Interview with Screenwriter and Poet, Kiana Kleemm
Thank you to Kiana Kleemm for her interview. Find out what she had to say right here!
Kiana’s first published book of poetry; ‘I Kiss You Blue’ is out now worldwide. UK link right >>>
For the rest of the world, find the purchase link at the bottom of this interview.
Q1. What was your inspiration and drive behind your latest book?
When I started writing, I was working in an entirely different field which did not provide me with a creative outlet. At that time, I began to write poetry. Sometimes, I wonder whether I found poetry or poetry found me. As for the drive, I couldn’t think anything else, but it was to bleed the heart on paper and feel at peace. It simply happened. I derive inspiration from experiences, feelings, observations as well from the book I read or movies I watch!
Q2. What is your writing kryptonite?
It used to be procrastination. Currently, not sure if you can say it’s kryptonite, but I always feel concerned about my time being spent on other activities related to writing than the actual writing itself.
Q3. If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be?
Wow! Honestly, many things. But keeping this to creativity- I would say, know yourself at the core – being detached from the emotion of any kinds and you will know your path sooner. We can pick up energies and emotions form surrounding and people around us, which can misguide us in finding our true path. So, sooner we figure out the better.
And, I would say to my younger self- “You should have started writing much sooner. (-:”
Q4. Tell us about an early experience where you learned that words have power.
Oh yes! What an amazing question! I can precisely remember one incident from years ago. I was not a full-time artist then. I used to have my day job in health-care and had started a poetry blog. The blog had dedicated followers who used to comment on poems and share thoughts.
I remember this particular time; I wrote a poem titled ‘Shattered Glass On Path.’ Well, it goes without saying from the title that it was a sad poem. I published it. Next day, few of the loyal followers send me a direct message asking if everything is fine with me. I was touched. I mean, all I did was shared how I felt, but the words I poured out on paper must have such intensity or depth that the readers felt its power.
Yes, I was pleased to know that some people whom I never met expressed genuine concern, but more it was like- the power of the words made them feel so. That was like-Woohhhh…!
And that was the moment; words became precious to me.!
Q5. What does success mean to you?
Simple. Making a comfortable living from work I am passionate about; i.e., Creating- whether it is poetry or characters in a screenplay or a story. Since I am an artist, success to me would also include meeting like-minded creatives along the way who can not only enrich the experience of creating art but also my life.
Q6. Tell us what we should look out for from you in the future.
My first poetry book is titled ‘I Kiss You Blue.’
With regards to poetry- I would say, maybe look out for some other color and what I intend to do with it. (-:
With regards to screenwriting, you never know. Two screenplays of different genres which I have completed are being considered, so fingers crossed!
Book purchase link for those not in the U.K: http://tiny.cc/mmi08y
You can find out more about Kiana Kleemm and her work following her on Facebook and Instagram.