Book Description for Interlude to Sentimental Me Volume 2:
A collection of emotionally driven poetry that covers the story of pain, tribulations, happiness, self-esteem and self discovery through love and heartache. The Interlude will take readers on a journey of determination and imagery, which leads to the formation of short stories and performance poetry.
Book Description for Sentimental Me! Volume 1:
Sentimental Me – displays his ability to wrest good from bad, to display the courage to dig deep within himself to help others. Through an inspired melding of his unique voice and inspiring photographic images of nature, Michael provides the reader with a unique perspective of the human condition, inspiring others to follow their own creative paths without boundaries.
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Interview with the Author
1- What made you write a book?
I started writing since I was in high school over 20 years ago. However, October 2014, was the pivotal moment in my life where I wanted to explore the challenge to professionally market my poetry to a mass audience. During that time in my life, transitions from love and pain led to the formation of taking the necessary steps to create something wonderful.
2- What is your writing schedule?
Honestly, I don’t have a set routine or schedule for my writing. My inspiration comes from moments in my life, environment, family and friends. However, when I get the theme or creative idea, the writing process takes off. I’ve noticed my creative juices to write usually flow late at night into the early parts of the morning.
3- What motivates you to keep writing?
My motivation to keep writing and creating or expressing my art lies in the story of my life! I want to share, experience, create and foster a journey of forgiveness, love, and overcoming obstacles for my audience. A sense of truth and self belonging inspires me to keep writing.
4- What is the genre you write and why?
I write poetry, prose and poetry to short story. I started writing poetry as a method to cope with my feelings and emotions as a child. As an adult, it brings a great sense of self and understanding of how the words, rhymes, themes, and metrics can tell a story. Also, poetry can be whatever you want it to be!
5- Where do you see your writing career going?
My vision for my writing career is to expand into short stories, non-fiction and songwriting… I want to continue learning the craft of writing and character development. So, this is the start of a wonderful journey in my life.
About the Author
Michael Barry Judkins was born in the Bronx, New York, along with his four brothers and sisters. Michael’s childhood memories, although bittersweet, provided a rich foundation for him to draw upon later in life as an accomplished author.
Delightful memories of trips to the zoo or picking apples with his mother contrast greatly to daily reminders of what any hard-working family must battle in building a life in an urban setting. Domestic violence. Drugs. Gangs. All play their part in shaping a person – whether for good or bad is often an individual’s choice.
After spending years immersed in typical, reactive adolescent behaviors like skipping school, smoking and drinking, Michael began experimenting with other alternatives to developing new relationships and helping resolve social issues. As he took these first, proactive steps to be part of the solution, and not the problem, the germ of the idea for his first book – Sentimental Me – was born.
Graduating from high school a year early, and after a foray into the music business, Michael completed a BS degree in Human Services and MS in Mental Health Counseling. A daydreamer for as long as he can remember, Michael’s inability to forge a relationship with his beloved father before he passed when Michael was only two years old still haunts him today. His mother’s cherished memories of his father’s spirit and honored Armed Forces service, while providing some solace, also serve to make Michael wonder what might have been, if only…
Today, with several poetry collections and short stories in the works, Michael’s first release – Sentimental Me – displays his ability to wrest good from bad, to display the courage to dig deep within himself to help others. Through an inspired melding of his unique voice and inspiring photographic images of nature, Michael provides the reader with a unique perspective of the human condition, inspiring others to follow their own creative paths without boundaries.
Michael now resides in Allentown, P.A., and welcomes all readers to feel free to contact him at email@example.com to discuss your reaction to his work, or learn more about upcoming releases.
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