A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Laci Felker

Q1: When did you start writing and whom influenced you the most now and currently?

Laci: The first story I distinctly remember writing was in third grade, and I posted my first ever “book,” if you can call it that, on Quotev, where one friend read it. The author that first inspired me, who I loved, was Jordan Sonnenblick. He was recommended to me by the school librarian in middle school, and I think I read all of his books over a few weeks. Now, I would have to say that quite a few authors inspire me, like Cassandra Clare, Kerri Maniscalco, Laini Taylor, and Katherine Arden.

Q2: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

Laci: I don’t know that there was ever a distinct “I want to be a writer” moment for me. I read a lot growing up and always wrote in various notebooks. I wrote a lot of poems in the margins of my school papers. I had more and more ideas when I got into high school, but it wasn’t until I decided to become an English major that I decided that writing could be something I really did.

Q3: Who has helped you most with your writing and career?

Laci: My friends and partner have always been very supportive. There is a stigma when deciding that you’re going to major in humanities, especially English, but if it wasn’t for the support of those around me, I don’t think I would be where I am today.

Q4: Where did you grow up and how did that influence you? Have any travels influenced your work?

Laci: For most of my life, I grew up in a little town called Pride, Louisiana. I spent over a decade in a little shotgun house that my mom paid just over a hundred dollars a month for, and I was ashamed of it. I told myself I would do my best with what I was given because I never wanted to live in a house like that again. Looking back, I realize I should have been more grateful for having a roof over my head and a mother who would do anything in the world for me. Still, without living there, I don’t think I would have had the drive to go to college and be the first person in my immediate family to get a college degree.

Q5: What do you consider your most meaningful work creatively to you?

Laci: Oh, this is a tricky question. I think the most meaningful work to me is “Recipe for My Mother,” which was published in The Elpis Pages: A Collective. As you can probably guess, it’s about my mom, and I wrote it for my capstone class for my English degree. I owe all the credit to my professor, Brenna Womer, for pushing us to create a “recipe” one day in class. I think it’s my favorite poem I’ve written so far.

Q6: What are your favorite activities to relax?

Laci: Like any writer, I love reading and watching movies. I also do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which is a lot of fun.

Q7: What is a favorite line/stanza/lyric from your writing?

Laci: Since it’s getting close to Halloween, there’s a line from my poem, “only a night,” in Issue 2 of Hallowzine: “in the autumn / when the veil drops / and the black cats call.” I think it sums up my view of Halloween very well.

Q8: What kind of music inspires you the most? What is a song or song that always comes back to you as an inspiration?

Laci: I listen to a lot of different music, but I love the songs that have a bit of a magical feel to them. One song I’ve been playing on repeat is “Bury” by Unions since it’s somewhat inspired the book I’m working on.

Q9: Do you have any recent upcoming books, music, events, etc that you would like to promote?

Laci: One thing coming up is Issue 2 of my literary magazine, Livina Press, which will be published early to mid-October! It’s been a lot of fun watching my idea come to life, and I’m excited to share it with everyone.

Bio: Laci Felker is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and recently moved to Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Louisiana State University in 2021, and has had a few stories and poems published in various literary magazines. You can find her on Twitter @lacifelker or Instagram @laci.felker where she is trying to document her journey to finishing her first ever novel.  

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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