Featured Interview With brynda MARA
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
About the author
The holy spirit of writing descended on me at the agonic age of twelve. First it was an escape from the depressing world of sexual, physical and emotional abuse that I received from
members of my community while growing up in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But soon it became my world, the only thing that made sense to me. The art of words led me to discover a world of pleasure while finding a way out of my misery. I learned to see people, life, emotions, and nature in a more colorful way, and was able to transform pain into something enlightened. In 5th grade I had to abandon school to live on the streets of Rio. As a consequence, for many years, I didn’t have confidence in my writing because I lacked a language in which I could be fluent.
At the age of twenty-one, I started to attend college and through my writing classes, my
passion for writing gained even more strength. However, the need for a stable income pulled me towards a business degree. It was not until 2007, at the age of twenty-nine, after finishing my Italian and Economics degrees and while traveling the world for a year, that I decided to make writing a priority in my life. Since then I have become a teacher of the English language, and now English literature, in order to better the only language that I feel confident in using to express myself: English. I have written many different types of poems throughout the years about nature, people, politics, places and love. I have also written three books in the last three years: Marshal Sea (a poetry collection), and The Modeling Guide Book For EVERY BODY which are both on Amazon. My most recent work, a poetry book called Seven Days, Twelve Months and a Year, is now in the process of finding a publishing house.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
When I was 12 while cutting class
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Dante Alighieri, Virginia Wolf, Pablo Neruda. I prefer reading poetry and specially humanism poetry and works. Dante, Virginia and Neruda are my biggest inspiration. I find the mind challenging humanism works of Dante a wakening to the soul and I try to use his techniques of speaking in codes as to drive my readers to think and realize that there are many meaning to the words I use or write sometimes. I try to keep the simplicity and accessibility of Pablo Neruda as a balance as I want everyone to be able to enjoy my work even if they are not fully literate or know the different literary techniques behind literature.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
In this collection, the author writes twenty one poems that transforms herself and her lover into different elements of nature in order to use its force of connectedness to travel to one another’s arms. Through the personification of nature her lover and herself are able to live their platonic love and become one with the earth. With the help of mother nature, the author dives deep into this sea of love, until the day she wakes up washed ashore with nothing left but the flavor of the sea on her lips. The number of poems were chosen to signify the divineness of love.
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