The Oxford English Dictionary describes an editor as ‘• noun 1: a person who is in charge of a newspaper, magazine, or multi-author book. 2: A person who commissions written texts for publication. 3: A person who prepares texts or recorded material for publication or broadcasting.’

My word! Whoever thought that meeting someone on an internet website would lead to a poetry partnership that would end in a book being published, a second in the process of publication and even the future possibility of a collaboration where not only would I be the editor but my own pieces of poetry would be seen.

To this day, I still have difficulty believing that it is my name on the book ‘Simplicity in Words’ as the editor. It had always been my intention to one day see my name on the cover of a book, in fact it still is, but to see it with the tag of editor, now that was something that had never been on the horizon.

Did I enjoy working on the book?

Yes, I did. It was a fun process gently bullying someone into changing things that didn’t ring right to me. It was fun collaborating with someone who sees some things the same way that I did but yet didn’t – a true joining of minds on a poetry level that perhaps some might not understand.

I will admit that as I put it once to Will, I am a writer of prose not poetry. In fact, if you go to the poetry forum here and click on the poem ‘Simplicity’ under Karen, it will give you some of my thoughts into the process of writing poetry for myself.

Poetry, when written however with and guiding William Heaton is a different kettle of fish. You laugh, you argue, you bully (well, I bullied with a smile!) until the book reaches its final state. You reach into the deepest parts of your psyche to understand the darkness and into the depths of your memories for the joy.

The written word is a large part of who Karen M. Kendrick is. Ever since I was a small child, I have read anything I could get my hands on. I was reading Greek and Roman mythology by the time I was seven, Jane Austen before I even went to secondary school. Books were, are and will always be my best friend.

Writing fiction however... well, like most I wrote stories during lessons but writing fiction for fun or even as a future way of life, well that happened when I was thirteen. I started writing fiction as a way of helping me through the serious illness of a younger sister and then her death.

To this day I continue to write fiction, my own and that known as fan-fiction. Something tells me, I always will.

Working with Will Heaton on ‘Simplicity in Words’ has left me with a best friend – despite the fact that the Atlantic Ocean is between us and we have never met in person.

Our collaboration has given to you a book of poetry that that I hope you will go back to again and again. We enjoyed working on it together and we hope that you will always enjoy reading it.

Karen M. Kendrick – Editor, Writer, Reader


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