Georgia Lock, a London-based English actor, explores the intertwining connection between nature and human well-being in her written works. While initially inspired by themes of love and relationships, her writing has undergone a shift in focus over the past few years. While love and relationships continue to be prevalent themes in her work, there is now a greater emphasis on mental health and discovering the gentle enchantment with everyday life.
Following her diagnosis with OCD in 2019, a widely misunderstood condition, Lock's poetry began delving deeper into the struggles of the mind.
The ability to uncover moments of awe in seemingly ordinary things has always captivated Georgia's poetic sensibility. This discovery is a source of immense comfort and excitement for her in both writing and the transformative power of language.
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as a writer?
I am an actor living in London. I began writing about 7 years ago, originally as a way to feel less lonely, I think, and just a desire to create things. I was far too shy to share anything I wrote at that time!
2. What inspired you to start writing, and how did you develop your passion for storytelling?
I read Christopher Poindexter's work and it showed me what poetry could be ~ it was a new world I had not seen before. To me, poetry is the closest thing we have to magic. And it has such power to inspire, heal, and help people to feel less alone.
3. What genres or themes do you typically explore in your writing?
When I started writing I found I was mostly inspired by love and relationships. This is still a theme I work with, but I find now it's more so looking for magic in the day to day, finding those pockets of gold in simple things. I also developed OCD in 2019, a serious and deeply misunderstood condition, so a lot of my poetry is about mental health too.
4. Could you share your experience with Jack Wild Publishing? How and when did you become a Jack Wild author?
I won Jack Wild's Summer Chapbook competition in 2019! I couldn't believe it. I will remember that day for all my days! It was wonderful working with such a supportive team to produce my first poetry book; something, in truth, I hadn't thought possible.
5. Can you describe your writing process? Do you have any specific routines or rituals that help you get into the creative mindset?
Not really. Sometimes a sentence I think sounds nice comes to mind and I go from there. Or I'll
think of an ending which feels powerful to me and work backwards. Mostly though I just write and
see what comes out!
6. Are there any particular authors or books that have influenced your writing style?
A copy of The Poetry Pharmacy is always close by. Those collections are special to me.
I really love how Wendy Cope, John O’donohue, Sara Teasdale and Mary Oliver write. It's not
overly fluffy - just simply brilliant, and beautiful. It is void of pretentiousness. I aspire to
write like this!
7. How do you handle creative challenges? Do you have any strategies to overcome them?
Not really, to be honest. I find when I get frustrated with myself when I'm unsure what to
say it only makes it worse. I sometimes try to put the frustration at lack of inspiration into
words and use it, but it doesn't always work! I just try and move slowly and be gentle and
rest in the knowledge that it'll pass and I'll find some sentences soon.
8. What has been the most rewarding aspect of being an author published by Jack Wild Publishing?
It had been a difficult year with my mental health, and winning the competition was a real
glimmer of light in otherwise a lot of darkness. On top of that, having Christopher
Poindexter judge this competition was a very emotional thing. The very person who had
inspired me to pick up a pen those years before! It was a wonderful sort of full circle
moment for me and gave me the confidence to share my poetry.
9. Can you share any upcoming projects or works in progress that you’re excited about?
There are some exciting things happening acting wise on the horizon, and in terms of poetry
I’ve almost completed another book, “Everyday Alchemy”.
10. What advice would you give to writers who are struggling with self-doubt or fear of rejection? How do you stay motivated and confident in your craft?
It's always a vulnerable thing to share your words with the world! I definitely don't feel confident in what I do most of the time, but I think that's often the case with artists! And I think in a way it's refreshing to remember that. Even the authors we love have felt that way at a time, everyone is human after all! Focusing on writing because it makes you feel good, or brings you some peace or joy or contentment, rather than for others is also helpful I find. Reading poems I love is always motivational to me, too.
11. Have you ever experienced a “breakthrough” moment in your writing career? Can you describe a time when you felt a significant shirt or improvement in your skills or creative approach?
The first place I sent my poetry was a submission to Andrews McMeel. And despite receiving albeit
a rejection email, it was a very kind and complimentary one. I hadn't ever shared my work before this point, and to read these words was really warming and quite incredible for me. I didn’t really know anyone interested in poetry that I could share it with, and I really had no idea if what I was writing was any good. This email made me think I was maybe writing things that were okay.
So when I saw Jack Wild’s competition I was so excited just to enter and the idea of Christopher
reading some of my words was a win in itself for me! But then to actually win was really the most
beautiful feeling - just completely elated. I really couldn’t believe it. It gave me confidence which I
think led to better writing, too. Funnily enough, my tarot reader had actually told me she thought a book would happen that year, and I’d thought it so unlikely that I'd completely forgotten she’d said it until a friend reminded me!
There’s two poems I’ve written which will always feel somewhat like turning points for me; even
friends who are not interested or particularly enjoy poetry have commented positively on them. I
definitely think I’m finding a more specific voice as time goes on. It feels like I’m improving. I hope so, anyway!
12. How do you stay connected with your readers and engage with your audience? Do you utilize social media, book signings, or other methods to interact with your fans?
I like to share a lot on my Instagram, Georgia_Nathalie. I also get involved with OCD charities here in the UK and have run poetry workshops at some conferences which I really enjoy. And as I write this, I actually downloaded Tiktok yesterday…Wish me luck!
13. What do you hope readers take away from your poetry? What kind of impact or connection do you aspire to create through your words?
That there is beauty everywhere. That things will be okay. You're not alone.
14. Lastly, what advice would you give to aspiring poets who are just starting their journey? What lessons have you learned along the way that you would like to share with others?
Be bold! It seems so silly (and also quite hypocritical) of me to say who cares what people think, but as long as what you're creating is something you enjoy to do and you want to put it into the world, then just go for it. It might be what someone needs!
"With Every Wave"
From actor Georgia Lock comes her first poetry collection 'With Every Wave' Sometimes we think we know where we're headed, and then woosh! one of life's waves spins us in a direction we'd not imagined. We embark on a journey with Georgia through the stormy seas and tranquil still waters which come with love and relationships, whilst struggling with anxiety which can often make the boat rock a little more. Lock's first work is a shoulder to cry on or a joyful embrace. 'With Every Wave' is a glimpse into her heart and we feel her friend by the end, seeing much of ourselves in her sentences.