I met Adam via Five 2 One Magazine, and I’m so glad I did. His poetry is raw and real, touching the deepest places of human psyche and expressing what most cannot say.
His latest book of poetry, These Streets Don’t Cry For Us, can be purchased at Amazon, and you can reach that link by going to his Madness Muse Press website, a link I have inserted for your convenience in his bio at the end of this interview.
1. Please tell our readers who are you as a writer, and did you always want to be a writer, or did your passion for writing evolve over time?
Ever since I was young, I’ve wanted to be a writer. There was a certain allure to sitting at a desk, writing, and then receiving checks in the mail. I’ve always wanted to be a writer.
2. What is your take on writing contests, free and otherwise, and do they help a writer get noticed?
I generally don’t enter contests, but I do enjoy the free ones. They can help get a writer noticed if the publisher is well known enough.
3. Your work has appeared in blogs, magazines, journals, anthologies, and books. I have over 100 poems published in 9 different countries. You also have 3 poetry books and 1 fiction book available on Amazon. How has your publication, self-publishing or otherwise, affected your writing and your career?
Being published has only spurred more ideas and has made me more creative. I always try to do something new with each poem, so naturally it takes a creative approach each time I sit down to write.
4. How do you query those places where you sub your work? What do you do with rejections/declines? How do you handle them?
I query with a nice greeting and credentials. I save all of my rejections and look over them often. I am of the firm belief that failure is part of success. It takes determination to succeed, doubly so if you’re a writer.
5. Did you work on your author platform before, during, or after you began to publish?
I didn’t start working on my author platform until recently. It has made a world of difference pertaining to sales. Now I use social media a lot to market my books.
6. What is your advice to writers who are getting started, young or old or in-between?
Save your work somewhere where you won’t lose it. I have all of my work copyrighted with the Library of Congress, even my earliest work. Most importantly, just keep writing.
7. How has being a writer changed your life.
I have gained emotional intelligence, empathy, and a greater understanding of myself through writing.
8. Who are your favorite authors, those you read growing up and/or read now, and what influence do you think they had on your writing?
I like Edgar Allan Poe, Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Plath for poetry. For fiction, I like J.K. Rowling, Anne Rice, and Laurell K. Hamilton.
9. What is more important—writing for fame and money, or writing for the sake of writing? Do you think you could ever stop writing even if you made little or no money from it?
I write because it’s fun. It has nothing to do with money to me, it never has.
10. Who in your life has been most supportive of your writing journey?
My family and Facebook friends.
Adam Levon Brown is a published author, poet, amateur photographer, and cat lover. He is owner of Madness Muse Press; a micro-press that publishes dark poetry, and a book reviewer for Five 2 One Magazine. He has over 100 poems published in 9 different countries. He has been published in venues such as Burningword Literary Journal, Corvus Review, and Yellow Chair Review. Adam can be contacted via his website Here where he offers free poetry resources. Also see his press Here.
Adam has one chapbook out titled, These Streets Don’t Cry For Us, which can be found on Amazon. He attends Lane Community College and will soon attend the University of Oregon as an English Major/Creative Writing Minor.