Bio for Andrew Reeves, Jr.
Andrew Reeves is a freelance writer currently occupying space in Newark, NJ though he considers the rolling green hills of Pennsylvania his home. Aside from Fragile Things, he is currently working on his debut solo novel, as well as an additional collaborative project. When he’s not seducing his muse or refereeing his young children, Andrew is an avid reader and blogger. His random thoughts can be sampled at www.jadedmuse.me.
Bio for Tzynya L. Pinchback
mother to serendipitous girl child/poem and prose-maker using narrative as shaman, lyric as landscape/is vessel ‘out to sea’, weathered, with one foot on dry land/at home in Georgia, at home nowhere/is love song, bawdy limerick, and swamp boogie fiddle repurposed as syllable and form.
What genre do you consider yourself?
Tzynya: Mixed genre-poetry & prose, experimental and occasionally literary.
Give us a synopsis of your most recent book in 3 paragraphs or less
The bartering of intimate spaces, real or imagined, and the fleeting embrace of things perceived vulnerable or existing in disrepair.
Space for Fragile Things is the retelling of an accidental tryst between a man and woman during a summer vacation. The passionate union and haunting end is told in conversations between the lovers in haiku, poetry, and short letters of correspondence.
Titles of all of your books
AR: Taste of Love – romance novel tentatively releasing 2011; Space for Fragile Things, 2010
TP: EveSongs –poetry chapbook, 1996; Space for Fragile Things, 2010
What made you decide to become an author?
AR: I honestly never considered myself “author” material. I’ve always written because it’s something I enjoy; something I could never imagine NOT doing.
TP: Becoming an author feels like the natural progression for a writer, in my opinion. I enjoy writing; I enjoy sharing my work and re-negotiating that work through the reader’s eye.
What do you enjoy most about being an author?
AR: The most enjoyable aspect of writing for me has always been crafting the story. Once you have a compelling story, everything else seems to fall into place.
TP: Crafting the piece; the physical act of creating beautiful language from the random thoughts and ideas lurking in the imagined space of your mind.
If you could meet one author, who would it be?
AR: John Grisham
TP: Sylvia Plath
How are you giving back to the literary community?
AR: Encouraging the next generation of writers is very important to me. This endeavor starts at home with my children. My oldest daughter never leaves home without her notebook.
TP: I think one of the ways we are giving back to the literary community is by making our book, Space for Fragile Things, free to readers via download. It was important to us that everyone be able to enjoy this work. Currently, I am researching a nonprofit organization to partner with on a future poetry project that would allow my work to be utilized in fundraising efforts.
Give one tip you would give new authors?
AR: Do not get in your own way.
TP: Read more.
What is the biggest lesson you've learned since becoming an author?
AR: An author’s writing is never truly his own. He creates it, and then sends it out into the world.
TP: The business of writing isn’t nearly as forgiving as the act of writing.
What is the one thing that irks you about the literary industry?
AR: How difficult it has become to get into the market.
TP: Substance is often overlooked for the next big trend. If you are not willing to bend your work to fit into the popular mold, you could find your work reduced to wishful thinking.
Who, What, When and Where is your next event?
March 21. Reading and signing for Space for Fragile Thing at The Urban Grind Coffeehouse, 962 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318. For info: Cambridge Jenkins, organizer firstname.lastname@example.org
Suggest a preferred literary service.
Editing and Marketing.
Where can readers find your work?
Website for the free e-book: www.asummerago.com. Andrew’s blog www.jadedmuse.me. Tzynya’s blog: www.warmprettythings.blogspot.com
Andrew Reeves: Andrew.email@example.com
Tzynya Pinchback: firstname.lastname@example.org