Which five words best describe Long Live Phoenixes?
Overcome, Victorious, Renewal, Phoenix, Mantras
Can you share one highlight from the book?
Phoenix Law #3
Stop searching for your voice
down the throats of other people.
Phoenix Law #4
I will no longer allow people to
lay their insecurities on my chest
like rose petals on
Valentine’s Day bed spreads.
What is the purpose of this book?
Are there themes that you find turn up again and again in your work? A common thread?
Yes, there are: Knowing who you are and being that despite life’s hurdles and opinions. Also, owning your fierceness.
Which character or part of the book was the most fun to write? Which part was the hardest?
I really enjoyed writing the first section, Phoenix Law #1 because those poems brought back good old memories. It helped center me and remind me of where I come from. It was an uplifting experience.
Can you tell us something that even your most loyal fans may not know about you?
My first cat was named Billie Holiday after the late Jazz singer. My favorite song is called Summertime by Billie Holiday. My cat, Billie, used to help me wake up in the morning- literally. She’d swat my hair and lick my toes until I got up.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
I grew up pretty sheltered so, now I feel as though I’m catching up with actually living life on my own terms. I wore my first dress above my knees at age 25 and attended a lounge that served alcohol at age 24. I used to be afraid to openly listen to secular music and freely dance to it. I must say: It’s quite fun living life authentically.
Long Live Phoenixes,
Author Bio: Jasmine Farrell is an author from Brooklyn, NY. She believes her poetry can create a positive mental space where readers can feel self-assured enough to move forward without fear of what others think. She wants people to reclaim who they are, so they can live life authentically and with purpose.