In this Episode, I have a special guest, Christine Hemp who I met over 20 years ago and have always wanted to pick her brain on all matters “Writing”. Christine is a Poet, a Teacher, a Coach and a Writer.
As a teacher, Christine says she feels privileged to have worked with diverse groups of students i.e. corporations, white police officers, black youth offenders, students in poetry workshops etc. And has learned and continues to learn more from her work.
What you will Hear/Learn:
[1:08] Why Christine thinks telling your truth is one of the most important things when it comes to any type of writing.
[6:29] Christine is an author of a family memoir that I found to be funny, full of honesty and at the same time heartbreaking. She talks to us about the most difficult thing she experienced while writing this memoir.
[9:21] Christine talks to us about how she managed to include her most recent life happenings in her memoir which is not always something easy to do.
[10:52] We also talk about how animals have been of help in the journey of life and especially how they have come through for us as writers.
[17:38] During this time Christine was writing her Memoir, she was diagnosed with cancer, I also went through a sickness. We chatted about if these experiences had some effect on our creativity. Find out also a virtue that Christine enhanced more during this difficult moment.
[25:06] Find out our answers to the question: What are you continuing to learn in life that keeps you inspired to do your work?
[32:43] Christine expound on term she has been labeled as “The Voice of Possibilities”
[36:56] Christine graciously share with us a poem “Soul in the Time of Covid”
“As a writer, you really have to come to your own truth. For example, in poetry and in a memoir, and in novels, a character’s truth. And if you’re not telling the truth, I truly believe the reader picks it up on the radar”.
“As a memoir, there are many hard things, I think the hardest thing was to realize that when the manuscript was not finished and I had to keep changing the frame of the narrative. Realizing that some of the most painful events had to be included in this story”.
“Animals offer us this presence like a safety zone because we can have the space then step back or move around and think more. We’re not kind of jammed against the wall with the problem of finishing the book”.
“I’ve always felt driven to write and other people have felt driven to do other things. And it’s like there’s a point where you realize that you have this sort of purpose, I see it as a path. It doesn’t mean that you have to do it 24 hours a day and if you’re not doing it, it doesn’t mean that you’re not any good at it”.
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