Saturday is for Sharing
Guest: Ann Chiappetta, Author
Saturday is for Sharing –
Ann Chiappetta, Author
SCAN, is hosted by
Lynda McKinney Lambert & Miss Opal
Lynda_ Miss Opal and I want to welcome you today to our blog studio here at SCAN. We enjoy meeting our guests and finding out more about how you create your books and where your ideas come from. Our guests are all so different. We just started doing our interviews this year and it’s really been fun for us.
Ann_I want to thank you, Lynda and Miss Opal, for providing this blog as an avenue for artists and writers to share what we find most interesting, motivating and difficult about the creative process.
Lynda_ How did you decide what you wanted to discuss in this interview after I gave you our list of “40 Questions,” to think about?
Ann_ Choosing only three questions was a challenge; I was finally able to focus and pick out questions I thought I’d like to ask other writers and artists. That helped me decide. Not the easiest for a Pisces.
In any case, I sure hope your readers learn more about me, my creative process and how I fit into this universe.
Miss Opal_ Hi Ann, I am so glad you finally decided what you want to talk about today. I was thinking about asking you something that I often wonder about, myself.
Have you ever considered that you might have to choose something you would have to live without? And, if that would happen, what would it be? And,, how would that feel to you? I am all about feelings, Ann. And, I often worry about losing things, too. It is hard to make choices, sometimes, isn’t kt!
Ann_ What would happen if something I have went away?
My first thought was ELECTRICITY. (laughing).
Seriously, though, I meant to say, CREATIVITY.
I wonder what would happen if I lost the ability to create, to imagine, to strive to connect with others through the creative word. I would shrivel up and cease to exist. Throughout my life, both personally and professionally, I was able to weave in a spirit of creativity, lending more meaning to relationships and tasks.
Lynda_ Is there something in particular you are thinking about, Ann?
Ann_During the time of being employed by a linens store chain, I volunteered to design the displays and impressed the managers so much I was often chosen without even raising a hand.
Lynda_ Did you do other creative activities or art work before you lost your eyesight?
Ann_ Just before losing most of my vision from retinitis pigmentosa, I learned acrylic furniture design.
Once I lost the ability to see, I truly felt lost and useless. The connection with my Muse was severed and it took many years to develop the writing muscle and transition from the visual to the literary arts. I began writing poetry after a very long hiatus and once I found the connection, I soon became less frustrated and more willing to take risks. I dove into the rehabilitation process, completed college and finally a master’s program. I believe if I hadn’t made the transition to literary creativity I would not have made it this far.
Lynda_ I know you have published 2 books and I’d like to know more about how that came about.
Ann_ I’ve written and published two books so far;
Upwelling: Poems (2016)
Follow Your Dog A Story of Love and Trust (2017)
I am an Indy author. The motivation behind forging on and releasing my books as an Indy author goes back many years.
My father’s best friend was an editor in a publishing house and he often gifted us with advanced copies of the coffee table books and free encyclopedias. We not only had a full set of Audubon reference books, we had Atlases and specialty volumes. I was low vision back then, wearing very thick and heavy glasses. I recall the scent and feel of the full color fresh water aquarium reference book, the reference guide on dolphins and whales, and many others. The Audubon books were filled with lithographs of line drawings from Audubon, Charles Darwin and even Remington’s early sketches. I wanted to be an artist, to give others a way to see what I did, just like the naturalists. I didn’t realize this desire stayed with me and now, after age 50, I am able to finally honor this desire to create and share the words prompted by the creative tapestry of my life.
Miss Opal_ Ann, do you ever get discouraged or worry about what to write?
Ann_ What discourages me most is having lost my vision.
I sometimes go back to the pity pot when I am challenged with the frustrating limitations and asking others to assist me. I think, “I used to be able to do this and now I have to ask.”
Lynda_ Yes, I understand that feeling, too. I have little meltdowns sometimes when I feel overwhelmed or have to ask for some help. I am trying to learn to be better at this, too, Ann. It is hard.
Ann_ The most gratifying part of being a writer and poet is knowing the words I’ve written have helped influence another person to understand the message in the words and apply them to his or her own life. I am inspired by the sharing of ideas and creativity and the way in which a person expresses passion, pain, joy, and personal growth.
SOME FINAL THOUGHTS from Ann
Creation can be a singular endeavor but sharing it is not; writing a poem, for instance, is a transition moving from the writer’s mind to the memory on a computer. Internal to external.
Once this is accomplished, the poem takes on energy and soon, if all goes right, it is shared. It is the miracle of language and the act to create and connecting with others which I find most compelling and most healing.
Lynda_ what’s coming up next in your writing life, Ann?
Ann_ My third volume scheduled for release next March.
My 3rd book is a collection of poetry and essays.
Words of Life: Poems and Essays.
Miss Opal_ Our readers will like to know about your website so they can read more about you and your books. Read it now!
Thank you for visiting with us on this freezing cold winter morning in mid-December.
Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright July 7, 2018. All rights reserved.
Saturday is for Sharing is a SPECIAL FEATURE series coordinated by Lynda and Miss Opal, her feline writing partner. Lynda and Miss Opal live in rural western Pennsylvania in The Village of Wurtemburg.
Lynda is the author of 2 published books:
Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage Buy it!
Lynda has just completed her 3rd book to be published in early 219:
Star Signs: New & Selected Poems
Lynda’s has completed her FIRST CHAPBOOK :
first snow, 16 Poems with a Wintry Theme.
Will be published in 2019.
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