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January 14, 2007 - Issue 1.07
By Denise Turney, Author of Portia, Love Has Many Faces and Spiral
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January is a symbol of newness. As we head into a new year, I encourage you to think about letting some things go so you can do more than make promises (resolutions and goals) to yourself. Let some things go, so you can make room for newness to enter your life. As a writer, editor, publicist, publisher or agent, that might involve letting go of the fear of failure and calling, writing or setting up and keeping an in-person appointment with someone who can help advance your career, someone you were previously afraid to connect with because you thought they were bigger than you (which is not the case).
Truth is, January rolls around over and over again. Only you can allow it to bring you “newness”. So, what have you been putting off? What did you spend all of last year talking yourself out of doing, but knew in your heart, you should have done? Can’t think of a better time than right now to take the step to allow that very thing to happen, to allow that good/new thing to come to you.
Is it the start of a new book? Sit down and write the first chapter. Is it editing a book you finished last year? Get to it. Is it contacting an agent or movie production house to have your book made into a movie? What are you waiting for? Just do it and let this January, this year, be a “new” start.
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FEATURE INTERVIEW - ABOUT DARRYL MCCULLOUGH: Darryl McCullough is the author of the books Perfectly Sane and Definitely Insane. Additionally, he is a contributing editor for the book A Gentleman Among Thieves. Darryl is also a columnist for The Cleveland Crusader and Wordz in Motion Literary Magazine.
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BLH: You are pursuing a B.A. in Business Administration and Journalism. How did you make the leap from non-fiction to fiction?
DM: Going from things that really happened in my life to things that were created solely in my mind, I felt would challenge me as a writer and instill versatility in my writing style. To conjure up a story, especially a good one…that is the real feat!
BLH: I loved the description of your book Perfectly Sane. How did you arrive at the title and is the book semi-autobiographical? If not, where did you get the idea for the book as the subject of Perfectly Sane is quite interesting?
DM: Thank you! I arrived at the title Perfectly Sane after I shared my thoughts about life experiences with other people. They would look at me and say, “You are crazy!” I begged to differ, and I would always say, “No…I’m Perfectly Sane!” The book is semi-autobiographical as it deals with my life and how I see life as a whole.
BLH: In Perfectly Sane, the main character, a young man who developed ulcers by the time he turned 16, was directed by his doctor to write out his problems. As a writer and as a reader, I have found literature to offer healing (both the practice of writing and also taking in what others have written). Have you found this to be true also? What do you think it is about writing that offers healing?
DM: Yes, I being the main character or main thinker in these compilations of short stories, poetry and essays that deal vastly with the past. I have always felt that if we do not try to correct our past, or at least try to understand it, we can’t move on into our future. If one looks at the least five years of their life and each one of those past years have been exactly the same, chances are that the next five years will be the same too! That is of course unless the person makes a change. Writing helps me to examine the cut, aid in the “healing” and go back out there and live!
BLH: Tell us about Perfectly Sane. What sets it apart from other books? What makes the characters unique and engaging, etc.?
DM: Perfectly Sane is not a novel. What sets it apart from other books is that it is a collage of many different stories. It gives the reader several chances to connect with the book. The book is made up of poems, short stories, discussions about youthful and adult experiences, as well gender issues.
BLH: One reader of your books noted that you "write about the pain of not fitting into society's norms". Do you agree with this assessment, and if so, do you write this way deliberately or is it a natural focus for you? Please explain.
DM: Yes. I agree with that assessment. Everyone wants to be cool and liked, especially when they are young. I was no different, wearing baggy pants, tee-strap shoes, designer shirts and sporting a Jeri-curl! That was the norm at that time. But yet I found that it wasn’t for me, as I looked just like everybody else. I write about these experiences not deliberately…it just comes out that way.
BLH: You also tackle relationships in your writings. It has yet to cease to amaze me the differences between how men and women view, perceive and approach relationships. The differences are amazing and both often think their way is "the right or the best way". As a writer, how do you manage to balance the male and female relationship perspectives in your stories?
DM: Men and women will never understand one another. It’s just not going to happen. Which is why rather than looking for love, longing for love…I just look for being content. Being content is not a bad thing, nor is it settling. All my friends that were in “love” are all now divorced. Just walk up to someone who has been married for thirty years. If you can find them, ask them if they are really in love? Hopefully they will not curse and answer the question truthfully. That’s when and where “contentment” shows its true colors. Women have told me that they loved “Tyrone,” who lived down the street and fixed cars in his mother’s backyard. But they married the polar opposite, who was stable and had health benefits. Even if we marry someone that we think is perfect, years later you fall out of “love” losing interest in one another. I try to learn from these experiences, inculcate them into my writings. The result makes some men and women hate it as I expose our secrets. But some readers love it as they think, wonder and even laugh at themselves and or their relationships.
BLH: Which do you lean more heavily on when creating a story - plot/outline or character development? Why?
DM: I focus on all of them. When I was younger, I just wrote and I believe that this is evident in my early stories in my book. But as I grew older my style changed and it keeps changing, even to this day. Anyone can tell a story, but not everyone is a storyteller. I write to capture all elements of a story. Some people like to get right to the point. But I like to take my time…going step by step to develop the story.
BLH: Have you always had a love of books and story or did you develop a taste for the art-form as you grew up? Please share with us an experience of when you knew you would become a writer.
DM: I was never a lover of books per se, but I have always loved a good story. I have always dreamed of writing a book and/or having one of my screenplays come to life. Living from day to day our lives are full of experiences, some good, some bad. The first time that I wrote, the story was about my frustrations out about my father being killed in a car accident and me having to growing up with an evil step father. The joy that came about after expressing these issues was phenomenal. I knew from that point on that I would be a writer.
BLH: Who are some of your favorite writers and what is it about their work you most admire?
DM: I would have to say Dick Gregory. He says what is on his mind about his own race as well as others. He is not afraid of the repercussions either. Some one told me that some of my writings remind them of Dick Gregory. I consider that a compliment.
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