Sarah is a 28 year old mother of 2 who started writing poems in January 2021. Sarah set up a Facebook page to start taking requests from people who would like a poem, in memory, for a birthday, for a friend etc and Sarah would ask for personal information and then produce a poem for them. Sarah then set up her Instagram page to connect with other writers and to share her poetry. Sarah not only writes for other people upon request, but also for herself about events during the year; Easter, Valentine's Day, International Women's Day etc and also topics that are important to her, including poems about mental health and motherhood. Sarah suffered with Hyperemesis Gravidarum during both of her pregnancies and wrote a poem about her experience.
Who and what inspires you?
In terms of what or who inspires me to write. I'd say it's my mental health and my children. That's how my poetry started really. I was struggling with my mental health and hit a very low point. I have two beautiful girls to live for and use poetry as a distraction from negative thinking. I also find other mum writers very inspiring, I love reading other mum's work and also those that share about their own mental heath experiences.
The poem I wrote about Hyperemesis Gravidarum will be featured in a book that I am writing, alongside another mum writer, to raise awareness of HG and to allow other ladies to share their stories. The book is called 'How I survived Hyperemesis Gravidarum - a collection of HG stories' and this is being released on the 15th of May. I am also hoping to publish a poetry book in the near future. I often writes poems about my two daughters and I love being a mum.
How do you find time to write as a parent?
I tend to write very early in the morning or very late at night to fit around when my girls are asleep. They are 5 years old and 5 months old, so when they are awake, I do not get a chance!
Which writing activities kickstart your writing when you're struggling?
I don't tend to struggle too much when writing as I take requests and a lot of personal information is given to me for what to include in the poems. If I'm writing about something that isn't a request, I tend to read other poems for inspiration.
You can find her online at: https://www.facebook.com/SarahTwrites/
Read about her book on Amazon