Debbie Quigley - Heartfelt Poetry
Debbie Quigley, the author of Wind Whispers A Poetry Anthology, was born in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Currently, she resides in a serene small hamlet where she finds solace in gardening, growing an array of vegetables and flowers. Her home is a peaceful oasis where wildlife frequently visits, including the beautiful white-tailed deer and their adorable fawns. Debbie finds inspiration in campfires and stargazing, which often reflect in her heartfelt writings. Her poems are simple yet impactful, touching upon themes of love, lessons, and hope. Her art of writing is a reflection of her heart, with each poem telling a unique story. Debbie takes pride in touching the hearts of her readers through her writing. She is a proud mother and grandmother who leads a simple life, and she aspires to continue sharing her writing and touching hearts for many years to come.
Please give us an introduction to what Wounded Hearts is about.
Wounded Hearts Take a Chance is a poetic story of a woman taking a chance to fall in love again.
What inspired you to write this book?
I have never written poetry that was of a romantic nature. We all remember the feeling of being in love so decided to write this feel-good poetic story. Most of us have either been a wounded heart or known someone who is. This little book warms hearts to the possibility of loving again.
The central theme of many of the poems in this collection is learning to love again after betrayal and heartache. Why did you find this important to write about?
This book clearly is a book for woman that is something new for me also. My other book Wind Whispers a Poetry Anthology is for all genders. Whether young or old we all remember that fall in love time in our lives. For the elderly I’m sure it will take them back to that very time in their lives. For the wounded hearts taking a chance to trust again to love again after heartache.
Were there poems ended up not included in this bundle and why?
No, I don’t believe there was any this was the poetic path from the first meeting to the path of loving again story told.
What drew you to poetry? Why do you enjoy writing in this genre?
I don’t really know if I started writing as a pastime sharing with seniors. Writing poetry came easy to me.
You are a retired healthcare worker. In which way has your work experience influenced your writing and your worldview?
My work experience influenced me in many ways, that was really my initial start. I worked with the elderly, so I wrote imagery poetry to take them to another place. I wanted them to see through my words the nature I envisioned or wildlife. Yes, working in healthcare with seniors is very much a calling it was at least for me. After many years have seen that healthcare for our senior population has deteriorated dramatically. Covid lockdowns were horrific to all seniors around the world we all need that loving feeling of kindness and touch. Unfortunately for many seniors, they were left alone in isolation with no one.
Tell us more about the cover. Why did you pick a heart with puzzle pieces?
The idea of a heart was something that I just felt expressed what the book was about.
The heart shape with a missing a piece that piece was sharing life and love with someone after heartbreak. It is very eye-catching and it told what I felt it needed to.
You label your poetry as whisper-art. Why?
I call my poetry whisper art as a whisper is something personal that you share. I shared much of my life in Wind Whispers Poetry Anthology. Whispers are lessons in life, a story in poetic form. A piece of my heart and legacy that I write to touch hearts.
What was the greatest challenge when writing Wounded Hearts?
I did not have any challenges writing Wounded Hearts as it comes easy to me to write about things I’m passionate about. My biggest challenge was finding a publisher that would work with me to make this book what I wanted it to be. I have not written or published since my last book was published. Due to the loss of many loved ones decided once again to write and touch hearts.
What do you have the most fun with when writing poetry?
The most fun I have is the feeling of emotion that I carry with each piece and pass on to the reader. Also making the most of words so the reader not only feels but sees where I am taking them.
Where do you find your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from my love of people and dedication to nature and wildlife and the lessons that I have learned on this journey called life.
Do you have any interesting writing habits? What is an average writing day like for you?
I don’t know if it is interesting, but I do think it is unusual. I will get up sometimes in the night and just write something off the cuff. Some of my favorites were written that way. I do not have an average writing day. Some days I write, and some days I do not. I write the most when inspired by someone or something.
What are you working on right now?
I’m finishing a book I am very passionate about titled Winds of Time-Life Moments.
Where can our readers discover more of your work or interact with you?
Wounded Hearts Take a Chance Facebook Page there are some bonus poems and also some photos of my beautiful yard of paradise. I also have some of my work posted on Author’s Den.