Today author Justin Bienvenue has agreed to stop by for an interview. Make sure you check out his newest book of poetry, Like a Box of Chocolate, and I hope you enjoy the interview!
Can you tell us a little something about your newest book of poetry, Like a Box of Chocolates?
Like A Box Of Chocolates is a collection of unique poetry. The poems range in a variety of genres from Science Fiction and Horror to Fantasy and Psychological Thrillers, among others. I have always written poetry in a wide range of topics and genres but I wanted to in fact mix it up and show people just how unique and different I could be. The titles were actually voted on by my friends and family on Facebook, I’d give them four titles to pick every week and the one with the most votes would have a poem written for it. I felt it was an interesting way to write poems and it connects readers by letting them choose a title and them have me write about my take on it.
What is the first book you remember falling in love with?
I’ll admit I’ve never been much of a reader. As a kid I would avoid reading at any cost. However Now that I’m an author myself I have found a new appreciation for reading and I read a lot more. The first book I fell in love with was The Endlands by Vincent Hobbes. I read it a few years back having acquired a free copy from the author and going in with an idea of what the stories were about. I remember reading the first story and just becoming hooked, which I never do! I wanted to keep reading it and reading it but decided I’d read a chapter/short story every night. I finished the book within a week another rarity for me. The book is a bunch of short stories similar to the Twilight Zone written by Hobbes and other authors he knows. It truly was one of the best books I’ve ever read and the first book that I could not and did not want to put down.
Do you plan to write exclusively in the Horror genre, or are their other genres that interest
Though my first two books are Horror obviously Like A Box of Chocolates is poetry within all genres. My plan is to write poetry and then write in other genres. I do enjoy Horror but I may switch it up and write in Science Fiction. Westerns or even take a shot at writing Crime. I like to broaden my horizons so to speak and writing in one genre feels like I’m standing in one place all the time and if I’m going to do that I’ll do it with poetry and anytime I wish to branch out I’ll try to write in other genres.
What are some of your favorite scary movies?
I’m not a big scary movie fan but I have my favorites. I would say The Friday the 13th films as corny and ridiculous as they get the better they are lol. I also enjoy Halloween the new Rob Zombie versions, but my all-time favorite is The Shining. I’d seen it a few times and then last year I saw it like every time it was on which surprisingly was a lot and I found myself watching it every time it was on, it’s really a great film.
What is one of the most challenging things about writing?
I would say getting into a rhythm and the editing. Sometimes I can write on and on and not have to stop for a break but I’ve found that most times it’s better to take a break. It’s good to get into a rhythm but a lot of times writing too much means you either lose inspiration or you burn yourself out. So usually when I’m working on a story I’ll write a certain amount, take a break and then start writing again and for me that’s getting into a rhythm. I know it may seem odd but I’ve burnt myself out too many times and found myself trying to hard to add something to write only to feel it wasn’t good enough and not my best.
Also the editing process is unbearable at times. I always say no matter how many times you proof your work your going to miss something every time. This is why I tend to fix small errors while I’m writing(bad habit) and when I’m finished with my piece I go over it and I go over it but I let at least two people go over it so I’m not stressing over small things I may have missed.
I am sure your books are responsible for scaring more than a few people, but what was the last book or movie that scared you? 🙂
I’ll tell you the last movie that didn’t scare me that was probably intended to, The Cabin in the Woods. What an odd movie that was lol. At first I was like this seems intense but then toward the end it took a turn and I wasn’t so much scared as I was scratching my head wondering wtf am I watching? The last movie that scared me was Hannibal which is odd because I watch the series on NBC. But the scene were he’s at the dinner table with Ray Liotta eating his brain in front of him, omg beyond disturbing and unsettling, I looked away it was too much for me.
What is your favorite day of the year and why?
I have a few days that are my favorite. What ever day the NFL Draft is that’s a favorite of mine. Last few years I’ve attended a draft party at Gillette Stadium and I love being there and taking everything in. Also Thanksgiving and Christmas are favorites. Thanksgiving is good because it’s the one time of the year I can stuff myself silly and not have to feel like a pig and Christmas because opening and giving presents with my parents is always nice. I also enjoy the last day of the year to which me and my mother usually watch The Twilight Zone marathon and order Chinese, great day.
Do you have any hidden or not so hidden talents you can tell us about?
Sorry to say, I don’t. I’d say I have a talent for writing poetry but ehh I don’t think that’s much of a talent since I do it all the time and it’s what I do.
If you had to pick one favorite poet, who would it be? (If you must, you can pick more than one. Lol)
Nope, I can pick one, hands down, Edgar Allan Poe. To me there’s no one darker in poetry then Mr.Poe. He inspired many of the poems in my first book, The Macabre Masterpiece and even some in Like A Box of Chocolates. I enjoy his sinister and wicked telling of tales and he truly was one of a kind.
Do you have any upcoming projects you can tell us about?
I can. I am currently working on two short stories for anthologies and I’m also writing my 4th book, Opium Warfare which is set in 1920’s Shanghai. Of course when I’m not working on those I always try to fit in a poem or two 😉
I like to do a short game at the end of an interview so my readers can get to know you a little better. I will start the sentence, and you finish it however you like!
I have always wanted to…travel to Chicago
One day I will learn how to…operate and drive an automobile
It is impossible not to smile when…hearing someone really enjoyed reading one of my books
I never leave the house without…my wallet although at time’s I’ve done it lol
The world would be a better place if…we could all just get along and live for the small things.
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