Raw emotions ignite a passion for writing in a local authorBY CHUCK TUCK | JOURNAL REPORTER Local author and mother of three, Klista Ali put her heartfelt thoughts and feelings into a newly published book called “Thoughts of an Amateur, Heart of a Poet”.
With this being her first published work, she said the difficult part was in finding a legitimate publisher that believed in her work as much as she did.
“I was lucky, I think I only sent it out to three places,” she said.
“It’s on Amazon.com, Borders.com, Barnes&Noble.com, and a couple of little ones,” Ali said.
Her book of poems spans over years of writing and has been an outlet for her at times.
“Oh my goodness, I’ve written poems over the years, and it’s been kind of an emotional release, an outlet,” she said.
Having so many thoughts on paper one could lose track of where everything is, but Ali had a special little book where she kept her poems thinking someday she would like to have them published.
“I’d write them and keep them in this little book that my friend had bought for me over Christmas and I just kept writing and writing, then I had a bunch and I thought it would be great if I could someday get this published.”
During her times of writing, Ali could only dream of being published and said that it was something she had to fulfill.
“It was one of those things that if I could have my book published one day, I would feel accomplished,” she said.
Readers will find life’s similarities in her writings relatable.
“It ranges, it’s not just a bunch of love poems, it’s not just a bunch of sad thought poems; it’s a bunch of different poems of raw emotions of what I felt that day,” Ali said.
Much of Ali’s inspiration for her writing come from her witnessing day-to-day occurrences of everything around her.
“A lot of it stems from observations for me. I could walk down the street and see somebody, and it kind of sparks a thought in my head and makes me think what their life has been, and makes me write about it,” Ali said.
When it came time to selecting the poems for the book, it was a natural process.
“I have a bunch more that’s not in the book, but at a certain point I felt the book was done,” she said.
As for finding the perfect place to write, Ali said that it comes to her constantly, and there’s no one perfect place for her.
“It’s pretty silly, I could be anywhere in the shower and have one thought and think in my head, and have a whole poem. I guess in essence, I’m constantly coming up with them,” she said.
Ali will have a book signing at Lake Stevens Books and Espresso from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.