1) What was the hardest book for you to write?
Blood Moon, my latest poetry collection. I wrote it after I moved to Florida about 2 years ago to discover my new home. I was so distracted by the exciting things to do that I couldn’t concentrate on my poetry. Then one day my father forwarded me an article about the reclamation of Pacific Northwest Native American tribal land. Housing developments and luxury apartments were being built over ancient burial grounds in the Snoqualmie Falls area of Washington State. The article inspired me to write poems about sorrow, fear, anger, and hope, all of which are emotions currently felt by inhabitants of that region and of our country as a whole.
2) Which of your characters is your least favorite?
My poetry does not include specific characters, but rather memories and reflections. The closest character I can think of would be myself, the poet. I dislike writing confessional poetry about myself, so I try to remove myself from my writing and use several different images, voices, and subjects to create exciting poems that engage the reader. I remove the “I” from my writing.
3) If you could only eat one flavor of ice cream for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Pralines and Cream. I stopped eating ice cream in high school for dietary reasons. Pralines and Cream was the last flavor I remember tasting: sweet, savory, and crunchy bound into one whopping, scintillating bite — yes, I bite my ice cream — no licks here.
4) You’re heading for an exotic island vacation . . . which of your characters would you choose to come to life and go with you? Why?
I would choose my maternal grandmother. My books are dedicated to her. She died very young, and I know she would have lived longer relaxing on an exotic island somewhere.
5) A wealthy benefactor offers to take you to dinner anywhere in the world you choose. Where would you go and what would you order?
Sukiyabashi Jiro, that hidden sushi place in the Tokyo subway. I would order any sashimi I can’t get in Florida. The tuna is legendary there. Everything is. And then the wasabi, real wasabi, a great pool of it, with tuna floating over…