Friday, 19 October 2012
Author Interview: Jeffrey Bolden
I was born October 23, 1987 in San Diego, CA, but I am so Southern. Spent most of my life in the Southern States, living everywhere from New Orleans to McComb, MS to Gulfport, MS, but I've also had the distinct pleasure in living in places like Japan and Hawaii. But again, I didn't just live in those places. If you were to look at my school transcript history and my moving history, you would probably think I was on a world tour my entire life and you wouldn't be that wrong. My mom was in the Navy so being in the Navy I got to travel and experience a lot. Some good and some bad just like everybody, but along the way, I've developed many talents. Not just artistically, but socially as well, which is why I may seem like such an enigma. Usually
writers are known for their reclusive behavior, that's why I get such strange looks when I tell people I am an author. Then they actually read my stuff and then people see why I'm an author. I've been called the voice before, an inspiration as well. That's when I learned that I have power behind these words, and in the great word of Stan Lee, "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility." I have a responsibility to every person who was told would never achieve or would never grasp their dreams because of either where they come from or their past. I owe it to them to show the world that even a Bad Boy like myself can do good.
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
The story always creates itself. I'm either on the sidelines taking notes or some part of me is actively taking a part in the story itself.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
Of course. My characters are dynamic. It's their story. I don't know the ending. I don't what the're feeling. Only they do and once I received that understanding, once I realized that these were real people with real emotions, I stopped trying to control the path they took and instead, let them walk their own, even if offbeat.
What is your favourite food?
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Definitely night owl. Definitely inspired by the moon.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
Any place weed friendly like Ontario or Nova Scotia or Amsterdam because the people are going to be chiller. I also want to go to the UK because that's the motherland of literature. Some African Americans want to go back to Africa to explore their roots, well my veins don't pump blood, they pump poetry, so of course I'd want to visit places where Shakespeare, Hemmingway, and other legendary figures came from.
Do distant places feature in your books?
Nope. I have to be honest, not particularly, unless it's a fantasized place only because if I have to use a real place realistically I want it be accurate. I want the story to feel organic and the best research is exploration, but that's just simply my opinion.
Do you listen to music while writing?
All the time and all kinds. Music is inspiration. As a matter of fact, both of my books that are published are named after songs, all of my manuscripts named after either albums or songs or both. Music has a direct parallel to everything that I write. There's a certain rhythm in every word I paint.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
Book Of Soul is a portrait of poetry, prose, and short stories that fully capture what was going on inside of my mind at that given time. You never know what you are bound to stumble upon. It's a book of lessons. It's a book of pain. It's a book of love. It's a book of rebellion. It's a book of expression. It's a book of soul. My soul to be exact.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
I've learned that constant repetition is the path to progression and with publishing, you have to be active in it. Just because you are good or even great does not mean that everybody will get you. Writing is like trying to translate your soul into words and hoping that the person reading is able to understand you.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Not at all.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
Getting into trouble, living life. I lived the kind of life that should be recording in history books anyways, why not write myself.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Constant repetition is the path to progression. Greatness is 1% inspiration 99% perspiration. Keep writing, keep living, keep loving.
What are three words that describe you?
calm, cool, collected
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
I don't really know. Is it strange to be an author whose favorite book doesn't exist?
A collection of poetry, prose, and short stories from the mind of Jeffrey Bolden illustrates the complexities of the dark mind of a struggling dark college student to a starving artist in the face of the most insurmountable adversities with only a notebook and pen in hand. After countless amounts of pens exhausted and numerous composition notebooks filled, Book of Soul was conceived, with short stories ranging from a conflicted superhero in a desolate future, to poetry describing the most profound and deepest love have for one who
could never love him to prose explaining the different levels of love in relation to Sigmund Freud's theory of the human psyche, Book Of Soul explores the very depths of a dark mind as he discovers just who he is meant to be. A writer. The author of a Book Of Soul.
List of previous books if any
Any websites/places readers can find you on the web.
Thank you, Jeffrey and good luck with your books!