Today, I wanted to do something a little different. Instead of me talking about writing, I wanted to talk with a fellow writer and get his view on writing. Ill be doing this occasionally, interviewing other writers about their works and their views on writing. Today, Ill be interviewing a poet named Diarmaid de Frates, who is also known as Kam Freewind. He resides in Ireland at the moment. He attends university doing an English and History course. You can find most of his works online in websites such as “All Poetry”. He is also a Stanzas regular (look at my previous blog post).
- How long have you been writing?
Hm.Well.I’ve been writing mostly since I was about 16, so four years, but the first poem I wrote was for a dead bird I found when I came home from school when I was 7.
2. Aw. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Mmmmhm xD Well, I used to do it just as a thing when I was a kid, saw an opportunity to enter competitions and the like. But when I really found my… Muse, let’s say… It was in response to a scathing public “letter” (blog post) that an ex made, directed at me. Thus was spawned “To My Olde Best Friend.”
3. Do you have a specific writing style?
Idk… Most of it is in-line rhyming, very conversational rather than having a strict rhyming scheme, though I kinda drift between both styles… Guess you’d call it free-form or slam.
4. What books have influenced your life and your writing?
I have no idea, never thought about it.
5. What authors/poets do you idolise or enjoy?
Edgar Allan Poe
Um… Emily Dickinson
Don’t know who else
6. Great choices. By the looks of things, you produce mainly poetry such as Social Creatures and I Will Only Fade Away Someday. Have you ever written or attempted to write a short story or a novel?
Written short stories in the past, working on a memoir.
7. cool and how is that going? Do you have a process that you go through when you are writing such as locking yourself in your room etc?
meh, it’s alright lol
“Write fucked, edit sober”
8. Do you see writing as a career you may pursue?
As a side-career, words don’t pay bills.
9. What books are you reading at the moment?
Re-reading Animal Farm atm.
10. I’ve never read it. Any good? In your opinion, what is the hardest part of writing?
Mhm, very good. Especially considering how well it ties in with modern “Social Justice” idiots. Um, I have no idea, I don’t make problems for myself xD I’d say it’s probably just being able to tap into what you have to write.
11. How would you plan out your poetry? When you have the idea, how do you formulate that onto paper?
I don’t, I just write.
12. Out of all the pieces you have written, what one would you be most proud of? And why?
The duo-piece: I’m Not Crazy / Or Maybe I Am… Because it came out all at once, and is probably my favourite to read.
13. Oh right, that makes sense. It is a good poem. The poem I like by you is I Will Only Fade Away Someday. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers out there?
Well, mostly just to write and keep writing, submit the works you like, and keeping a blog is generally a decent idea. Even if it’s just used as a bit of an online diary, so long as you’re writing something.
If any of you are interested in checking out Diarmaid’s poetry, I have put a links down below. I recommend you do because he is a good poet. I hope to interview someone else soon. Ill keep yee updated!