MARTINSBURG – Khary Tolliver is a local author who has just published her seventh book, “Uncomfortable Love,” a book of love poems and relationship affirmations just in time to be purchased for Valentine’s Day.
Originally from the Bronx, New York, Tolliver moved to Hagerstown, Maryland, aged 12.
He credits a single poetry journal assignment to change his life and make him the writer he is today.
“I just took that task and kept running with it. We were to keep a poetry diary. I kept my diary going until today, “Tolliver said.” I had six previous books before this, and the first two were about everything – life, my son, love, everything. Around the time my third book came out, the feedback I got from the first two books and definitely the second book, they liked the few love poems I had in there. “
After receiving feedback, Tolliver thought, ‘I can make a whole book about love poems’, because he’s written a lot of poems since high school.
“For my third book, I just made a whole book of love poems, and it was good, so I made one more, and I just kept going,” Tolliver said. “I love being able to express emotions and hopefully also inspire others. I hope to be able to inspire others to write poetry, and I have done that with a few anyway.”
Tolliver said that this seventh book is a book of love poems, but also relationship affirmations that remind readers of some of the simple things in relationships that can be easily forgotten.
As a writer, Tolliver took the path of self-publishing.
“Self-publishing is the way to go, for me. I’m not trying to be a millionaire of these books. I just hope to touch people, ”he said. “I hope to be able to inspire people, maybe change someone’s way of writing.”
Tolliver explained that while writing to inspire, he writes for himself, not for an audience.
“It’s just my feelings, emotions, I see in other people’s relationships, my imagination, some of my own experiences. That’s how I write – I put it all together and I get what I get out of it, he said.
Those interested in hearing some of Tolliver’s poems can also watch some readings on his YouTube channel, where Tolliver reads his poems from the pages of his publications.
“One thing I’ve learned so far on this journey is to be able to take criticism. When I write, it’s my thoughts, my opinions and my feelings, and I do not think anyone should really judge you on your feelings and your thoughts, “said Tolliver.” Everyone thinks differently about love and life differently. I do not think anyone should be convicted of that. “
With an ultimate goal of touching life with his poetry, Tolliver hopes that his poetry in “Emfortless Love” and his other books will encourage readers to take a step back and live and love on purpose.
“Love is a beautiful thing,” Tolliver said. “Instead of getting the usual – the flowers, the candy, the teddy bear – get them something different this year, a book of love poems.”
“Effortless Love” and Tolliver’s other poetry books can be purchased online at www.amazon.com by going to the ‘Books’ tab and typing his name.