The book is filled with free verse poems that hold nothing back. It is also peppered with original song lyrics and carefully crafted wisdom that grabs you by the heart and doesn’t let go. Discover for yourself how poetry can transform your life.
Tell us something about yourself.
Charlie Clouse started writing poetry and short stories in high school when he was sixteen years old. His writing style is a mix between real life experiences and unique random thoughts. Other than writing he enjoys the creative arts such as music, movies, and more. He lives in Virginia.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired a lot by music and mostly by the Beatles album “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club”. I wanted to create a book of poetry that was unlike any other poetry book, or at least unlike any other that I’ve written before.
How did you choose the title?
The title of the book is kind of meant to be tongue and cheek but if it really does change your life that would be great too.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
The publishing part was fairly easy, the main thing now is mostly getting the book in the hands of the right people and others who will enjoy something a little different.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I kind of started writing by accident. At first I just wrote as a little hobby, something to do to pass the time, but then I started to write more and more and I became more serious in my writing as I got older.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I don’t have any set rituals but I do use a “Bic” pen when I write.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
For the short stories I write and the novel that I’m in the process of writing now I just come up with names that I’ve always liked. For example I’ve always liked the name Andrew so wrote a short story with the main character named Andrew.
The same goes for the female character in the novel that I’m writing, I’ve always liked the name Zoe. I think it’s a cool and unique name.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
I’ve learned that writing poetry will always be a learning experience, I hope that makes sense.
In other words I continue to be amazed and learn more about the art of poetry and hope to follow in the footsteps of the great poets of the past and present.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
At the moment I would do things about the same way.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy reading books by Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and also Charles Bukowski. Each author is unique in their own way but I like how all of them seem to bring a certain natural feel to their work, their writing appears effortless and makes me want to be a better writer after I read a book or a poem by the authors mentioned above.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Yes, I am. At the moment it’s in the beginning stages. I have a title and a really rough draft of the first few chapters but that’s about it for now. It’s about an artist who finds meaning in her life after the events of 9/11. There’s a few other things in it too but right now it’s just a mix of ideas.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
If you really want to be a writer, just go ahead and write and continue to be yourself. As for publishing I would do a lot of research on the different types of publishing options available to you.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Anyone who enjoys little bits of randomness and a sense of humor mixed in with clever wisdom. Basically fans of the show Seinfeld and people who like Star Wars will get a kick out of the book “Poems That Might Or Might Not Change Your Life”.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
For more information about poet and writer Charlie Clouse visit Hound Dog Books.
For free poems and more visit the website below: www.hounddogbooks.com