El-R Charis, author of Epiphany, Poetry in the Flow of Life: Volume I: Primus, stopped by for an interview.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
(I am) a communicator, whether it be via written word, visual graphics, sensually: It be all three. What I write/say, depict in my art may relay to its receiver a feeling or motivates a free thought which opens a dialogue within oneself as well as to others.
What do you do when you're not writing?
I often listen to audio books pertaining to metaphysical studies as well as Mind Science. Much of my time is filled with playing music: House music is a huge part of my life as well as soulful R&B.
When did you first start writing?
It seems like forever since I've been writing lines of poetry. As a child my family provided complete sets of traditional nursery rhymes, which I would mimic of sorts. However, I can say it was around the age of 10, connecting with my first writing mentor which sparked a real interest; her encouragement made me feel as if I could be good at it some day. I wrote my first book of poetry for the Young Authors Contest the following year. I don't think I won.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Honestly, I would have to say "The Websters Dictionary" has been the most influential book consistently in my literary pursuit. I love reading words, their etymology, even the phonetic break down. My Web site, ElrCharis.com, actually has a glossary of terms linked throughout my poetry.
What inspired you to write this particular book?
Epiphany, Poetry in the Flow of Life: Primus is a combination of my journey through spiritual and emotion, tied together as an expression of my love for words. Over the years I have learned to expel through words instead of internalizing life, which ultimately brought on health matters in my ignorance. As I began to comprehend how harmful emotion can be when ignored, how the lack of an outlet can be detrimental to this fragile casing we call our "body"; I decided to write myself healthy by speaking on the things I once convinced myself that I was "ok" with, yet I was merely hiding from the uncomfortable feelings attached to certain experiences.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I would say "Phenix Rising" because it was my coming out party. The whole idea of Epiphany chimed together through this poem because it is the story of finding myself, understanding my power even in seeming weakness. I found my eternal strength shined brightest in my weak moments.
What is best writing advice you can give?
Write. But don't force yourself to write, do not lament about writing. If you enjoy scribing then enjoy it. Anything forced is usually a chore, therefore, never as quality as when the words flow. More pride is taken in inspiration, not perspiration.
Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about the book?
Epiphany: Primus, points at the importance of knowing thyself. To delve and explore beyond what the physical eyes can see; develop a taste for more than what your understanding can confirm.
About the book:
Epiphany: Primus is a glimpse into the mind of El-R Charis, leading its reader through the vulnerability of emotional addiction while addressing the contridiction of intellect versus intuition; touching on the root of healing through observation and action. Be captured by this storyteller pouring from the flesh, soul, and spirituality, their take on the flow of energy called "life".
About the author:
In addition to her enthusiasm for writing, El-R majored in Commercial Art as an high school student, graduating from higher education with an AAS in Art & Design.
Throughout her life, El-R Charis has endured many obstacles in which she credits for fine tuning her craft with a keen level of detail; allowing outward projection of relatable material to her audience.
A Poet who expresses a lifetime of observation, harmony through conflict, and ultimately self acceptance: This openly gay author utilizes words, artistic talents, as well as photography to lay out graphic depictions of the ups and downs of moving through society. Motion in Poetry, the Web site at ElrCharis.com rallies the mastery of ideas embodied in the mind of El-R Charis: Words, Pictures, Passion."