The Secrets of a Phoenix (Author Interview)

Any plans to turn it into a series?
Not necessarily into a series but plans to continue and write another book. The plan for the next book is to write an entire book of reverse poems about life and experiences from the mind of a woman.

How long did it take you to write The Secrets of a Phoenix?
This question is one I tend to have a tough time answering. I wrote the poems as I was going through the experiences, but compiling them, adding the narrative before each poem, and all the additional within the book took about 6 months.

What inspired you when writing The Secrets of a Phoenix?
What inspired me when writing was the real-life experiences I was going through each time. Experiences ranging from being 16 and pregnant, falling in love, falling out of love, being a single mom, and making a comeback through all the tough times finding me again.

How did you come up with the title to your book?
When I was thinking of a title, I was trying to think of something that would represent what these experiences were to me. There were all of these experiences that changed my life, the person I was, and I was starting new again as the new me who had come from those. The Pheonix represents being reborn through its own ashes, which is essentially what I was doing. The secrets part came from exactly what these poems were, my own secrets and feelings tucked away in a notebook in my room.

What will readers get out of your book?
My hope is that my book will help people not feel so alone and will also give them the power to keep pushing because things will get better. We are all fighting our own battles and I hope they will find comfort in knowing that.

What part of the book was the most fun to write?
The part that was the most fun to write was the last few pages of the book. The parts that represent finding myself again and taking my life back. The rainbow after the storm you could say. I had written those words in a notebook previously but writing them again filled me with the emotions I felt while creating them, reinforcing just how far I had come.

What was your hardest scene/section to write, and why?
The hardest sections to write were the ones that involved other people. I was worried about their feelings when sharing these deep feelings from experiences shared with them.

What do you like to do when not writing?
When not writing and not working, my best times are spent with my 3 kids, family, and friends. We enjoy our movie nights, living room dance parties, and camping trips.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
My book is available on Kindle and Amazon, with more to come. I am also on Tik Tok, Instagram, and Facebook. I can be found under Lexi Sweet.