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Renee D. Burreson

I've never interviewed a poet until today! I spoke to Renee about her debut book and what attracted her to poetry. Read on to find out more about Renee and her debut book.​

Hello Renee, what is your debut book called and can you tell me more?

Hi Elizabeth, it's a book of poetry and its called Breakthrough.  I'm currently working on two more books,  starting two-book series.

You're already a busy bee! So let's get nosey, tell me a little about yourself.

I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico with my husband and two sons. My hobbies are baking, and every so often, going out to sing some karaoke.

​I can't hold a note to save my life! What interested you in writing?

My own personal struggles and questions I was too afraid to ask. Writing helped me find my voice.

What’s the main thing you love and hate about writing?

I love the creative process and the freedom in it. The ability to shape and create worlds and do things that otherwise I might not be able to is something truly profound. Especially in a world where we often find ourselves limited. While there are some elements of writing that are challenging, I am not sure if I can say I hate an aspect of the writing process and art form.

Who is the worst villain you’ve ever written, and why?

Right now, society. In my recently published poetry book, Breakthrough, I touched on society's basic response to issues that are too often shirked at and the negative impact of such. As well as the importance of growth and the need for change. We, as people, have the power to change and shape the world around us in ways that we don't realize.

Considering what's happening today that may be truer than ever. What is next on your list to write/publish?

Warlock's Chronicle Book One: Rise To Power Seeking Justice Book One: Trial By Fire

Who is your favourite author, and why?

Aside from Edgar Allan Poe, R. A. Salvatore as Salvator has a unique way of world-building that ties together elements of dark fantasy

Salvatore was one of the first fantasy writers I came across in the  Forgotten Realms saga. Great writer. Who encouraged you the most to write?

My number one fan, my husband.

That's sweet, are you as avid a reader as a writer?

I love to read a wide selection of authors. Reading is a must for any aspiring writer.

Now that is something I can agree with, what’s your favourite genre?

Fantasy, hands down. Poetry is a close second.

Do you listen to music when you write? 

I listen to a variety of music based on my current mood. If not, the mood I am seeking to capture. So I'll listen to music ranging from classical to metal.

If you could interview any famous author who would it be and why?

If it were possible, I'd want to speak with Poe. So much of his life and inspiration is left to speculation and to be honest, I'd like to know more inside details about his work that only he can give.

Tell me a secret that none of your fans know!

A secret none of my fans know? Well, I am not much of a cook. Yes, I can evaporate water and burn hamburger helper! So I spend a bit of time in the kitchen trying to improve my cooking skills, learning from my husband. Now, that man can cook!

Tell me what your main character would say about you!

In my two current projects, they would likely say I'm cruel given some of the things I allow them to endure.

Ouch, if only our characters could talk! It would be terrifying! Finally, any words of advice?

Never stop writing. If you love putting words to paper and have a message you want to get out there, write it! 

Thank you, Renee, for talking with me today, it was an enjoyable time. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do next! To keep up to date with Renee please follow her on the following links

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