I’d like to welcome Vontress Ortega as our next guest! Vontress is a four time published author with her newest “Tainted Soil” released just last month! Her collections touch on character development, self empowerment, love, and betrayal. Vontress is incredibly talented and relatable, I had a hard time putting down her Unveiled collection and I’m sure you’ll all feel the same way once you read this interview!
What’s the creative idea behind having the titles at the end of the poems?
I felt that the title being at the bottom of the poem was more like a “ signature”
and the poems were letters to the readers.
‘Masquerade’ speaks so well to conforming to social norms, can you talk more about the inspiration behind that poem?
The inspiration behind the poem came from scrolling down my timeline. I have
seen so many people that I know personally change themselves to fit in with that
they THINK is going on in someone else’s life based on social media posts. We
like what we see and then begin to question ourselves so much that we start to
change so that we are out of the ordinary.
I think the Unveiled collection touched social media in relationships, how do you think they affect each other?
I do feel that social media is sometimes damaging to relationships that don’t
have solid foundations. They affect how we feel about ourselves and our peers. Because
in our minds we have been programmed to see only surface and not substance.
How would you describe ‘Unveiled’ in one sentence?
Shedding light on our broken pieces !
I would like to share the Non Profit organization that I am apart of. It is called Your Hearts Deziare. It is a Women’s Empowerment and Support group. We help women who have suffered from life’s traumas and help them build self confidence and work on their mental and emotional health through beauty, retreats and art expression.