Author Interview at Indie Publishing Group, read in full here
Peeking Cat Poetry magazine interviewed me for a feature on their website.
You can read the full interview here:
Genre Romantic Thriller
About the Author
Skyla Murphy is a highland junkie from West Coast, Canada. When she’s not searching the Rocky Mountains for Sasquatch, she can be found researching every other conspiracy theory known to mankind. Her Yorkshire Terrier is usually clung to her side, but he doesn’t buy into her philosophies much. Therefore, she writes about them instead.
Genre Health, Family, and Lifestyle
My Rating 👍👍👍👍
Free on KU
There is a giveaway on Goodreads.com for a signed copy of this book.
Easy to follow, split into three parts – Jenny tells her story, then uses the experiences of others to tell their story, and finally a blue print for our own use: recipes, and yoga recommendations, and replacing our negative thoughts with positive ones.
I love the humour Jenny uses. It is funny how we rarely use that humour when we view our own bodies negatively, until much later when the damage has been done.
I learnt a lot from the book. There are passages that gave me a lot to think about. With as babies we aren’t ashamed of our bodies, we don’t feel the need to diet, or compare ourselves. So what happens along the way, is it the attitude of our parents to diets, and food, or the media?
The good food/bad food idea, that is probably embedded into most of our heads, actually made me think hold on a second…
This book is relevant to me at the moment because I am twenty one, and I don’t have the metabolism that I had when I was sixteen, and my poor eating habits are catching up with me! But after a few years of trying to fit clothes that are too small, and not my style, dieting, and not liking my body, I am well on my way to not giving a stuff, and this book helped me. It points out a reasonable question, why will being skinny make you happy? Will finally achieving that certain weight make you happy?
Hm, perhaps not.
The pregnancy parts as well were interesting, because you know, giving birth is an incredible feat, and trying to immediately get your body back to the size you were isn’t going to be easy, and I have seen celebrities ribsfive, or so, months after they have given birth, and it makes headlines. I just don’t know why you would be worrying about that when you should be enjoying your new baby. How is that attainable?
The second section of the book asks other people questions, men as well as women. It can sometimes feel like pulling teeth when asking men to tell you how they feel! Two of the questions, What is one part of your body that you love? stumped me, whereas What is one part of your body that you dislike or are uncomfortable with? was much easier to answer.
I think, as Jenny says, this madness has to stop. Body image, and the way we perceive ourselves, and others, is clearly a huge problem, and we should be looking into it, and start to love ourselves, whatever our size, and get into a healthy habit, that makes us happy.
My Rating 💖💖💖💖💖
A passionate poetry collection about being a black woman, among men, as well as a mother, and with poetry on the cultures of old, and new, people’s attitudes, her writing background, childhood, and love. Revealing Layers of who Tye Jiles is, an important voice I found I was compelled to read.
I like the use of a different font, makes a massive difference, and the – after thoughts at the end of some of the poems, which act as a smooth finish, and title. The Thing about Matrimony is a cracker of a poem on annoying your partner. The dexterity of the words in the poem is amazing. One of the veins in this collection is the relationship the writer has with her partner, and the whole story of their coming to be is really sweet, and it feels like a complete history, like I really got the opportunity to get to know the author.
I think it is this, the maturity, of the poetry that made me feel I should give this collection five, not four, stars.
A book that gets better as it goes on, eventually I stopped highlighting my favourites as I would have been highlighting each page.
I look forward to reading book two.
My Rating 👌👌👌👌
Visceral, and mildly erotic, collection of poetry that is experimental, particularly in poem Offering, and has some dialogue. Alongside the poetry is longer pieces of writing, and photographs. Certainly a book for the senses, with tender feelings, and fruits. The opening poem Mango
Parting the exquisite flesh
as juices moisten her fingers
If you hadn’t read the title of that poem first, you might have done a double take.
Diaspora is a great poem about a moment in time.
My Rating 👍👍👍👍
First of all, love the laundry idea of this collection of poetry by Vanessa Frances. Definitely piqued my interest. Second, I love the alternative font too. It makes reading this feel a more intimate experience.
The poetry can be thoughts. They are a vss hashtag tweet, or sudden thoughts, with small details, and the truth in them is startling as you don’t expect too much from a few lines. Take poems Bones, Art and Woof as examples of this.
My own book contained the same kind of writing, which received some criticism from reviewers. With writer Vanessa Frances, seeing that in somebody else’s work, I admire that.
Sure, maybe those two, three, line poems could become something larger, or act as a prompt, to trigger a thought in somebody else’s mind, and writing.
I like the tone of voice in the poetry. It’s, I wouldn’t say bitter, but it does sound as if a few heads are being knocked together. You could describe it as salty. Take poem Typecast as an example of that.
App was one of my favourite poems, along with Mature, Anchor, China, Steadfast, which writes of SAD, and Infantile is a great poem. Some really good observations of love
It turns you on when I’m angry
and I’m just not that kind
Man, Lewd, and Women are poetry on feminist issues.
Falsehood had me wanting to cheer for its pinpoint accuracy, as did Growth, and Labels too.
Laundry is certainly a book I plan to buy a physical copy of in the future. It’s one you’ll want on your bookshelf.
Publisher Bareback Press
Free on KU
Bargain at 99p for the Kindle edition
My Rating 💜💜💜💜💜
Masturbation, sketching, and warring lovers seem to feature heavily in this book, with observations and perspectives from those people on the margins of society. Matthew Hall, with great brevity, gives them an iconic slant on a number of occasions.
A poet myself, certain lines I read have never been truer, and make my own seem clumsy in comparison. Hall simply pens the lonely nights, the endless shift, and the arguments in relationships that never seem to end.
Poem French Manicure pinpoints perfectly wondering thoughts. The book offers different views on love, such as in Another Life, Another World
1 of the factory girls used to flirt with me
wife to be
Those situations, and incidents, that you don’t come across being written about often.
He worked himself
into an early grave
his family never wanted
because he worked himself
into an early grave
is easily my favourite from the book.
Absolute corker of a book, even the order of the poems in the book fit together like a dream, just as you think they’re getting a bit sticky Hall switches them up, and they dip, and they come up again with ease.
You’re missing out if you haven’t read this one.
What a month. I think I say that every month.
I’ve fallen in love with the beautiful game, and had a lengthy cold, which I thought might be helped with oranges, but I had no joy with that theory.
What I’ve read this month that I liked:
Inbetween Hangovers published a poem New Girl at my Bar by Bradford Middleton.
My favourite press Ghost City has now got the first of its summer chapbook series available for pre order.
You can read their 2016 summer series for free!
43 micro chapbooks of perfection.
Emily Vieweg Today I got Fat, a brilliant poem at Spillwords.com
Foxglove Journal has had a plethora of fantastic poetry for you to read, and enjoy this month.
The Rising Phoenix Review has also plenty of free poetry for you to read, and enjoy.
Alexis Bates had poetry published at Five 2 One
Sicklit Magazine Renee Drummond Brown, a poetry collection.
And go have a look at my weird, and creative, brother’s art, and photography at Instagram
As well as my story The Smell in the Library included in Volume 1 of Funny in 500
Last year I was published by Haikuniverse, and Your One Phone Call
I am also running a Giveaway at Goodreads.com for my book published by Ugly Sapling Press Put me Down I’m Terrible.
Please do go, and support these people, and places. They are so supportive of not only my writing, but others too.
I believe they are also accepting writing submissions too, if you are looking for a new platform for your work.
And if you aren’t sick of me by now why don’t we connect on Twitter @idontwearahat or Instagram as Katie Lewington Author.