Interview with Virginia R. Macy

Q: When did you start writing?

A: I’ve been creating poetry and short stories since I was 2 or so.  My mom used to say that I did musical comedy shows in the back garage of a family friend’s house between the ages of 2 and 5.  I couldn’t really write as my disability made using my hands for writing nearly impossible and neither I nor anyone else could read my poor attempts at writing.


Q: Who are your biggest inspirations/your favourite writers?

A: I wanted to make those; the actors, actresses, comics, singers, and writers who gave me laughter and the feeling of acceptance, laugh and as I got older, to make others laugh and think.  I find it hard to list my favourite writers as my memory for names has always been poor.  I loved Ray Bradbury, Rod Sterling, Harper Lee, Madeleine L’Engle, and during my late teens, early twenties the infamous Xaviera Hollander who taught me the importance of editing.  I read the second Happy Hooker book first than the first and while the second was finally edited the first was a mess, a lesson learned.


Q: What time of day do you do most of your writing?

A: Very early morning or late night, mostly when I’m tired.


Q:  Why do you write?

A: I have to it’s who I am.  When I am unable to write, I still make up stories and poems if only in my mind.  These stories or poems don’t always live long enough to be typed into my word program, but they were still mine.                                 

                                              


    

Q: Do you have any favourite quotes from writers?

A: I lost my list of favourite quotes and had to Google the writers who wrote them.  Please forgive my copy and pasting them here; “Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. They are engines of change, windows on the world, lighthouses erected in the sea of time.” ―Barbara W. Tuchman;   then there’s “A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.” ―Henry David Thoreau;   finally my very favourite, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” ―Ray Bradbury


Q: What is one piece of advice you would give new/aspiring writers?

A: Don’t do as I have and let others tell you that what you’ve written or talked about is negative or depressing and no one will ever what to read so don’t bother to even start writing anything.  Don’t let family’s accusations of you being mentally ill and a disgrace to the family name beat you down so you question and lose you grip on your vision and sanity.  Keep writing and tuck the crap away in a corner so it can mature into something better, perhaps scratch paper, and you be the one to choose what is your best, not those who simply skimmed over it already having damned it and you.


Q: Do you have any collections, chapbooks, or other books available for people to purchase?

A: I need help learning how to do these things, therefore no.


 

Virginia R. Macy is the fourth child of Virginia M. Macy and C. F. Macy who raised their family in West Covina CA. during the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

F. Macy was a Taurus and Virginia R is an Aries, a fact she always used to represent their relationship. They were always locking horns which led to his inability to understand her need to write about her dreams, fears, and leftwing view of the times she was growing up in.

However, over the last five years she has put her mind heart and social concerns into writing.

Please Enjoy.

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