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Interview with Obed Ladiny, Author of Cracked Flutes – Blues from the Soul

Today I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Obed Ladiny, author of Cracked Flutes – Blues from the Soul.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

1. What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
My name is Obed Ladiny and that’s the author name I use for my books at this time. I live in the lively city that never sleeps–New York.
2. What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My newest book is titled “Cracked Flutes: Blues from the Soul – Volume 2.” It’s a contemporary poetry book.
3. What is the book about?
Cracked Flutes: Blues from the Soul – Volume 2 is about maturing and facing the ups and downs of life as a teen, adult male, husband, and father.
The thoughts don’t all necessarily represent how I currently feel, but how I felt, viewed myself, the situations and life at the moments of writing each poem. I think they’re worth reading as they enlighten me, other men, and just about anyone else–male or female reading them. As men, we are taught to never show vulnerability by displaying fear or worry. I believe in staying positive and portraying strength, but I also believe that we should be allowed to express our deepest longings and what makes us vulnerable emotional human beings. I believe there is a place to vent and let go of hidden emotions and the things that affect us as men, which often times the opposite sex may not realize or ignore. Though we are men, we are not security robots without feelings. And that we should not be placed in a stereo-typical box that defines what we are suppose to behave like and accept simply because we’re men.
4. Where did you come up with the idea?
I had in mind to gather my poems into one volume, but as I went over them, I realized that doing so without some type of purposeful organization would confuse the reader. That’s when I spent time thinking about the place of each poem. Also I soon realized that at least two volumes should be published as I went through them in an effort to organize them. I then realized that a thematic route is the best way to go. And so, all these poems in this volume fall in line in the direction of a theme and narrative that presented itself as I went over my poems.
5. How long did it take you to write it?
It’s a progressive body of work, the sum total of months and at least 3 or 4 years of poetry writing.
6. Did you learn anything from the project?
I learned that we as humans should take the time to take a long look at ourselves individually so we can move on, live and grow.
7. Do you have an author website or blog?
My books can be found in a variety of market places or retail stores online including Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, Books-a-million, apple, kobo, and many other places both nationally and internationally available through more than one distributor in the format of e-books and Paperbacks.
8. Do you have any successful tips to pass on to fellow authors? Have any great editors or cover artists?
I will say to fellow authors to keep at it and continue believing in yourselves. Work on perfecting your craft, learn from mistakes which will inevitably happen anyways, and grow. Never give up on your dreams. Read. Research. Write. And find a purpose that makes it all worthwhile.
As for great editors or cover artists, there are so many avenues to search these days. So it all depends on your genre, tastes, purpose and so forth.
9. What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I enjoy a variety, really; but these days I find myself reading lots of Non-Fiction books and poetry. My favorite courses in college were literature courses, so I’m open to reading fiction as well on occasions.
I’m open to reading the works of new and old authors. I’m opened to sharing my thoughts on a particular work if requested to do or if I feel moved to do so.
10. What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I like many literary works regardless of the period they were written in. But if I had to find myself in an isolated island for many days with only one book that I must choose, it would have to be the Holy Bible. I see the Bible as containing different genres and libraries of timeless books between its covers. It’s filled with entertaining stories, facts, and moral principles. It is also known to help the brain to relax. All in one.
Now after the Bible, here are those honorary mentions such as poetic works from Maya Angelou’s complete poetry collection, Nikki Giovanni’s poetry, Langston Hughes’ poetry, Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago Poems”, Billy Collins poetry, Ted Kooser, Mary Oliver, and so many more.
11. Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
No. I don’t have any pets. If I did, it would probably be a dog–a puppy.
12. Fun Question: Do you own an electronic reading device?
No and Yes. My phone is my only current electronic reading device at the present moment. I may go back to a kindle or Nook in the future or whatever the latest device will be. Right now, my phone uploads books with the kindle app pretty well, though I miss using other devices I once had.
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