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Visit my official site to look out for news, updates plus extracts and behind the scenes notes of my forthcoming novel “Welcome to Wonderland” which is Book 1 of a Bohemian Love Story.
• Look out for character profiles: what they like to do, eat, see
• Character Q & A
• Fiction extracts
I am forming a mini digital magazine for those subscribed to The Mailing List on www.CatherineVaughan.com so please do enter your email on the sign-up bar at the bottom of the screen so you can receive the magazine straight to your inbox.
Inside the magazine you will find:
• Selected full length Poems found in debut poetry book “The Quarter Life Crisis Poet” with accompanying notes on the meaning, inspiration and subtext of the poems.
• Notes on my creative process
• New, unpublished poems
Poetry Sunday, Short Interview Questions by Ross-on-Wye Author Audrina Lane
My name is Catherine I’m a Hereford born and based Author & Poet. I’ve had dreams of creating my own Bohemian existence since I was a teenager having my first poem published at 15 in a competition run by Young Writers. A decade on I published my first collection of poems in May 2015 aptly titled The Quarter Life Crisis Poet. I’m currently working on a novel which will be Book 1 of a Bohemian Love story called “Welcome to Wonderland.” I find the Writer’s life very solitary so from that loneliness I launched the site: HerefordshireWriters.co.uk which is how I’ve now managed to connect with the lovely Audrina Lane and showcase thriving literary talent in our county.
It was a case of alignment. In Summer 2005 I bought John Mayer’s album Room for Squares. He’s an American singer-songwriter and guitar player. It was the first time in my life I encountered not only meaningful lyrics but words and music composed so beautifully together. I admired the attention to detail and craftsmanship. Around that time, I was doing my GCSE’s and in the English Literature classes we were analysing and studying poems. The juxtaposition of my discovering deep and well-composed song lyrics whilst studying poetry in school ignited an active interest in me to actually write poems.
And would you like to share one of your first poems?
I was actually clearing out the garage and stumbled upon old school books over the summer. I can share this one little poem I wrote in November 2000, at age 10.
Hedgehog at Night
Its spikes look like the thorn of pain
Its eyes glint at the hundred stars
Its beady eyes stare out
Its tiny feet woddle around in the grass
Its little nose has a cute bead and reminds me of a button
It’s a Hedgehog.
Nowadays I lean more towards the new breed of “instapoets” (poets that post on social media sites like tumblr and Instagram) like Tyler Knott Gregson and Rupi Kaur. I follow Jessica Michelle on Instagram @_Jessica.Michelle_
I like that she has audacity to unleash her true feelings, the feelings that we don’t dare confess but if we had the bravery as she does to confess these emotions we’d see how connected and similar our experiences in life are. That we’re all going through pain…
I write poems about the feelings and experiences I cannot disclose. Poetry is my way of saying what happened to me, admitting the pain and telling the painful events in my life without having to reveal the full situation. There’s this unique juxtaposition of openness and vulnerability yet keeping the truth veiled; because the truth is too painful to express fully in prose.
Lost generation is a pretty self-explanatory poem. I wrote it age 20 after dropping out of Law school and feeling the usual angst against establishments and society as a whole. This poem is also prophetic of my path to my romanticised idea of Bohemia and the literary life. (Which I made happen 5 years later.)
We are the heir
In academia we make our bet
They get into debt.
Fortune is linear?
Starve, charge and never recharge.
Let’s get skinnier.
We are living it up
Naivety of a pup
In the workplace we are like slaves
Then at night we rave.
Our big break will come.
Chase, trace and encase.
To the beat of our drum
But I will not succumb
You are all so dumb
Here I become
And then some…
I escaped to Bohemia
Away from academia
Ran from the curse
In my converse
And then some
Ran away from academia
Away from the curse
In my converse
This poem is my attempt at redefining “luxury” steering it away from what consumer-based society wants us to believe it is. For a long while art, writing etc was out of my life. I couldn’t create as I naturally would have in younger years, things were so horrid that I couldn’t see past the chaos I had been put in. So now having made the switch back to embracing the arts in my life it feels like a luxury like it’s something precious to have back. Given all the sadness and unhappy circumstances that can arise in life I now feel it’s a luxury to have interests in philosophy, illustration whatever else because there was a time in life when it was just about survival and happiness and creativity couldn’t exist, it just didn’t have the chance to.
LUXURY: PART 1
Poetry is a luxury.
Illustration is a luxury.
All I need is my
So long as S & M
does not win.
How I love
to speak in this riddle.
Who is the cat
who is the fiddle?
The sheep that howls….
But now I’m off to bed.
Dreaming of you in my head.
Not that long ago
I wanted to be dead.
But I must go on.
You must go on.
We must go on.
With Simple Living.
Life in The Shire.
I’ve started jotting down these smaller, sharper poems that concisely utter the pain, dichotomy and agony of emotions.
Love me or lie to me
It’s all the same?
What’s the difference?
“By and Bye”
I dream about you
But I wake up without you
I’m in love with you
But I can’t be with you
HerefordshireWriters.co.uk is a monthly editorial site showcasing thriving local talent, arts and culture events alongside connecting Writers whether published or unpublished.
HerefordshireWriters.co.uk aims to grow into a Literary Network for all Authors, Poets, Writers and Literature Lovers located in the quaint English county of Herefordshire. We are proud to have a rich, historic and flourishing arts and literature community in this county with world-class annual events taking place here such as Hay Festival and Ledbury Poetry Festival among many others.
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The Quarter Life Crisis Poet: a collection of poems on pain heartbreak and defiance by a twenty-something
What we have here is a Romantic, a Dreamer who got overthrown by the people around her. Whispers of deep hurts overlay the pages. This is a soul trying to climb out of the well of despair. Cursed with unfulfilled love, filled with longing. Nobody to turn to. So she writes, she satisfies her need to be understood through poetic emblems. She reflects on what could have been and comforts old wounds of a past undeclared. After Crisis comes the Calm. There is Hope in these Poems after all Catherine Vaughan is a Romantic with Hopes that True Love will return. After all the delay of romance is not a denial of it…
How to Heal Eczema Naturally: a quick self-help guide to learn the secrets of healthy skin
This quick guide reveals the effective and surprising secret foods, drinks and creams that can rapidly improve your skin. For instance did you know that grapefruit juice can alleviate eczema? Read this book to find out the best creams and ointments you can buy at the supermarket to reduce skin inflammation. Learn the Miracle Juice Recipe to make at home to clear your skin. This book is the ultimate lifestyle guide to help you understand the unsuspecting factors that aggravate your eczematous skin and help you find the best products to use in your home to keep eczema at bay. This is a truly holistic and quick-read health guide to help you heal your skin from the inside out. Plenty of simple and easy tips for you to get started with today on your journey to reclaiming healthy skin!
It was with great surprise on Friday morning to discover that one of my books reached No.1 on the Amazon.com Kindle Store. It was my well-being guide for eczema sufferers “How to heal eczema naturally: a quick self-help guide to learn the secrets of healthy skin” that reached the covetous No.1 spot.
Curiously this title has no reviews, and I had not done any specific recent promotional/marketing attempts with this title. Instead this past week I redesigned my official site www.CatherineVaughan.com and set up a Giveaway on Twitter of my Paranormal romance short story: “Another Realm.” There was honestly no shout outs by health/well-being bloggers, no giveaways on this title, it wasn’t mentioned in any news outlets. It just happened.
Success seems to be a curious concoction. I had in previous months blogged about this eczema title on my lifestyle blog CatherineVaughansWorld.com plus changed the book cover whereby no noticeable sales increases arose. Although this book literally overnight reached number 1 essentially I had spent 11 months promoting it piecemeal via facebook ads, blog posts, a YouTube video and so forth. During and after the implementation of these marketing attempts few changes appeared. Sometimes life is not logical and success cannot always be executed in a methodical manner. There were times when I was frustrated that my thoughtful and focused marketing attempts did not pay off, then in the one week where I focused so intently on increasing awareness of my fiction books: BOOM! My well-being guide reaches No.1. It is a most welcome if not peculiarly timed result.
Another classic and significant example of how ambiguous author success can be is in Paulo Coelho’s life. He had published The Alchemist and it did not take off for a long time. Then Madonna speaks about his book Oprah’s talk show of all places. Nothing happens. Therein are two huge PR opportunities 1) Madonna telling the world she loves it and 2) Having the book mentioned on one of the greatest talk shows of all time! Many more celebrities from Julia Roberts, Will Smith and former President Clinton are seen holding or have mentioned his book. Again, nothing happens. Finally it became as Oprah says a “phenomenon” and reaches The New York Times list with “no explanation.” The only token of advice we can get as confirmed by Coelho is how impactful “word of mouth” is and the subtext of patience.
So although I do not have a series of steps to advise ultimately there are key pointers to consider:
Elixir Pursuits is a new documentary series created by Hooty a Vintage clothes shop owner where she films and interviews local talents in Herefordshire who are pursuing their dreams. The aim of her series is to uncover the elixir found in these creative careers and share guidance for creative and entrepreneurial souls.
This episode features me in depth behind and behind the scenes of the Poetry Slam I organized, hosted and performed in. There is an interview of me before the show and after.
Here’s some background into the series and you can hear more about Hooty watch the video on Youtube.