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Friday, June 9, 2017
Interview With Author Sean Kennedy
the Fire: Poems from Australia
Sean Kennedy is an Australian
geologist who has spent much of his career exploring minerals in the outback.
He discovered lime and gypsum deposits—the latter being sighted on a commercial
flight from Adelaide to Melbourne. During quiet times in the resources sector,
he taught geology in South Australia and Scotland. He currently lives in
Adelaide and is married with two children and four grandchildren. For more
information, please see: https://www.amazon.com/Into-Fire-Sean-Kennedy/dp/1524520063
really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or
experience and conveying it into a book? I belong to a tennis club. After each evening we played, we were asked
to contribute an item. Some chose to sing, others ran a general knowledge
quiz. A friend of mine, a leading expert
on the dung beetle, presented to us on his profession. To commemorate this, I
composed a poem on his work. This is in
my book. Other poems followed and soon
there were enough to launch my poetic memoir “Into the Fire,” which highlights
the small but significant moments in my life.
2.What is it about and whom do you believe
is your targeted reader? My book, “Into the Fire,” comprises 21
poems on a variety of topics that focus on my life in Australia. True stories
from my outback experiences as a geologist, the psychology of queues, ballads
on fictitious characters, experiments with poem forms, the game of cricket, the
terror of bushfires. Seemingly small and insignificant moments that provide a
glimpse into my life. My targeted
readers are anyone who would wish to learn about life in Australia. To that end, I have included map of the local
area to show where these poems take place.
do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your
book? What should remain with them long after putting it down? I hope that
readers would inquire more about my life and inspiration for “Into the
Fire.” I hope that they find I am a guy
with a good sense of humor. They might even
be inspired to book their next holiday in Australia.
advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers? Choose a topic in
which you have personal experience or a topic on which you possess a strong
affection. The poems may flow out of
you, or they may be hard to come by. In
any event, do not be afraid to edit the poems, sometimes several times
over. Some poems from my book took six
trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing
industry is heading? The
emphasis towards online publishing has been going on for some time. If you look
close enough, you will notice a return to printed books, just like a return to
vinyl records has been manifest in the music scene. I believe this can only be
a good thing.
great challenges did you have in writing your book? Sometimes I will
only half complete a poem before it is time to retire for the night, but then I
lie awake thinking of the next line or two. When my Eureka moment comes I jump
out of bed to scribble them down. his behavior is not designed to encourage
domestic bliss! Sometimes the rhymes
pour out of me, faster than I can write them down. Other times, I pore over a half-finished
verse for hours. Sometimes the advice of
a friend is offered to escape a rhyming conundrum. This can be useful, or it
may be counterproductive. The trick is
to recognize which.
7.If people can only buy one book this
month, why should it be yours? “Into the Fire” is a poet’s
creation which shines like a beam among offerings from other poets. The shear scope of the works reflects the
inner musings of a man who has had more than his share of adventure on the
planet. The various crises are described
in lively detail. Above all, my sense of
humor, is conveyed to the discerning reader.
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