A Transformative Conversation with Author and Artist Dwight Roth, Part 2

Image Credit: Dwight Roth

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.Β 

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?Β 

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.

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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/.

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53 thoughts on “A Transformative Conversation with Author and Artist Dwight Roth, Part 2

  1. aparna12 says:

    Excellent post. Very inspiring and very interesting. I appreciate Dwight Roth for his views on reading and writing, which are my favorite hobbies. Thank you so much, dear Kym and Dwight for this amazing interview. β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️β™₯οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  2. How wonderful! I enjoy following Dwight’s blog and I enjoyed learning more about him. Well done, Kymbelina! He offers helpful advice and I loved learning that he was inspired by Bob Ross. πŸ–ŒοΈπŸŽ¨πŸ–ΌοΈπŸ’–

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  3. You don’t need to thank me Dwight because this was something I was excited to do. Besides, you really did all of the work! LOL 😜 Enjoy the rest of your weekend my friend. πŸ€—πŸ’‹πŸ€©πŸŒΊπŸ₯°πŸ¦‹πŸ˜

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  4. Aparna my dear, thank YOU for chiming in as eloquently as you have, by embracing the message behind Dwight’s story that so many of us feel empowered by. I am so honored that he shared this with me. Big hugs sister-girlfriend! πŸ€—πŸ’πŸ₯³πŸ¦‹πŸŒžπŸ’‹πŸ˜˜

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  5. Thanks so much for your sweet comment Molly. You know something, there’s a lot of Dwight’s advice that serves as a reminder to those of us who have been writing for decades now. πŸ₯°πŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜ Always an opportunity to learn. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. 🌞✨😊

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  6. I know Michele my Belle. When he told me about Bob Ross when I first met him, I couldn’t believe it. Not too many people really knew who Bob Ross was, but I loved how he would calmly demonstrate how easy it was to paint, but when I tried it, things didn’t look the same. I don’t know what forrest my trees fell in! LOL 😜🌳🀣

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  7. An inspiring interview, by two inspiring people. Wonderful, my kindred! Thank you again for sharing this interview with us! Happy weekend, dear Kym! πŸŒ»β€οΈπŸ¦‹πŸ₯°πŸ’žπŸŒ³πŸ§‘πŸ₯³πŸ€—πŸ˜˜

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  8. Oh you are a gem of a sweetheart Jeff my dear. Thank you for always leaving a heartfelt message that is always empowering my kindred. Happy weekend to you too. πŸ₯°πŸΈπŸ€©πŸŒΊπŸ˜˜πŸ¦‹πŸ˜ŠπŸŒŸπŸŒžβœ¨

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  9. Girlfriend, shut the front door! 😲 Bob Ross had me when I saw his afro! LOL πŸ€£πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚ He certainly left his footprint on the hearts of many art enthusiasts and amateurs like me. Hugs and smooches my Dancing Queen! πŸ˜πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’‹πŸ’ƒπŸ½πŸ₯°

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  10. Oh, I agree with you Liz. There are so many takeaways from his interview that taught me a few things too. 😊 I truly appreciate you reading and commenting so generously. πŸ™πŸΌ Dwight is certainly well-respected. πŸ˜πŸ¦‹πŸ₯° Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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  11. Love part two Kym and Dwight. Well done!
    Love that quote and to find someone else that is a slow reader. When I blog as much as we do I don’t have much more time for books too but I sure buy a lot so I’m ready when life settles down.
    Both of you are salt of the earth and I’m so glad our paths have connected!
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  12. Oh my goodness Derrick, you are comical. Sometimes, something just might spark a memory recall that has been stored for so long, that you thought you forgot. I think there are a lot of things, little details of the past, that have been pushed back in time, but have more than likely shaped who we are today. The good thing about it Derrick is that you are here today with more contributions for the world than you realize. Stay well and enjoy your week. πŸ₯°πŸ¦‹πŸ€©

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  13. Oh my goodness my Energizer Bunny, I simply love your down to earth analogies. I love books too, but I was not a voracious reader growing up that much either. I was always out being curious about other stuff. LOL 😁 To avoid incrimination, I won’t say what those curiosities were! πŸ˜²πŸ€£πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œ I do a lot better with reading nowadays and over the past decade. I am on the Goodreads platform and while I might be out of my league, those are some serious readers, I am more disciplined. I’ve only read 27 books so far this year. My meager goal is 35! Thank you so much for your true friendship Cindaaayyyyyy! You certainly rock my Poetic Mommy Nature! πŸ˜ŠπŸΈπŸ˜˜πŸ’–πŸ˜πŸŒŸπŸŒ³πŸ€©πŸŒΊ

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  14. You’re so you welcome dearest Kym. thanks for your kind words and getting where I am these days. I love that you are reading so much and goodreads no less! Good for you. Im impressed.. It’s such a pleasure to know you my friend!! Awwww and you mine! πŸ’–

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  15. Cindy girl, don’t start trying to make me cry here. 😭 You are MARVELOUS ladybug and you are like Tinker Bell sprinkling love and laughter to all you touch, physically and digitally! Sending you a warm cup of hugs my energetic friend! β˜•πŸ€—πŸ’–

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  16. I love this part, too!
    This is another wonderful interview, Kym.
    I love his paintings, Henry Ward Becher. And this is the truly important words from him: “Don’t plan to get rich writing.”

    Thank you, once again, for sharing this inspiring interview with Sir Dwight.

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  17. Oh Adelheid, thanks so much for your very special comments my friend. Dwight is truly a very special person and great friend. I am so happy you enjoyed his interview. Cheers my dear! πŸ™πŸΌπŸ₯‚πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ¦‹πŸ˜

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