Meet the Author of “What if I Fall? Oh, but my darling what if you fly?”
This quote was taken from a short poem written by Erin Hanson. Erin is an extremely talented young writer who I have gotten the pleasure to know and I think you would enjoy learning more about her too!
“I’m 19 and live just outside of Brisbane, Australia in the same house that I have for my whole life. The things I enjoy doing most are writing (obviously), reading and I absolutely love to make things. I do a lot of sewing whether that’s sewing dresses, bags or anything in between. I love doing crochet and embroidery too, so pretty much anything that involves making something new and unique, I’m there!”
When did you start writing?
“When I was 9 or 10 years old I’d write heaps of short stories and they were all absolutely horrible! Then when I was 11, my friend at school and I would just make up silly little poems all the time… that was also the year I wrote my first proper (poem) to be entered in a competition. I didn’t really do much writing after that until 2011 when I started my blog. Since then I’ve pretty much been writing consistently.”
What do you find inspires you the most?
“It sounds cheesy, but nature. If you focus on it for long enough you begin to realize that the patterns and cycles you see in nature can be seen directly in ourselves and others too. That’s why I love to write about people and compare them to something in the natural world. Almost everyone can understand what you’re trying to convey when you talk about it in terms of something you experience in everyday life like the seasons, rain, wind etc. and it helps them understand that people can be like those forces of nature too. It makes it easier for them to relate or empathize.”
When you have “writers block” what do you do?
“Arghhh writers block is the worst! I think I might be going through it again right now, it’s a constant thing with me. I try not to force myself to write, because that just leads to me getting more stressed. I think it helps to look at someone else’s piece of art like a movie, a book or just quotes. Now I’m not saying steal their ideas, but sometimes you’ll come across an idea that they’ve had that might be different to the way that you would look at things and it’ll spark some inspiration in you. I also got a magnetic poetry set for my birthday which has been super helpful because you can just muck around with stringing words together on there and it might lead to inspiration for a longer poem!”
Is writing your full time career? This question was asked before I realized she was only nineteen! The quality of her writing suggests she is much older!
“Definitely not! I don’t even have a full time career, but it is what takes up the majority of my time, yes. Not even just writing, but more running my blog in general and replying to people etc. At the moment I’m a Math and English tutor for a 7th grade girl and before that I was a Rhythmic Gymnastics coach. I don’t even have the slightest idea of what I want my career to be at the moment.”
Do you have an example when your words touched someone deeply? How did that make you feel?
“I can’t think of one specific case, but every single time someone sends me a message telling me that my work has helped them in some way it makes me so so happy. It can get quite overwhelming when I think about the fact that words I’ve written have been able to help people I’ve never met from all over the world. I’m so grateful for everyone that reads my work. The other day I was sent a photo by a guy who had gotten my “What if I fall?” poem tattooed on him and I couldn’t believe it. That’s just so crazily amazing.”
I have to be honest, I have considered it as well! Those words are just so beautiful!
What books have you written in the past or are considering writing in the future?
“Just one at the moment, my anthology from 2011 to the start of 2014 (lulu.com/thepoeticunderground) I’m working on a second one at the moment though, with all the poems I’ve written since then!”
What are your future writing plans? You obviously have a lot of talent!
“I do not have any definite writing plans for the future other than to just keep writing! I’d love to see where the blog could take me, and I’ve had some amazing experiences come out of it already. Ideally I’d love to just keep doing my thing and take it from there.”
Thanks so much Erin for sharing your beautiful words with all of us! You have touched so many lives already at such a young age, I cannot wait to see where you “fly” to! Best of luck in the future!