Hey everyone, hope you’re all having a great weekend! Yet another author interview today, with the wonderful Jonas Hyde, AND a review of his amazing poetry collection, Melpomene’s Tears!
For years, Jonas Hyde has been enticing readers with his classical-styled narrative poetry and episodic fiction. While thematically spanning many genres from romantic tragedies to psychological thrillers, the common thread between all his works is the intense imagery and raw emotion given life by every word. His latest work, Melpomene’s Tears, is a collection of some of his most popular poems with brief introductions by the author himself. It can be found online at Amazon.com or at Hyde’s website,www.jonashyde.com Always looking to engage with his readers, Hyde can also be reached jonashyde [at] gmail [dot] com.
Hello Jonas, it’s a pleasure to have you here, welcome to my blog.
As everyone knows in my interviews-random question first! You write beautiful descriptive poetry, is there a particular influence for this?
I am definitely influenced by many of the all time epics such as Beowulf and, of course, the works of Homer. Growing up, Edgar Allan Poe’s writings probably shaped me more than I should admit. However, the Divine Comedy changed my life and while my work should never be compared to such greatness, it is something I strive for in my craft.
Your novel of poetry, Melpomene’s Tears, sounds really interesting. Can you tell us more about it?
I have a plethora of material on my site for people to read. However, it is almost too much as people rarely know where to start. For a new visitor, it can be overwhelming so they just move on. I wanted to make a concise, powerful collection that would connect with the reader and let them know exactly what my work is all about in a short time. Melpomene’s Tears is the result of that desire. It is a collection of romantic tragedies that, I hope, will resonate with the reader far after they are done reading it. If only one person finds value in it, it’ll be worth it.
So what inspired this novel?
Unfortunately, a lot of pain and heartache. I can smile about it now, but it is always terrible to go through at the time. As for most, poetry is an outlet. It is the same for me. I’ve always been a descriptive writer though and as I was influenced by the epics, narrative poetry was just a natural fit. The end result is this collection.
What advice would you give to others who wanted to become indie authors?
While critics can help you fine tune and shape your path, as a whole ignore them and stay true to yourself. Poets already have such a hard time finding their way into the business. If you give in and change your work to appease a few opinions, you dilute the true voice inside of you – and no one wants to read that!
When did you realise you wanted to be a writer? Do you remember what inspired you?
I don’t think I ever have realized that I wanted to be a writer, per se. It just kind of happened as a way I started dealing with the thoughts in my head since I was a child. However, once I read the Divine Comedy, I understood what had been missing inside me. The rest… well, that’s all in Melpomene’s Tears!
Where can we find your novels?
Melpomene’s Tears can be found on Amazon for only $2.99. Or, people can always just email me and ask me for it… I don’t mind sharing if purchasing just isn’t an option. Words are for the world to share.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
More poetry for sure! I will keep writing and the audience will find itself. I do have an episodic series, The Echo Chronicles, which I release monthly on my site, and a psychological horror novella, 7 Days, coming out later this year. However, both are far departures from the poetry. The more readers I can connect with, the better.
Last question of randomness! If you could be a superhero (or villain!), what would your name be, and what powers would you have?
Invisibility would be my super power. All the psyche experts can have a field day with that! As for my name, I wouldn’t need one – no one would ever see me unless I was playing the role of my mild-mannered, alter ego – Jonas Hyde. *smile*
First off, to you, Miranda – thank you for having me and giving me this opportunity. I also appreciate all the support and kind words people have sent my way, so thanks to all of you out there. As for everyone else, I love to connect with readers, so don’t be shy!
It’s been great having you here. 🙂
Melpomene’s Tears is a collection of romantic tragedy poems by Jonas Hyde. The collection includes the popular epic tragedies, Lament for Lady Beth and Seraph’s Song: The Epic Fable of Sister Sera. It also includes the complete Moment with a Muse and Twilight’s Star anthologies. In addition, the collection is then filled out by a series of other poems that will truly resonate with anyone who has felt heartache, pain, or loss. While most of us try to forget such emotions, understanding it on the intimate level presented by Jonas Hyde enables us to deal with our own anguish. As a bonus, each poem is briefly introduced by Hyde, giving additional insight into each work by the author himself. This read will truly change your life.
My first point with these poems, are that they are from another era. My favourite poems are usually from the more romantic eras of the past, but Jones Hyde has created that romanticism and raw emotion of an epic poem in each and every story he has written in this book. He writes with such a fluid use of exquisite words, that you will find yourself crying and gasping before you even realise your heartstrings are being plucked at. Each poem was imbued with so much soul, and all of them were perfectly thought out. A lot of work had gone into each poem for every stanza to be set just so, and the way the words were cut-off to the next line, or the way that they continued, were all carefully crafted. I was pleasantly surprised that each character was perfectly described within their own actions.
That there are not more of them! I’m very rarely this stunned when I read poetry nowadays, as a lot of it seems to be quite rigid and over-worked, but these poems were very different.
Jonas Hyde is officially in my list of favourite poets, right up there with Keats and Wilde, because these poems speak so much. These are not rigid poems, these are poems that have been written as the feelings were felt, and you are made to feel every single emotion along with them. There is so much beauty and grace in these poems, I shall not be surprised at all if Jones Hyde is one day held up as a very great poet. I would recommend these poems to anyone-anyone who wants to feel true emotion pouring off a page, that wil leave you considering each line in your head for days.
I give this collection…….5/5 stars!