Patrice D. Wilkerson
Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (03/19)
Patrice Wilkerson is an MBA graduate who loves writing about the Lord. She has been writing poetry since she was 8 years old and loves to inspire others through words. She’s written a collection of poetry entitled, “Through It All, I’m Going to Make It,” which she published in 2010. She loves the Lord with all of her heart and encourages others to see just how wonderful and powerful He is. She is fun, patient, sweet and personable.
Patrice is a member of the Poetry Society of Virginia, Hampton Roads Writers, Authors Den and the Virginia Writers Club.
Hi, Patrice, Thank you for joining us today at Reader Views! Tell us about your book, “Through It All, I’m Going To Make It.”
My book is a motivating and inspiring collection of poetry that will touch the heart, mind and soul of the reader. My life turned upside down when my father suddenly died. Throughout my pain, I decided to turn my tragedy into triumph by writing a collection of poems in memory of my father. My faith in God gave me the strength to survive such a challenging time in my life. This collection of poems gives hope to people who suffered the loss of their father and will show how God brings restoration through hope and prayer. This collection is my poetry journey from pain to purpose for Christians who can identify with the loss of a loved one.
What inspired you to write this book?
It was always a goal of mine to publish a book. I would write poems here and there, but I never pursued publishing a book until I was faced with a tragedy. My father passed away when I was 25 years old. His passing was a complete shock because he died so unexpectedly. I learned a lot from his passing. I learned that you should never put off tomorrow what you can do today. I felt motivated to pursue my dreams and publish my book. Also, I wanted to make my dad proud of me, so I dedicated my book to him. Lastly, writing each poem helped me to cope with his loss and I wanted my book to help others who had experienced the loss of a loved one.
How long have you been writing poetry?
I have been writing poetry since I was eight years old.
Why is poetry important to you?
I have always liked helping others. I enjoy telling a story through my poetry in hopes of helping others overcome the things that they are going through. I especially love writing Christian poetry. Writing Christian poems is way of sharing my testimony with others. I want to share with others how God has really helped me through my life, and I encourage others to see how wonderful He is. That’s the reason why poetry is important to me. It allows me to share my testimony and help other people.
How do you write your poetry – do you start with an image, an idea or something else?
I start with an idea and go from there. I like to tell a story through my poetry.
Tell us about your writing routine. What environment lends itself to the best writing conditions for you?
I have to be in a quiet environment in order for me to fully concentrate on my writing.
Do you have a favorite form of poetry?
I like traditional poems that are written in rhyme. All of the poems that I have written have been in rhyme.
Have you ever dabbled in writing other forms of prose?
No, I have never dabbled in other forms of poetry. However, I would like to venture out and explore other forms of prose.
What do you like to read? Is there one author or poet that inspires your own writing?
My favorite poems to read were written by Maya Angelou. She really inspired me to be a writer.
What is a common misconception about poetry?
I believe a misconception about poetry is that it has to rhyme.
So what’s next – do you have another writing project in the works?
My goal is to have another poetry book completed by the end of this year.
Do you have a blog or a website where readers can follow you and learn more about your work?
Yes, my website is http://www.patricewilkerson.com
Do you have any advice for aspiring poets?
My advice for aspiring poets is to never give up on your dream. There were times when I would submit my writing to so many magazines and would get rejected. I never gave up I kept trying. I am happy to say that my writing has been featured in over 40 magazines. This shows that I never gave up and kept on trying no matter how many times I got rejected.
That’s amazing, Patrice! Thank you so much for being with us today and sharing your story!