Today, I interview Drew Lankford.
Drew lives in Murfreesboro, TN, with his three beautiful children and sometimes beautiful cat. He has published four books of poetry: For You, Limitless, Lollipops, and Fluffy Socks. He has also published widely in journals such as Skive, 34th Parallel, and Living with Loss. Unclear of its tone or direction, he is currently hard at work on his fifth collection of poetry. Most of his encouragement as a writer comes from his friends at the writing workshop that meets weekly at the local library. Besides writing, Drew loves listening to music, going on long walks, and playing with his children in the backyard.
Q. How long do you write daily?
I write between 2-3 hours daily depending on how well things are going. If the writing gets tense and seems to be going nowhere, I go for a long walk.
Q. What is your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment is graduating from Austin Peay State University with an MA in English Creative Writing. That was tough study, and I’m proud to have made it through.
Q. What is your major emphasis now?
Right now, I’m working on writing. Besides caring for my children, it’s all about writing. Nothing will get written on its own.
Q. What are you currently reading?
I am reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. Her writing looks so simple it’s amazing. She’s one of the best, ever. Besides Austin, I’ve started re-reading some of Shakespeare’s sonnets.
Q. What is your favorite book?
I’ve got to go with two here: The Call of the Wild and The Hound of the Baskervilles.
Q. Which contemporary authors are you reading now?
Billy Collins is one of the coolest authors we have with us today. His imagination is incredible. Also, I enjoy reading the playful and lighthearted M.C. Beaton mystery books.
Q. What are your goals?
One goal is to have ten collections of poetry finished by the time I’m fifty. That sounds like a good number to me. Also, I’d like to try writing something off the grid: a collection of essays, humorous tales from the classroom, things like that.
Q. What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I’m working hard on the fifth collection of poetry. If it makes sense, the collection is lifting off a bit–its shiny head in the wind–and I want to keep it down, but I know I can’t restrain it. I’ve got to let go and see where it leads. That’s what I’m working on.
Q. What do you hope to get from writing?
I always want to learn more about myself and others. I love to see how far we’ve come and the possibilities of the future.
Q. If you could tell your younger self something about writing what would it be?
I would tell my younger self that writing is like life. There are unpleasant times and there are pleasurable times, and the trick to the whole thing is to stay at it, no matter what.
Q. What did you want to be when you were a child?
When I was a child I wanted to be a Major League baseball player. I made it to high school, not bad, considering.
Q. What do you do for a full time job?
At this time, I’m between jobs and that gives me time to write. Trust me, I’m taking advantage of the time.
Q. What are your feelings about ethics used in writing about historical figures?
Accurate history must be based in truth or it becomes fiction. If the author is honest and tells us if his or her work is based in fact or fantasy, that would ease much tension.
Q. Where can we find your work?
or through any normal online locations.
C.A. MacKenzie is the author of (among other books) the novel WOLVES DON’T KNOCK, a psychological drama/thriller, available from the author or at various retailers including Amazon [https://www.amazon.com/Wolves-Dont-Knock-C-MacKenzie/dp/1927529387/].