Getting into writing – an interview with Nadia Gerassimenko of Moonchild Magazine

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Why did you start your publication?

I wanted something for my own, where I have the full ownership, direction, and creativity over what I curate and how I curate it. I also wanted to build and cultivate a community where people feel supported and safe.

What is the most gratifying element of publishing the written word?

To be able to share it with the world. To witness that others can relate to the written word or visual art or musical composition. Nothing warms my heart more.

What are your happiest memories in your writing/publishing career?

When I self-published my first chapbook, Moonchild Dreams. It was a victory for me because I felt very unsure and insecure about publishing my poems, but I managed to get past my fears and actually do it—no more excuses. When I started proofreading for Luna Luna Magazine 2 years ago. I felt—and still feel—a part of a very welcoming and loving team and community. It helps so much to feel like you belong, especially in a community that is very accepting of and positive about the occult, confessions, explorations of darkness and light, sex, intersectional feminism. I’ve since become Assistant Editor and then was promoted to Associate Editor, which makes me feel very valued and proud to be part of the Luna Luna editorial staff. When I founded Moonchild Magazine this year. That is probably the happiest day of my life to date. I’m excited to find out what other magic awaits for me in the future!

How do you handle success and failure?

I don’t see things as failures. I see them as learning experiences to improve upon, to keep going forward. Granted, I may get sad—I’m only human—but I try not to dwell upon it for too long or it may eat me up from the inside. Time is better spent in productivity.

What makes you write when you’re exhausted and your fingers ache?

I never let it get to this point. Firstly, I’m healing from chronic illness and it is important for me to rest as much as I can when I’m in pain and I have no energy physically and mentally. I write only if the muse visits me and I am well enough to extend myself in this endeavor. I may also stop and get back to it a day, a week, a month later to finish up a piece. I don’t think I can compel myself to do otherwise because it just becomes forced and inauthentic. I want my writing to come from a place of authenticity and fluidity, which is usually much easier for me than forcing myself to do it.

What is your advice to young and new writers?

Don’t let your fears get in the way of writing and publishing your pieces. There will always be someone who will criticize your work, but there will also be someone who will appreciate it as well. Write for yourself first of all. And if you have people who love your work, that’s a bonus.

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Are you a traditionalist or a digital? (paper or eBook)

My publication is exclusively online for now. I appreciate the value of printed work and would love to publish contributors traditionally someday. However, I also think that online magazines capture a wider audience, especially nowadays.

Do you blog?

No.

Do you self-publish?

As stated earlier, I self-published my first chapbook. I may consider self-publishing my second book as well.

If you have a publication or promotion – tell us.

A poem of mine was recently published in Rag Queen Periodical. You can visit my site to learn more about me and my writing. And if you want to connect with me on twitter, my handle is @tepidautumn.

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