Interview with Claire Emma 111 Kirk

When did you first start writing?
I really cannot recall, it is just something that I did. As a child, prior of joining my parents in Canada, I wrote letters. This was the way to communicate with them. Later on, in my teens I met a famous writer who asked to read my poems. He returned my folder and advised me publish a book. I was only 18 then and told him that I needed experience.
What type of response do you hope to get from your audience?
It is my hope that something resonates with them and challenges them to simply embrace themselves to bring out their utmost best irregardless of the cost.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book is about motivation. My own was the advice that I once received from the decease Micheal O Donahue. I waited a long time before telling my stories, I wanted to be sure that I truly had something of great value to offer my audience. I met Micheal on a movie set back in the 80's and during a conversation, he told me that writers were born that way. It was hard to relate to that at the time. He believed that it was a gift that I had, I wanted to learn as much as possible. Years after graduating I sought every opportunity to travel. I also served as a social worker earlier on in my career and took great pleasure in helping others. It was then I discovered that I would one day position myself to impact many people's lives by writing. I began to look for the common thread among humans. I returned to school as well. After completing my studies in creative writing at Brandon University, my Professor Di Brandt had the same comment about my work. I wrote poetry and continued to do readings over the years, in Canada, the United States and in the U.K. I considered a Masters in Creative Writing and was accepted in the program at Antioch University in Ohio. I thoroughly enjoyed the process but recalled the counsel given by my advisor earlier on. She advised me to simply write instead of pursuing a Masters. Due to a life changing event, I returned to Canada and decided to continue to pursue my dreams. My latest book is about my journey and how it all took shape.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To build belief and self confidence in others and to spread the message. I feel good knowing that I can enrich the lives of those who I have touched.
What are you working on next?
I will just allow myself to flow with the process, I do not have to control it.
Published 2015-07-14.
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