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Spotlight On Writers
- Where, do you hail from?
I was born in Madison, Wisconsin, but lived in several places actually including New York, where I lived for many years, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and then Washington DC.
- What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
Well I feel that I have several homes or places that feel like home. One is where I currently live which is Marrakesh. It’s exotic. It’s a mix of Morocco and Europe. Interestingly all the buildings are a beautiful light rose color. Washington DC is another place like home which is a diverse, beautiful city. It has an international flair filled with arts and culture which are important to me. It has always felt comfortable to me. I have always been drawn to the eastern part of the country.
- What turns you on creatively?
It can be several things, including a sound, something I see or hear, an experience or even music. Every day I try to write something. I can be inspired seeing something as I walk up the street, or watch something while sitting in a cafe. It can be pretty much anything if I am receptive.
- What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
I really don’t think about words like that actually but one would be believe. Another, gratitude.
"When faced with darkness, walk towards the light. Let it lift you up. Believe."
- What is your pet peeve?
Intolerance and lack of understanding. In the world currently excluding the situation with Coronavirus, there’s a lot of intolerance and harshness for others. Cruelty is another.
- What defines Barbara Deraoui?
My family— my parents and my life experiences. All of those helped to create me.