Interview with Ken Allan Dronsfield


Q: When did you start writing?

A: I first started writing at 13 years old. I’d received a guitar as a gift, and after learning the chords decided to write my own songs including lyrics. I started writing poetry some years ago after putting the guitar away.


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

A: I was always inspired by George Harrison from the Beatles. His song writing and guitar playing inspired many of my poems and song lyrics. As far as a writer, my likes are very diverse. Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemingway, William Butler Yeats, and Irish Poet Seamus Heaney probably ending with William Shakespeare.


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

A: I find that writing late at night to be most enjoyable. I may start several poems during the day, but leave them and go back after dinner and when the house is dead quiet….I turn the TV to Classical Music, and begin writing.


Q:  Why do you write?

A:  I suppose for the same reason I breathe, it’s just an automatic thing. I write because I find it impossible to NOT. Make sense??                                      



Q: Do you have any favourite quotes from writers?

A: Edgar Allan Poe, “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality” and “I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity”, William Butler Yeats, this perhaps is more of a simple verse, but, “Come fairies take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the
mountains like a flame.”


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

A: Never, ever stop. Never stop writing, never stop putting your work out there. There will be rejections, critical comments, but never stop….just keep writing. First and foremost, write for YOURSELF first…the audience second.


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

A: I have two ‘collections’ of poetry available for purchase at this time. The first is titled, “The Cellaring” and is a book of 80 poems touching upon the paranormal, light horror, weird and wonderfully odd. The second book is titled, “A Taint of Pity”, Life Poems Written with a Cracked Inflection. Both are available through My third book of poetry is ready and I hope to see it published by summer.


Ken Allan Dronsfield is a disabled veteran, poet and fabulist originally from New Hampshire, now residing on the plains of  Oklahoma. His work can be found in magazines, journals, reviews and anthologies worldwide. His two poetry books, “The Cellaring” a collection of 80 poems of light horror, paranormal, weird and wonderful work and his newest book, “A Taint of Pity”, Life Poems Written with a Cracked Inflection, are available through Ken is a three time Pushcart Prize and twice Best of the Net Nominee for 2016-2017. Ken loves writing, thunderstorms, walking in the woods at night and spending time with his cats Willa and Yumpy.

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