Saturday, January 26, 2019

R.J. Zarkani "Stranger Paths" An Interview with R.J. Zarkani by Jason E. Foss

                                                                                        R.J. ZARKANI

                                     "Great Authors have something special and unique about each and every one of them.  They can put their experience on paper and when you read what they wrote it takes you there.  Your imagination is attracted to their every word and their experience almost becomes yours or at least some of the emotions of it.  To be able to give someone a visual with words is truly a gift that we all can appreciate.  R.J. Zarkani is one of these great Authors.  She let us know what motivated her."

                                                                                                    Jason E. Foss

Jason:                                  "What motivated you to write "Stranger Paths"?"


                                             "I wanted to share my Iraq war experience with the world, more specifically share the point of view of the child I was witnessing the war and what came after. Also introduce America and the world (hopefully) to my experience."

Jason:                                  "What is one of your favorite poems that you wrote and why does it mean so much to you?"


                                              "I love all my poems, but My Title is a favorite of mine. I chose it to be my opening poem in my book. It reveals my war experience delicately and gives an idea of what’s to come. Also shows a positive perspective to a not so positive experience."

Jason:                                   "For your fans and book lovers briefly describe "Stranger Paths"."


                                              "Stranger Paths is a poetry collection that is spread over the past 10 years of my life. It contains 3 chapters that show the evolution of thought as the child I was becomes a woman."

                                               "Chapter 1 is mostly about my Iraq war experience, I wanted the reader to have a window to my childhood a window where you can safely watch the war."

                                                "Chapter 2 and 3 show  more playful and philosophical ideas mixing religion and philosophy with imagination and magic."

Jason:                                    "Are you working on another book and if so what can you share with us about it?"


                                               "I am currently working on another poetry collection chapbook that I can not yet share it’s title. It will be a shorter collection that focuses on the war experience in more detail."

Jason:                                    "For those that want to read your book what is the easiest way to buy "Stranger Paths"?"


                                               "You can find my book on Amazon

                                                                        (available in paperback and ebook)

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                       "R.J. Zarkani was motivated by the fact that she wanted to share her Iraq war experience.  There are so many things to admire about this amazing person.  To have the ability to not only remember things like that as a child but to also willingly share her experience to the world creatively from a child's point of view?  I'm just amazed at how courageous that is!  The unique structure of her poetry gives the Reader three different experiences in one book.  Her openness in sharing these detailed moments in her life with the world is something that we not only appreciate but it will continue to be an inspiration to us all.  Click on the link above and buy "Stranger Paths"."

                                                                                              Jason E. Foss
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