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Eric Bruce Smith || Book & Interview

Updated: May 30, 2022

The Hidden Peace In Poems

This book contains poetry about life, love and the many obstacles we encounter. Some of the short story style of poetry displayed in The Hidden Peace In Poems were derived from real people and real events. This style of writing forms a unique brand of fiction that's designed to sit close to the heart. The characters and plots may not be exact, but the ideas were fueled from real life circumstances. For some it may hit close to home , while with others it may open doors. Nevertheless, this brand of poetry welcomes everyone to open their hearts and step in closer. Let's find out together how to communicate with our hearts.

This book can be purchased by clicking the picture. My interview with Eric will give you a better look inside where his creativity and being an author began.


What inspired you to write this book?

Eric: It was a dream for me to complete a poetry book since my teenage years. I wanted to do something to inspire my children to always strive to be better. I figured if they see me achieving at a later time in life, it would motivate them. Also, it was encouraging to see my big sister Sharon Clark become an author after writing her first book. She chose to write about how my great aunt lived to be 102 years old. I wanted to write a book that was interesting with substance like my sister did.

I'm happy with my choice of writing a prose poem book with short stories. It definitely has variety to keep the interest of the reader.

What is your favorite childhood book?

Eric: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I was introduced to this book in 9th grade

What does literary success look like to you?

Eric: Writing material that's able to connect with readers while staying true to myself. Success is having that joy in my heart, when I know I have written something great.

Does your family support your work as a writer?

Eric: My family is proud of my journey, and supports me by always telling me to keep going.

How do you select the names of your characters?

Eric: I try to choose names that people relate to. For instance, in my short story "Bad Deal" I use the name Jay Boy. There are many nicknames that end with Boy, so that's why I chose it. I felt it may relate to family nicknames.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

Eric: It made me look at detail more closely. I care about editing much more.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Eric: Yes, I read all my book reviews. There is always something to learn from reviews, good or bad. Most definitely I want to highlight a good review. If I get a bad one I can ignore it or see if I can learn anything from it. Either way, I won't let a bad review stop my forward progress. It's just an opinion and it doesn't necessarily define me as a writer.

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