Author Name: H. W. Bryce
What’s your story and how did you become a writer? I wrote a Roy Rogers story in Grade 7, and I have been writing off and on since then. While at university, I wrote lyrics and posted them to song magazines. Over the years I entered poetry and story contests.
But the impetus for my current writing was when my wife contracted Alzheimer’s, and I was sinking deep into depression. It was poetry that saved me.
How do you balance your work with other demands? I reserve my mornings for my writing. The afternoon is often taken up with business; sometimes appointments, etc. For the most part, this works very well.
What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner? Both. Often, once I get started, I just forge on. Sometimes a poem will practically form itself and come fairly easily.
Sometimes the poem fights me, and I have to “resort” to planning. Occasionally I try to plan it out first – especially when doing formal poetry with a set rhyme and line scheme.
What’s your working style – morning or late-night writer? As noted, morning person.
Do you work at a computer or write long-hand? Mostly I work on my laptop, but I keep a notebook and pen in my pocket at all times. Many, many of my notes become poems.
What gets those words flowing, coffee or tea? The coffee and tea often serve as thinking time as I write.
What’s your favorite book and what are you reading now? A top fave is still any Philip Marlowe book. The Little Sister movie WAS the book, it followed it so closely. Humphrey Bogart, top of my fave actors. Storytelling at its best.
I have been reviewing Keats and Tennyson lately, and reading a whole lot of local area poets, many of whom are really good – two of them are laureates, one of them retired.
What shows do you watch? I watch a lot of British and American mysteries; some nature programs, travel documentaries. I love human interest movies.
Favorite movie: Probably Casablanca. It has everything, including love lost and found and lost and accepted.
Favorite musician: Dave Brubeck; also, the Gershwins
Awards/special recognition: I have several certificates of honour for my poetry, a number of poetry competition wins, etc., such as invitations from abroad to appear in their anthologies.
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