Q: When did you start writing?
John: I started when I was in the 8th grade. I was introduced to haikus in an English class and was drawn to the structure of the poems. I didn’t write often, but continued to grow.
JoAnna: My cousins and I would try to write songs and play homemade instruments when we young, my writing interests continued.
Q: Who are your biggest inspirations/your favourite writers?
John: My favourite writer is Steven King. The vibrant details in his novels have always painted pictures in my mind.
JoAnna: A few of my favorite writers are Maya Angelou and Martin Luther King Jr.
Q: What time of day do you do most of your writing?
John: It comes to me at all hours of the day. Sometimes I have to make notes to come back to a thought. It could be a sound, a smell, or something I see every day that sparks an idea.
JoAnna: I can agree with John’s response.
Q: Why do you write?
John: It gives me a sense of accomplishment and closure. Something inspires a thought, and I need to express it in such a way as I feel it is finished.
JoAnna: I feel the need to be challenged, or to create something unique.
Q: Do you have any favourite quotes from writers?
John: Friedrich Nietzsche said “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” I’m not sure who said “No one said life was fair.”
JoAnna: Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. William Shakespeare
Q: What is one piece of advice you would give new/aspiring writers?
John: read, Read, READ! Our vocabulary is vastly improved when we read. Our understanding of all things is enhanced by reading.
JoAnna: I agree with John’s response.
Q: Do you have any collections, chapbooks, or other books available for people to purchase?
Our first book is available on Amazon in eBook and Paperback.
The Little Black Book of
Poetry and Prayers:
MILK AND HONEY, Volume 1
by John and JoAnna Poster.
The Posters are the authors of Milk and Honey,
including other types of writings. Currently,
they reside in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Together, they
share five children and many grandchildren.
During their first years together John would write
a new Love poem for Joanna almost every day
telling her how important she was to him, or
capturing one of their special moments together.
This activity happened as often as needed until
JoAnna fell head over heals in love with John
Their poetic pairing echos from within them and
captures our hearts as they creatively reflect on
their lives, and the emotion of a life with enduring
They cooperatively adopt to each other as their muse
while they build a splashy introduction to the soul of their