Michael Joseph Patton Interview

Mr. Patton was born in Columbus, Ohio but grew up in Southern California and now resides in Norman, Oklahoma.Mr. Patton served for 8 years in the United States Navy aboard 3 different ships and has traveled extensively around the world.

What inspired you to write?
To be honest it was the strangest thing. I had never written anything in my entire life when on the morning of July 27th 2015 I awoke with an uncontrollable urge to write poetry. I remember feeling especially emotional that morning as I was recalling my mothers passing just 2 months prior, along with the memories of ALL my siblings and my father also passing away in a matter of just 3 years, My mothers passing hit me very hard as we were very close and I took care of her in her last 10 years of life due to her Alzheimer's and Dementia and the fact that my mothers passing signified the last remaining family member I had living at the time.

Did the inspiration to write come to you suddenly, or had you been thinking about it some time?
It came completely out of the blue!

How did you tell your story? Did you use an outline, or just write your story from start to finish?
I told my story, my life, through my poetry. I never rewrote or used an outline, I just wrote what I felt and left it like it was written.

Did you receive any encouragement from family and friends, or did you work on your book alone?
None. It was not until I started sharing my poetry online to strangers that I first started receiving praise and encouragement, which continues and grows by the day!

What was the most difficult part of writing your book?
The book was not hard to write at all for me personally.

What was the most enjoyable aspect of writing your book?
Watching my own growth as a poet and as a person.

Did you experience any personal transformation after the book was published?
YES, very much so! My book " Poems from a twisted mind " is filled with sexual innuendos, graphic violence and very brutal honesty. Only 1 month after it was published I awoke on April 10th with the most vivid, clear and focused transformation I have ever experienced in my entire life. From that day on I focused on using my poetic talents to gather as many like minded poets from around the world in my new direction. Two days later I started a new Facebook group called Poets for Peace and within a months time it has already grown to 750 people and it is really starting to pick up steam day by day.

Are you working on a new book at the moment?
I am working on two more books for myself and am also working on a series of monthly anthology books that will tackle the serious issues on our planet, using the contributions of myself and poets from around the world who submit their poems to my Facebook group Poets for Peace.

What’s something that gets in the way of your creativity?
Time is my biggest enemy.

What strategies do you use to deal with criticism?
I accept it and try to either find the positive side of negative criticism or just accept it at face value.

Where did you grow up and what is your favorite/worst childhood memory?
I grew up in Southern California and my favorite memories almost always revolve around me, my brother Greg and my cousin Johnny. We were inseparable during those formidable years. Whether we were riding our skateboards, bikes or going to Huntington beach to go surfing. There are way too many bad memories for me to just select one, but I think being raped by three grown men would have to be my worst memory, then and now!

Do you have a favorite quote?
One step, then the next, gets you where you're going!

What is your favorite show on TV?
The walking dead

Favorite movie?
Forrest Gump

Favorite book?
Swan Song by Robert McCammon

Who would you want to meet if you could? Dead or alive.
John Lennon

Is there a talent you wish you had?
I wish I could sing and draw

What’s something about you that would surprise us?
I'm a hopeless romantic

Describe yourself in 3 words!
honest, loyal, resilient