Brea Holmes (Bee the Poet) is a 26 year old poet residing in Riverside, CA. The St. Louis native has always loved writing since she was a kid, but as time went on, she slowly stopped writing. After a failed relationship in 2018, she picked up the pen again as a way to cope with the loss. Her coping mechanism gave birth to her first poetry book, “To the Loved and Lost”. In January, she released her second book, “Letters to You”, which was inspired by another situation in her life. Brea wants her books to help others who may feel lost and alone after similar situations.
“The main advice that I would give is just to write. If something comes across your mind, be sure to write it down. I kept notebooks and notepads on my phone, which I sifted through to write both of my books.”
blaqversity magazine: How did your journey as an author began?
BREA HOLMES: I started writing short stories as a kid but stopped writing when I got older. In 2018, I went through a bad relationship and that is when I started writing poetry—as a way to cope.
BLAQVERSITY: Was becoming a writer something you always wanted to pursue? Who motivated you?
BREA: I did always like writing, but becoming a writer never really crossed my mind. I always thought of it as a hobby until recent years.
BLAQVERSITY: What are some of your favorite authors out right now?
BREA: The couple R.H. Sin and Samantha Holmes, those two got me through some things. I love the brutally honest and beautiful way that they write and that inspires me.
BLAQVERSITY: Since becoming a published author, what challenges have you faced if any?
BREA: Promoting the book! It can be a slow process but I try different ways to get it out there.
BLAQVERSITY: How many books have you written? What is your genre?
BREA: I have written two books, “To the Loved and Lost” and “Letters to You”. Both of my books are in the poetry genre.
BLAQVERSITY: What message do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?
BREA: The message I went them to take away from my books is that they are not alone. I had to work through a lot of my intense emotions alone, and I don’t want the reader to feel the same. Think of me as an empathizing friend.
BLAQVERSITY: Do you have any writing tips/suggestions for any new author who wants to write their book but doesn’t know where to start?
BREA: The main advice that I would give is just to write. If something comes across your mind, be sure to write it down. I kept notebooks and notepads on my phone, which I sifted through to write both of my books.
BLAQVERSITY: Are you currently working on any new book projects? If so, when can we expect them to be released?
BREA: I am currently writing a partnered book, but the rest is a secret 😊
BLAQVERSITY: What does being an author mean to you?
BREA: Being an author means that I have become a close confidant to readers, I want my writing to help people. I always loved helping others, and this is just another way for me to do that.
BLAQVERSITY: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
BREA: I would love to have my books in bookstores worldwide in five years, in the multiple languages that I have learned over the years too.
BLAQVERSITY: Have you ever thought about being an author full-time?
BREA: I have, but being an author is a piece of what I am. I like to be the jack-of-all-trades in a sense. I work as a Costume Designer; I am an author and I dance on the side as well.
If you could co-author with any author in the world, who would it be and why?
BREA: R.H. Sin, because he understands the pain that people go through in bad relationships and he can express it so well. The honesty is something I strive for and what drew me to his work to begin with. If I could work with him one day that would be amazing.
BLAQVERSITY: Tell us about your marketing strategies as an author? Do you find it to be challenging at times when promoting your books?
BREA: I like to use online ads, my Instagram and articles to promote my work. I think getting potential readers to get to know you as a person, helps in the promotional aspect. And it has been hard to get them out there, it can be a slow process.
BLAQVERSITY: How can readers connect with you and support you?
BREA: Readers can check out my Instagram @bee_the_poet My website is https://breaholmes.wixsite.com/beethepoet where you can learn about me and buy books on Amazon as well.
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