Carla M. Cherry, a teacher and poet.
Here is her inspiring journey in her words!
1. Please describe Carla M. Cherry:
Answer: My name is Carla M. Cherry. I am a mother, a teacher, and a lifelong lover of words and stories; they compel me to write.
2. Please describe your skills:
Answer: I am an amateur blogger and a poet who has published four books of poetry:
- Gnat Feathers and Butterfly Wings (2008)
- Thirty Dollars and a Bowl of Soup (2017)
- Honeysuckle Me (2017)
- These Pearls Are Real (2018)
I am also in the process of starting my own line of t-shirts featuring one of my poems.
3. What inspired to pursue your passion?
Answer: I’ve been writing poetry since I was seven. I enjoy connecting with other people through written and spoken language. I love being told, “I like what you write,” or when someone buys one of my books and asks me to sign it! I also strongly believe in working to make the world a better place–I make donations to various organizations from my book sales.
4. What are the difficulties you faced and how did you overcome them?
Answer: One challenge I’m facing is gaining exposure for my writing. I’m naturally shy, and I’m not famous. Since I enjoy connecting with other people, I have done two things to help me achieve my goal: I set realistic goals for sales, and I have become pretty adept at using social media to network, especially with other writers. I’ve joined online and offline writers’ groups, attend open mics when I can, I have done several radio and online interviews with various publications, and have hosted several readings where I have performed my poetry.
5. Your message to the audience/beginners?
Answer: Learn your craft–it’s an important first step of developing trust in your voice and talent. Read often and widely across genres. Take writing classes and workshops so that you can study other writers, nourish original writing pieces, and receive feedback. Use what you can from critiques in order to revise, polish, and proofread your work. Share your perfected work–seek publication of your finished pieces in small literary journals, and attend readings so that you can share them with other people. If you’re on social media, it’s a great way to spread the word about your artistry, events you will attend or host, and publications. Doing those things will help you build a readership, and make marketing much easier.
6. Where can the people find you?
Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/carlacherry
Thank you, Carla M. Cherry, for taking the time to participate in our weekly column “Writer of the Week“.
Best wishes from Phonic Words for your future endeavours.
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