Todd Vickers publishes at NoShameinSex.Com and Water-Scribe.Com. He has published two books The Paradox Of Self Realization, Truth Like Fire, and is soon to be releasing: The Relevance of Kabir.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is an intimate way to let others into my inner world and thoughts. The written word is powerful. With words we even encounter the minds of people who are dead.
I don't believe a reader is a passive receiver of objective knowledge. The words on the page blend with the understanding of a reader in a way that neither writer nor one who reads could truly predict. I think both sides of the word equation are creative and that is a beautiful part of living.
What do your fans mean to you?
Excited readers make me want to be a better writer, they make me more willing to receive criticism. Not merely for the sake of success, but to better convey important ideas that readers can grasp and use. If I fail to do that, then the effort is vain and any admiration of a reader will be misspent. I'm NOT trashing fiction. Both fiction and nonfiction can inspire creativity.
Kabir was a bold eastern philosopher who understood how pain is inevitable and suffering is optional. The Relevance of Kabir combines the verses of four different translations. In the revolutionary spirit of Kabir, Todd Vickers elaborates on these poems using modern examples, reason, metaphor and indelicacy.