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Sabrina Simon Author Interview

Violet is a collection of poetry focused on the different kinds of love. What were some important ideas for you to share in this book?

The concept I drew up in 2017 was the book’s title had to be “Violet,” Since violet and purple are interchangeable, the book itself would represent creativity and maintain an aura of calmness and upliftment since love goes both ways. Within each title, I wanted a slash of red or blue striking through. The reasoning: red represents romance, love, passion, etc. So any poem that encapsulates those themes, red will go through it. Blue (my favorite color) represents calm, serenity, sincerity, sadness, melancholy, love as well, etc. Blue slash. Both combined, purple slash.

Overall blue represents me (calm stability), and red represents the love I have and hold (fierce energy). It’s fierce because I‘m “too passionate.” Hence, it creates violet/purple; the feelings and care I give and hope to get in return, and the magic that occurs, which lies within the poems, and speaks for itself, which is in the book, and what it’s about, but not limited to.

I had the concept early on, but I wouldn’t say I had specific ideas on what I wanted to share; all I knew was I wanted to create a book that was purely love poems. The only thing I focused on was ensuring the lyrics were relatable, authentic, compelling, and heartfelt. The way I carried out that task was by writing my emotions without reserve.

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story about loving. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

Looking back, the poems I have trouble reading at times are “PAIN.” and “PAIN II.” I wrote those in real-time, which is why it’s structured, and reads like a journal entry with the date and time stamp implemented. They take me back to when that heartbreak happened, and since I’m a sensitive being, it’s like entering a time machine, and the emotions felt give the illusion that I’m back in that moment, so I’ll skip those. I read them on rare occasions, but not as much.

“am I?” is possibly another because my insecurities are displayed. Overall, when writing about unrequited love, it’s always hard. It can be uncomfortable because, logically, if someone doesn’t reciprocate your feelings, you move on. Still, emotionally, when there’s an investment, it’s easier said than done so not knowing how it’ll be perceived and accepted will always be just as hard.

What is a common misconception you feel people have about love?

I love that question. This common misconception is what I had at 15, and I’m not sure when, but as I matured, it became a slow realization that my perception of love was wrong. My poem “808s & Heartache” highlights this perfectly. I called Love a disease, blamed it for unrequited connections, causing pain, saying it’s not beautiful, and sulking at the irony of me falling in love but love not choosing me, and I ended with, “I hate Love.” And we’ve heard love hurts, love is dangerous, love sucks, and love is the most violent act.

All those statements are misconceptions because love is pure, and like one of my favorite biblical scriptures, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, love is patient, love is kind. As humans, being complex, prideful, self-serving, and stubborn individuals make love more difficult than it should be. Love didn’t hurt me. Love didn’t cause the heartbreak I thought I would never get over; it was the person that didn’t know how to love me that hurt me and broke my heart. I confused the two.

In any friendship and relationship, love appears fresh and beautiful initially, but with our ability to taint things, taking advantage and taking for granted, not realizing what we have when we have it, love quickly rears its ugly head. It’s not to say there won’t be heartache in love, but it’s not love’s fault. So with that way of thinking, we close ourselves to potential new, healthier love experiences. I had to condition myself to learn and apply that recently, which shows itself in my later poems.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Currently, I’m not working on any books, and I’m not sure whether I will. This poetry book was a coming full circle experience for five years, so publishing was inevitable, but I never thought I would publish multiple. Things do change, so I can’t speak with certainty, but I know for sure with one completed screenplay I have, I’ll be working on more of those in the future, however authoring books I can’t say the same.

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A collection of fifty poems that encompass the author’s intimate thoughts: hopelessly romantic, emotionally honest, and heartbreakingly beautiful.

Written during her teens, these personal poems are a window into her soul, an entrance into her mind, and journey into her lovelorn loner heart with a core of tender love.

Violet is poems for the ones who are willing to wait, idealistic in love, and love silently. It represents the true essence of intimacy: sensitive, emotional, authentic, and true.

Violet

Violet by Sabrina Simon is a collection of emotionally riveting poems about love, especially unrequited love and the relationships that come after that pain. This thought-provoking collection contains poems from throughout Simon’s life, starting from the time she was 14 to the present. It follows the great loves of her life and explores the experiences of young love, unrequited love, and healing love.

Although the book itself is not divided into sections, a breakdown of the time periods in which the poems were written is given, along with a preface outlining Ms. Simon’s inspiration and frame of mind during the different periods. This allows readers to be taken on an engaging journey both through Ms. Simon’s growth as a writer and through the trials and rewards of love and relationships.

Author Simon gifts the reader with really powerful pieces, and the author has such a connective style of describing her experiences that I was completely mesmerized by her words. The author is very direct about her feelings, her struggles, and the journey she has been on, making these poems relatable to the reader.

I found myself getting lost in her poetry as she vividly described her experiences and emotions. I was emotionally invested and connected to each poem, and I was disappointed when it ended. Simon’s poems will connect with many readers who understand the thought of loving someone and dreaming about a life with them that you won’t get to have and the impact that has on future relationships. This doesn’t just negatively affect us, but there is also the beauty in looking forward to future relationships and when you finally feel the love you have is returned.

I highly recommend this collection of poems for its sheer relatability, honesty, and raw emotions that the author brings to us. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Pages: 66 | ASIN : B0B6D95JZK

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