I am from the Philippines. I was surrounded by mountains and a lot of nature growing up. Frequent trips to the beach were a big part of my childhood.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
Everything is very laidback, and I think that’s the best part about it. The one-day-at-a-time atmosphere with no one in a rush. You get to really take things at your own pace, which I think is important especially now we’re in such a fast-changing world.
What turns you on creatively?
Everything I write is always inspired by the people around me. Sometimes someone I know would do or say something interesting and I would have to write about it. Or I would be having coffee at a café and I would overhear people’s conversations and get inspiration from there.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
Love. I don’t think poets will ever get tired of that word, because as humans, we’ll never get tired of exploring that emotion. I’m working on a book collection of poetry where one of my works goes:
I love you gently as snowflakes trickle to the ground twirling and spinning as I find my way unto your heart
What is your pet peeve?
People who complain a lot really make me frustrated. Especially when I see they aren’t even trying much, or even at all, to help themselves or to improve the situation.
What defines Michelle Ayon Navajas?
My life has really been shaped by my identity as a mother. I would do anything for my children. A lot of my works have them as my inspiration in mind.
Philippine-born Michelle Navajas, currently residing in Malaysia. Michelle authored the book “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars” for PWW during their Million Stars campaign. Graduated with a Master of Education majoring in English in the Philippines, Michelle was a former college professor, teaching literature, speech & oral communication, creative writing, drama, and theatre arts. Michelle is active in her writing profession and works as a freelance creative writer. Michelle passionately blogs at WordPress at michnavs, where you can find her prose and poetry on love, life, motherhood, and her advocacy on abuse and violence. Her poem “Again” is published on three platforms, on MEDIUM - an International Writers and Readers Space, AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN, and at WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS.