And here we go – another interview! This week we are catching up with the talented Catherine Moore! Her latest collection Ulla! Ulla! was released in November 2017 and includes two poems that were featured on Dying Dahlia – “Venus Without Nipples” and “The Broken”. Learn more about this amazing writer and her latest collection.
What inspires you the most?
That one red spot in a lush field of green. The kids who sit by themselves at lunch. A candy tablet in a box of Good & Plenty that didn’t get completely coated. Every moment in the midst of holiday fun where I want to cry.
Who are your favorite women writers?
This feels like a difficult question, because there are too many. Seriously. So, I’ll choose the less traveled answer and say, myself. Shouldn’t we favor our own writing? And for that matter, I like the women writers in my critique groups. There is nothing more inspiring than being along for the journey as we create art.
What does your writing process look like?
I generally have a genre-free approach to writing. Creating unidentified writing objects (UWO’s) that fill my journals. Yes, most of my writing is done with pen and paper. When I have a block of time to “write” then I dive into my journals and see what sparks my interest. Often, I don’t decide on genre or style until I have a first draft. Then, whatever is on page informs the revision.
What advice do you have for fellow women writers?
Applaud your fellow women writers. Like their stuff and share it. Promote their work with no expectations. The best way for women’s art to be recognized is to spotlight it ourselves. And positive energy has a way of finding its way back.
What are you currently working on?
I am focused on small fictions and short stories at the moment. Along the lines of “Burnt Springs, Alabama,” which The Tishman Review graciously nominated to the VERA awards and the Best Small Fictions anthology. I do have poems leak out every now and again, so I’m certain to have another collection, someday.