Maybe Tomorrow the second book by: Regan Rodriguez is available on Etsy, Amazon and Rusty Voices, NOW!
Darius: First off please introduce yourself to those who aren’t familiar with the name.
Regan: Hey👋🏼 I’m Regan, lover of words, laughing uncontrollably, and puppies.
D: What compels you to write?
Regan: Someone told me once that the most important thing you can do after surviving trauma, is to reach out and show others that they can survive it too. That’s always been a huge motivation for me to continue writing, even when I don’t feel like what I have to say is important enough. Getting to connect with and share stories and life experiences with people has been so amazing for me. Writing is also a major outlet for me to release and let go of a lot of built up emotions that I have. In a way, it’s a sort of therapy for me.
D: I loved the first book you released “War Songs” what did you learn from that process that you Applied to “Maybe Tomorrow”?
Regan: Writing War Songs was a constant battle with myself. It was the first time I was going to address and make public a lot of things that I had never shared with anyone before. And there would be days where I would catch myself holding back because I was afraid of what the readers would think. But I knew it was important for me to be as honest and open as I could. It taught me to have confidence in my words and to not put so much stress on myself to write. I’ve put the release date off for Maybe Tomorrow three or four times now because I knew that it wasn’t ready yet, and that’s something I didn’t do with War Songs.
D: Favorite Authors?
Regan: My top favorite authors are all poets, naturally. Richard Siken, Andrea Gibson, Ocean Vuong, Neil Hilborn… I could go on and on. There’s been so many authors who’s writing I’ve studied that have helped me grow and develop my own voice. I also have read and cried through nearly every Sarah Dessen book, I’m a sucker for corny romance novels haha.
D: What’re some of the keys to your writing process aside from studying the greats!?
Regan: My writing process, to be honest, is really long and drawn out and pretty frustrating for myself. Usually I’ll hear something in passing conversation, or read a line from a book that generates the initial idea for me, and from there I’ll start off with just writing one or two lines of poetry in my notebook that I probably won’t touch or edit for a few days. And it just becomes a constant process of drawing onto the original idea and finding ways to make it fit together as a whole. If I’m going through a period in my life where I’m hit with a lot of strong emotions, whether it be anger, or love, or sadness, I’m usually able to write full poems in bulk. It really just depends on how I’m feeling.
D: I feel the same with a lot of my art. Process can always vary based on emotion! Do you have a favorite style of prose to write in?
Regan: I don’t really have a formal favorite. I like the freedom that all forms of poetry allow you to have. One of the funnest parts of writing and editing, for me, is figuring out which form will make the piece I’m working on come off the most powerful to the reader.
D: What about Norpa’s message speaks to you?
Regan: I love and admire that Norpa is all about sharing art and creativity of all kinds. It’s limitless in that way. I love what you guys are doing and the positive message you’re spreading.
D:Who’s your biggest influence in life?
R: Oo, that’s a tough one. I’d have to say my best friend, Mackenzie. People don’t really understand our relationship or the connection that we have with each other. It’s very rare you find someone who is able to dig you out of holes you’ve dug yourself in. Someone who pushes you to be your best, while also shining so brightly themselves. I’ve said it so many times and I’ll say it again, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her. I wouldn’t be the person, or the poet, if I didn’t have her to look up to. She’s a huge inspiration for me. And my biggest critic. And the most pure form of love that I have ever known.
D: What is your Favorite Color?
Regan: Favorite Color is Yellow!
D:If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be, and why?
Regan :Easily Van Gogh, because I’m obsessed with his paintings and writing and I would love to be able to have a conversation with him about his art and life.
D: What does Maybe Tomorrow Represent?
Regan: The title ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ is for anyone who is struggling in life. Anyone who’s tired and drained and for those who don’t know how much longer they can hold on. It’s about keeping the flame of fight stoked inside of you. It’s telling yourself to hang on until tomorrow, and continuing to tell yourself that the next day. Until, one day, you wake up to a day that isn’t so heavy. A day where your heart finally feels like a heart again, even when you swore that it never would. It’s about not giving up.