Introducing Author Christopher Allen Breidinger
Christopher Allen Breidinger is an American poet residing in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with his wife and daughter. This is his first collection of poetry. He is the published author of the poetry book Poet Christopher’s Scenes, Dreams, and Golden Schemes. It is with great pleasure that we introduce Author Christopher Allen Breidinger to you.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Hi Christopher, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Christopher: Thank you. I am honored to be interviewed.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Christopher: I am 43 years old and a resident of Indiana, USA. I have been married for 20 years to my lovely wife, Brenda and we have two sons and a daughter. I was born in Missouri. I have lived in Texas, Arkansas, and Wisconsin, but I have spent most of my life in Indiana.
Creative Talents Unleashed: So when did you fall in love with poetry or writing in general, when did you decide this life was for you? Tell us a bit about that discovery process.
Christopher: I’ve always had a passion for writing and creating. I originally fell in love with song lyrics in my early teens. My poetry actually started as writing song lyrics for songs I made up in my head. Then I discovered “Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman in the school library one day. I didn’t put that book down for a while. After that, I was writing poems and songs.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Why do you write, what is it that you’re trying to communicate through your work?
Christopher: I’m compelled to express myself in writing. Whatever it is, inside me that pops a phrase or a sentence, or a rhyme in my head and challenges me to keep going with it. I’m trying to say something large in a small amount of lines. I strive to make myself think outside the box and color outside the lines, and in turn, I’m trying to communicate to others to do the same.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Where does your inspiration come from, what might inspire you at any moment to write a story or poem?
Christopher: I am inspired by anything and everything. Life, in all its glorious and not so glorious fashions. Inspiration can strike me at any time. One day, when I was 18 or 19, I was walking down the street and came upon a single glove, like a jersey style glove, and it was smoldering, a single plume of smoke rising up from it. I looked around and there was no one to be seen. The rest of my walk consisted of writing a poem about that lone burning glove.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
Christopher: I would say the hardest thing about writing my book was convincing myself that it was finished. Being my own worst critic, I could still be going over it and changing things and probably never be fully satisfied. I’m sure many other authors can relate.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the easiest thing about writing your book?
Christopher: The actual writing, itself, I would have to say was the easiest thing. I’ve never really labored over writing. Inspiration strikes me and the words come out. It feels completely natural to me, like breathing and blinking.
Creative Talents Unleashed: There are many authors who say that in the process of writing a book you learn things about yourself. Did you learn anything in your book writing process about yourself, if so what?
Christopher: Last October (2014), I had made a conscious decision that I was going to put out a book of my poetry in 2015. I had no real idea of how I was going to do it, other than self-publishing, which is the path I started down. Then I saw the call by CTU for the Poet’s Dream Contest, and after reading through the guidelines and everything, I decided that I would give it a shot. The deadline was fast approaching and I had never put together a manuscript. I got a little discouraged. I almost didn’t even enter because I didn’t think I could put together something good enough to win in the time period left. But then, I told myself that I could do it. And then I just dove into it and went for it. Now, here we are today. So, I learned that I really can accomplish anything I put my mind to.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What in your view is the role or responsibility of a writer or poet, if there is any?
Christopher: I suppose that could depend on many different variables. I don’t really feel I have a role or responsibility other than to write what I like and write it to the best of my ability. Personally, I attempt to write some things that will resound with others and get them to thinking about something that they might not have thought about before, or that they have thought about but weren’t able to express it as well as they would like to. If I am able to do that, then I feel I have a responsibility to do so.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What are your ambitions as a writer, where do you hope to see yourself in say 5 years?
Christopher: My goal is to make my writing and creating what I do to make a living. So, it is my hope and ambition to continue to strive towards and take steps in that direction. I have plenty of material and I write nearly every day, so I am sure I will put out more books. I am open to all possibilities and always hunting for opportunities.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Who is your favorite writer or poet? Perhaps you have a favorite quote from them that you would like to share.
Christopher: The list is long. So, here are some notable favorites of mine. Walt Whitman. Edgar Allen Poe. Robert Frost. James Douglas Morrison (Jim Morrison of The Door’s). “It’s true, we’re locked in an image, an act – and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image, they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it, they feel like you’re trying to steal their most precious possession.” ― Jim Morrison
Creative Talents Unleashed: What advice would you give to aspiring writers who have dreams of publishing or making writing a career choice?
Christopher: 1. Never give up. 2. Never give up. 3. When you feel like you absolutely must give up, take a break. 4. Start again 5. Go back to Step 1
A poem from his book Poet Christopher’s Scenes, Dreams, and Golden Schemes
These are the writings of the future.
Telling the tales of the past.
Etched into a virtual world
That can never last.
Delusions of grandeur,
Illusions in a temporary mask.
A CGI rendering
Of a fantasy fading fast.
I am alive inside
This unbeknownst power.
From my spiritual tower.
I do pick and choose
From the sweet to the sour,
But these words infuse
Into a single soul flower.
© Christopher Allen Breidinger
Preface . . . This collection of poetry is intended to cause deep thought and reflection of one’s own self. Having been derived from the inner sanctum of the soul and painstakingly etched into existence by hours of thinking and rethinking. One of the most fascinating aspects of poetry is the ability of every poem to be interpreted individually by the individual reader. This gives every poem many facets and some may shine brighter than others for you. Much like a treasure hunt, you are invited to dig through the pages and seek out what jewels may be found. Take them with you.
Please Visit Christopher’s Author Page for more details: http://www.ctupublishinggroup.com/christopher-allen-breidinger.html
Also Available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Christophers-Scenes-Dreams-Golden-Schemes/dp/0996147616
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