It seems as though this week has been a good one for author interviews! Here’s another one for you before I call it quits for the week. Please welcome the wonderful Ms. L. Maire!
Where can we find you?
My blog: El Space and on Twitter. I’ll eventually create an author page under my pen name on Facebook. But not right now. I’d like to sell the manuscript first.
What is your author name?
What is the title of the book you’re currently working on?
What is the genre of your book?
Middle grade high fantasy. At first I was going for the teen market. But after my beta readers read it, I realized it fits a middle grade audience. And that’s the audience I’ve always written for anyway.
3-4 sentence synopsis of your book:
I can do it in one long sentence: Fifteen-year-old Gerta, who is mocked by the people in her village for believing in dragons they don’t believe exist, has to outwit not only those who kidnap her grandmother and use dragons as weapons, but also the mentor later betrays her.
What inspires you to write?
Everything. Kids, other stories, God, flowers—you name it. As soon as I learned to read, I wanted to write. After reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle when I was eight years old, I knew I wanted to write science fiction and fantasy, because those are the stories that flamed my imagination. We always had science fiction books around the house: Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, James Blish. Dad and I would watch Doctor Who, Monty Python, Star Trek (in various forms). He read fairy tales compiled by the Brothers Grimm to me at bedtime. I love those so much! They helped shape my sensibility toward fantasy. Those, and of course, Tolkien’s books. Oh and Robin McKinley—anything she writes. I have an innate curiosity about everything. My father used to complain that I asked too many questions and wore him out. I ask questions, because I really want to know the answers! Some might call this being nosy. I call it curiosity!
Self Publish or Traditional? Why?
Traditional. I’m shopping my manuscript to an agent now.
What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Work on your craft. Give it all you’ve got. Don’t settle for a first draft and call it done. Revise and repeat. Be persistent in the face of rejection.