I am interviewed here on David L O’nan’s Fevers of the Mind Blog. Thank you very much, David!
with Merril D. Smith
Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?
Merril: I began writing stories when I was a child. I remember giving my dad a handmade book (a school art project) with a story I had written about little creatures called Troubles. After that I did a little bit of very bad writing in high school, and then I started writing non-fiction as an adult, beginning with my doctoral dissertation in American history, which became my first book, Breaking the Bonds. I didn’t really turn to poetry until my children were grown and out of the house. I began a WordPress blog, which gradually became a mostly poetry blog. I think I was seeking a creative outlet without realizing it right away, and then, suddenly, I felt almost overtaken by the poetry muse. https://merrildsmith.wordpress.com/
My parents were both great readers, and our house was always filled…
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It was nice to read this and get to know you a little bit better.
Thank you very much, Ron!
Great interview, Merril! It was nice to learn more about you.
Thank you so much, Jill! 💙
Thank you very much, Dale!
Loved learning more about you 🙂
this is so nice – and nice to get to know you better 🙂
Thank you so much for reading and commenting, David! 😊
You are as interesting as I have always thought you were. Wonderful interview.
Awww–what a lovely thing to write, Claudia. Thank you so much!
(I don’t think I’m interesting at all.) 😀
Thanks for the mention Merril. I too really began leaning my craft through Jane’s prompts. And how wonderful to grow up with an antiques store! (K)
I don’t think I realized till I was older how amazing it was. I wish I had photos. It was a wholesale business–antiques sold to dealers only, so it wasn’t a store full of customers.
No customers needed to provide magic.
It was a very successful business, just not the kind where customers would normally be wandering about–that left us free to explore. 😀
Wonderful interview, Merril! I enjoyed getting to know you a bit better … and to discover you have a website with your biography, publications, and reviews! Better late than never 😉
Thank you so much, Marie.
I hardly ever go on the pages with that info. I think Colleen linked to it recently, and I realized I hadn’t updated it in forever. Kind of a split personality thing with the history/reference books and the poetry. 😀
Split personality or … you’re a woman of many talents. I prefer the latter 🙂