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Talking With Connie Arnold

I want to thank Connie Arnold for taking the time to stop by and visit with us. I have come to know Connie and she is one of the most genuine people I have ever met. Her poetry is a true reflection of the love and kindness that shine from deep within her. In case you missed yesterday's post, please scroll down after this post for purchasing information on Abiding Hope & Love. And don't forget to leave a comment on either that post or this one for an autographed copy of the book. That said, sit back and enjoy the interview.

Interview questions – Joyce Anthony

1. Could you please tell our readers a bit about who Connie Arnold the person is?
Starting with a tough one, are you? I can easily tell you about my writing, but I’m a rather shy, quiet person. I care very much about other people, try to be encouraging and helpful, and generally am optimistic and cheerful.

2. Your poetry is so uplifting; do you ever find yourself in a mood that prevents you from writing?
I only write when there is inspiration. Sometimes it just comes to me, and that’s when the writing is easiest. Other times I have to actively seek inspiration and much prayer is needed. If I can’t write something that will be meaningful, uplifting and helpful to those reading it, I put it away and come back later to try again.

3. Have you considered venturing into other areas of writing, Connie, or is poetry where you feel your greatest message resides?
Poetry is definitely the gift I’ve been given and what I feel God uses to touch people’s hearts. I also write for children. I have three young grandsons, and I enjoy writing for them and other small children.

4. Would you be willing to share with us one of your most favorite poems (one that you have written that is)?
The poem that I’ve heard from so many people that it has touched their hearts and souls is “A Still, Small Voice”:

There’s a quiet spot in the depths of my being
where God in silence dwells,
The holy, infinite presence of God
where awareness slowly wells,
Away from the noisy outer world,
enclosed where it’s calm and still,
Breathing in deep tranquility
as mind and spirit fill.
It’s a silence that speaks without words,
and doesn’t sound to the ear,
But listening to it with my heart
can calm every doubt and fear.
The unconditional love I feel
makes each anxiety cease,
As the overwhelming essence of God
fills my soul with the sweetest peace.



5. Why do you write?
It is the easiest way for me to communicate what I want to share. There are thoughts and feelings welling up in me that need to be expressed and writing is a wonderful outlet. When I’m inspired with something, it seems to flow out into words on paper while I would probably stutter and stammer trying to express it aloud!

6. Poetry often needs to come "on its own". Do you have a regular routine to help get the inspiration flowing? If so, what is it?
Sometimes the poetry does come “on its own” as you say, and I will write anytime that happens. Other than that, as funny as it may sound, eating a banana gets my inspiration flowing! No, really it’s not the banana, but my routine is to go to the dining room table when I first get up in the morning with my Bible and a devotional book, pray, then read while I eat a banana. I also have a pencil and pad of paper handy and at least start on a poem during that time when the inspiration gets flowing.

7. Do you believe writing poetry such as yours can be taught or does it have to come from within?
The different forms of poetry can be taught and some of the basics, but the meaning has to come from within. Something has to inspire you enough to write with a passion that touches others for poetry to be effective.

8. Do you ever do poetry readings?
Yes, I’ve done readings for church groups, senior groups and retirement communities and plan to do more.

9. What author has influenced you the most, both personally and professionally?
That’s a good question! There have been quite a few authors who have influenced me in different ways personally. Professionally it would have to be someone who influenced my poetry writing, since that’s what has been published. I would say Helen Steiner Rice had an early influence on me long before I started writing poetry because my mother loved her poems so much and always had her books around. She wrote in a similar encouraging and uplifting, lyrical style that I usually do.

10. Is there anything you would like to share with us today about you, your writing or anything else?
I’d like to thank you, Joyce, for letting me share about my writing and books, and to invite those visiting to come by my website, www.freewebs.com/conniearnold to learn more about Abiding Hope and Love and read some poems. Each week I post a new poem on an Inspirational Poetry Blog and love to hear from readers!

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For those who would like to follow Connie on the rest of this tour, I have posted the schedule below :-)

April 20-21 Books and Authors, Joyce Anthony - includes free book drawing!

April 22 Virtual Book Tour de 'Net, Karina Fabian - interview

April 23 Book Reviewer and Author, Amber Stults - with book giveaway!

April 24 Stories by JB, JoAnne Bennett

April 27 Free Spirit, Marvin Wilson - interview with husband, Tom

April 28 Kat Logic, Katrina Wampler

April 29 The Surrendered Scribe, Julie Arduini

April 30 Heading Home, Lynn Mosher

Each day, April 20-30 Simply 4 God, Valerie Murray - excerpts

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4 comments:

valerie lynn said...

Awesome interview! Connie has such a beautiful gift for words and I enjoy reading her work. I so enjoyed this interview. Well done! God bless you!

conarnold said...

Joyce, thank you for sharing this interview. You asked some good questions!

Valerie, thank you for stopping by and your sweet comment. I hope many people will visit your beautiful blog too!

Marvin D. Wilson said...

Excellent post, this tour is inspirational every day. :) I'll be hosting a stop on the 27th and will have a little different twist to offer. Fun stuff!

Marvin D Wilson
http://inspiritandtruths.blogspot.com/

Joyce Anthony said...

Thanks, Valerie--yes, Connie is awesome! Marvin, I look forward to your day of hosting--you always do great stops. Connie, thank you for offering the book for the drawing-the winer will be anounced on Friday to give people a chance to stop by and comment :-)

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