1. Hello! Thanks for taking part in this interview. Now, tell us a little bit about you and your work!
Hi readers, I’m Taryn from Cape Town, South Africa. I work as a Data Scientist with interests in writing, art, photography, walking and so much more. I’d also like to mention that depression and anxiety are part of my life and have had an impact on the way I live and write.
2. Before we get into everything else, do you have anything published? If yes, you can add links to your work and your socials in question ten!
I’ve published one academic paper and two poetry volumes.
3. Why did you start writing and how did you start writing?
I started writing as a kid, probably around 6 or 7 years of age. I wanted to escape my reality. The worlds I created were so much more fun.
4. Do you have a specific writing schedule, or do you just write at any time?
I do not have a consistent schedule. I write when I can find a gap between work and studies. I should write more frequently but too many competing deadlines on other projects.
5. What inspires you? Does life itself inspire you? Do ideas just come to you? What about searching online for ideas?
I have a vivid imagination and often hen the insomnia kicks in, I explore ideas until I eventually fall asleep. I’m also a Pinterest fan and will often just scroll through images until something grabs my attention. I also use boards for my books. I “cast” my characters so that it’s a lil easier describing their physical attributes or tune in on their personality. I guess that makes me attuned to visual stimulus.
6. Has your work every made you laugh? Smile? Cry?
Once. It was a poem meant as a eulogy for someone I really loved. I’m kinda afraid to go that deep in my novels… I’m not sure how to contain all that emotion in the writing space without it influencing my mood for longer periods of time.
7. Do you have a number one supporter, or even multiple supporters!?
There are a few people on Twitter that have stuck with me since I first joined. Yes, they have seen me at my worst and experienced my deleting compulsion and somehow are still around. I am so grateful.
8. Do you have any advice for someone who may be feeling negatively towards their work? Perhaps they feel it’s not good enough or are struggling to find ideas and motivation. What would you say to them?
I feel negatively about my work. I must constantly remind myself of my worth and why I write through my darkest times. I’ve toasted 3 blogs because I was in a bad mental health cycle. I wanted to erase any signs of myself online and just destroyed everything. I regretted it once I was in a better space. The advice I would offer is: DO NOT DELETE OR ERASE your efforts. Your work matters. Your journey matters. You matter.
9. Before we wrap up, how about a fun question! Do you enjoy editing!?
I prefer editing other’s work but often struggle in giving feedback that is constructive and motivating. In other words, I’ll probably break your spirit by being overly critical and I don’t want to do that… so, I do not offer this service. I do not attempt to edit my own work as I can’t see my own mistakes.
10. Okay, now for the real stuff, post the links to your work and your socials!
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Thank you for taking part in this interview!