- What do you think is the biggest challenge of Poetry Authors in the Bookish Industry?
I think a big challenge for poets is to stand out amongst others. With social media outlets growing and writing pages becoming more popular, it is hard for a poet to get recognized. I try to follow as many poets as I can, not only to increase my own skills but also to get my name out there. Being an author of a book is one thing, but making sure your book even gets discovered is the hardest part of it all.
- What inspires you or pushes you to write a poetry book?
The main inspirations behind my poetry book were losing love and life experience. I’ve always had a passion for writing, but after my last relationship ended, poetry sort of came naturally to me. It felt very organic to turn something so life changing into an art form that I particularly resonated with.
- If you are going to date someone, fictional or not, dead or alive, who would it be and why? What are the things that you are going to do on your date?
I would absolutely date Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead. I am a huge fan of the show, and not only is he super attractive, but I love the way he protects the people closest to him, even under the most difficult circumstances. He always does what he thinks is right and tries to save humanity, even when people are killing and becoming inhumane. I’m not a huge gun person, but I definitely think we would go to a shooting range, so he could teach me how to kill zombies. It would be a great way to relieve stress, and he would also make me feel very protected.
- If you are going to describe your book, (You Broke Me) Open in ten words, what would it be?
Piercing, Cathartic, Cutting, Honest, Hard-hitting, Depressing (at times), Inspiring, Strong, Empowering, and Sincere.
- If you are going to give advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?
It might be too deep for a 10-year-old, but I would say don’t pay attention to other people’s opinions of you. Stay young as long as possible, in the sense that you are free to be imaginative and hopeful, without the imposition of societal standards.
- Who are Brynn Taylor 5 years from the past?
I go into more detail in my poetry book, but five years ago I was constantly seeking attention and affection that I was unable to provide for myself. I thought I had life all figured out, and that falling in love would be easy. I got so caught up in finding what I was looking for in a guy, that I forgot to think about myself. I was often quiet and made poor decisions, but today I’ve realized that you have to put yourself first and the right person will come along without having to force it.
- One thing you are grateful for, for belonging in the bookish community.
I am eternally grateful for the community I was able to build with my writing. My followers, on both my Instagram page and my blog, brynnspiration, are so supportive and kind and hearing how my words affect people never ceases to amaze me. Most of these people I have never met in person, and have no idea what they are going through, but I feel so connected to them. I’m also in a Facebook group with other writers from Thought Catalog, and we constantly come up with prompts and questions for each other to help expand our horizons. They are some of the nicest people I’ve ever “met” and I’ve never even seen them in real life.
- What makes poetry more unique than a novel?
Poetry is extremely different than writing a novel. A novel flows freely and tells a story from start to finish. Poetry leaves so much more up for interpretation. It is piecing together different parts of a puzzle, but it can also be understood individually. I think poetry gives the writer and reader a much better chance to play with words and to discover how each line, word, and metaphor can be construed. It’s always fun to see how poets are interpreting different parts of their lives, whether they are happy or sad, and turning them into something beautiful.
- You are also a reader before you became an author, right? What are the poetry books that influence you along the way?
I didn’t read that much poetry actually, but I was very inspired by other Thought Catalog poets. To name a few, Marisa Donnelly, Kristen Corely, Nikita Gill, Rania Naim, and Ari Eastman. I also have always been a fan of Tyler Knott Gregson on Instagram and have followed his work for years. However, my favorite poem will always be “I Carry Your Heart” by E. E. Cummings.
- If you are going to choose your favorite quote/poem on your book, what would it be and why?
The poem titled Cuckoo is a haiku and my favorite poem in the book. It’s a little play on words because, not only is it a haiku, but it talks about being “woken up” by losing someone close to you and having that take its toll on your emotions. At first, it seems like the pain will last forever, but then one day, you realize why the pain is so important. It sometimes happens like clockwork, one minute you are sad, the next minute you feel like you can conquer anything. You are woken up by some internal alarm, and that’s why I titled it Cuckoo, like the clock.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
If you are looking for an expert to give you love and life tips then you have come to the wrong place. I am not an expert on anything, in fact, there are very few things in life of which I am absolutely certain. I will never claim to get things right the first time, or even the second or third. I am nothing more than an average girl who is hard-wired to want to contribute to the well being of others. I believe that the world is founded on compassion and we move in the direction of things that help us benefit others, and ultimately help us find purpose in ourselves. This blog is simply a result of my compassion and intrinsic motivation. Without the motivation to do the things we love, we accomplish very little, but with enduring passion and desire to help make the world a better place, we can inspire others. I hope that this blog will help serve as an inspiration for people who are experiencing struggle, and if nothing else, people will find it entertaining. Although I will be talking about my direct experiences, I encourage everyone to contribute and comment about their own life journey. If you are here to judge, there is a contact me section where you can send all your negativity, but for the sake of this blog, I am asking that all posts stay positive and happy and any negative comment will be deleted. But whether you hate it or love it, thanks for stopping by!