Emanuel Kane Interview

Emmanuel Kane wrote his first poem at age 11. Excited in the way his friends were swimming while others enthusiastically cheered them on, something came upon him to express his thoughts and feelings.

What inspired you to write?
The desire to share, to educate and shock and help make the world a better place.

Did the inspiration to write come to you suddenly, or had you been thinking about it some time?
No, it came suddenly. I have these tissues and pieces of paper in my bathroom, on my study, in my car, everywhere. When inspiration strikes, I instantly scribble whatever is on my mind. And that's my poem.

How did you tell your story? In other words, did you use an outline, or just write your story from start to finish?
I just poured onto paper or on my computer screen whatever I was thinking. I refuse to analyze before I write, however, I put in a lot of time to edit the material, way too much time.

Did you receive any encouragement from family and friends, or did you work on your book alone?
I received no encouragement from anyone. I only listen to the voices in my head and write.

What was the most difficult part of writing your book?
Wondering whether my audience would understand what I had been thinking. Wondering whether the metaphor would be well understood and the phrasing properly analyzed.

What was the most enjoyable aspect of writing your book?
Reading over what I had written.

Did you experience any personal transformation after the book was published?
Yes, a book is like a brand new baby. When it is published it is innocent; it looks, feels and smells good just like an infant.

What’s something that gets in the way of your creativity?
Writer's block. The concern that I did not pen the thoughts exactly as I had articulated them. At times, I go looking for the right verbs, phrases, and adjectives that should state succinctly what I I want to convey to various types of readers.

What strategies do you use to deal with criticism?
At my age, I know that not everyone likes me or what I write, how I write. I accept that poetry like other written materials is subjective, so I glance over the criticism and say to myself, 'Oh well, that's how s/he feels about it. Life goes on."

Where did you grow up and what is your favorite/worst childhood memory?
I grew up in Bamenda, but have spent a greater part of my life in America. My worst childhood memory is when I accused of and punished for something that someone else had done.

Do you have a favorite quote?
"From dust and to dust you shall return."

What is your favorite show on TV?
The Voice (on NBC); also 60 Minutes.

Favorite movie?
I'm not much of a movie person. My last movie was "The Distinguished Gentleman" starring Eddie Murphy.

Favorite book?
I have two favorite books: The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

Is there a talent you wish you had?
Playing soccer. Training people how to be a great soccer player; singing; dancing.

What’s something about you that would surprise us?
My sense of humor. I have this sturdy, serious look until I open my mouth. I'm funny; I like to make jokes about myself.

Describe yourself in 3 words!
Pensive, kind, results-oriented.