Q: When did you start writing?
A: There is something special about me as a writer; I began writing at an early age, five to be exact.
Q: Who are your biggest inspirations/your favourite writers?
A: There are so many writers who influence me. Some of my favorite writers include Sylvia Plath, Kahlil Gibran, Kurt Cobain, just to name a few.
Q: What time of day do you do most of your writing?
A: I do most of my writing in the nighttime. It has to be quiet.
Q: Why do you write?
A: I write for myself. I write to influence the world in a positive way. I write to right the wrongs of society, to put emotions out in the open for all to witness. I cannot enter this world and leave it the same as I met it by the time I exit it; it is absolutely necessary for me to leave my legacy.
Q: Do you have any favourite quotes from writers?
A: One of my most favourite quotes is from Staceyann Chin. In her piece called “If Only Out Of Vanity,” she spoke with such rawness and truth when she said “in this world where classification is key, I want to erase the straight lines, so I can be me.”
Q: What is one piece of advice you would give new/aspiring writers?
A: The one piece of advice that I would give to new and aspiring writers is to stay true to yourself. Don’t follow the crowd. Don’t get lost in the hype. Do you until you simply can’t do it anymore.
Q: Do you have any collections, chapbooks, or other books available for people to purchase?
Darrell Herbert is a nationally recognized poet. He has earned a national silver medal in the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. He earned a gold key from Casita Maria Center for the Arts & Education. He is also a songwriter, humanitarian, author, and artivist.