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An Interview With Author Emily Rachelle Russell

I have a confession to make, there is another reason why a made a post about writing a couple of days ago. It is because of an exciting event which is about to take place... an interview will be conducted for the very first time on The Average Cyborg! The interview will be with the very talented young author, Emily Rachelle Russell. She is going to be talking about her new book of poems, Rain in December.

welcome! this is me.

Welcome to The Average Cyborg, first off could you tell us about yourself? 

Well, my official bio is that I'm a young author attending Taylor University, with some stuff about Indiana, biking, rain, and Netflix. But if you want to hear it from me, I'm "just a girl trying to find a place in this world." (Actually, that's Taylor Swift, but really she and her music probably qualify as at least 25% of my life.)

Could you describe Rain in December for us?

It's a simple collection of poetry, divided into four categories. Actually, a more accurate description which was almost the title would be "Love and the Weather." Haha, but honestly, about half the book is love poems. Then there's a small section of silly little pieces I wrote for school or friends. There's a category called "life," with some poems about animals and the weather and just general thoughts I wrote into poems. The book closes with the "darkness" section, which deals with the heavier, more serious poems. The very last poem in the book is where the book got its title -- it's called "Rain In December."

What inspired you to begin writing poetry? 

The very first time I remember writing a poem, I was in second grade and my family's homeschool group was making a little book of art and writing by the students on the topic of fall. I think I wrote one poem and one story for that book. I can remember the poem clearly and the story vaguely, and I can promise you they were both very, very bad. I was very, very proud of them. I didn't get seriously into writing of any sort until fourth grade, though. That was the year I went to public school, and I learned a lot about different forms of poetry, the components of a good story, that sort of thing. Then I moved to Japan, which was very emotional for me, and that's when my writing took off -- it was my channel and my outlet for everything. I wrote poetry, I wrote (bad and half-finished) books, I kept a journal. Once I hit high school, it was clear I was headed down a writing path that led to more than half-finished scribbles hiding in desk drawers.

Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to write poetry? 

My biggest piece of advice is to write from the heart. When someone wants to learn to write poetry, they study meter, alliteration, stanza, sonnets, metaphors -- all these things that are taught in schools and are excellent things to know and use. But if you want to write really great poetry, you have to start with emotion and just write whatever you're thinking or feeling in the moment, however it comes to you. The technical stuff can be learned later, once you've found a way to channel your heart into words on paper.

Do you have a writing routine that you used when creating Rain in December?  

Not at all! Actually, the poems in this book range from sixth grade through my last semester in college. I never really intended to publish them. That's how all my writing started -- just something for me to do, a way to express myself. Every once in a while, in high school, I entertained the idea of publishing a collection, but I had two major issues: one, most of the poems were too personal and I wasn't ready to share them; and two, I didn't think I had enough poetry to really make a whole book, anyway. Then, a conversation with my college roommate after writing "Rain In December" in class (I'm not the best student when I'm bored) led to me deciding it was just time. They say you don't just wake up one day and decide to publish a book, but honestly, that's kind of how it happened!

Is there a way to purchase Rain in December

Of course! It's available in paperback and Kindle on 

Could we have a tiny snippet of a poem from Rain in December

Well, there's a sample poem in the book information on the Amazon page, but here's an exclusive sneak peek just for The Average Cyborg readers:

are that attraction, that
which burns in the pit of your stomach
and ignites his eyes when he glances at you
and you know
he likes you too.
butterflies are beautiful,
delicate and sweet,
the best moment within a warm spring day.

but butterflies
also have
a crap lifespan.
they are designed for beauty,
not longevity.

                                                                                       -  from "theories on love"

That's great! Thanks so much Emily for including The Average Cyborg in your exciting blog tour! 

Thanks for hosting me! And to your readers -- don't forget to enter the multi-prize giveaway!

To find out how can can enter to win Rain in December, visit Emily's blog at emilyrachellewrites.blogspot.com.au