Jess C. Scott

I was inspired to start an author q&a at this site because writer Jess C. Scott interviewed me for her blog. She writes haikus also so I invited her to share her experiences.

1. Please share a haiku you have written.

Jess C. Scott

Torrential rain falls
Darkness rises—sunshine fades
Terror fills the world.

2. Why did you pick this one?

This was the first 5-7-5 syllable haiku I wrote when I was ten years old. It is what fueled my interest in poetry, and was a great starting point with regards to writing poetry!

3. How many have you written? How often do you write? What inspires you?

I’ve compiled most of the haiku I’ve written into an anthology titled, Instantaneous (In)sanity. That anthology contains about 500 haiku. I like to write haiku in sets of ten. I write almost everyday though I’m usually working on novels and “editorial work” nowadays.

I write poetry whenever the mood strikes 😉 I’m inspired by life, love, sex—and fresh or engaging perspectives on whatever makes us human.

4. Why do your write haiku? How did you get started?

I write haiku because I enjoy the succinct and concise elements of the poetic form. It helps me to focus on packing a lot of meaning into a small number of words.

I got my start with haiku from a creative writing program in school when I was about nine or ten years old (which is where I first wrote the haiku sample I answers in Question #1). I wrote a lot of poetry during my teens. It was a time full of angst and confusion—I greatly appreciate how poetry and the arts helped me to get through those rather difficult years.

5. Do you work with other forms related to haiku, like renga or senryu or haiga?

Not at the moment, though I’m always open to learning something new. It’s good to be versatile and flexible, both as a writer/poet and as a person.

6. What advice would you give to aspiring haiku writers?

Read a lot, write a lot, dare to dream. And seek out the Japanese poetry of Basho, Ryokan, and Ikkyu.

7. Where can people read your haikus?

I’ve a few at my website.

I’ve a satirical haiku set on The Publishing Industry.

P.S. Sense of humor required for #2.


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