Aurélien Thomas is a Frenchman living in London. ‘A Vow’ is his first poetry collection in English; gathering love poems embracing from the sweet and cheeky to the bold and sexy.
- How long did it take to write your book?
AT: ‘A Vow’ took about a year and a half to be finalized. I used to start work very early in the morning, and, so, before leaving the house I would always leave sweet little notes and lovely messages to my fiancée (now wife) with her cup of coffee (I still do, ha ha!). Some quickly evolved into poems, and as more and more kept coming up I saw a collection taking shape. But I took my sweet time. I could have 3-4 poems in one go, then nothing at all for a couple of months; so, yeah, despite being a short collection it took time.
- Where do you get your ideas for your book?
AT: Mainly, the sweet little nothings that make our relationship. As it happened, those sweet little nothings echo with the experiences of people who have been or are in love. I had many readers commenting on how ‘A Vow’ resonates with them (some poems more than others, of course) and, surprisingly because I didn’t expect that reaction, how it gave them some insights into their own personal romantic relationship (whether they are married or not). It’s a very uplifting feeling! You may think there’s a cynical view of marriage going rampant in our selfish societies, but people are still craving for intimacy, romance, and strong heartfelt and passionate bonds. Love never dies.
- What do you do when you are not writing?
AT: Well, a few other stuffs related to writing. I have a blog at aurelienthomas.org. I started a YouTube channel called Burning Words Poetry (feel free to subscribe!). I’m also part of the Poetry Cartel, a tiny group of poets who ganged up together to help promote each other. We have an anthology available on Amazon, called ‘Amalgam’ (please check it out!). Apart from that, I am an avid reader (you can find me on Goodreads). I love learning languages, although I don’t have as much time as I’d like to keep it up. And, to the annoyance and utter dismay of my wife, I can’t spend a day without listening to extreme metal music! Ha ha ha! I put the headphones on, but the CD collection takes too much space for her liking.
- Any tips/ suggestions on getting started?
AT: Have self-discipline. Motivation will come and go, but discipline will carry you through. Envision what you want to achieve, and work towards it relentlessly. If you are a writer, the writing is the easiest part; marketing once you book is out will be way harder! Marketing is tough, so start networking NOW! Have a blog, be on social medias, interact… This way you will meet amazing beta readers, writers with more experience than you have and to learn from, a very supportive writing community… The earlier you jump in to be part of it all the better. Most importantly, don’t be a car salesman. Be yourself and be genuine. Readers will be drawn to your personality first, your books as a result. It’s like actors – no matter how great the movies you might be acting in, if people don’t like you, they won’t go and see them. Full stop. So let your personality shines through. As I said, the writing community is very supportive, and people will be more than happy to help you if you help them back. But you have to connect as soon as.
- As a child, what did you wanted to do when you grew up?
AT: Ninja! Ha ha ha! And then a paleontologist. I was fascinated by dinosaurs, and I thought it would be cool to dig up dead stuff! Well, it didn’t turn out as planed… Or did it? (No, don’t print that!! That was a sick joke! Ha ha ha!)