It’s been a long time since I’ve done an interview on here, but I’m back with another one. This time, with poet and self-published author Rachel Aquino!
First, can you introduce yourself and what you do?
I’m Rachel Lazatin Aquino, I’m an indie author, and I wrote the book ‘Pieces of me’.
When did you first begin writing poetry?
I began writing at the beginning of 2013, but wrote consistently at the beginning of 2015.
Was self-publishing difficult? What was the process like?
Self publishing definitely requires a lot of trial and error. It was hard work, but very much worth it! I had to figure out the process as i went, and I asked a lot of talented writers for help as well.
What tips do you have for people who want to self-publish?
I advise that you take your time. I know how exciting everything can be, but don’t rush. Make sure every detail is as pristine as possible, and at 100% best quality you can produce!
Where do you get inspiration for your poetry?
I was heavily inspired by the writings of Rupi Kaur, and inspired/introduced to go about self publishing by Jennae Cecelia.
Can you share some poetry from your book with us?
Yes! My Instagram page @rach.lazatin has a lot of excerpts from my book and poetry I’ve written. I would love for you guys to see it.
What do you plan on doing after high school?
I plan on going to college and pursuing a degree in psychology. I don’t know where life will take me in the end but I will continue to pursue my passions and curiosities through writing, painting, drawing and photography.
What are some of your goals for the future with your writing?
I want to get my book and poetry more well known, and inspire young adults! It’s always been my main goal to positively impact someone’s life through my writing. I’m currently working on my second book and hopefully both my books impact and connect greatly with my readers.
How long did it take to write your book?
The writings in my book are from a journal I had written in for over a year, starting at the beginning of 2015.
Who are some of your favorite poets?
My absolute favorite poet is Rupi Kaur, I definitely connect with her book on a very deep level, and I look up to her style and art as inspiration.
Thank you so much to Rachel! Don’t forget to check out her book; I can assure you that it is amazing.