writers have been a wellspring of support. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Do you have a target reader? Do you listen to music while you write? End of Interview:
For more from Ann,   visit her website,   follow her on Twitter, or   like her page on Facebook. I don’t outline with poetry. After caring for a loved one who had Alzheimer’s for 14 years, Ann Campanella went on a series of retreats at the beach. These retreats inspired memories and nourished her soul, ultimately carrying the author through grief to a place of joy. I very rarely listen to music while I write. Where did you get the idea from? I had dozens and dozens of poems about the ocean. But I wanted to tell a story with this book, so I had to let go of certain poems that I loved in order to create an arc where the reader experiences a transformation from grief to joy. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? While you may not make a fortune with a collection of poems, if you put your heart and soul into your work, it will have lasting value. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Editing is part of the joy of writing for me. I encourage those who need creativity to feel alive, to be sure to find space for it in your life. While my hands and heart were full being a caretaker of my family, I had very little room for my own needs. I had been a caretaker for my mother for so many years with very little time to write, so I must have had poems and words stored up within me. It includes doing readings, creating a newsletter, posting on social media and working with others to share and promote our work. Ann Campanella – 14 April 2018
The Back Flap
The Beach Poems is a collection of poetry inspired by Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea. If so can you please describe it? How long did it take you to write it? I started imagining a collection of poetry titled, The Beach Poems, and gradually it became a reality. At least poem by poem. Take classes to improve the quality of your writing. With poetry, you don’t have much choice. I don’t submit my poetry to an agent. When did you start writing the book? If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? I took the cover photo, and the publisher created the cover. Other times I find I’m missing a poem (or some information) that needs to be a part of the collection, and I go back and write to see if I can fill it in. Where do you live now? What came easily? About the book
What is the book about? I started writing most of these poems at the beach after my mother passed away in 2007. What would you like readers to know about you? Later, at my desk, I play with rhythms and form, revising lines that are choppy or don’t quite fit. Beauty and deep emotion move me. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Was it a particular event or a gradual process? My mother had Alzheimer’s for 14 years and after she died, I took a series of retreats at the beach in order to find myself again. Don’t scrimp on details like copy editing or cover design. The Beach Poems is about the nourishing power of the sea to help the soul find itself after a period of deep loss. Even though I evolved into a memoir writer, I was a poet first. Scott published What Flies Away, my first collection of poems, and did a beautiful job with it, so I knew I wanted to go with him again, if he was willing to accept my manuscript. Get your copy of   The Beach Poems from Amazon US. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? I have done it for so long, I don’t even have to think about it. Writing the poems came easily. Words and phrases rearrange themselves; I identify patterns and images that work or don’t work, and I sometimes need to push the poem beyond where it ended. I am a person who needs solitude in order to create. I’m always fascinated to see what blooms in the process. I live outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? We all know how important it is for writers to read. Writing takes creativity, inspiration and hard work. In addition, I love Mary Oliver’s poetry, how she draws from nature, and Maxine Kumin’s work speaks to me. The main characters in the poems are my mother and my daughter, and they come directly from the real world. When I am walking along the beach, words and phrases come to me. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Fortunately, he was. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? I am lucky to work with a publisher, Scott Douglass of Main Street Rag, who I have known for many years and has published two other poetry collections of mine. My target reader is someone who is inspired by nature and believes in the constancy of its rhythms, someone who feels deeply and is sliced open by unexpected beauty captured through image and language. Sometimes poems fall into natural groupings and a narrative arc begins to form. I grew up in Florida, the Panama Canal Zone and on the coast of North Carolina. I have an amazing community of writers and poets in the Charlotte area who have inspired me for years.