As an extension of The Black Lion Journal’s mission, The Wire’s Dream is a semi-annual magazine that values community, life perspectives, and different worldviews. Contributors were asked to complete a set of mini interview questions with the purpose of sharing with the readers and their fellow submitters a bit about who they are and about their creativity. All questions were the same for each contributor; and each answer given is unique, open, friendly, and candid.
About The Creative Process
What does creativity mean to you? And what does it mean to be creative?
Creativity is the manifestation of the thoughts, beliefs, dreams, joys, and pains inside us. To be creative is to learn how to shape and mold those raw abstractions into whatever form they choose to take, whether plays, photographs, or poems, etc.
How do you make time for your creativity? Are you an early bird creative or a night owl? Or something in between?
I find it hard to make creativity obey me, so I obey it. When an idea wells up, I generally stop what I am doing and give it my attention for a few minutes then carve out more time to bring the new lifeform to existence.
How much of your personal life and experiences shape who you are as a creative and as a person? Do you find that you draw much content from your experiences or have you worked to keep that separate from what you create?
Life absolutely informs my art, as the art is my camouflaged experiences.
About Creative Moments & Inspiration
What is your most memorable creative moment, if any?
Writing my short play Romeo & Juliet: Part II and laughing during the process. I knew the audience would laugh too, and they did.
Do you cross genres for inspiration? Which ones?
Ex: If you're a fiction writer, do you read and practice poetry? Do you also dabble in art?
Yes, I draw inspiration wherever I can find it, even the news. I read all sorts of fiction, poetry, and plays. I enjoy wandering through museums and staring at paintings, photographs, and sculptures. I attend live performances and listen to a variety of music. One should keep open as one never knows where a spark will ignite.
What/who inspires you the most?
Other writers and artists.
Are there any contemporary writers/artists that you admire and think should be on everyone’s radar?
(Who do you think has been undervalued?)
Caryl Churchill, Kate DiCamillo, Jeff Vandermeer, Aimee Bender, Neil Gaiman, Maya Angelou
Tips For Others, Personal Goals
What tips would you give to those who have never published anything before?
Research places to submit your work. Submit often. Don’t let the rejections stop you.
What goals and/or aspirations do have for your creativity? Where would you like to see your work?
I would love to see my novel on a best sellers list. But, I am grateful for all the community theatres and volunteer-based literary magazines that have featured my work. The people who run them do it for the art, and we are all toiling together. I love that.
— TWD MAGAZINE 4th COLLECTION—
Sandra Hosking is a professional writer based in Spokane, WA. Her work has appeared in Adelaide, 3 Elements Review, Joey, Edify Fiction, West Texas Review, Glass International, The Spokesman-Review, Journal of Business, Inland NW Homes & Lifestyles, Insight for Playwrights, and various anthologies. Hosking holds an MFA in creative writing from Eastern Washington University and an MFA in theatre/playwriting from the University of Idaho.
Sandra’s work in adelaidmagazine.org