Spotlight On Writers
- Where, do you hail from?
- What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
- What turns you on creatively?
I don’t plot or outline. I have no plan nor compass. This may not be recommended, but the words just spill out onto the page randomly. I watch as the words unfold, just like the reader does. Sometimes I even surprise myself. All of my poems are ripped directly from my personal life, the good, bad, and ugly. I seem to write mostly about relationships, both sad and happy, erotica, haiku, and short poems. I try to keep challenging myself and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Two years ago I was afraid to publish my work, now I have written four books and am on nine different online sites, some of them subscription-only. To be paid for something that I actually enjoy is a dream come true. My social media presence is growing steadily. When readers send me personal messages telling me what my poems mean to them, really that is what it’s all about for me. I’m not in it for the money, notoriety, or to be a best seller. I write because I have to. It’s a calling, a cathartic release, and incredibly therapeutic. And if I can help someone who is struggling with the same things, then it makes me feel that much better about myself.
- What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
- What is your pet peeve?
- What defines L.M. Giannone?
I’m unpredictable! I have a short attention span and need variety. I’m a chameleon who thrives on adapting to change. It keeps me on my toes, otherwise I bore easily. I have to keep recreating, otherwise I would be characterized or defined, and I avoid that at all costs. As soon as I feel trapped, I look for the nearest escape. It takes a patient person to understand and accept this about me. I am fiercely independent, and tend to keep an emotional distance from people, unless they’re in the innermost circle of trust. Having turned to writing during very difficult emotional times, I learned that it’s a calling. It is extremely gratifying and cathartic. I have been through a lot of ups and downs, and I have always come back as a survivor.
She is the author of No Vacancy, a collection of humorous personal essays, and A Touch of Noir, a collection of short stories written in noir style. She has two books in the works for 2017 publication.