ULM: What inspired you to write Reflections of a Soul?
JMD: I was told that I couldn’t and that I wouldn’t amount to much by a close relative. So I did it, I wrote a book.
ULM: How long have you been writing poems?
JMD: Since I was a teenager, 12 or 13 years old.
ULM: Which of your poems inside Reflections of a Soul was your favorite?
JMD: They all have a special sentiment to me, but if I had to choose I would say there are two that are my favorite. “I AM”, which is the last poem in the book is an empowering poem about being who you are, being proud and accepting of that.
“Daddy’s Little Girl” is the first poem to open the book and I chose that poem because it was something that I never experienced as a child. My mom did an amazing job raising my brother and I as a single parent, but the not knowing what my father was like was always a curiosity to me.
ULM: Are there more poems you have written besides the ones inside your latest book?
JMD: I do have more poems, and I try to write often. Writing is cathartic for me, most times I just write down what or how I’m feeling and I wont go back to it for days or weeks later.
ULM: How would you describe your writing using only three words?
JMD: Simple, Contemplative and Flawed.
ULM: Do you have more works coming out soon? If so, can you share with us, readers, what those will be and when they’ll be published?
JMD: I have some works in progress. I’m working on a children’s book and another book, but I’m not quite sure of its format just yet. I am hoping by the end of the year to have one or both books published.
ULM: Have you published other volumes of poetry?
JMD: My first poem was published when I was 16 years old in a book with varies poets, but Reflections is my first book.
ULM: What advice would you give to other poets?
JMD: I would say to never give up on yourself and never let any one person keep you from your destiny. If you want to write, write. Your words are worthy of being read.
ULM: Where can readers find your work online?
JMD: Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Inkwater Books