Interview with Lasana Bandelé

When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was about 13.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind this book Scent Of Cedar is about love, hope, challenges, beauty, dreams, reconciliation, people and places, peoples trying to survive with their rights and the rights of all this Planet in this hostile but ever so beautiful World.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am motivated to share what I see from the inside.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is the new day for writers and publishers! A quiet revolution in the digital age that will help the World to touch and experience itself more completely, even if everybody doesn't read a book published through Smashwords because knowledge is liberating beyond the ones it reaches directly but indirectly to others. As it stimulates our intrinsic essence and values, we all are the better for it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is feeling the truth of a piece when its finish and the reader feels it to and communicates that back to me in any shape or form and I can feel that they are real.
What do your fans mean to you?
The fan and my works goes together to make the whole wonderful experience.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on more poetry books, more music CD releases.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Kahlil Gibran an Sydney Sheldon.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Living inspires me to get out of bed each day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I not writing poetry I'm writing songs, playing an instrument, mostly Guitar, keyboards, hand drums, flute, singing, performing, producing my music for my Storitela Music label and other collaborations, making small film with hope of going big in the future, going for long hikes, watching great movies or just shooting the breeze.
What do you think of the World in its present state?
The World its a beautiful, wonderful, magical place in spite of the horrors, inequities, injustices. This system is running out of excuses for the atrocities, people are waking up increasingly so a new day is around the corner. We've hit rock but the Universe is eternal unconditional love so the only way is up.
Where were you born?
I was born at Catadupa in the parish of St. James in the Cockpit Country Hills of Jamaica on a farm of cows, yams, banana, coffee, cocoa and fruit of many kinds.
Where have you studied?
Life is truly my teacher, the environments my school rooms, I'm always seeking knowledge and I also studied at The Jamaica School Of Music and The Jamaica School Of Drama to name a two. Get it?
Published 2014-09-26.
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Books by This Author

Scent Of Cedar
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 3,620. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Scent Of Cedar by Jamaican poet Lasana Bandele is a volume of poems that is musical, inspirational, modern, fresh, prolific with absolutely no emphasis on rhyme but rhythm, message, meaning and flow, taking you to love, hope, freedom, justice, politics and places in the sun where dreams roam the streets and mountains, endlessly in search of fulfillment.