Interview with Teri Petz

Published 2021-04-06.
Describe who you are in a poem
Who am I?

I’m a woman made up of many pieces,
each creating the unique me.
I’m gentle to everyone and everything alive.
I grow flowers, trees, love and friendships.
I’m a warrior conquering my fears,
an explorer putting a light on the dark side,
breaking through the roadblocks of life.
I have seen cruelty, abuse, poverty
and they all taught me how not to live.
I grow and gather herbs to heal
and make most gifts I give.
When I feel lost on the path of life,
I go to the beach and listen to the waves.
They soothe my heart and soul,
they heal my body from aches and pains
and I can walk again with a smile on my face.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have been saving my poems electronically since 2000. A few years ago I realized that I have enough for a book and I self published in 2019. It has taken a long time to put them all together and hours after hours of formatting but it was worth it. I felt so accomplished when I hit the publish button. It was a relief, like giving birth to a child and I am convinced that to a writer putting their work out there is like releasing their child. It feels exhilarating and scary at the same time.
Most the time poems just pop into my head. I jokingly say that the Muse is talking to me. There was one night, I sat at the fire in my backyard and wrote 8 poems. I guess you can call that a creative night. Some people are channels for angels, dead people and all kinds of things. I am a channel for poetry.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Hungary and recited poems before I could read. We, Hungarians love poetry and read a lot. There are hardly any events without someone reading poems. I did well in literature class and had excellent teachers who nurtured my poetic talent. I didn't write much poetry until I was about 14. We used to put programs together in summer camps and wrote satires to popular songs. That's when I realized that writing was easy for me. I read poetry at school events and on school radio. I also participated in poetry competitions and ended up in second place in one competition.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote many essays in school and was good at it. Wrote many satires at summer camps in my teens and I think I was around 20 when I wrote my first real poem. It was a love poem to my boyfriend at the time, who was my big love and later became my husband. I still have the book I wrote them in and they seem silly now but felt epic at the time.
Describe your desk
Oh, the desk! Sometimes it is very messy because I have too many things on the go. (That is when the Muses are speaking to me so loud that I have to create.) Other times I keep it tidy. I just organized my draweres to put microphones and other equipment into. The things I use periodically, the things that cluttered my desk before.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth and giving away free samples. I have photos of my book cover on one side and a sample poem on the other side and give these away. I also meet people online on poetry related pages and they buy my books most likely because they read something I wrote.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am not good at writing proposals and seeking out publishers. Now with Amazon and other companies serving the writing community it was affordable and reasonably easy to self publish.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am new to Smashwords and have not sold any of my books yet, but I have hopes that I will. They have an amazing system and wide reach. I am very excited to be here.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy in writing is, when my poem touches someone. When I see the metaphoric light go off in their heads, when I see a smirk, a smile, or tears. I am talking about tears from being inspired, from relating to a what I wrote, from a deep understanding or from simply being moved. I truely believe that poetry is powerful and it touches people's hearts.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have many "fans" but I do have people who support me and believe in me. People, who participate in the open mics I organize and MC. Women, who participate in a poetry circle, my friend Cat leads. We connect on a deep level and support each other. There is lots of laughter and lots of tears. They mean the world to me and I am greatful for those deep and meaningful connections.
What are you working on next?
I keep writng poetry. It is inevitable. It is a big part of my creative life. I also have dreams of witing a book about the power of poetry, possibly a film script. I am also thinking of publishing my poems in themed books. I have so many ideas that sometimes I think I will live forever just so I can make them happen.
Who are your favorite authors?
I am omni amoruos. My first love was the Hungarian-Jewish poet, Radnoti Miklos, and there are many other Hungarian poets and authors, who's poems and books I read. I like Rumi and his the timeless poems. My favorite North-American poet is Mary Oliver and recently Amanda Gorman. I read a lot of nonfiction and one of my favorites is Brenee Brown.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The endless possibilities a day can bring especially on days I can do whatever I want. I like reading before getting up and some of my favorite things to do is spend time in nature. I also like woodworking, cooking on open fires, cooking foods from all over the world and making videos. You can also catch me watching movies and Netflix shows in moderation and some days binge watching if something captures my heart.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story but I do remember many Hungarian fables, folk tales. Some were scary but most had a good moral lesson and many had a happy ending. They really shaped my imagination.
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Books by This Author

Moments of Grief
Price: Free! Words: 3,680. Language: Canadian English. Published: April 8, 2021. Categories: Poetry » Canadian Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
Moments of Grief is a chapbook, (a small book) for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
A Piece Of Her Heart
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 23,900. Language: Canadian English. Published: April 4, 2021. Categories: Poetry » Canadian Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
A Piece of her heart is a collection of poetry written by Teri Petz. You will be pleased because the poems embody the finest and most beautiful shades of expressions the human soul could share. Teri’s poetry explores the intricate connections between humans and nature. The reader will find themselves being drawn into the heartfelt feelings, emotions and new connections to the universe.