Tune in to Tricia Knoll, Kelly Running and Theresa Snyder as they share their diverse writing styles and interests with Wayne Potter, the host and producer of “Keeping Kurrent,” a digital radio program focused on travel, current events and writers. Go to the program on soundcloud to listen to each author’s program; scroll down or use the website’s search box to find each of our authors.
Tricia Knoll: Once a Poet, Always a Poet
A VoiceCatcher journal and website contributor as well as a poetry mentor, Tricia Knoll retired in 2007 from a career in communications with the city of Portland. She has always written poetry but started to study it in earnest after retirement. More than 100 of her poems have already appeared in literary journals worldwide. She tells Wayne about learning how to prune her work during her tenure with Portland, and how her daily haiku practice forces her to see something different every day. She also writes eco-poetry which, she explains, is a new genre poets are creating to address the environmental chaos permeating the world.
With degrees in literature from Stanford and Yale, Tricia taught high school English for eight years. Finishing Line Press recently published her chapbook, Urban Wild.
Kelly Running: Poet Turned Mystery Writer
Kelly Running’s poetry appeared in each of the first three issues of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. She tells Wayne that she always wanted to write the Great American Novel but thought she had nothing important to say. Then life threw her a curve when she discovered two of her sons were struggling with addictions. She turned to journaling and then to poetry as a way to “bookmark feelings” that could have overwhelmed her.
Her real passion, however, was in the genre of mystery writing. The idea for Medicine Wheel: Lizzy O’Malley Mystery – the first book in her series, published in 2013 – can be traced to 2000 and a stay at Haystack. From then on, Kelly’s dedicated herself to creating a fun character akin to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum. Since her next novel in the series is set in Ireland, Kelly explains the importance of doing primary research to make her books more authentic.
Theresa Snyder: From Sci-fi and Dragons to The Paranormal
VoiceCatcher’s marketing director and board member at-large, Theresa Snyder discusses the four types of writing she’s published: a young adult science fiction series called The Star Traveler Series (she’s currently working on the seventh book); a memoir called We 3 based on the years she spent as the caregiver for her aging parents; a middle-school series featuring Farloft the Dragon; and a recent foray into the world of the paranormal with a 50-page book called Shifting in The Realms.
Theresa discusses what for her is the most exciting things about writing; how she uses Twitter to make instant connections with her audience; and how the hardest part of writing a series is the fact that characters won’t let their creator go.
Each of these high energy, highly entertaining interviews will inspire any writer to embrace her art anew and learn from the experiences of three women VoiceCatcher is proud to count among its community of authors.