Bailey Gee Interview
The Indie Book Butler Interview.
Indie Book Butler: Let’s start things off with an introduction. Tell us a little about yourself for those not already aware of you and your work.
Baily Gee: My name is Bailey Gee. I’m the author of two poetry books. I write poetry about my experience living with mental health issues
IBB: You’ve got twenty words to tempt us to read your book(s). What would you say?
BG: My book is relatable, real, raw, and a great way to connect with others in similar situations.
IBB: Where do you like to write?
BG: I do all my writing in my bed. Nowhere fancy.
IBB: Is there anything you must have in order to write?
BG: I mean, a pen and paper is a pretty good start
IBB: What books have influenced you most, both as a person and as an author?
BG: This is going to be so weird, but books by John Green really seem to stick with me. So looking for Alaska and The Fault in our stars were two big ones. Poetry wise, I love Margaret Atwood and Wendy E Slater
IBB: What is the one thing that has helped you develop most as an author?
BG: definitely my own experiences. They’ve shaped who I am as a person and I’ve used those experiences to become an author
IBB: What do you want to achieve most from your writing?
BG: I want to help people. If I can make one person going through hard times, feel less alone, then I’m happy.
IBB: Have you received a favorite review of your work?
BG: All of the reviews have been so positive. It’s hard to pick one. I appreciate everything that people care to say about my book. And I thank them for taking the time to read and critique it.
IBB: Were there any particular parts of the writing/publishing process that you struggled with?
BG: Oh God… I struggled with the actual formatting of the book on Amazon. Little known fact is, I didn’t have a computer at the time, so I wrote the entire book on my phone. So formatting was very difficult.
IBB: Is there something specific you do to improve your writing?
BG: Not really. I just grow as a person, and my poetry gets better every day.
IBB: What is the ideal relationship between editor and author?
BG: I think one which establishes professional boundaries by clearly stating who’s job is who’s. And for each to respect that.
IBB: If you had a direct line to someone who loves or hates your writing, what would you say?
BG: either way, if you love it or hate it..thank you. Poetry isn’t everyone’s cup of tea
IBB: If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?
BG: I think just to follow your heart. There’s so much of the “ you need to read and write every day” and “you need to pay a marketing team” um NO! I am not a reader, and I write whenever an idea strikes me. Certainly not every day. There’s gonna be people telling you, you can’t. Well, you gotta show them you can, and you will.
IBB: What does your writing future hold for you?
BG: I’m not too sure. I know another book; that I know. But I’d hope to one day collab with some of my favourite poets
IBB: How have you set about the task of creating enticing cover art?
BG: If you want my honest opinion, the way a book looks is not important to me whatsoever. It’s about the content inside. So I went for a basic cover.
IBB: How often do you read? What genre?
BG: I honestly rarely read. Maybe twice a year I’ll pick up a book. But when I do read, it’s usually non-fiction or mystery
IBB: Before we let you escape, it’s your chance to name-drop. Anyone who you feel is deserving of more recognition at present or someone whose writing you have recently enjoyed? Now is your chance to spread the word…
BG: YES, where do I start? Well, Sabrina Benaim is such a badass poet. Check her out. And Neil Hillborn. And my personal favorite, Andrea Gibson. But there are also many up-and-coming poets no one’s discovered yet. So just do me a favour and go to Twitter and hashtag #writerslift and you’ll find so many amazing authors.
Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Best of luck in the future.