Writing Warriors United Spotlight Author Interview with Anna Mocikat
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I have been a professional writer for more than 20 years now… my whole life is a pilgrimage 😉
What is the first book that made you cry?
Mio, My Mio by Astrid Lindgren
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Although I love nothing more than writing, it exhausts me. After writing for more than six hours, I feel as if somebody had drained me of my life energy. I believe my life energy goes directly into my characters.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
I would say the most common trap is getting distracted by too many ideas and never finishing a book. I always advise aspiring writers to only focus on one book at a time…even if it can be very tempting to start out with new projects, especially when the current book reaches a point where it becomes actual work and not only pleasure. Write down new ideas into a notebook and stick to one book until it’s finished!
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Noise. I’m a very noise sensitive person in general and can’t focus on writing at all in a noisy environment. I need a peaceful place to work and always listen to music over soundproof headphones.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I am a member of the #WritingCommunity on Twitter and can only recommend every writer to check it out. I found support and valuable advice there and meanwhile proudly call some of the writers there my friends.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I can’t say that it really changed my writing process. However, I try to make every new book better than the previous one. And I listen to the feedback readers and fans give me.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Covers and artwork designed by excellent pros. Although my books are being published by a publisher, I provide my own covers. I work with two different artists who create my covers and additional artwork. It might be a costly option, but this way, I can bring my exact vision on the covers. And no matter what happens, even if I should change the publisher or decide to continue by self-publishing one day, the covers in my series will always match each other, being designed by the same artist.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
I can’t say that I have a favorite, but I really enjoy reading indie authors. Some of their books are better than a lot of the output the big publishers produce.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
I don’t need neither since I have three dogs, who are also my assistants. My writer’s life would often be boring without them. They are amazing!
What does literary success look like to you?
Of course, I want to sell as many copies as possible (who doesn’t?) but what makes me truly happy is when I get feedback from readers who are really excited about my books. I want people to have a good time with my books and be able to escape reality for a couple of hours.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I have zero difficulties with writing male characters. We’re all humans after all, aren’t we?
How do you select the names of your characters?
Usually, they come to me without much thinking, unless I need names from foreign languages and cultures, then I research them.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Yes! I love Easter Eggs and have plenty of them in my books. References to movies, video games, books, and pop culture.
What was your hardest scene to write?
The hardest scenes for me to write are romantic ones. I’m always concerned they could turn out too corny… Kudos to writers who fill whole books with that!
What is your favorite childhood book?
Everything by Astrid Lindgren. Her books inspired me to become a writer back in elementary school.
What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Editing. I have a love/hate relationship with it, haha. On the one side, I’m a perfectionist and would edit my books endlessly if I wouldn’t set myself deadlines. On the other side, it annoys the crap out of me.
When you die – what would you like the universe to say to you as you walk into the next life?
“You did well, Anna. You entertained a lot of people with your work and made their lives more fun. Now, for your next incarnation, I’m planning something for you, which is less of a roller coaster ride.”
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About Anna Mocikat
Anna Mocikat was born in Warsaw, Poland, but spent most of her life in Germany where she attended film school, worked as a screenwriter and a game writer for several years.
Her "MUC" novels have been nominated for the most prestigious awards for Fantasy and Science-Fiction in Germany. In 2016 Anna Mocikat moved to the USA where she continued her writing career in English. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina.
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