It’s been long since I read Krimson Ravyn’s Blood and Beloved and since then I was waiting for an opportunity to interview her, primarily because I was intrigued by the genre she writes in. Her poetry collection is first of its kind and to my delight, the poems are beautiful. I am willing and interested to know more about what she has to say about various questions that I have about her and her works. Let’s get started!
Tell us about you and your background using any set of words that you’d like.
Introvert, Imaginative, Curious, Wounded-Healer, Philosopher.
Name your five favorite books. In addition, please state the reasons!
My favorite books are as follows:
i) Complete works of Edgar Allan Poe: If I am trapped on an Island and I can take only one book with me, it would be this one! When I discovered the works of Poe, I not only found not only a ‘friend’ in him (a gothic weirdo like me, who wouldn’t want him as their pal!), but also I found a god! I really love and respect Poe for all of his works. Miserably misunderstood during his lifetime, Poe is truly a legend amongst the classic authors.
ii) Harry Potter series: I like the books because of the complex world building, the intricate plotlines, and characters constantly evolving. These books are special, because they teach so much about friendship and life. Also, I love Hogwarts!
iii) Blue-Blooded Vamp by Jaye Wells: The fifth and final book in the Sabina Kane series by Jaye Wells, Blue-Blooded Vamp easily makes it to my top five lists! The book is not only well-written for an average adult writer, but is also a bitter-sweet conclusion to its predecessors. I believe that Jaye Wells should have got more recognition, for writing such a wonderful and well-executed series!
iv) Circe by Madeline Miller: I like this book because of its narrative, and the way the author has used language to create sheer magic. The effect of some of the words from the book make you stop, reread, and dare your heart to dream a little dream!
v) Thus Spake Vivekananda by R.K. Mission Publication: This tiny little booklet, which is the transcript from one of Swami Vivekananda’s lectures, has helped me live the darkest days of my life! I owe my life to this book. Period.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing? What kind of research did you have to do for Blood and Beloved?
Blood and Beloved taught me to treat poetry with the utmost reverence. Unlike fiction, poetry comes from elsewhere. It is that place where you bury your secrets, where the lilies are put on the graves that lurk in your heart- a place where you connect with your soul, the divine within you.
Another lesson I learned while writing Blood and Beloved was to read the works of the genre that you are writing in. You cannot write a sci-fi novel if you are reading crime-thrillers… You cannot write good poetry, if you are not reading poetry. It is that simple. Reading expands your mind. It is a stretching exercise for your mind, and your mind is where all the ideas and inspiration are generated. Fuel your factory with good, appropriate art, while writing anything.
I did not have to do any intense research for the book. I read poetry. I read gothic fiction and poetry. I did learn about a couple of myths, though- but that was because I wanted to write specifically about them. Now, please keep in mind that I anyway love readings about mythologies, spiritual and occult practices etc. from around the world- hence, for me, that does not count as separate “research”. But, yes, a considerable amount of time was indeed spent in reading and learning about them.
Why Gothic? How do you relate with this culture?
I wrote in Gothic genre because that is what makes me feel, “this is who I am!” Since I was 14, I had an uncanny inclination towards the damned, the dark, occult, horror, etc. My own life experiences shaped me to look at things with a perspective that others failed to have. Poetry was always the preferred form of self-expression for me. Ultimately, I ended up putting both of the two- the tendency to see with an alternate perspective, and expressing it in poetry- together, and the result was Blood and Beloved.
When it comes to my relationship with the subculture, well, let’s just say that I am not merely dipping my toe into the ‘waters of Goth’ – I am fully immersed into it. I am into tarot, Gothic makeup, Gothic books, and I intend to expand my list even more! I always want to keep learning new things- be it writing in a new genre, or learning about some random culture, I’m game.
What are your “3 am hobbies”?
Listening to audiobooks, watching random documentaries, reading fiction, reading about occult or magick (yes, the k is intentional), making videos for YouTube, binging on shows.
a) Night person or morning person? Night
b) Cats or Dogs? Both?
c) Summer or winter? Winter
d) Happy ending or tragic ending? Always the tragic!
e) Indoors or outdoors? Indoors
I know it’s tough for a writer to choose a favorite from one of their own work but tell us which of the poem is close to your heart? Is there any story behind it or behind any other poem?
Most if not all of my poems have a story behind it. Poetry composition has been my preferred form of self-expression. If closely looked, each poem tells something about a story so dark and tragic to be told otherwise.
It is really hard to pick a favorite poem though, but if I really have to choose, I think either “The Legend of the Black Tower” or “The Curse of Persephone” will be it.
Which authors do you like to read? Which book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?
I like to read Neil Gaiman, Jaye Wells, Edgar Allan Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft.
The books that have had a strong influence on my writing is definitely the Harry Potter series. It made me fall in love with the third person form of narration!
The book that had a strong influence on me would again be Thus Spake Vivekananda.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I don’t know about friends, but I definitely follow a couple of people who help me become a better, more informed writer. Neil D’Silva, Varun Prabhu, Prachi Percy, are some names off the top of my head.
If you have to describe yourself use a poem/ quote what will it be?
“A man who does not believe in himself is an atheist.” – Swami Vivekananda
I try to live my life based off this golden words by Swami Vivekananda.
Bonus question: Why Krimson Ravyn?
I wanted my name to reflect the genre(s) I write in. Crimson is the color of blood. There is agony in what I write, and I like to kid myself with that there is ‘magic’ in it too- both of them are tied with blood in one way or the other.
Raven is the bird of death, and one of my absolute favorite themes to write about is death. So the name came to me naturally.
And…that’s it! We’re done with the interview! Yay! After reading the answers, I am more than curious about what Krimson has to offer to us in the future! Do let me know what you think about the interview.
I am grateful to Krimson Ravyn – Thank you so much! – for agreeing to this interview and answering all the questions awesomely and patiently. You can find Krimson Ravyn on:
Will meet you next time with another author interview! Adios.