Interview with Daginne Aignend


Q: When did you start writing?

A: I was a teenager when I wrote my first poem in Dutch, about loving being in love and all the confusion that comes with it. I didn’t write regularly back then. About 6 years ago I decided to write poetry in English, so I could reach out to a broader audience

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

A: I used to read a lot of fantasy books: the Godfather of Fantasy J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, Robert Jordan and Robin Hobb. I never read much poetry until some years ago and I don’t have a favorite poet. I like a lot of contemporary poets, like the different unique styles each one of them writes.

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

A: I don’t have a special writing moment, I know I don’t write when I just get out of my bed. I have to free my mind first from the cobwebs of sleep and have a coffee first.

Q:  Why do you write?

A:   Because I have to, it’s an urge. When I have a nonwriting period and I don’t write for a couple of days, I feel restless. Like my mind start to overflow and I need to get some of my thoughts on paper to feel relaxed again.


Q: Do you have any favourite quotes from writers?

A: ‘Carpe Diem’ from Horatius

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

A: Don’t get discouraged when journals don’t acknowledge your work in the beginning. If you feel you wrote a good piece believe in yourself. A practical advice: do a grammar check and make sure your work is edited before you submit.

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

A: No, I didn’t have had the time to publish a collection of my own. I’m a poetry editor and it takes much time to review the work of other poets. I have some plans for a chapbook in collaboration with some poet friends but will see if it works out in the near future

Daginne Aignend is a pseudonym for the Dutch writer, poetess, photographic artist Inge Wesdijk. She likes hard rock music, fantasy books, and loves her animals. She’s the Poetry Editor of Whispers and has been published in many poetry journals, magazines and anthologies, in the ‘Tears’ Anthology of the NY Literary Magazine to name one. She has a fun project website

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