1. What inspired you to write poetry, and publish your work.

First, thank you, for the opportunity to interview with Literati Literature Lovers, Karen, and for sharing in the cover reveal of Utterly Loved. Actually, Sylvain Reynard’s guest post on Literati Literature Lovers in early September 2012, inspired me to write poetry. He shared Robert Frost’s Fire and Ice. Until that moment, I’d never been impacted by poetry. Somehow, a switch got flipped. Lost in a blissful moment days later, Heaven…Found, my first poem ever, flowed unexpectedly into my mind. Now, the switch appears to be stuck in the “on” position. {laughs}

I’m publishing a romantic poetry collection, Utterly Loved, for the sole purpose of sharing love with the world for charity. I want to help those who desperately need love to feel…Utterly Loved.

2. What makes (poetry) so special? Who is your favorite dead poet and living poet.

For me, poetry flows from the heart and mind in one colorful ribbon, perfectly capturing a moment. For all the facets that a tiny poetic snapshot reveals, the beauty experienced while writing and reading poetry is magnificent.

Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.

3. What do you do when you are not writing?

I work in an unglamorous paper-pushing job. {whispers} I change in a phone
booth when my characters desperately need me.

For fun, I spend time with Mr. Bastion every chance I get. When I’m on an actual writing break, I love to read.

4. What books did you read when you were a kid? Any books you found inspiring?

I picked up Piers Anthony’s Split Infinity in the library because it had a unicorn on the cover. I was in junior high. His fantasy worlds ensnared so completely, I quickly devoured everything he’d written. In high school it was romance novels by Danielle Steele.

No books I’ve ever read inspired me on a visceral level until I read Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture. I read them for the first time at the end of September 2012, and both the books and author instantly became favorites for the underlying themes both the books and author promote: Hope, redemption, and the amazing transformation of the soul through selfless acts of love. The poetry and purpose of Utterly Loved shares those same themes.

5. What books do you read now?

I’m reading Karen Marie Moning’s ICED, and I loved her Fever Series. I’m a paranormal romance fan at heart with a particular weakness for Highlanders… and now a particular Professor. ;)

6. Some authors listen to music while writing, others prefer a quiet space. Which is your preference? If you do listen to music, do you have a playlist? Care to share?

I need a quiet space to relax and write.

7. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Water conducts my creative brainwaves like lightning to a rod. I frequently run through the house dripping wet and wrapped in a towel to sit at my keyboard before an incredibly detailed scene fades from memory. This behavior amuses Mr. Bastion greatly.

8. You’ve been given the task to host a last minute dinner party. Which authors are on your ultimate dinner invitation list? Alive or Dead.

I cannot begin to tell you how much fun I had compiling my dinner party list. This would be the event of a lifetime and would take that long to have every great conversation worthy of my dream dinner party.

In my fantasy… the party never ends.
Maya Angelou
Jane Austin
Karen Marie Moning
J. R. Ward
Sylvain Reynard
Ernest Hemingway
Robert Frost
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Thomas Jefferson
Dante Alighieri
Michael J. Fox
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Lovers Smooches Questions

Beach or Mountain?
Both. You will see in Utterly Loved… Both.

Book or movie?
Book.

Chicken or Fish?
Chicken or fish?!? Ohhhhh… {flips over the wedding invitation with the claustrophobic little boxes and draws outside the lines} … I’ll have a filet cooked to a perfect medium plus, covered in wild mushrooms that have been lightly sautéed in garlic butter. {encloses ample funds to pay for said deviation and inconvenience}

Chocolate or vanilla?
Chocolate. Dark chocolate.

Cowboy hat or cowboy boots?
Have you seen my www.talktotheshoe.com header photo? Boots. So boots. Black lizard skin cowboy boots. And yes, those are our feet. And no, no sizes were altered in the making of that picture. ;)

Craziest thing in your fridge right now?
Crazy? {opens the refrigerator door warily} Hmmmm… The mixed baby greens look suspect. Word has it they’ve been conspiring with the Italian dry salami to jump shelf.

Dogs or cats?
I have a most beloved feline. Oddly, although I’ve never been a dog person, and therefore tend to ignore them, they follow me around at other people’s houses and curl up next to me when I sit. Every. Time. It never fails to perplex me. This also amuses Mr. Bastion greatly.

About the Author:
Kat Bastion is a multi-award winning paranormal romance writer, poetic warrior, and eternal optimist who loves getting lost in the beauty of nature.

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