Friday, April 24, 2020

Writing Warriors United Spotlight #Author #Interview with Anna Mocikat @anna_mocikat


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.”


Find Anna over at Amazon!  



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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Friday, April 17, 2020

Writing Warriors United Spotlight Author Interview with Katherine Mezzacappa




Writing Warriors United Spotlight Author Interview with Katherine Mezzacappa 






Katherine Mezzacappa who also writes as Katie Hutton and Kate Zarrelli.

    What literary pilgrimages have you gone on? 
    Age 15 I had a holiday in Thomas Hardy country I have never forgotten. I’ve stayed in the house where George Mackay Brown was born, in Stromness, Orkney. And I’ve visited writers’ homes, such as Wordsworth’s Cottage, Grasmere, the Brontë parsonage at Haworth, Dickens’s houses in Broadstairs and London, Yeats’s home in Sligo, Henry James’s house at Rye, Dr. Johnson’s London home, and Joseph Conrad’s grave in Canterbury cemetery, round the corner from where I used to live.


    What is the first book that made you cry? 
    Tess of the d’Urbervilles. I was 13 and a lonely kid so I used to read a lot. With a book you’re never alone. Now I am really, really grateful for that strong literary foundation.


    Does writing energize or exhaust you? 
    It energises. I feel so bad if I don’t get ‘my words’ done every day. I sleep poorly or not at all if I haven’t written.


    What are common traps for aspiring writers? 
    There are a few and I’ve probably fallen into them all. One is trying to write like someone else. You have to write what you feel but at the same time you can’t treat writing as just your own therapy, as you’re writing for an audience, who will probably not find your personal challenges as absorbing as you think they are. Think how you feel when someone shows you an entire family album of people you don’t know. So I’d say learn from your experience, but transform it. And don’t send your manuscript to an agent or publisher until you’ve really made it as good as it can be.


    What is your writing Kryptonite? 
    Sadly, and this is going to sound very curmudgeonly, it’s other people – some other people. I think writers have to be super-disciplined (and I think this is a good rule if you are not a writer too) to spend time with those who give you energy, encourage you, can be constructively critical, and to whom you too can give back. Not the time wasters.


    What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer? Anne Booth, prolific children and YA writer now exploring adult fiction too. She’s the gentlest and kindest person I know and I’m sorry I’m not more like her. She read me the riot act sitting in a pub near Canterbury in February 2016 about making excuses for not writing. Four years later I have a two book deal with a major publisher, have written two further novels, published a novella, am revising another novella for publication and have got numerous short stories out there. Every writer should have someone like Anne! Other author friends are Julie Cohen (her Louis and Louise is about to be made into a film) and Maria McCann, both of whom I knew professionally first as they assessed two novels for me. Patricia O’Reilly and Catherine Kullmann in Dublin are both great writers of historical fiction; Patricia is a great teacher and networker, and there is nothing Catherine doesn’t know about research, and self-marketing. Watch this space also for authors Lorraine Rogerson, Liz Kershaw and Jane Wallace, my Arvon companions. Also Ian Sansom in Newtownards, a marvellously comic historical novelist, perceptive reviewer and teacher of creative writing without compare (as well as being just a delightful bloke). Then there is the Cill Rialaig residency Seven in Ireland: Marie Breen-Smyth, Sheila Armstrong, June Caldwell, Charleen Hurtubise, Olivia Fitzsimons, Emily Cooper. Great gas, and great support. I should mention my fellow Zaffre author Elizabeth Woodcraft, who is also a barrister and gave me fantastic guidance, not just concerning legal accuracy, but also how to build tension in a court scene. Who said writing was a lonely business?


    How did publishing your first book change your process of writing? 
    I’d published non-fiction before, and some short stories, but the first fiction book I published was with eXtasy, a romance. Their editorial process was second to none. With their help, picking up on inconsistencies and head-hops, a book written years ago and left in a drawer became something I am proud of, and made me a better writer in all genres I write in.


    What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? 
    Going to an Arvon residential in November 2016, for the people I met, and Ian Sansom’s tuition.


    What was an early experience where you learned that language had power? 
    Reading George Orwell’s 1984. He’s more right about the danger of doublethink than ever.


    What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel? 
    David McLaurin’s The Bishop of San Fernando. McLaurin writes like a mixture of Graham Green and Joseph Conrad, but he’s become a priest and doesn’t seem to be publishing now.





    As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? 
    I always have to have a cat. Currently I’ve got Magnus and Seánie.


    What does literary success look like to you? 
    Actually I find that easier than writing about my own sex. I’m attracted to men, so it’s fun to write about them.


    Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction? 
    I’m not a big Dickens fan. He was so spiteful to his poor wife. Yet Nicholas Nickleby achieved the closure of dozens of abusive schools, more than any newspaper campaign could have.


    How do you select the names of your characters? 
    This is probably a bit ghoulish, but I write historical fiction, set in times when people moved about less than they do now, so I look at war memorials and churchyards in the places I’m setting my books, and choose names that recur.


    Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find? 
    Oh yes! Not telling…


    What was your hardest scene to write? 
    I’ve written a book set in Renaissance Italy which is currently with my agent, based on a real event, where a girl from an orphanage was used as a test bench for the virility of Vincenzo Gonzaga, so that he could make a dynastic marriage. The contemporary correspondence is never written from her point of view, but it is apparent that she fell for this man she spent only three nights with. I wrote a scene where she tells him what she hopes for her own future, only to find that he’s fallen asleep.


    What is your favorite childhood book? 
    Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Tom Kitten.


    What is the most difficult part of your artistic process? 
    When I do the ninth reread and think the book is crap, even though I’d been pleased with it up to then.


    When you die – what would you like the universe to say to you as you walk into the next life? You wrote something that brightened up a dull day.



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Monday, April 13, 2020

Motivational Monday - Why You're Still Waiting to Get Started on Your Dreams

Have you ever had this conversation with yourself?

I really want to start on this project, it is going to be amazing, but I must wait. It’s not time yet. I will start on [INSERT DATE HERE].
I’ll start the business I have been researching and consumed about after the kids graduate from college?
I’ll just wait until Memorial Day to begin my exercise program.

We’ve all done it—Seriously, been there, done that. There always seems to be a good reason not to get started right here and now. A self-imposed barrier we create to ensure procrastination born out of fear.

Consider these excuses. Is one of them yours?


  • You’re waiting for the perfect time. Are you waiting for the stars to align and the heavens to tap you on the shoulder and give you permission? You’ll be waiting for a long time. The time will never be perfect to get started on something significant. Hello, life is never risk-free so just do it!

  • You’re waiting for something else to happen first. Maybe you’re waiting for the kids to move out or for the mortgage to be paid off. Or you’re waiting until your next promotion. Or you’re waiting for some internal drama to pass. 

  • You’re waiting until you have more money. There’s never enough money. You’ll find the money you need along the way.


  • You’re waiting for Monday, or the first of the month, or the first of the year. So many people wait until Monday to start a diet, -- which makes no sense to me because Sunday is the first day of the week--or the first of the month to begin an exercise routine. Then the first of the month lands on a Wednesday and we say we will wait until Sunday – are you seeing a pattern here? There’s nothing magical about any date on the calendar. The calendar is a man-made invention to keep time. If you are feeling it now, do it now.


  • You’re waiting until you know more. Some people believe they need to know every shred of information related to their quest before they can get started. This simply isn’t true. You don’t need to know a lot to begin, all you need is the desire and commitment.


  • You don’t really think you’ll be successful. It makes sense that you won’t get started if you believe you can’t be successful. This is a sign that you might need to start with a smaller objective. A perfect goal is one that you believe you can achieve that also excites you.


  • You’re afraid you will be successful. This sounds counter-intuitive; however, many people are afraid of success. We may not like our current situation, but we are comfortable. Let’s face it, comfortable is easy, predictable, and there is no risk involved. We would rather have predictable misery than uncertain success. There’s no way to predict 100% what your life will be like if you’re successful.


  • You’re scared. If you’re honest with yourself, this is the most likely reason you’re postponing the pursuit of your dreams. Whether you dread the feeling of being hungry on a diet, sweating on a treadmill, or making a fool out of yourself with a failed business, you’re simply afraid.
In most cases, it’s better to get started immediately, rather than waiting for just the right time to get started. Even a little progress is better than no progress. Have faith in yourself and jump in with both feet.


You can’t be successful if you don’t get started. Your dreams are waiting for you.



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Friday, April 10, 2020

Writing Warriors United Spotlight Author Interview Kimberly O'Malley



Writing Warriors United Spotlight Author Interview Kimberly O'Malley







What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
Not sure that I have been on a writing pilgrimage. I do love a good writing retreat, if that counts. Two of my other NC author friends and I try to do this twice a year. We stay in a basic hotel in the middle of the state and write. But we also share ideas, etc. And laugh. And drink.


What is the first book that made you cry?
Old Yeller


Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both? It depends on the day. Some books, and scenes within them, are harder to write than others. The bits that make me cry exhaust me. But writing itself is energizing, especially when you find yourself in the zone and thousands of words flow onto the page.


What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Trying to go it alone is a trap. You need people to bounce ideas. You need someone who cares enough to tell you what you just slaved over is really crap. Personally, I thought my first book was going to set the world on fire. I was wrong…


What is your writing Kryptonite?
Lack of time is my personal Kryptonite. I work full time and have a family. Our two kids are in high school and both athletes. I barely have time to breathe. So, writing, and all that goes along with that, can’t always be my priority sadly.



What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have built a nice network of somewhat local and not so local authors. In NC, I have Carrie D. Humphrey and Adrienne Dunning. Then there’s the fabulous Ester Lopez. There are also a ton of folks who are my virtual support on social media. We have the writing weekends I mentioned above. We travel to signings together. We write all different genres with very little overlap, and yet that does not matter. We are a network of support for each other. We trade ideas about marketing, social media, life stuff. Two of us have kids graduating high school this year, so there’s that. That requires a lot of support!



How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I’m not sure that it did. Each book makes me a better writer, not just the first. With each book, I am forced to see what my problem areas are, such as too much passive voice, using the word so or just too often, telling versus showing, etc.



What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
The book The Emotional Thesaurus!! I love this book so much. As I mentioned above, I struggle with show versus tell a lot. This book has saved me!



What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
From the time I was very young, my mother always told me I could be anything I set my mind to. I miss her.



What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Beowulf






As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
I’m torn between a wolf and a hawk. I love dogs, and wolves are so majestic and free. I love their pack mentality. On the other hand, who doesn’t want to fly?



What does literary success look like to you?
Superficially, being able to support myself through my writing so that I wouldn’t have to work full time. But honestly, hearing from a reader that something I wrote touched them, or helped them through a rough patch, is success to me.



What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I have never been a man. And while I have lived with one for over 25 years, I cannot crawl inside his brain. But would I really want to? LOL! It’s difficult to write the male perspective since I am not one.



Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
No.


How do you select the names of your characters?
Naming characters is one of my favorite things about being a writer. I love names. I love to look at their origin and meanings. I love that names move in and out of popularity over the years. Names come to me. I have the name before the character is fleshed out. Sometimes, that doesn’t work, as the name just does not fit him or her. Oddly enough, while I enjoy first names, I struggle with surnames.



Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Have you heard the term Easter egg? I have a notes page in my phone with words that people have mentioned. Or dared me to work into a sentence. Sometimes, they are a phrase instead. An example would be, “Oh, for the love of God.” I also include little snippets from my own life or of those of the people around me. You will always find someone wearing flip flops or eating pizza with pineapple on it.


What was your hardest scene to write?
My hardest scene ever was one in Saving Quinn in which a firefighter dies in the line of duty. He is a secondary character, but I cannot read it even now without crying. My last contemporary romance, Coming Back, is the hardest book I have ever written. It follows up Saving Quinn with the fiancée of the deceased firefighter. I was maybe 16K into it when I lost my Mom to Alzheimer’s. So, there I was in a hotel in Pennsylvania, hundreds of miles from home, trying to write about grief when I was experiencing it first-hand. I put that book away and did not touch it again for the better part of a year.


What is your favorite childhood book?
My favorite was anything with an animal in it. I loved Misty of Chincoteague and that series. I also loved The Black Stallion series. Do you see the theme?


What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Lack of time and time management. Because I don’t get to just write all day, I am always pressed for time. And then FB and YouTube sucks me into something other than writing. I have gotten better at blocking off time; time for writing, time for catching up with social media, time to have fun and avoid burn out.


When you die – what would you like the universe to say to you as you walk into the next life?
You made a difference.
    

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Writing Warriors United Spotlight Author Interview - Jennifer R. Povey





Writing Warriors United Spotlight Author Interview with Jennifer R. Povey






What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
Honestly, I have never been on…oh wait, yes, I have. I’m not a mystery writer, but I did get some amusement from finding myself at the house that inspired Agatha Christie’s country manors.


I’m more likely to go somewhere that allows me to do stuff my characters might do. 


What is the first book that made you cry?
I think it was Watership Down. We give kids some pretty depressing books sometimes, and when Hazel went with Death at the end, yeah, there were definitely some tears.


I’d still give that book to a child. It’s still a classic.


Does writing energize or exhaust you?
I’m energized while I’m writing, then tend to crash afterwards. What really energizes me is writing “The End” on a novel – it’s an awesome feeling.


Surprisingly, editing energizes me too. I know a lot of writers who find editing a slog. Unfortunately, I’m energized more when editing something somebody else wrote.


What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Getting too bogged down in the “rules” of writing. Either you end up not writing anything or you try and throw out too many rules before you are ready to.


There are no rules. There are only helpful guidelines, and your story may or may not need you to break them. I’m a huge fan of prologues, and my books tend to need them; the one time I left one out my editor told me to add one in.


What is your writing Kryptonite?
Marketing. Absolutely, and definitely marketing. It’s an entire other job and skillset and I’m still working on it. I get very nervous and uncertain when I try to blow my own trumpet and make myself sound good.


I am good. It’s just hard to admit it.


What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I actually have a whole bunch of authors I hang out with at cons and online, although most of them aren’t close friends. But I’m going to call out the entire Balticon crew anyway, because they’ve all helped me come up with an idea at some point and they did find me the best cover artist.


How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
It motivated me. Once you know you can finish a book and get it publishable, trust me, the subsequent ones get easier and faster each time. And better.


Other than that, it didn’t change my process so much as solidify it. Now I know what works for me and I can tweak it and improve it.


What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Oh, tough one. But probably my lightweight netbook that allows me to write when I’m traveling. I can’t afford a full featured laptop, but the netbook is great, and because it’s cheap and stores everything in the cloud I’m not as worried about it being lost or damaged.


What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
I think probably the first time I picked up and looked at one of Shakespeare’s plays. It’s a horrible cliché, but anyone who writes in the English language needs to watch Shakespeare. Or failing that read it. It gives a strong lesson in how language can convey meaning, assist memory, and how it changes over time…and that’s okay.


What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
I would say it’s a book called Ascension by a writer called Jacqueline Koyanagi. It’s a small press novel that deserves much more attention than it gets…amazing plot, beautiful characterization.


But there are a lot of under-appreciated novels out there that people miss because they aren’t on the front table at Barnes & Noble or being discussed when award season rolls around.







As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Oh, probably a cat. They’re cranky and they like to be alone for hours. I know that’s a really obvious one, but writers and cats go together for a very good reason.


What does literary success look like to you?
Seeing somebody reading my book in the wild. Knowing people are reading and enjoying my work. One of my best career moments was somebody who walked up to me with a copy of Transpecial and exclaimed “I hate you!” I won’t say what she was mad with me about because it’s a spoiler, but…let’s just say it wasn’t a negative I hate you at all.


Success is about making people feel something with your work, getting them to tell all their friends about it. Sadly, in today’s world, we do have to worry about money, but if you get readers that problem will solve itself.


What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Honestly, I have never had any difficulty writing male characters. I often think it’s easier for women to write from a male POV than the reverse, especially older women. Growing up, we pretty much had to read so many books starring boys.


If I have to pick a difficult thing, it’s the worry that it won’t be convincing.


Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
Oh, hrm…hrm…another tricky one. I think I’m going to go on a slightly negative path here, because what I’m now thinking of is a book I read as a child. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the title or the author. (I can remember a title, but all my research indicates it’s not the right title).


It was a kids book that had a picture of Herne the Hunter on the cover. The protagonist is on the train to summer vacation, and there are all these shenanigans with Celtic deities and cryptids, and a magical artifact. All this fun fantasy stuff.


Then he woke up still on the train.


This was the first time in my life I got angry with a book and an author. And the lesson I learned from it:


Don’t trick your readers. Fiction needs to have a certain honesty to it. You absolutely can have it turn out at the end of the book that you’re on Mars, not Earth. (I won’t say which book because spoilers), but you need to set this up. It was all a dream/all a hallucination in the looney bin/all made up by the protagonist is always going to be a trick and it never works.


Fantasy, in particular, needs to be very true to itself.


How do you select the names of your characters?
Depends. If I’m writing short fiction, or for minor characters, random name generators are my friend. I’ve also been known to drop into a writer chat and go “Help! I need to name a corpse.”


If it’s a protagonist for a book, a character I’m going to spend a lot of time with, then I’ll do research, try out different names, make sure I’m not accidentally naming them after a real person.


I also do use census data a lot if I’m naming a character of a specific ethnicity. There are also charts of names through time, which are great if you’re writing historical.


For names that aren’t based off of English, I come up with a few rules about names (for example, Ky’iin names have a gender-based suffix) and then just make them sound good.


Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I don’t think I’ve ever consciously inserted any Easter eggs, no.


What was your hardest scene to write?

It’s a scene towards the end of Risen Day, where the characters have to open a portal to Hell, and it involves doing something pretty awful.


Even knowing that it was all going to work out in the end, instead of merely hoping like my poor protagonist, it was still harrowing to write. I was glad it was close to the end of the book…I had to blitz through the end and then take a break. It was artistically necessary, but man…


What is your favorite childhood book?
Out of the box, but the book that started me on my journey as a writer was, of all things, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne. It was the book that made me go “I want to write, and I want to write science fiction.” I do write almost more fantasy these days, but I still owe it to Verne.


What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Starting a new book. Getting the idea solidly into the form I need it to be. I’m a gardener, but I still have to have a solid vision of where I’m going, even if it ends up changing later.


When you die – what would you like the universe to say to you as you walk into the next life?
“It was worth it.”


Sometimes I get a little bit of depression here and there and question whether my life is, indeed, worth it. I think a lot of writers do. (And does anyone here not have imposter syndrome?)


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