Saturday, 15 February 2020

Guest Post from Belle Kenyon - James F Miller - Ghost in the Reflection - Letters to Erin

Latest blog is a guest blog from Belle Kenyon featuring on a very interesting book by a James F Miller.

Ghost in the Reflection: Letters to Erin
Released: February 15th, 2020
Available from Amazon, Book Patch and signed from Author direct

Celebrating publication day, James F. Miller talks about his work:

I am a product of a broken home, an on-and-off again runaway delinquent child, a recovered addict, a hopeless romantic, a road-exhausted gypsy, a loved father, a hated free soul and a beloved friend… depending upon who is asked!
I loved the experience of publishing my first poetry collection, A Footnote for Tomorrow and I hope that people would describe my voice as a writer as unique to me – hopefully delightfully wild and unpredictable! I'm outspoken in opinions and beliefs, yet shy. I like to provoke discussions
My first book, A Footnote for Tomorrow, was written about my struggles with getting clean and off hard drugs and alcohol. It was written over a twenty-year span about the highlights, the low spots and everything that falls in between from my twenties into my mid-thirties, from college to the road, to the music scene, to sober then relapse and repeat.
This second book, Ghost in the Reflection: Letters to Erin began originally as two smaller collections that eventually merged into just the one. The first half, Ghost in the Reflection is a collection of poetry, mostly in the 3rd person narrative, which describes the decline of society, morality and values.
Meanwhile, the second half, Letters to Erin, is a mostly first-person narrative that displays this decline of morality within a traditional relationship. It examines the hurt, the struggle, the deceit, betrayal and the disappointments.

On unusual writing habits…

I write anywhere and everywhere, whenever the urge hits me. If I can't get to my notepad, I will text myself the words as I hear them reciting in my head. I prefer to write in a quiet secluded country setting, after meditation and mental elevation, but the craft doesn't care what you want, it wants to be written when it wants to be written however, wherever and whenever it decides!


Jack Kerouac's On the Road, which in turn turned me onto all the beatnik writers. Howl by Ginsberg is a poetic masterpiece, so ahead of its time that one not knowing this, could still find endless relevance in its passages. Bukowski, Ferlinghetti and e. e. cummings fill in the list of my top influences.

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