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In a world of texts, chats and tweets there lives a writer…..

…. one who chooses her words carefully, one who is confident enough in her writing to slow the reader down, to ask for a moment of their time. One who crafts the text she writes like a painter measures every brush stroke. A woman ‘in love with words’ but who, once you get to know her his equally in love with life and everything that life has to offer. Saxon Henry was only briefly a tweep before she became a very dear friend. I am privileged to call her that and I love her as much for her professional abilities as for her life force, humour, intelligence and the absolutely amazing breakfast strata she makes.

Tell us about yourself. What do you do? Where do you live?

There’s a reason I call myself a woman in love with words, and it has to do with the fact that I enjoy writing almost anything. I’ve been making “my living” as a design/architecture/design-related travel journalist and author for the past 15 years, but I also love to dig deep—writing poetry, plays, screenplays and essays over the years has sustained me when the commercial writing began to feel rote. I’ve just begun sharing my deeper work online during the past year through my blogs Roaming By Design and The Road to Promise, which is a work-in-progress memoir I’m writing about my experiences in the mission field during the 1980s and 1990s.

What’s a typical day in your life?

I live in Brooklyn, and I work at home so a typical day in my life when I’m not traveling is that I’m up early so that I can spend at least two hours on my creative writing before the Twittersphere heats up (yes, I’m one of those Modenus fans who has developed a relationship with the creators of the savvy site through Twitter). I spend most of my days at the computer, making deadlines, blogging and being involved in social media—pretty boring, I know, but that’s what it takes to put as many words “on the page” as I accomplish during any given week. One of my tweeps, @concretedetail, actually dubbed me fecund. He’s one of the smarties (I had to look it up), and I’ll take that as a compliment!

What makes you laugh? What makes you cry? What makes you happy?

I love to laugh and tend to have a bit of a goofy sense of humor. I’ve been amazed at how much entertainment is on Twitter. If you doubt that, check out the streams of @bobborson, @cupboards, @paul_anater, @dogwalkblog, @modernsauce and @alexandrafunfit (this list could go on forever so I’ve given you the crème-de-la-crème). Memorably funny movie scenes include the tennis-match skirmish in “The Other Side of the Bed” and Jeanne Moreau’s final triumph in the “Summer House.” What makes me cry? Typical schmaltzy romantic crap: yeah, I’m a total sucker for it.

Writing makes me happy. I can’t imagine doing anything else with my time and feel particularly blessed that I have the luxury of spending every day absorbed in activities that truly turn me on.

What was the inspiration for you to use Twitter as a communication platform?

My initial inspiration for using twitter was curiosity. I balked at first—being someone who values grammar, I felt the 140-character format with all of its “dumbed-down” abbreviations was going to do a disservice to language, and it very well may, but I’ve found a fantastic community on the micro-blogging site and touch base with my tweeps almost daily

Where do you want to be ten years from now?

Ten years from now, I expect to have written at least one produced feature film, a handful of produced plays (only have two under my belt so far), several published books of poems, dozens of published non-fiction books, and at least one published novel. Okay, just started hyperventilating over all the work I have to do to make this happen. Anyone got a paper bag?

Be sure to follow Saxon on Twitter and on Facebook.

  • http://roamingbydesign.com Saxon Henry

    V: What a beautiful honor it is for me to be featured on your sumptuously exquisite site. I, too, felt a fast kinship and consider your friendship to be a true blessing. That you are also one of the smartest and most capable women I know is simply icing on the cake! Deepest gratitude for this opportunity to express myself and for the beauty you wrapped around the story…you rock!

  • http://www.emailismyart.com Alex


  • http://funandfit.org AlexandraFunFit

    Erp. I was dumbed down long before Twiiter came along. Just ask…uh, I forget. Too distracted by the bots offering me instant riches on Twitter. By the way, thanks for the mention. Did the other people on your list have to pay you the same amount I did?

  • http://modernsauce.blogspot.com ModernSauce

    What a great interview! Saxon you truly have a gift and I feel privileged to read all of your words – funny, poignant, poetic and sometimes all in 140 characters or less. Twitter just brings people together! And I’m not just saying all that because we’re from the same town… ; )

  • http://www.cupboardsonline.com Nick @ Cupboards

    Really awesome, Saxon! So glad that we have all be able to connect through Twitter- It’s nice to know that I’ve touched so many of my tweeps(only a few innapropriately).

    Thanks again for the mention!

  • http://www.concretedetail.com Rich Holschuh

    Saxon – Never one to be at a loss for words (yes, I meant you) , it’s a pleasure to be able to know a little more of the back story of one of my favorite Tweeps. I am so relieved to be assured that one can be schmaltzy, goofy, and still pull off a high credibility rating in the webby world of social media. That V. has very good taste has been soundly confirmed with this addition to her pantheon. Thanks for the wink and nod – or is that an accusatory finger?

  • http://roamingbydesign.com Saxon Henry

    Hi everyone: out in the city all day yesterday so I didn’t get a chance to respond. Thanks so much for bringing your great twitter personalities to bear here. Just one more reason I couldn’t imagine life without you now!

    Thanks, Alex! Been waiting my whole life to Rock so I guess nows the time, eh?

    Alexandra, I’m sorry to break it to you that you are the only one who paid but after your channeling Sally Field at the oscars on twitter last night at my mention of you, I’m going to give you your money back ;)

    Madame Sunday: who knew two such kick-ass gals could have ever called Chattavegas home? For you to say I have a gift is touching beyond belief. I hang on your every word as well (well, maybe swinging from the chandeliers of them is more like it)! Have to stay in character, don’t we?

    Thanks Nick! I will never forget the Twitter-scrape between you and Bob when he give you the full name (and you know what it is so we don’t have to re-announce it here): I laughed so hard I thought I was going to choke. Hmmm: inappropriate touching…sounds more like Rhoda than Mary to me!

    Hey Rich: Wink and nod and maybe just a little bit of the finger (whoops: see ModernSauce always gets me in that frisky frame of mind!)…your support of my writing through your comments on The Road to Promise and elsewhere have been invaluable to me as a writer, especially given the quality you finesse with the written word. Thanks for your support: means so much!

    Love you guys! Let’s keep rocking the world: 140 at a time!

  • http://www.kitchann.com ann

    Great interview, Saxon!

  • http://roamingbydesign.com Saxon Henry

    Thanks, Ann! It seems like forever since I’ve seen you! Hope you are having an amazing new year!


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