Monday, May 26, 2014
Have a Seat: Clara Freeman!
Clara Freeman is a former nurse with over 30 years experience in Healthcare. A poet, freelance writer and inspirational author whose work, geared toward inspiring and motivating others, has been published in several magazines and anthologies. A mother of two, grandmother of six and a recent great grandma, Clara makes family a priority, but admits to being easily bribed by the allure of sunrises, sunsets and great conversations.
Believing that her passion and purpose is a gift from God, Clara uses her voice to invoke possibility. She also shares personal stories of struggle and triumphs on a personal journey to wholeness in her eBook, “My Life Toward Authenticity-My Authentic Woman Story” available for purchase on Amazon.com. Clara is currently working on two books; a memoir and a romantic thriller and hopes to complete both projects by the end of the year. To find out more about her writings and mentoring services, visit her blog at http://www.wisewoman2.wordpress.com.
What inspired you to become a writer?
My love for reading from kindergarten ‘See Spot Run’ to High School English Literature with Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, James Weldon Johnson and so on. It was the connection and great love for expression I got from reading that fueled the fire in me to create.
Which of your books do you consider your “pride & joy” Why?
I self published a short book of poems in 1996, before the internet boom, called “Sometimes Home Is A Lonely Place” and I sold only about 500 copies, but it was my pride and joy because of the realness of people responses, which I felt validated for me the work I was trying to do during a time when I wasn’t quite sure about my creative focus.
Do you have any preparation rituals before you begin to work?
I start with Prayer for possibility upon awakening, which carries me into my computer room and the ambiance of solitude and the stillness of an early morning, accompanied by a great cup of coffee.
If you had to come up with a book title to describe your life, what would it be?
“God Knows Whose I Am”
If you had the chance to have dinner with any author who would it be?
Wow, so many great authors, living and dead. I would have wanted to break bread with the late Playwright, Lorraine Hansberry, just to be in the presence of her genius.
We all have family, work and other obligations…how do you maintain balance
while in the middle of a writing project?
I’m all about family and my first priority is to my family, so I don’t usually have a problem with it. The reason I get up in the wee hours is so that I can step away from a project if I have to.
What is one piece of advice that you received about writing that helped you the most?
I’ve been blessed to have people who are encouraging in their mentorship of my work. But, the advice that stands out the most came from the late poet Gwendolyn Brooks at a time when I wasn’t sure about my path. She sent a card in response to work I’d sent to her. The card reads, in part;
“It’s obvious that you are committed to positives and will only say what you feel. Keep “a-going”!
Where can we purchase your books? And how can we keep up with you?
My motivational eBook, “My Life Toward Authenticity- My Authentic Woman Story” can be purchased at my Amazon author’s page: https://amazon.com/author/clarafreeman or from Barnes & Noble Kindle Edition. You can also visit the following:
Last, but not least…what and when is your next release?
About three years ago, I started work on my Memoir and promptly announced it to the public- bad idea because I wasn’t prepared to write it.
I can tell you that I have returned to complete what I’ve started and I’m also working on a suspense thriller with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. The book follows the protagonist from the mayhem of Las Vegas casinos to the main streets of Memphis, Tennessee, the birthplace of Blues and Rock & Roll. That’s all I’m going to say for now, but I’m vowing to remain consistent and hope to have something tangible to share by the end of 2014.