What This Poet Believes Is Crucial to Mental Health
Writer Spotlight: An Interview with Christina Ward
As a publication on Medium, we have grown to over 90 writers in 6 short months. We are excited to see what God is doing to get His Word out there.
Through this interview series, we want to share with you a little snapshot into the lives of our writers.
When did you join Medium? What influenced your decision to join?
I wanted a platform to further a writer’s platform (for the novel I am writing) and to share my poetry. I also needed a paying outlet.
When did you join Koinonia? What attracted you to this publication?
Being able to share Christian writing.
How long have you been writing and how did you come to it?
I have been writing since about the age of 16. A literature class in high school had several writing workshops as part of the curriculum. I fell in love with writing then.
Who are some of the people who most influenced your decision to write?
My college writing professors were very influential in encouraging me to pursue poetry and writing.
Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?
Nature is my biggest inspiration.
What do you like most / least about writing?
What I like most about writing is the ability to express deep thought and be creative.
What I like least is the amount of work it takes for the small amount of financial gain it makes.
How do you balance professional time with personal time?
For me, they are one and the same. My writing is both professional and my creative outlet.
What Medium publications/writers are you currently following?
There are so many! I am following all poetry publications that I can find and I follow all the poets I run into. I also follow all of the writers who are very successful in making Medium their full-time job.
What are some of your favorite things? What makes you unique?
What makes me unique is my ability to write nature-inspired poetry that is full of imagery and metaphor. I love all things about the environment and was led to this by the conviction that it is God’s will that we take great care of His creation.
How is your faith reflected in your writing?
I have a deep love for the wonders of God’s creation. Even though I obtained a science degree, I feel that God’s Divine love for humanity is inclusive to the creation He so carefully devised. I try to show compassion and inclusiveness to all types of people from all kinds of backgrounds and love like Jesus would have.
What are some things you learned from your own writing? From others?
That people need compassion and love. And people need a connection to nature as a crucial aspect of their mental health.
What is your ultimate writing goal?
To find a way for my writing to help support my family. I have gifts when it comes to writing but am limited in other aspects so this is what I have to contribute. I’d like to be financially successful so that my family is better cared for.
What advice do you have for a newbie on Medium?
Keep writing, keep improving, and make friends on Medium. More experienced writers are supportive and have a lot to teach you. Always keep learning.
Where else can we find you on the Internet? Do you have a website, blog, Pinterest board etc?
I have a personal blog.
Thanks, Christina Ward for sharing a little bit of yourself with us today!
Stay tuned as we will be continuing our writer spotlight series with interviews of each of our other writers on Koinonia.
We are grateful for the fantastic writers we have and invite you to follow each of them: Mary Hood, Salau Shinamide Samuel, Sue-ellen Howe, Noemi McElearney, Mukkove Johnson, Marye Sierra Moir, Ida Adams, Karen Toews, Jack Heimbigner, Connie Mae Inglis, Barbara Radisavljevic, Bett Harris, Terry Palmer, Dr. Kevin Osborne, Callie Quinones, Steph Beth Nickel, Writing River, Kristen Power, Helen Olivier, M.M. O’Keefe, Violet Escalera, Ruth Ann Holloway-Adams, Gloria Lynn, Marcia Laycock, Jessica Archuleta, Phyllis Romero, Diane Tatum, Andrew Garofalo, Donnell King, Dihanne Moore, Susan Elizabeth Henson, Ron Mahler, Wordsmith Haven, Jim Wolstenholm, Ally Holland, Jacqueline Fazal, Glen Mitchell, Aletia Xerri, Corinne Mordaunt, Tracy Gerhardt-Cooper, Ed Elliott, tiala kichu, Carole Tansley, Mary Gallagher, Lin Cochran Burgin, Trip Kimball, Nancy Varner, Brandon Abbott, Valentine Nnebe, Linda Fode, Paul Phillips, Gordon Mc Farland, Linda Jo Martin, Colin Pearce, Mishael Witty, Christina Ward 🌻, Cynthia Johnson, DMin, Debby Curreen, Carol Harrison, Diane Stephenson, Amanda Balkema, Amanda Dzimianski, John Thomas, Mukti Masih, Leona J. Atkinson, Corey Howse, Gregory Alan, Jeff Titterington, Samita Mistry 🇨🇦😊, Ryan Fan, Connie Gibson, Darren T.A., Pamela J. Nikodem, MS, Jocelyn Soriano, Linda Todd, Bill DuBay Jr. ⚡️, Thomas E. McDaniels, Paul Gallagher, Lindy Pegler, AllisonMCosta, Anna DeFreitas, MD, Nicole Robinson, Marlie Love Life Coaching, LLC, Christine Kuang, Nick Meader, Erik Manning, Daniel J Botha, Nyaalo Mia, Susan Grant, Miriam Diaz-Gilbert, Antonia, Ed Newman, Janis Cox and Kimberley Payne.
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