Jean Saxton is the author of four books, three published with the Write Place. Her most recent book is a poetry collection entitled Mind Set, which you can read more about at our website. Jean spoke to us about her life and poetry:
Have you always been a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed writing and before the days of computers did a lot of correspondence to friends in hand writing. English was my best subject in school and in high school I was the editor of the yearbook my senior year. Since college I’ve been a daily list maker, which at my age is a very good habit to have acquired. Recently I’ve had a strong urge to share my experiences and my thoughts with others, hence the four books.
How did you begin writing poetry? Do you remember the first poem you ever wrote?
Not being an early reader of novels I enjoyed poetry and likened it to a very short story in most cases. As an elementary teacher I also enjoyed sharing nursery rhymes and poems by famous authors. I’m thinking the first poem I wrote may have been an invitation to a party decades ago, and later I wrote two poems for programs at PEO Reciprocity dinners.
How do you find inspiration for your poems?
With my eyes wide open.
When is your favorite time to write poetry?
With my morning coffee, though occasionally in bed around 3:00 a.m.
What did you find most enjoyable about writing and publishing your books?
Living alone I found it to be a great mental release. I also appreciate any and all comments about my books from friends and acquaintances whether positive or negative. And when I read and re-read my own books it brings back a flood of memories.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Go for it―many folks down the road will benefit from your printed words at some point.