Poet Rosemarie WIlson is with me today talking a bit about herself as well as her book "Pearl's Plays"
1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I am an author, poet, spoken word artist, singer, actress and now a playwright who has a love for all of the artistic genres just mentioned. Born on Detroit’s east side, I was raised by my mom and four knucklehead brothers. I’m the youngest and only girl in the family (I still get spoiled). I am a Davenport University graduate and work a 9-5. I have so much love for my city and spread Detroit love whenever and wherever I perform. I’ve been an avid reader since before I could talk. When my mom and I would go shopping, I’d always run towards books, not toys. I won my first poetry contest in the second grade which sparked my love for poetry. After a long hiatus from exploring poetry, graduating college and working a 9-5, I almost broke into the music business in 1999, but opted to place my songs on paper in poetic form a few years later. I began writing poems for my first collection in 2005 and was given the pen name One Single Rose while editing a book for a very good friend. I gave birth to my first baby, One Single Rose . . . Poetry Blossomed from a Rose Core on my birthday in 2009. My artistic journey began as a poet in 2009, but shifted into spoken word the following year. Four years young from the first time I authored a poetry collection, I’ve been dubbed an inspirational poet and I thrive to be a successful poet, spoken word artist, singer, actress and playwright. The journey I’ve traveled thus far exploring poetry, song and stage plays has been amazing.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spare time? What’s spare time? Sheesh, I know not what you speak of. My spare time is spent exploring my passion by pushing poems like weight. I host open mic poetry in the Spotlight at Manila Bay Café, 4731 Grand River in Detroit, Michigan every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. I have been blessed with the opportunity to perform spoken word and song for various organizations and events in Detroit, throughout the nation as well as internationally. I’d love to sit by the water with my bare feet in the grass while holding Mister’s hand as we listen to music but by the time I get off work, get done with rehearsals and performances, the sun’s gone down and I’m left with kisses in the moonlight. I haven’t had an actual “vacation” in over two years, but you know what, I wouldn’t trade not having any spare time for anything in the world. I enjoy sharing pieces of me, following my passion and the path that my poems are paving for my life.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
Every morning when I wake up, I watch the news to see what’s going on in the world. This is the most routine thing that I do as far as writing. I figure if I stay in the know about current events, I’ll always have something to write about. I keep the iPhone, iPad and laptop fired up and ready at all times because I never know when the inspiration for a piece may fall into my lap. I keep my eyes open for new stories.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Real-life events fuel my poetic energy. A good majority of the ideas that go into my poems are taken from stories that I’ve seen on the news, things I’ve seen happen with my own eyes, lessons I’ve learned for myself after bumping my head or issues that my friends, family and colleagues have overcome. For example, a few months ago I was getting my oil changed. As I sat in the car, there was a group of about eight young ladies who passed by...two of the girls may have been in their 20’s…one was pregnant pushing a stroller, the other was holding a toddler’s hand. Two of the other young ladies in their teens were holding elementary school hands and a two year old was carrying a baby doll pushing the baby’s stroller. I don’t know anything about the the young ladies who passed by, if they were holding hands of their children, sisters or relatives, but I started writing a poem entitled “Mrs. Promiscuous P” as the technicians finished changing my oil. My heart went out to that group of girls.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
My favorite collection is my second, One Single Rose Out of Darkness Into Light released in March 2012 which speaks to shedding societal innuendo, capitalizing on our inner strengths and shining our own light. Society has ideas of who we are and whom they believe we should be. We must be ourselves; we must do us. If I had to pick a particular piece as my favorite, it would have to be any piece that I’ve written about my mom who was also a poet and a writer. I pen in celebration of her, the most beautiful Rose I’ve ever known. Although she’s gone, she lives vicariously through me.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
Hello, my name is Rosemarie Wilson and I am a proud Shoe-A-Holic. I relapsed last night on a pair of Coach wedge sneakers. I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE shoes! Wedges, sneakers, stilettos, boots, thongs, Mary Janes!!! I almost spaced out at Macy’s in Chicago the first time I went—there was a whole floor of nothing but SHOES and I started shaking, literally! My feet aren’t the most beautiful things to look at, but I love them and they’re a blessing because some people aren’t able to walk or don’t have feet at all. When I look down at my feet, I’ve got to have something to smile about—shoes make me smile. Every shoe I wear is a Cold Tony! (That’s Pootie Tang slang.) Sadatay!
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
I stretch my imagination when I write to add flavor to my pieces. However, 99% of my poems are based on real life.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
In April I was given the opportunity to write a 10-minute play for Briccolage’s Bus 8 in Pittsburgh, PA. Here’s how the Bus project works. The Bus project is a 24-hour theater event where six playwrights boarded different buses in Pittsburgh on a Friday night. Two hours later, we came back to the venue, actors introduced themselves and presented props. We selected our actors and went to our respective homes/rooms to write a 10-minute play to be emailed to the organizers by 8:00 a.m. on Saturday. At 10:00 a.m. the directors read all six of the 10-minute plays, selected which play they wanted to direct, the actors rehearsed all afternoon and at 8:00 p.m. six plays were performed. The entire process was insanity, but it sparked a bug in me to write a full-length play which I’m working to debut in March, 2014. I have written for a few theater productions, but this will be the first baby I’ve birthed on my own as a full-length stage play.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I love Maya Angelou, Dean Koontz and Sylvia Hubbard. I also love poetry collections written by my Detroit poetry family, Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty, Poeticlifeline, Caesar Torreano, Jah X-El, to name a few.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
“Pinocchio’s Cousin:” tells tales, literally. He wants to grow up to be a real boy, but his lies keep him trapped inside himself. “Pearl” is my erotic poetry doppelganger when I’m naughty. Ssshhhhhhhh, don’t tell nobody.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
The hardest things I’ve found about being a writer is using the word “can’t.” Our thoughts manifest into reality. I told myself I can’t write a book and for a while, I didn’t pen a word, especially when Writer’s Block reared its ugly head. If you tell yourself what you can’t do, you most definitely won’t do a thing. It’s important to remember that we can do anything we put forth an effort to accomplish.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Like Nike, just do it. Keep your pad, or whatever writing utensil you’re comfortable with handy. Every word is important. If you think about two words today, write them down. Tomorrow, add five more words, the next day, add ten. A week later, well look at that, you’ve got a paragraph...keep going, gather your thoughts and before you know it, you’ll have a novel. Don’t be discouraged if you reach a stumbling block, pick up the pieces and keep it moving. Connect with like minds--join physical writers networks or virtual networks on line. Secure a domain name for a website so that potential readers can keep up with your work. Ramble in blogs…just DO IT.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Poetry and spoken word have opened doors I had no idea I would ever approach (acting, hosting, writing plays), I can’t imagine doing anything else. If I have to answer this question, I’d say I’d still be pondering thoughts of “what if…”
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
A perfect romantic getaway for someone who hasn’t officially vacationed in two years would be anywhere there’s sand, blue oceans and skies, fruity drinks with pink umbrellas and a 7 lb. lobster fresh from the ocean to the grill.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
My most recent babies released in March 2012 are entitled One Single Rose Out of Darkness Into Light which I touched on above and Pearl’s Plays, an erotic chapbook. I am currently writing a children’s book and I will also release my first spoken word and music cd as well as my first full-length stage play in March 2014. I don’t want to give the titles away just yet, but please stay tuned for more information about “3 on 313,” three releases on my birthday, March 13, a milestone birthday gift from Rose to Rose.
All of my work can be purchased on my website www.onesinglerose.com, there are snippets and photos from a few of my performances as well as links to my social networking websites.
October is breast cancer awareness month. On October 5, 2013 I was presented with an opportunity to perform for 92.3 Mix FM in Detroit at their Sister Strut Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. The Detroit Riverwalk was a sea of pink! I penned “Message From a Friend of the Twins” especially for this event. Wanna read it? Here it go!
Message From A Friend of the Twins
I've grown quite fond of Venus and Serena.
I'll do everything in my power
to prevent you,
from attacking the sisters with your venom.
On my honor,
I will try
to eat more fruits and veggies.
I promise that I won't ignore any signs during self-examination.
I shall hire a snitch to circumvent your covert operations.
Mammograms will sniff you out of hiding
as this well-seasoned
Thick Madame took the pledge to get tested
I will study ancestral pedigrees
to discover if you were the serpent to taint our garden.
I won't sunbathe or microwave.
You will not weaken my will to survive.
'Cause I'm a survivor!
I'm not gon’ give up.
You may slither through the protective net surrounding the twins
but I've got a team on speed dial standing by
armed with weapons of mass destruction
ready to serve you back into the hell where you were conceived.
You are a harbinger of nightmares
starring in scary movies.
Your invitation into the temple wasn't lost in the mail;
it was never created.
Your slimy presence on Rose's carpet is unwarranted.
There will be no photo ops
as you don't play fair.
No need to sneak an RSVP.
This is a closed court
reserved for warriors who demand your demise.
If we ever meet face to face,
I'll have no choice but to accept your challenge.
I will fight to save the girls from early retirement.
With back and forehands,
I'm gonna knock you out.
Call me Rosie Ali.
I'll float like a butterfly
and sting like a bee,
ducking your jabs,
and left hooks,
skipping standing eights
so the count will be nine lives.
I'll hold you down five years until you recognize
I'm not for games.
So, put that in your pipe and choke on it.
If you happen to take away my crown
you can't steal this glory.
I won't worry
nor will I be ashamed to confidently bear nudity hidden beneath what was stolen from me.
Color me bad,
color me pink.
Don't even think your destruction will damage my spirit.
'Cause I'm a survivor.
I'm gonna make it.
Triumph will be the story told to the great grands
then they'll tell their children
and so on,
and so on.
I may bend
but I won't break.
I'm built to last,
never dealt anything I can't handle,
steadfast in an ongoing commitment
The roads may get rough,
but that's when the tough get going!
Snap those fangs.
Raise your hood.
Hiss if you must.
Know that I'm not afraid
'cause I'm protected by the most high.
Your day soon be done,
gone your sun.
Victory is nigh.
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Thank you so much for this interview. I totally appreciate you including me in your blog.
Rosemarie Wilson aka One Single Rose