Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Special Feature - A to Z Challenge Veteran, Author Yvonne Lewis

Today I have the honor of featuring one of my dearest blogger buddies, someone I often refer to as my online mom – author and poet, Yvonne Lewis. I met Yvonne during the very first A to Z Challenge!

Tell us a little about your theme for this last Challenge:

My theme for the last Challenge "Blast From The Past" to me was special as it took me back to my formative years when Rock'Roll was just staring out and there were so many singers that went on to greater things. The songs are still being played today, it was a wonderful era to be a teenager.

Which movie was your favorite?

My favorite movie is "Somewhere In Time" starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, It was a real weepie and had some wonderful background music.

This was our third Challenge together. Do you remember anything from the first one?

What I remember from the first Challenge was I was first to sign up, it was fun and I made many friends yourself included. It was also the start of gaining many followers, up til then I only had a few.

You are a BIG fan of Daniel O Donnell. Confession time – how many times and places have you seen Daniel in concert?

Alex this next question is the granddaddy of them all. I have seen Daniel in concert in excess of 150 TIMES. Over a 14 yr period that is. I have seen him in S. Ireland, N. Ireland, England, and Scotland. In the US I have seen him at Branson MO, Las vegas, Palm Springs, Pasadena. Toronto, Wilkes Barre, Providence and Nashville TN.

You also met Challenge founder, Arlee Bird. What is he REALLY like?

What is Arlee Bird REALLY like? well Alex not to make Arlee blush, he is a real gentleman. He made both myself and brother most welcome in LA. It was the highlight of my vacation. As you imagine him to be in Blogsphere that is how Arlee is in person.

You are a master poet and the author of two books. When did you discover poetry as a writer?

I wrote my first poem in 1994 when my dog died, I didn't write again until 1998 when my first grandchild was born. Little did I think that from then on I'd be writing poetry 14yrs later. My mother passed away 10 days after my grandchild was born, three days later was told my husband had terminal brain cancer and he too was gone 2 months later. I found I could express my feelings into poetry and as the years have gone on have written much more lighter poems.

Yvonne is the author of two books and I asked her to describe her latest for you:


This book that I wrote
Was to let the readers see.
That after many years of heartache,
There's fun and laughter in me
Like going to the park,
And descend a slide
While my children and grandchildren
Conveniently disappear and hide.

The book also enlightens people
My blessings I do count.
There are many worse off than me,
That I do not doubt.

My love of traveling is evident to see,
Touring the U.S. and Spain.
So I can escape from
Britain's continual rain.

Also Daniel O Donnell concerts,
I really do enjoy.
I'd travel to the ends of the earth,
To see my "Danny Boy".

The "Blurb" of the book,
I'm proud of I confess.
For the final part was written
By fellow blogger less.

I wrote this book in the first place,
To let the whole world see.
But most importantly
That my family would be proud of me.

I know some of you have already bought,
I'm so grateful for a start.
I think there's a poem for everyone,
In "Written From The Heart"

- Yvonne Lewis

Visit Yvonne at Welcome to My World of Poetry and purchase her book at Amazon

Co-host Ninja Captain Alex is the author of CassaStar and CassaFire and his blog can be found HERE



Thank you Alex for hosting me today.
You're one in a million.


Jolie du Pre said...

I enjoyed your guest post, Yvonne. I, too, am a lover of travel. I'm off to England and Scotland in less than two weeks.

Precious Monsters

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Great interview.

Yvonne, YOU are a master poet. Awesome.

My mom loves Daniel O'Donnell too. If you came to Branson to see him, you were nearly in my backyard.

Good luck on the sales of your new book.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex and Yvonne .. Yvonne you're a great example of overcoming heartache and loss - while living life as best you can. Your visits to the various concerts Danny Boy gives - are described so well .. and your love of music comes through.

I think it's great that your books are raising funds for good causes - and you've given generously as well ..

Your poems can always raise a tear, or a laugh .. and it's fun to read life through the eyes of a poet ..

Great A - Z guest posting .. cheers Hilary

Jo said...

I remember that film, Somewhere in Time, wonderful movie.

Great to get your poetry published. I used to write a lot as a young woman, but haven't really expressed myself in poetry for many years.

Anonymous said...

Good luck to you Yvonne with Written From The Heart! And I'll say somewhere in time is one of the very few chick flicks that I liked. Probably because it involved time travel.

Arlee Bird said...

Wonderful tribute to Yvonne. And she called me a gentleman! Darn, there goes my bad boy image.

An A to Z Co-Host
Tossing It Out

Leigh Caron said...

Strong woman you are. And talented. Enjoy your travels.

Lynn Proctor said...

what a wonderful way to deal with your losses---nice poem

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lee, you have a new reputation now!

Thank you, everyone - Yvonne is awesome!


Thanks to everyone who commented especially to Alex who put this on for me.Lee IS a real gentleman no matter what he says.


Chuck said...

Great host Alex! For some to see ANYONE 150 times is amazing! The poetry seems to be Yvonne's calling for sure. Some how I missed her blog in the Challenge but I can go check it now. Thanks.

Tina said...

Great interview. I aspire to see Bruce Springsteen again. So far 6 times. Not sure either of us will make it to 150...

Tina @ Life is Good

Unknown said...

Great interview, Yvonne! 150 times? That is impressive, a true fan. And thanks for hosting, Alex!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Chuck, I'm not sure I've seen 150 concerts total!

Thank you everyone for commenting and support Yvonne!