Q I saw that you had been writing poetry for a while, what made you decide to take the leap to putting a book out?
..I decided to publish my poetry because I am all about giving back to my fellow human/transgender people who have gone through or who are going through this experience. By experience, I mean being different than who people think you are. Having to hide even just a small part of yourself from the world, friends and family. Of course the focus audience is the transgender community, but anyone who’s been forced to live other than how others would see them live can relate to my words.
Q Now that you have put one out any plans for a follow up book of poems or other literary project?
I do plan to follow this offering with a second edition, but those poems are still flowing to the page and I’m waiting for that special day to bring them into the light. What is that special day? Unfortunately, only I know it, but I can tell you this, it’s not too far down the road.
Q Do you think that writing poems helped you on your journey of self-discovery.
Poetry definitely helped get me through the darkest parts of my life. The days have been brighter, but I still fall back on it to get over life’s little speed bumps.
Q You came out later in life (like I did) how do you think that shaped your experience, do you wish you had come out earlier?
Coming out later in life gave me a perspective I wouldn’t have had if I had the luxury of coming out at age 6. By perspective I mean the difference between the way society treats men as opposed to women in the first hand. Example: Since transitioning to life full time as a woman, I’m not generally perceived as a possible threat or intimidating in most cases. My opinions are increasingly disregarded and there’s been a notable increase of chivalrous behavior toward me as well as superficial observations about my clothing or shoes. Having said that, I do so wish I could have begun transition at anytime before puberty! That’s one of those experiences I could have done without from the male standpoint and it damn near killed me.
Q} if people want to pick up your book of poetry where can they go?
If you would like to pick up my book, it’s available to read for free on Amazon if you have Kindle Unlimited. Without kindle unlimited its $9.99 US. I plan to donate a portion of the proceeds to a local transgender non-profit organization.
Final four questions –we ask everybody
Q) When the zombies take over the world where will you be?
when the Zombies take over the world I most likely won’t have to worry, as my lack or speed and firearms will most likely result in me becoming a Zombie myself.
Q ) What is your favorite Fandom
My favorite Fandom is definitely anything in the Star Wars universe. There is no substitute Princess Generals, Jedi Knights, lightsabers and a good blaster!
Q) What piece of art, be it in the form of music, a book, a film or picture, do you think people must experience before they die?
I think that before a person passes from this life they should experience the Rocky Horror Picture show simultaneously on screen and live performance! There simply is nothing quite like it!
Q) Give one fact that most people would not believe about you?
One fact most people tend not to believe about me is that I am a commercial pilot. When I talk about being in the aviation industry the go to assumption is flight attendant. You gotta love our good ole patriarchal society.
Excerpt from Trans-cendent: Journeys of a Transgender Woman
When she needs, she does
Dictated by necessity , at will she transforms
A choice she did not give thee
But a chance you have, yourself be
Or perish Sadly