Introducing Barbara Carter, author of four books. She writes poetry, short stories and memoirs.
1.You have a passion for many art forms, including writing, painting, and needle and thread. What inspires you to say, “Today I’m going to write.”?
I’d always been interested in writing, but felt I had to choose between writing or visual art. That was my limited thinking. It took many years for me to realize I could do both and even combine the two.
For me, creating images was a safer way of expressing myself. People can love and connect with an image but may not consciously know why. With writing, especially memoir, there is no hiding. I was once a very shy insecure person who believed I had nothing of value to say. During my journey as a visual artist I came to a point in my life where I needed words to say what I had to say, to stop hiding behind the safety of image.
Now I usually write in the morning and create images in the evening.
- Of all the books you’ve written, which satisfied you the most after it was published?
If I must choose the book that most satisfied me, it would be the first, probably because the first time for anything is usually the most memorable. The first book was a sixteen-year journey. A book I was never sure would ever happen. I’d carried it with me for such a long time. Tearing it apart, restructuring and rearranging it.