pen name: J.N. McGhee genre: Poetry
Tell us a little about yourself (short bio).
“I’ve been writing poetry for 19+ years now; as I reflect, it saved my life, God’s gift to me. Poetry helped me discover my voice that I’d never used before. I was always, and still am, shy and meek. My words on paper spoke for me. I profoundly love and respect poetry on a level some may never understand. Recently, I was accepted at Emerson College’s Publishing and Writing Grad Program. My goal is to be a Copy Editor for a publishing company. One day, I want to have my own editorial and writing home-based business.”
When and why did you begin writing?
I was young, around the age of 10 or 11, when I started writing. I started writing because I lacked the ability to express myself, and no one had the time nor cared to listen.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
To be honest, I consider myself more of a poet than a writer.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Technically, I always had the book. I just needed to assemble it, I suppose.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I just basically freestyle.
Other than family members, who has supported you most and how?
Most of my support came from outside family such as professors, instructors, friends, and colleagues.
Who designed your book cover?
Ms. Francesca Wingfield. She’s awesome– understanding, very flexible, and very professional. She also loves a challenge,
What was the hardest part of writing your latest book?
The writing was easy; it was assembling the book that was the most difficult.
Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?
All I ask is that for readers to keep an open mind and listen to the little girl’s story. She just wants to be heard as we all do.
Who are some of your favorite authors? What really strikes you about their work?
Oh, man. I have a lot of favorite authors, but if I had to pick two, they would be Edgar Allen Poe and Emily Dickinson.
Both of their works really resonated with me when I was younger. Both are dark though Poe is much darker.
However, both of these individuals were not afraid to explore and live in darkness. That’s the place they found their truth. They used their perspective truths to enlighten others. Many may not see it that way, but that’s what they did. They embraced the darkness of the human soul. Most pretend they have never been in that dark place. We all have; to deny that is to deny the very nature of being human.
“A story told through the eyes of a little girl transitioning into adolescence. Witness the struggle of existence and purpose as the girl searches frantically for answers through pre-made images. Experience the emotional rainbow. These poems question the conjectures of the societal and familial constitution. Therefore, the main themes of this book center around identity, self-discovery, and existence.”
I met Jasz McGhee at a book event for authors at the Mendenhall Public Library. She is delightfully vibrant and a worthy role model for young people. I have enjoyed hearing of her acceptance to Emerson and look forward to learning more about her journey.