ABOUT FLIGHTS OF FANCY
Life is filled with emotional highs and lows. Riding the wave of this experience is part of living, but for poet Bernadette Bland, dreaming was even more important. No matter the attitude, mood, or circumstance, Ms. Bland has always believed in the beauty of life. Never to be deterred from her heart’s desire, she has ridden her own life wave with an eye to her dreams and an eye to the beauty of nature.
In her new poetry collection, Flights of Fancy, Ms. Bland shares her imagery with the outside world. She delves into the lavish splendor of nature in “Drifting Grace: God’s Art Show.” She peers behind the protective mask of a weeping clown in “Behind the Mask.” She recalls watching her mother slowly grow old in the poignant “Mama.” In all her words, she reveals her deepest yearnings and fears with selfless honesty.
Flights of Fancy is an example of an imagination set free. Ms. Bland fills her poetry with wonder and will leave you longing to step out into the sun. She is not afraid to depict the sometimes traumatic rollercoaster of life; yet she encourages us to move on, move up, and not look back. Within every word, she calls to the reader, challenging each one of us to never stop dreaming!
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When did you first know you could be a writer?
My best guess would be when still in grade school Iwrote a composition on snow as a class assignment.I received much praise from my teacher and my parents when they read it.Clever use of words is the phrase that sticks in my mind and the suggestion that Ifollow up in my writing.My earliest desire to write stems from that praise and phrase.
Who or what i nfluenced your writing over the years?
My major influence in my earlier years was my Father (he had writings of his own), as well as several of my teachers throughout grade school, high school,teachers of independent creative writing courses, in college in my later years and from my s ister who was always on hand with her advice. Her dream was to be a writer but would never submit her work for fear of distressing criticism which would make her quit writing in her “dream field” altogether.
How did you come up wi th the title of the book?
Iplayed around with several ideas at first,usually something in reference to one or more works in the forming manuscript.Gradually,as Ikept rereading,the variety of ideas became what I thought of as fanciful. That became
#Flights of Fancy”.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I found the hardest part of the writing,not to be the wr iting itself,but keeping to the ideas,and not letting the words get out of hand.Early on Ifound myself to be redundant in my use of descriptive adjectives and sometimes going far afield with the idea Iwas writingabout. Without my thesaurus to keep me on track, I would have written a million flowery,unneeded words. I also found it difficult to edit out what I thought to be clever phrases that no longer fit after a few revisions.
ABOUT BERNADETTE BLAND
Bernadette Bland was born in Westerly, Rhode Island. A news reporter and photographer for many years, her poetry has been published by the National Library of Poetry, the Amherst Society, and the Iliad Press, among others. Ms. Bland lives with her husband in the Capital District of upstate New York.