How did you know you wanted to be an author?: I knew I wanted to be an author after I retired from the military. I'd written many poems during my service and decided to publish some of my work in 2011.
What is your advice for aspiring authors?: Never give up, you can reach your goals and be what you want.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?: I love to observe nature and be a part of the life around me. When I write poetry, I write it down with a pen on paper, usually first. Then, I transfer what I've written to the computer. By writing what I feel, it seems to give the piece a more personal touch.
What message do you want readers to remember?: Life is a series of ups and downs. But, life is a blessing to be cherished. Keep moving and never give up.
How can fans get in contact with you?: Via my website at donjmetivier.com or through Facebook at O Circo/Poems from the Mind of a Madman.