Writing Tips and a Poem from Joan Reid aka Gianna B. Reid

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Joan Reid aka Gianna B. Reid

“Writing Tips and a Poem from Joan Reid aka Gianna B. Reid” by Joan Y. Edwards

Hi, Joan Reid.  I’m very happy to have you as a guest on my blog today.
It’s a pleasure to be here with you. 

My readers are anxious to learn about you, so let’s get started.

a. Where were you born?
I was born in New York City.  My family moved to New Jersey when I was 2 years old. I have lived in New York State for the past 20 years.

b. Did you have a favorite place to read a book as a child? Where and why?
I read often on the couch in the living room or at the kitchen table after supper.

c. Who or what inspires you to keep on writing?
My parents and a grammar school teacher, then people whom I have met along the way, and now my husband, daughter and my friendsand you, Joan Edwards! (See Joan Edwards smiling)

d. What do you do for the pure fun of it?
I love riding my bicycle! It helps clear my mind for more writing.

e. What are your hobbies? Do you draw? Paint? Work with clay? Sew? Do woodworking?

Photography, creating collages, and reading are three activities I most enjoy.

f. What are your favorite books that you enjoy reading more than one time? Why?

  • A Year By the Sea by Joan Anderson; and
  • Tao of Writing by Ralph L. Wahlstrom

These books are vastly different, but each brings a fresh focus every time I read a passage.

g. Do you have a funny story to share?

I have a sense of humor for sure, but I cannot recall a specific funny story.

Incidents are funnier when I tell them.

h. Why do you write? 

My reasons for writing:  I have to write what I observe and feel; Writing is enjoyable and fun;  Writing is my connection to myself and others.

i. What are three tips for writers?

  1. When you write, don’t edit until all your ideas are down.
  2. Leave the piece for a day or more to look at it with fresh eyes. When you revisit the work you will be able to edit for content.
  3. READ!

j. What is the most essential ingredient of a poem?

For me, the most essential ingredient of a poem is emotion which is an intangible.

k. Do you have a poem you’d like to share with us that’s not in And the Woman Smiled and is shared first and exclusively in this guest post?

 

I am a Word – © Gianna B. Reid 2017

 

Poetry is—

words scribbled across people’s faces,

on objects, landscapes, in empty rooms,

the splendid and the ugly.

I see and feel words in open spaces, hallways,

in a blade of grass

looking upward to its sun-god.

Soaking in the 24-carat butter of

its rays smeared on blue-toast.

Can we separate ourselves from words?

I am a word.

Today, I am joy.

 

Aww! Thank you, Joan (Gianna B. Reid). That is a great poem.

l. Would you share three of your favorite poems? (Title and Author)

  1. “August” by Helen Maria Winslow
    https://lettersfromahillfarm.blogspot.com/2013/08/todays-poem-by-helen-maria-winslow.html
  2. “The Sun Poem” by Mary Oliver http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/mary_oliver/poems/15800
  3. Numerous poems by Billy Collins
    https://www.poemhunter.com/billy-collins/poems/
  4. Numerous poems by William. S. Merwin
    https://www.poemhunter.com/william-stanley-merwin/

 

m. And the Woman Smiled is your latest book. What company did you choose to publish this poetry book?

I self-published it on CreateSpace.com/

n. Where can readers buy And the Woman Smiled?

Readers can purchase it on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Woman-Smiled-Gianna-B-Reid/dp/1545143323/ref

o. Did you pay for editing services before you submitted to CreateSpace?

CreateSpace does offer editing services. However, I did not pay them for editing services for And the Woman Smiled.” I did all the formatting and editing myself.

p. Did CreateSpace design your cover? Did you have any choices?

CreateSpace has many choices of book covers, fonts, and trim-sizes on their website. I chose a design provided by CreateSpace.  

q. How are you marketing your book?

I sent review copies to publications that consider self-published poetry, and two local magazines in the Hudson Valley area.  And, I am thankful for this interview!

r. Did you get to choose the retail price for your book?

CreateSpace determined the retail price. There is a minimum charge which
I made every attempt to stay close to.

s. Were you ever traditionally published?

I was a contributor to a traditionally published book, The Bicycle Book – Wit, Wisdom & Wanderings, Published by Satya House.

t. What are the titles and links to your other books? Are they available on Amazon, too?

I have 16 titles on Amazon as Gianna B. Reid.

I self-published Life is a Bike;  and Yes We Can!

I contributed to the following book with Anisa Claire West:
Crime Flies! (Mystery Collection)
https://www.amazon.com/Crime-Flies-Mystery-Collection-Claire-ebook/dp/B00WIYC76Q/ref

Here are links to some of my other books:

Gold Trotter Mystery Series (First 3 from the 9-book series)

Dogs Never Lie
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C51ASDQ/ref

Blue Hill Heist
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DuGTU3E/ref

Until We Kiss
https://www.amazon.com/Until-We-Kiss-Revised-Expanded-ebook/dp/B00I2DOIJQ/ref

m. Do you have a blog?

My blog is: http://joansview-jbreid.blogspot.com

u. How can others connect with you on social media? 

Readers may connect with me on Facebook and Linked In.  Send an email request to me at joan.reid@yahoo.com

Short Bio

Joan Bellofatto Reid (Gianna B.Reid) began writing plays and short stories in elementary school. She has since written and produced several plays: The Jobless Chronicle (winner of Monologue Mania, performed at The Producer’s Club, NYC); and His Last Word, about Holocaust survivor, Primo Levi.  Life is a Bike was a newspaper column that appeared in the US and UK, the essays are available on Amazon.  She contributed essays to The Bicycle Book: Wit, Wisdom and Wanderings.  Other published works: “The Marriage Game”  “Path to Promise” (Student Aid Transcript Magazine); “Not a Fake Pollock” (Art Times); “Not Guilty” (Modern Collage).  Joan hosted a radio show, “Cool on the Groove” (Rockland World Radio) from 2003-2006, featuring authors, poets and journalists.  She currently freelances on education and healthcare; and writes poetry.

Wow! Joan Reid. I’ve really enjoyed learning about you. I had no idea you’d written so many books! I am very proud of you. Thanks again for being a guest on my blog.

Thanks for reading this guest interview.

 

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21 thoughts on “Writing Tips and a Poem from Joan Reid aka Gianna B. Reid”

    1. Hello Linda,
      It was by divine intervention, truly, that I came upon Joan Y. Edwards’ blog, “Never Give Up.” For several years I have been reading her posts, commenting, and finding inspiration. I do hope my interview has inspired you as well. Thank you for your comment, much appreciated!
      Best wishes,
      Joan Reid (Gianna B. Reid)

    2. Thank you for writing, Linda. You are welcome for my interview with Joan Reid. One day Joan Reid found my blog and she started writing me inspiring messages that helped me to continue to find ways to help her and others to keep on going snd to never give up. She makes me smile😀.

    1. Thank you so much for your burst of kind words! Very much appreciate the support, Sand, Moon and Salt.
      Joan Reid

    2. Dear Sand Salt Moon,
      Thank you very much for writing. I’m glad that you loved Joan Reid’s poem, “Today I Am Joy.” She has a way with words. Do something fun today to celebrate you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

    1. Dear Kathleen,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad you enjoyed my interview with Joan Reid. So glad that you loved her poem, too. Wasn’t that swwet of her to write a poem especially for this post?
      Have a fun day!
      Joan

    2. Thank you, Kathleen, for reading the interview and your enthusiasm about my poem. I hope your day is blessed and full of unexpected joys!
      Joan Reid

  1. Best wishes for continued success Joan Reid Thanks for sharing your interview with us and thank you Joan E. for sharing on your blog.

    1. Hello Susan,
      So glad you took the time to read my interview with Joan Y. Edwards! And thank you for commenting.
      Gianna B. Reid / Joan Reid

    2. Dear Susan,
      Thank you very much for taking time to not only read my blog, but to leave a sweet comment for my guest author, Joan Reid. You are a good friend. May your day be blessed with joyful surprieses.
      Never Give Up
      Joan

    1. Dear Carol,
      You comment made my day! I am happy when my words are well received. Too funny, Joan & Joan!
      Kind regards,
      Joan Reid / Gianna B. Reid

    1. Dear Debbie Miller,
      Thank you for writing. I am so happy that you think Joan Reid’s poem is great! I appreciate your reading my interview with her.
      Do something fun for you today.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

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