Welcome back to the final installment with Poet Sarah Bracey White. In part IV there’s a little bit more of the writing life and a few interesting facts Sarah shares with us.
VAH: Sarah, the blank page stares back at you, what gets you over writers block?
SBW: Usually I have so many things percolating on my mental back burner that when I get a chance to sit down at the computer, I don’t have time for writer’s block. I also visualize page after page flying out of my printer as I print out the completed work.
VAH: Percolating is an excellent image. That’s how I think about ideas swimming around in my brain also. Now, the brass tacks of the writing life – what do you do in order to keep up with what you send out and results of your submissions?
SBW: I wish I were more organized about submissions. I print out the cover letter and put it in a folder marked “submissions.” When CavanKerry Press called me to say that they had selected my book for publication from all the submissions they received during their open call, I had to ask them what book had I submitted to them. The Managing Editor laughed at me. It had been six months since I submitted and I assumed that I’d been rejected once again.
VAH: That’s a great writing story. Let’s move away from writing a bit. What little known fact about you will amaze and/or amuse?
SBW: I’m a gardener who’s afraid of worms and I always wanted to be a back up dancer for Tina Turner.
VAH: When I first saw your photo, I thought of Tina Turner. How fun. What is your favorite, inspiring quote and why it works for you?
SBW: “Live as if there’s no tomorrow; but plan for one just in case.” I wrote that quote because the promise of writing success is far-fetched, but the joy of writing fulfills me. Thus, I do both things, and thrive.
VAH: What are three random non-writing related facts about you?
SBW: I’ve taught firefighting. I’m a good ballroom dancer and cook. I’m very spiritual.
VAH: I think we could add a whole ‘nother series of interview questions off those three. We’re going to leave the readers wondering!
It’s your last meal – what would you eat?
SBW: A Maryland Crab Imperial appetizer, baked butterfly shrimp, macaroni and cheese, corn muffins, coleslaw, root beer soda, and banana pudding for dessert.
VAH: And why?
SBW: It would be my last meal because I was embarking on a life in an alternate universe where food and other physical things don’t exist.
VAH: Sounds like a story percolating. Thank you Sarah for taking the time to participate in Three by Five. Readers, below are some links to Sarah’s work and Sarah on the web.
Fiction: The Wanderlust
Interview in Lohud.com January 7, 2013
Memoir: Primary Lessons at CavanKerry Press
Dreaming In Color Living in Black and White, Page 39 Sarah Bracey White
Introducing Sarah Bracey White, Part I, Part II, Part III