Have you heard of the amazing Eric Keegan?
Welcome to another awesome interview with another awesome writer and poet. Let’s get to know Eric and his writing skills and inspiration.
Hi Eric Keegan! Please introduce yourself and share 5 fun facts!
Hi Kirsten! Thanks for taking the time out to interview me with this questionnaire. Five fun facts…alright, here goes.
I was born in the Pacific Northwest, but have lived on the East Coast for most of my life.
I’m a James Bond fanatic (films, books, graphic novels, comics, etc.).
I’m an Eagle Boy Scout.
For years, I hated reading and only became addicted (finally) in 2015.
Nature is a required constant for me, in all it’s various and seasonal forms. I find that and travel to be the most inspiring tools for writing/creativity.
What inspired you to begin a writing career?
In my late teens and early 20s I always talked about ideas that I had and never followed through with trying to put them down on paper. At 25, I used my extraction from a heart-wrenching relationship to create a fictional/nonfictional journal book called The Dioramist. It helped me to deal with the sad aspects of what happened in the relationship, make a clean break, and move forward.
What is your favourite thing about writing poetry?
I love writing anything that comes to mind, with regards to poetry. Fans of my works and fellow readers have said that I utilize a stream-of-consciousness style writing, which allows me to think and put those thoughts immediately into words.
What is the most challenging thing?
Formulating a concise collection. My poems cover a wide variety of things and without calling each published collection “Random Works, Etc.” it proves to be a fun challenge for me.
What can you tell us about your trilogy collection of poetry?
The Itty Bits series has been an absolute blast to write. The idea came to me when I was with my fiancée at Universal Studios Florida last year (we are season pass holders and go a few times a year – this place for some reason always kickstarts new ideas). The weather was beautiful, we were having a blast on our favorite rides and in the Wizarding World, and it got me to thinking about the little things…those moments and experiences so miniature in size that they tend to get lost in the woodwork when we’re not paying attention.
How would you describe your poetry style?
Stream-of-consciousness, lyrical, and without much of a rhyme scheme.
What was the most challenging part of creating a poetry collection?
Honestly, it’s probably said too much, but putting yourself out there. With a novel or a nonfiction piece, you’re telling a story or being informative. With poetry, you’re exposing your inner and outermost layers to a whole wide variety of people.
What were the most notable victories?
My most recent publication “Lines at the Amusement Rides” had received some feedback unlike I’d never even imagined. It ended up being a bestseller on Amazon, sitting amongst some of the brilliant works of Mary Oliver and Walt Whitman, and the whole thing honored me into a complete state of disbelief.
What was the publishing experience like for you?
For The Dioramist, I had used Amazon’s Createspace before they dissolved in 2018. For the Itty Bits series, I wrote/edited/self-published them myself through Amazon’s KDP service.
What are the greatest lessons you’ve learned through your writing career?
Always write what you feel, see, and experience. Anything else resides just outside the town and city limits of your own true being.
What advice can you share with aspiring poets and writers?
Don’t be afraid to let other people see who you are. Half the battle of everyday living is speaking and interacting with other people. At least with writing, you can project yourself onto the blank page towards the sensibilities of like-minded creators and bookworms.
What poems do you identify with most in your collections?
Honestly, there’s a ton. What’s great about poetry is that when you finish writing a piece and go back to read it, you get to thinking, “this is something I’ve known personally or through the eyes of someone else.”
What are your favourite themes explored in your poems?
I’m a huge, huge, huge, mega ultra fan of whimsical, light-hearted humor. Like with dramedies in a sense, but less on the drama and more on the relatable fun side. With the way the world was, is, and will be, we could all use a good laugh and smile each day.
Any last thoughts to share with readers about you or your books?
As always, I want to thank everyone for even taking an interest in the things that I write. I used to think that writing was all about the writer, about embracing some sort of creative outlet, but it’s also plenty about making each reader feel engaged and entertained. If I’m even able to accomplish the latter on a minor level, then I am luminously uplifted and motivated to always keep at it.
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