Cindy Smith, author of poetry books Voices in my Head and They Won’t Shut Up honours us—or honors us, since she’s an American—with her visit today. Cindy was raised in upstate New York. She has worked a variety of jobs during her life—store associate, certified electronic technician, and currently an over-the-road truck driver. Cindy has lived is many states from Maine to Florida, and now resides in Indiana.
Hello Cindy, thank you so much for coming in. First, congratulations on the release of They Won’t Shut Up. Would you like to give us a one-sentence summary of this book?
Poems that help deal with life’s situations.
What compelled you to write it?
I have written poetry all my life as a means of understanding the world I see.
How did you come up with the titles of your books, Cindy?
Voices in my Head I came up with because that is where I get the poems from. I hear them. They Won’t Shut Up is a continuation.
Would you share one-paragraph excerpt from each of your books?
Voices In My Head:
The winds of change are blowing cold
Within my world today.
My dreams of love and happiness
Have all been drawn away.
No longer can I feel the warmth
From his once gentle touch.
My heart now aches within my chest. Oh, I miss him so much!
Where has the caring tenderness
Gone from this old life?
What happened to the vows we made
Joining as man and wife?
Hindsight shows so clearly now
It’s been coming for a while. I got lost in fun and cheer And the lie behind a smile.
They Won’t Shut Up:
Amazed that two
Can meet online
Find share a heart
A chance remark
Or comment played
Forms a strong bond
New Friendship made
Worlds are now joined
Problems we share
Both blessed with one
Who shows they care
It matters not
For heart held tight
By friend we got!
Beautiful! Thank you, Cindy. How did you start to write?
I have written as far back as I can remember, it is the only way to get the rhymes out of my head.
Who would you say have been the most influential authors in your life?
Dr. Seuss, Alex Huxley and Dalton Trumbo.
What is it that really strikes you about their work?
Each of them shows the world as it is becoming and asks us to think about what the consequences of our actions will be. Very powerful ideas.
What story would you like to share about the joy, challenge, or hardship of writing?
The biggest challenge for me is believing anyone wants to read what I write. I know it sounds strange, but I never saw myself as a published poet. I really just did the first book for my daughter and to get my friends to stop telling me I should do it.
Cindy, the world is more beautiful with your contribution! Keep writing 🙂
Now, who gives you the most encouragement and why is that important to you?
I am so blessed with great friends that encourage me. I can’t name just one.
It is such a blessing to know that there is someone who wants to know the real answer to “How are you doing?” Your heart just fills.
Gratitude is the first step towards inner peace, good on you Cindy. What are you working on right now? Tell us your latest news.
I am working on book three. I already have 33 new poems written. I have also submitted my first book to the publishers of the second one for consideration of a re-release.
Good luck for that. Your new book has been so well received. What’s your best marketing strategy?
Haven’t found it yet…got any ideas, lol?
Lol back. What are your other hobbies, Cindy?
I love to read, listen to music and cook.
What is your other profession?
I drive a semi over-the-road with my husband.
I usually get my poems while I am driving so I carry a voice recorder to capture them. Then I just type when I feel like it.
Tell us a bit about who or/and what matters to you.
People matter to me. It bothers me when I see how much hate there is because of someone’s skin color or religion. Every group has some bad apples, it doesn’t make them all terrible. Some of the worst crimes have been done by white AngloSaxon Christian males, and yet a few Muslim terrorists has created a web of hate for the millions of gentle followers.
World peace will arrive when duality stops, Cindy, so let’s do our part towards end. What one thing is important for your readers to know about you?
I will write about anything. If you say it in a comment on Facebook…I will steal it. Why? I never know what my mind is going to decide as a poem topic. I have written several based on comments on Facebook.
Looks like your mind is awake and you’re forever alert—perhaps from your habit while driving.
Any tips on reading and writing?
I believe you should not force writing. If it isn’t coming to you smoothly, it won’t come to the reader smooth either. Readers should always remember to review any indie book. It is the only way to let people know about us!
How true. And your beautiful poems sure comes from the heart, my best wishes for them.
Would you like to tell us about who you are at home?
My husband and I will soon be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. Our daughter is an angel now and we are proud grandparents of a beautiful little girl. I love animals and used to have 10 cats and 3 dogs. Purple is the only color that anyone really needs.
Purple! I loved purple when I was a little girl, I remember asking mum to add purple flowers to the tablecloth she was embroidering. And congratulations on the anniversary, Cindy! Happy wishes for the both of you and your granddaughter too. Thank you so much for your time.