Hello friends! Today I am presenting part 2 of my conversation with my good friend, artist, and author Dwight Roth. So, let’s get started, shall we?
So Dwight, what is your favorite genre?
Reading and writing have always been difficult for me in my younger years. So, I have not read voraciously as some do. But what I do read stays with me forever it seems. This is true of both fiction and poetry. I guess it would be fiction. And…I also like theological writings.
Name three of your favorite authors.
James Mitchner is a wonderful writer. I enjoyed the writings of C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity) and a lesser-known writer Watchman Nee (Sit Walk Stand), as well as Richard Foster (Celebration of Discipline).
If you could say one thing to your younger self, what would that one piece of advice be?
Believe in yourself and do what inspires you most! Create first for yourself and others will appreciate what you do. Don’t be discouraged by those who would hold you back. This often comes in the form of family and friends!
You do a lot of painting which we see posted on your blog site. How long have you been a painter and what or who inspired you to paint?
I started painting back in the 1970s when I first got married. I painted a few paintings back then of favorite things I wanted to preserve. When I moved to NC in the late 70s I gave up painting until I retired in 2011. I began watching Bob Ross every day at lunchtime. He inspired me to start painting. When I got involved at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, Susan Didier offered to hang some of my work in the center. It was then that I began painting regularly for several years and now still paint from time to time. I sell a few and give away some to friends and family. I try to paint things that inspire me.
What is your favorite quote?
“Every artist dips his brush (pen) into his own soul and paints his own nature into the picture (writing).” – Henry Ward Beecher
If you could go anywhere around the world, where would it be?
I would love to take a train ride through the Canadian Rockies from Calgary to Vancouver.
What piece of advice would you give to up-and-coming writers?
Write first for yourself. That way your writing is authentic. Authenticity is the key! Always ask questions and find help from other writers who can help you develop your craft.
If we want to purchase your books, would you share the link to where our viewers can buy them?
I have a few books of poetry and others that I could sell if they contact me at the email address above. I am willing to send pdf. copies of my books to those who might want one.
Are there any parting words that you would like to share with us?
If you want to be heard start a blog. You won’t get many followers on Facebook etc. The blog will connect you with people who like what you enjoy. Then “farm your blog “by reading, following, and commenting on their sites as well.
Don’t plan to get rich writing. Self-publish and give your books away to your friends and family. They are the ones who are most important anyway! I am not a fan of being rejected by publishers, so I do it myself and I am happy.
Dwight, my dear friend, I want to thank you for taking the time to speak with me about your amazing journey. You inspire us and let us know that it is never too late to compose a new beginning. Once again, check out Dwight’s blog at https://rothpoetry.wordpress.com/.