Interview with Felene M. Cayetano

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
First, I consider the subject, then read a summary based on titles that resonate from the list. After reading a little bit about the author, especially if it's a nonfiction book, and reading a preview I select the book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. The first I vividly recall being satisfied with is one I wrote in the eleventh grade called Flower Child.
What is your writing process?
When I write a short story I tend to consider/research the main points in the story before I begin. Each story takes about one week to complete or before I set it aside. Another week later I revisit the story with fresh eyes to make any changes.

When I write poetry I seek only to describe the texture of the emotion at hand. I write it in one sitting 98% of the time. Occasionally, life interrupts a poem forcing me to set it aside until I'm able to revisit the same emotion with the same perspective to complete the poem.
How do you approach cover design?
Each publication has an image that visually depicts it best. When I conceptualize a cover I explain to the designer what images I associate with the title and contents. The designer is expected to read the publication and disagree or concur with the ideas I presented then submit two drafts. In essence, it's a collaborative process.
What do you read for pleasure?
Either nonfiction books/essays or short story collections. I'm usually reading one very serious piece of writing, something easy and listening to an audiobook that will help me evolve in some way.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The first nine years of my life were spent in Dangriga, a vibrant Garifuna town in Southern Belize then I moved to southwest Los Angeles. The contrasts (physical, cultural, socio-economical) between the two places allowed me access to witness traditional Garifuna living and the compromises of urbanization. The result is that I have two schema to draw from when I consider life the 1980's.
When did you first start writing?
The first poem I wrote was a birthday poem to a friend when I was 10 years old. I began writing short stories in high school.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Ten years ago I published my first collection of poetry which compiled ten years of work so I decided to stick with that time frame. It has allowed me enough time to learn and grow in all ways. What I appreciate the most about the time frame is knowing that in the interim I can focus on other forms of creative work.
Published 2016-03-05.
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Books by This Author

Crossing Bridges
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,440. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Caribbean Poetry
Poems written over the course of ten dynamic years of living+loving+librarianship+traveling+writing+thinking+Garifuna cultural preservation+justice+purpose+maturing+finding inspiration in paradise. This is a second collection by the author between the ages of 26 and 36.
Belizean Nail Soup: A Collection of Short Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,070. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
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Ten stories by nine writers create a vivid image of the variety of people, landscapes and talent in Belize, the tiny seaside Caribbean nation in Central America.
Evolution: Weaving in and out of Consciousness while the Truth is Somewhere in the Middle
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,430. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Caribbean Poetry, Nonfiction » Biography » Literary biography
This collection of poetry allows readers into the developing years of the author--a transplanted Belizean Garifuna woman--experiencing life in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Baltimore, Belize and Honduras from the age of 15 to the age of 25.