‘Out of Chaos‘ by Natalie Nascenzi is a coming-of-age poetry collection that strikes a chord with you owing to its rhythm and intent. The poems in this book are spread across a variety of subjects – right from morning sun to the listless thinking to the modern human living in the world of screens – and thus, stand as relatable.
In a quick chat with Bookish Fame, Natalie Nascenzi has a lot to talk about her book, her writing, and what is in store for us in future.
- Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Hi everyone! I’m Nat. I’m a poet from Manhattan, New York City, with an odd infatuation for alliteration & wordplay. But I’m also:
A sunrise enthusiast, sunset chaser, word collector, ukulele player, amateur astrophysicist, and the neighborhood coffee shop unofficial hostess. I’m constantly wandering New York City, feeding the birds, petting people’s dogs, and making friends with strangers.
Let’s be friends!
Follow me on Instagram: @nncenzi ☺
- When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always been a writer. It’s in my bones. When I was younger, I was always writing short stories, songs, and poems. My love for words stayed with my entire life and led me to a career as an advertising copywriter.
- What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
The world and everything in it! People, places, and nature are my greatest sources of inspiration. I love random chance encounters and conversations with strangers. I’m a firm believer that every single person you meet has a message for you. When it comes to writing metaphors, I love to draw from nature and my surroundings.
- Tell me something in brief about your book ‘Out of Chaos?’
Out of Chaos is a poetry collection/personal reflection that takes you through the battle of the mind and triumph of the soul.
It’s all about facing yourself and your greatest fears––to ultimately become a better version of you. Everyone faces challenges in life, but it’s important to know you’re never alone. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel and there is always someone who feels exactly the way you do. No matter what you face, whether it’s in the mind or reality, you can make it through anything.
The book encompasses the message: Out of bad comes good, and out of chaos, there is change.
And, never lose hope.
- How do you organize yourself, as a writer, to keep track of the world you’re writing about?
Hmm.. not sure how to answer this one. I tend to go with the flow! Maybe this is my sign that I should probably work on being more organized haha ☺
- When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or a full-time profession?
I always knew writing would play a role in my life but I had no idea how. Fast forward to the present moment–– I’m a writer by trade and by passion.
When things are meant to be, they find a way. I believe I’m meant to be a writer, and fate has always had an odd way of keeping me on track with that part of my destiny.
- How did you approach the writing process this time around? Do you have a set routine, or does it vary? And how do you manage it with your full-time work?
My process varies, but usually, when I have an idea, I just start writing. It doesn’t matter where I am or what I’m doing––it’s stop, drop, and write!
I work in advertising as a copywriter, so poetry and my career blend together beautifully. Check out this video my company made about my poetry and how it fits into my career:
- Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
YES! I consider my poetry a form of intuition. When I start writing, I sort of “let go.” I never know where a piece is going to end up emotionally; I just let whatever it is that I’m feeling just pour out of me.
- What is the most challenging part of your artistic process?
The emotions! I call it “full blown writing mode.” When I hit my poetic stride, I tend to cut myself off from the world. Most of the poetry I write is extremely emotional, so I have to spend time with myself and how I’m feeling. This is hard because if a poem triggers a certain emotion, then I have to sit with that feeling until I’m finished writing. For example, if it’s a piece about “sadness,” I’ll let that emotion completely wash over me at the moment. It’s an emotional roller coaster!
- How crucial are marketing and promotions when it comes to selling a book?
Very important! If you want to be heard, you have to do what it takes to get it out into the world. A book is not going to promote itself! ☺
But for Out of Chaos, I wouldn’t consider it “promoting a book,” I like to say I’m “promoting hope” in the form of words.
- Do you read much, and if so, who are your favorite authors?
I love to read! Most of the books I gravitate toward are science-focused (nerd alert!) But in terms of creative authors––I’m a huge fan of Sylvia Plath and Julie Andrews.
- Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers.
Believe in yourself and NEVER STOP WRITING!
You can do anything and everything you set your mind to. Writing is hard and full of self-doubt. The key is to never give up and believe in your work even when it feels like you’re not good enough. Trust the process!
- Are we going to hear more from you in the future?
Oh yes! Keep your eyes and ears open! Lots of surprises are coming soon!
*We wish Author Natalie Nascenzi all the best for her future endeavors.*
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- Website: http://www.natalienascenzi.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/natalie.nascenzi
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nncenzi/
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