Interview with Elizabeth Cook

Today, we’re interviewing Elizabeth Cook, who contributed the poem “Apple Seed” to this issue, and was a close, unofficial second in our contest too. She’s also the first Canadian we’ve published, and I would say that I would’ve saved a ton of money paying her in Canadian dollars if she had won, but that joke doesn’t work anymore.
Describe your work in 25 words or less.
I like things that sound nice when I read them, so I try to write that way. Rhythm and rhyme help words stick in my head.
Tell me about your poem “Apple Seed.” 
When I wrote “Apple Seed” I was feeling guilty about circumstances that had seemed to conspire against me, and I somehow thought of the way circumstances conspired against Eve in the Garden of Eden. I wondered to what extent one could be expected to make amends for a mistake, and if it is not possible to do so, why that feels so unfair.
Who or what inspires you to write?
Books inspire me to write, whether I am working on poetry or prose. Reading constantly presents new scenes, ideas, and words that could morph into an entire poem.
What authors have influenced you as a writer?
I admire the sense of balance in Jane Austen’s sentences; I enjoy Poe’s drama and breadth; I chase after Shakespeare’s wonderful complexities and never get close.
Do you have a blog/website?
I do have a blog, I post poetry, prose, and other thoughts. There’s even some Dungeons and Dragons world-building.
What are you reading at the moment?
Right now I just finished Musashi, by Eiji Yoshikawa, and A Mountain of Crumbs, by Elena Gorokhova. I am reading The Old Man and the Sea, by Hemingway, to be followed by A Book of Five Rings, by Musashi.
What are you working on right now?
My work in progress is a novel called Orison, which is related in first person by a child who saw their father die, and who managed to find and insinuate themselves into the household of the murderer. It is set in a fictional/fantasy land similar to medieval Japan.
Any advice for other writers?
I am trying to read and write as much as I can, and I think that’s the best advice I can recommend!
Anything else you’d like to say?
I am always looking for beta readers, so anyone interested can check out my blog,

About bopdeadcity

Bop Dead City is an independent, quarterly literary magazine. We are seeking new writers who have a great story to tell. Sound craftsmanship couldn't hurt either. All of our issues are available for purchase here on the site through Paypal. If you’d like to know more about what type of work we publish, reading a back issue would be the best way to do it. View all posts by bopdeadcity

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