Ann Harrison is the author of The Spirit of Creativity: Inspirational Poems for the Creative at Heart. Three of her previously published books are in the process of being revised and rebranded. She has also been published in several anthologies, including a devotional entitled God Things: Hope for the Hurting, alongside Jen Lowry and fifteen other authors. Aside from her work as a Christian fiction author, Ann is a professional freelance writer. She also hosts the Inspirational Journeys Podcast, where she gives authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs a platform to share their stories. When she’s not interviewing special guests, she hosts solo episodes providing book reviews, reading selected poems, and sharing tips and encouragement for aspiring authors.
What inspires your poetry?
Sometimes life inspires my poetry, at other times I get inspired by a prompt, and at other times an image forms in my head or a memory surfaces that inspires me.
Which are most important to you: (1) joy, (2) peace, (3) patience, (4) kindness, (5) self-control, (6) faithfulness, (7) gentleness, (8) love, or (9) goodness? If you can, explain why.
They all are important values, but they fall in this order: Faithfulness, love, joy, kindness, goodness, patience, gentleness and self-control. The reason they fall in this order, is because if you trust in God, as your Lord and Savior, that’s faithfulness to me. Joy, love, Kindness and goodness fall in line, because if you have faith in God, He fills your heart with joy, love for all mankind and gives you the spirit of kindness and patience and gentleness toward others. I feel that these values also help you maintain self-control. There’s one thing I forgot, and that’s goodness, which is expressed in Romans 8:28.
What sort of things are you looking forward to improving this year?
I’m looking forward to improving my fiction writing and getting another book published. I’m also looking forward to improving my poetry and publishing more on my blog, maybe publishing another poetry book in the future and in other places.
What is one big dream you have?
Becoming an editor. More so a copy editor than a developmental editor, but if it doesn’t happen, then I believe that it’s not what God called me to do.
What does self-care look like for you?
A: Sitting out in my swing on a sunny day, spending time reading or listening to podcasts and crocheting when I have the yarn. I also love spending time with my family.
The Directional Clock Face
As our eyes rove around the clockface,
What do we see?
Nothing but the four cardinal directions will be
A guide for the wind to follow.
Twelve o’clock points to the North
where the cold winds blow
and snowflakes fall,
drifting across the land
At three O’clock,
the winds of change glide to the East,
as round the circle they flow
across shifting sand
At six o’clock
The sun shines brightly to the South
Where lovers walk
Hand in hand
Making our way up the mountain
Toward nine o’clock in the West
Where the sun sinks to the ground
For its evening rest.
Before the dawn
We come full circle
To meet the winds of change
As they make their rounds
And circle in all directions
Throughout each long busy day
To make their way
Back home again
Find Ann's work here:
The Spirit of Creativity: Inspirational Poems for the Creative at Heart
(available in eBook and audio and coming soon to pring).
My podcast entitled, Inspirational Journeys: Stories that Matter:
My YouTube channel: