Interview with Tashmyra Crowe

How did you first decide to become a writer?
I don't think I ever made a decision to be a writer. I have been driven by visions, images and stories since a young age and my biggest challenge has always been finding ways to express them all. I actually started out as a poet and painter but found that by writing prose, I could reach a larger audience. My struggle has been in keeping the vision in the writing; not watering down the images by using too many words.
If, as you say, you have always been a writer, why have you waited so long to publish?
Twice in my life, I have lost my entire life's work to water. First in my parents' flooded basement while I was traveling in Europe. Then in a friends' flooded cabin in the Slocan Valley in BC while I was traveling in Asia. These drownings took place when writing was done by hand with pen and paper, or with ink from a typewriter.
How could you stand to lose everything twice and yet keep on going?
I have also had 3 near death drowning experiences in my lifetime. The first one was when I was still living with my parents in Montreal. The second one was in the Slocan river in the Kootenay mountains of BC. The third one was along the Phetchaburi river in Thailand. Since this third drowning I have been very protective of my manuscript and have kept it well away from water. But the ultimate realization is that my writing is an expression of my life, and that as long as I am alive, I will keep on writing.
Published 2017-10-08.
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Books by This Author

A Woman Is Dreaming
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 29,050. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
A story of women; a cosmos of women`s experience and connection across time and culture- their worlds, their histories, their conflicts and perils. The book is divided into 7 stories that intersect through dreams, images and timeless themes. The book as a whole tells a story, yet each story also tells a story. It is about love, death and grieving; and about courage, resilience and of healing.