A. M. Freeman
Hometown/Location:Calhoun Georgia, USA
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My love of writing probably came from my love of reading. I was a very late reader, but my mom and brothers were constantly reading. Sitting around listing to them, I got very good at understanding the stories and playing them in my head, and it wasn’t long until I started coming up with my own stories. I could write long before I could read, and by the time I was six or seven I was trying my hand at writing my own stories, although I really started to get a grip on it when I was twelve. And I haven’t stopped.
Why do you write?
For fun and adventure! And the characters that have implanted themselves in my head and wont leave me alone until I give them a place to live and an adventure to go on. I find it incredible that with marks on a paper, or strokes on a keyboard, you can create imagery worlds full of wonder. Then you can share them, tell stories of bravery and faith. To give someone a place to explore, and find hope and wonder, is and adventure on it’s on. And I love adventures!
What is your favorite genre or style to write in?
As I mentioned I like adventures, so fantasy and Si-Fi are high on my list. In worlds like that you have free rain to do whatever you want, as long as you can come up with a good excuse to go with it. It’s really existing! I’ve written a lot of times end in an epic battle. I’ve also written a few urban and other, and poems when the mood, or muse, strikes me.
But I still have time to explore, I’ll write in whatever supports the stories that pop up in my head. But I most like ones I can fit the most wonder and adventure in.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I can not choose one, I have two. I know them both and could never pick one over the other, they’re both just too amazing. John C. Wright and L. Jagi Lamplighter are HUGE inspiration to me, (more then I can express in the short space here) and have written some of my favorite books. They each have their wonderful way of writing, Lamplighter can paint beautiful pictures with the smooth stokes of her pen, and to fill her stories with wonder. While John is very good at throwing you head long into one heck of a roller coaster of a story, and add in incredible ideas and unforgettable characters. You can always learn something from them.
Of course those are just the two I always think of, but there are so many more that I love and learn from.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Oh, I don’t know. There’s been so many I’ve admired and learn from. When I was younger I always loved the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Of course the Bible is the biggest influence of all. Other than that, I guess just stories that tell of wonder that sparks my imagination, and drives me to find more of these stories, or to create my own.
Do you have a favorite quote or piece of advice that you would like to share with us?
Never cease to find the wonder in all things. and love your neighbor as yourself
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Just write, and write what you love. If there’s a story burning in your head, then get it out. Don’t worry to much about every detail in the first writings, there’ll be time for that later. And if you’re having trouble with what you’re working on, don’t be afraid to step away from it for a bit. In the mean time try to find someway or another to keep writing anything, even just in a journal everyday, but try not to give up or jump around from one thing to the next and never finish anything.
Can you tell us a little background or anything special on the piece you composed?
This is a little poem I wrote on how amazing the written language is. Think about it, wonder is held in stories, stories are held in books, books are made up of words, words are made up of letters, and letters are basically scribbles on a page.
But look at the enormous effect these scribbles can make!
Words. What a strange thing they are,
They can light a fire in the heart or leave a terrible scar.
Only marks on a paper or the sounds on a tongue,
But the power they wield can make a mother kill her young.
Oh the truth they can hold and the wonders they tell!
But also their lies and the sound of the death knell.
There are words of love, and words of hate, but words there are and will always stay.
Words can hold stories and words can hold lies,
Words can make you dream or to cry.
I can stare for hours at scribbles words on a page,
For those scribbles hold stories of lands far away.
But there are words of hatred and deceit and of lies,
The words of the wicked that make the innocent die.
There are words of love, and words of hate, words that cause my heart to race.
Words can be meaningless and hold nothing more,
Or fill you with such wonder and truth like nothing before.
There were words of a viper that damned the soul,
And words so powerful they created the world.
Some words are to die for, because they hold truth and life,
And some words to loath, for they bring destruction of all kinds.
There are words of love, and words of hate, and words of life the Creator gave.
It is not the words but their the meanings that hold power,
The way they are understood or the way they are blundered.
There are many words and some we don’t understand,
They are spoken in countries of far away lands.
Words communicate and help us to find,
To understand and express the thoughts in our mind.
There are words of love, and words of hate, words that create or words that are mistakes.
I yearn for my words to be understandable and right,
But often I am left staring at a blank page all night.
Or to speak words of truth so strong and amazing,
But my courage fails and my tongue becomes lazy.
But I will strive and struggle to bring beauty and truth to big and to small,
This is the wish of a writer, and that is all.
There are words of love, and words of hate, but I pray some day my words might be great!
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Lost in La-La-Land blog: http://lostinlalalandblog.wordpress.com/
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