An interview with Andrea Lopez, author of You Will Soon Bloom

Today Noveltindie is honored to host an interview with poet Andrea Lopez, author of You Will Soon Bloom.

You Will Soon Bloom

Book cover

You Will Soon Bloom is a collection of poems that represents a journey to the greatest love of all; self-love. The book begins with the author being in love with another and opens about the pain that was felt when falling out of love. To blossom, one must go through experiences and these poems truly show the growth that occurs as she goes from questioning her self-worth to feeling self-empowered.

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Interview

1. You Will Soon Bloom has poems about the love we can have for someone else and the love we hope to find for ourselves. Was there a theme or a feeling you wanted to explore but saved for a future collection?

Oh definitely. A feeling I would like to write more about in a future project would probably be loss. Lately it just feels like everyone (including me) is grieving someone or something. If you ask any friend of mine how they describe me, they would say I’m always so cheerful and positive. I don’t tend to share or show my saddest moments to anyone. But I would like to begin by sharing that feeling to them in writing.  

2. What is your favorite poem in You Will Soon Bloom? Why?

Oh this is a hard one! I love all of them because each one means something to me in their own way, but, to this day the one that gets me into tears still is Missing You. That poem is dedicated to my abuela who passed away from a brain aneurysm in 2013. I miss her more each day as I get older and I wanted to have a poem for her that I can always look back to and what greater gift than to have her in my book.  

3. If you could meet with any poet, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you want to talk about?

I would love to meet my favorite poet, Reyna Biddy again. I met her before I began writing but I would love to see her again and let her know just how much of an influence she is to me. I would talk to her about her book I Love My Love, and how much it helped me through my hardships and made me realize how valuable I am. 

4. You Will Soon Bloom reads a little bit like Sour by Olivia Rodrigo. What’s one poem you’d like to hear her sing?

She has very strong vocals and I feel like she would do my poem Dry justice, it’s a poem about heartbreak. I have only listened to a few of her songs, but I feel like she would be able to relate to that poem.

5. What is one thing you hope readers take away from You Will Soon Bloom?

I would like readers to be more patient with themselves. We all go through hurdles and at times it will feel like there is no way out. Dealing with yourself can be hard at times. But it’s okay to be gentle and step away from what is not meant to be yours and appreciate the things that are already yours. I wanted to portray You Will Soon Bloom as a cycle. From the beginning of love, to loss, to finding love again, this time within yourself. The longest relationship you’ll ever have is with yourself.  

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Author’s bio

I am a 20 something year old latina author & poet from California! My first chapbook You Will Soon Bloom is available online for purchase on the next slide! I have been writing as a creative outlet since I was 13, but really found a love for poetry about 4 years ago. My favorite poets are Reyna Biddy, Yesika Salgado and Nayyirah Waheed. Aside from writing, I enjoy listening to music & tending to my plants. Thank you for taking the time to check out my work!

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