Jen Eddy

 We are happy to present an interview with contributor Jen Eddy:
1)Tell us a bit about the pieces you have in Motherly Musings.  What was the inspiration for your work, and do you have any comments or thoughts about your featured work that you would like to share with readers?
Angel Baby was inspired by my daughter’s writing about the stillbirth of her first child.
It was a traumatic time for everyone.  I saved my copy, feeling that it might be helpful for others experiencing a similar loss.  I wrote my feelings in a separate piece.
2) How long have you been writing and how did you get started?
The first piece I can remember was a poem I read in a school assembly when I was in the sixth grade about snowflakes “twirling and whirling.” At seventeen, I won fourth prize in a national contest, writing about Howard Hanson of the Eastman School of Music. The award was a large box of Mars bars. Third prize winner won a trip to Sweden!
3) In general, the pieces that appear in Motherly Musings are about parenting, mothers or children.  Does this theme permeate your other writing? What other themes and ideas influence your work?
My work is inspired by my life, my family, friends and people who have influenced me. I write poems about nature, inspired by a professor who was a camp counselor in the boys’ camp run by my parents the year I was nine. He introduced us to the “Want To Know It Club,” of which we became members, after a summer of learning to identify 100 natural objects, flora, fauna, and clouds. I was “Nature Girl” in my teens, passing on my skills to younger campers, something that has become a part of me.
4) Are you working on any other writing projects at the moment?
I have published a chapbook of my poems, “Rain on the Roof”, and am working on another one, “Whispers of the Wind.” 
5) What is your greatest challenge as a writer?
Writing in a way that is educational, inspirational and yet not preachy, to encourage my readers to think in a broader, more humane way, is something for which I constantly strive.
6) What are you reading right now?
 CELEBRATE YOUR DIVINITY by Orest Bedrij, THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEC by Daniel Chesbro, INSECTLOPEDIA by Douglas Florian,  romance novels,  books of poetry and chapbooks by friends.
7) Any final thoughts, advice, or comments you’d like to leave our readers with?
You are a unique individual with your own way of looking at life.  Sharing this by writing may help someone by offering inspiration or the option of a different path for them.

Jen Eddy is a poet, artist, an ordained priest of Melchizedek, and a teacher who delights in using her talents to help others expand their awareness of their surroundings and understand their mission in life. She has chosen spiritual awareness and a fanciful nature to soften her teachings. Jen is a member of Writers and Books, Just Poets and Wordcrafters, groups involved in writing in Rochester, NY. She has had articles and poems in Dire Elegies, Poet Talk, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Celebrate Your Divinity, many anthologies, some online websites, and has delivered several summer sermons at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester. She and her retired husband live in Webster, New York. Their two daughters and other family members live in California. 

1 comment:

almetawhitis said...

Dear Jen,
How lovely you are! You have always been an inspiration and a veritable font of knowledge for all of us, your spiritual sisters and fellow writers. I truly look forward reading your writings in whatever stage you choose to share them with me. I feel honored to enjoy savoring each one, extracting the precious nuggets, be they obvious or obscured. Thank you for your candid and loving support of my fledgling writing efforts. Thank you also for blessing our world with your inimitable wit, sensitivity and wisdom.
Much Love and Peace, Almeta Whitis