1) Please describe your latest book, what about your book will intrigue the readers the most, and what is the theme, mood? Or If you have a blog or project please describe the concept of your project, blogplatform.
Ken: I actually have 2 books ready to be published but I’m trying to figure out the marketing aspect. I have 3 books on Amazon but my marketing skills are lacking so they are just out in Amazon limbo.. Right now I’m collaborating with an illustrator to do a mini magazine that has illustrations to my poetry. Kind of in the vain of Harvey Pekar and his American Splendor series. I don’t do blogs or websites, which I suppose I should, but then that cuts into the creative process always having to be on some social media plarform.
2) What frame of mind and ideas lead to you writing your current book?
Ken: Everything I write comes from living with depression.
3) How old were you when you first have become serious about your writing, do you feel your work is always adapting?
I honestly never even gave thought to writing of any kind. I started writing poetry about 5 years ago, so about 45 years old. Yes, I would say after 5 books my writing has only gotten better.
4) What authors, poets, musicians have helped shape your work, or who do you find yourself being drawn to the most?
Ken: Hands down, Charles Bukowski. I absolutely love that he can tell a story in such a simplistic manner. “I smoked a cigarette.” Enough said.
5) What other activities do you enjoy doing creatively, or recreationally outside of being a writer, and do you find any of these outside writing activities merge into your mind and often become parts of a poem?
Ken: Before I wrote poetry I was/still am an artist. I worked a lot with acrylics and abstract paintings. I also bake Italian cookies. All three of those things play well together and eventually end up as poetry for me.
6) What is your favorite or preferred style of writing?
Ken: Poetry by far. Because of the depression my brain works in short bursts as far as the writing goes. Sometimes I don’t feel you need an entire chapter or novel to tell a story. I’ve found often it can be done in a paragraph or less
7) Are there any other people/environments/hometowns/vacations that has helped influence your writing?
Ken: Everything influences my writing…from a childhood memory to standing on the street smoking a cigarette and just watching everything around me.
8) What is the most rewarding part of the writing process, and in turn the most frustrating part of the writing process?
Ken: Outside of the fact that I have been in several magazines and people seem to like my writing I found it was a good therapy to clear my head. I can lose myself in the writing and forget about the hundred daily shitstorms happening in the world. The frustrating part I guess is marketing myself or getting my work seen. I’m pretty quiet and reserved and don’t really know how to say, “Hey world, read my work…it’s good stuff!”
9) How has the current times affected your work?
Ken: I don’t really write about the pandemic. It’s hard to explain the timeframe most of my work takes place. Even though much of it takes place in current times, it also doesn’t if that makes sense.
10) Please give us any links, social media info, upcoming events, etc for your work.
Facebook: Ken Tomaro Twitter: @anxietyMilkshake
That’s about it…I’m kind of old fashioned.
Poetry by Ken Tomaro : Good to Know from FOTM Press Presents the Poets of 2020
Ken Tomaro is an artist and writer living in Cleveland, Ohio whose work has been published in several literary journals. He has also published three collections of poetry available on Amazon. His writing reflects an open, honest view of everyday mundane life living with depression.