#MAIAM with Laura Mae

Happy return of Meet An Indie Author Monday! It’s been a while since I was able to interview a new author. I’ve been working on my own manuscript and it reaffirmed for me that indie authors need community. With that in mind I’m am so excited to showcase Laura Mae.

  1. First things first, what’s the name of your current book?

My current book that just released is called Sparrows. It’s the sequel to my debut fantasy fiction novel Fliers. The series is about fairies, flying people and a corrupted government who stops at nothing to harness the ability of Fliers (the people who fly.) There is a rebellion group mentioned early on in the first book called Sparrows and the second book is basically diving more into that and eradicating the rest of the camps where the government has held Fliers captive for decades. I am working on my third one, but I have yet to reveal the title for it.

SparrowsCoverArt(Front)

 

  1. New ideas are always cropping up. Give me your best book title that doesn’t have a story.

I actually haven’t had any new ideas for a new book. I am pretty focused on the series I’m on right now. Of course I’ve had ideas, especially involving mermaids (my next project once Fliers is done) but no concrete story or plots that come to mind yet.

 

  1. Words are kind of our thing. What’s your favorite word?

I have never thought of this before! There are so many words that work beautifully together, it’s hard to pick just one. Although, I like the word abbreviation because of it’s irony. Does that count? Haha!

 

  1. Some people need the light of day to function and others prefer the quiet of night. When do you write?

It’s honestly whenever the moment strikes. However, lately, it’s been while I’ve been working (shhh). I don’t have a preferred time I guess. I just write when I want to write.

 

  1. Names really help set a mood. What’s your process for picking people and place names?

The first thing I do is pick a culturally appropriate name. I really like writing fantasy in that I get to have fun with names, but I still want to stick with something that would make sense for that person or race. Sometimes they come right to me, and if I don’t like it later I might change it. But when I want that character to stick around, I’ll go onto baby naming websites. They are really helpful with the meaning of names too, and I do look at that. But as I said, in fantasy, I can change things around, so I’ll make it a bit more unique in that aspect.

 

  1. Even finishing a scene feels like a reason to throw a party. Have a favorite way to celebrate finishing a project?

The best way I have found is to announce to other writers what you did and the response is better than anything I could hope for! I’m fairly active on Twitter in the writing community and they are the people I love to talk with and celebrate even the smallest of accomplishments.

 

  1. We know writing is primarily a creative endeavor. Tell me something you never expected to get from writing.

I’ve never been a great self-starter. It’s why I don’t like online classes or work from home. BUT for some reason, I think it’s the fact that I’ve written something that came straight from my head and I have a need to get it out in the world. It’s almost a no-brainer and I just want people to read my work. I want them to love it like I do and to even be inspired by it. It’s a feeling like no other.

 

  1. Beta-readers are our first fans and critics. If you could pick any writer, past or present, to be your beta-reader, who would you pick?

Oh my goodness! I think many of you would agree that I would have to have J.K Rowling read my stuff. She may write more children’s literature, but with her expertise and knowledge in the writing and publishing world would be incredible. Even if she hated it, I would still feel so honored to have her honest feedback. She knows what she’s doing!

 

  1. Tell the truth. How many notebooks and journals do you own?

I’m not really sure! I’ve had tons over the years, even some I threw out and I wish I hadn’t. But right now it’s probably around 15 or so. I want to buy more, cause some I see are sooo pretty, but in reality, I would probably never write in it! Computers have spoiled me. My hand would cramp up so fast!

 

  1. Writers keep their eyes open for inspiration, which makes us notice a lot more than most. What random piece of everyday beauty do you love?

I love this question! I’m a big fan of mother nature and I love taking pictures of sunsets and of flowers that I see. I’m lucky to work at a place that has dozens of flowers everywhere and it fills me with such joy to see the colors and healthy looking plants.

 

  1. As much as we love to write, some parts of being a writer can be a chore. What’s your most tempting distraction?

TWITTER. I’m really happy I discovered it because I have found and connected with so many people, but man does it hinder progression. I’m trying to get better about not having my phone around when I’m serious about getting a lot done. And not having it as an open tab on my computer. Social media is such a blessing and a curse.

 

  1. We indies need to stick together. Any indie writers on your radar right now?

Absolutely!! Heather Blair, B. L. Moore, Sarah Bailey, S. R. Severn, Corry Rue, Katie Hagaman, Sean McMahon, Paul Blake, Lisa Caskey, Sam Hendricks and so many more!! I wish I could name them all. But these folks in particular are not only amazing writers but fantastic and support human beings who really care.

#MAIAM with Rachel Poli

coffee notebook pen writing

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Happy MAIAM day–a holiday that comes but once a month! This month’s featured guest blogs prolifically about the writing process, interviews authors (including me!), and offers myriad services for writers. Take a look at her website!

 

First things first, what’s the name of your current book?

My current book, which is my debut, is titled Sunday Morning. It’s a collection of flash fiction that I’ve reworked and revised from my Short Story Sunday feature on the blog.

 

New ideas are always cropping up. Give me your best book title that doesn’t have a story.

Silhouettes. This was actually supposed to be a suspense story, but I never came up with a plot for it. It’s literally just the title and that’s all.

 

Words are kind of our thing. What’s your favorite word?

Honestly, I’ve never thought about this before. This doesn’t exactly answer the question, but I use onomatopoeias a lot. I tend to make various sounds with my mouth and impersonate a lot. So, I guess I don’t favor any particular words. I just make random sounds!

 

Some people need the light of day to function and others prefer the quiet of night. When do you write?

I write in the early hours of the morning around dawn. I do my best work first thing in the morning. Everyone else is usually asleep or getting ready for work so I’m able to get a good two-hour chunk of writing time in.

 

Names really help set a mood. What’s your process for picking people and place names?

I have a “Name Dice” app on my iPad. I sometimes roll the dice, one being the first name and the other being the last name. Or I’ll use naming websites like Baby Name Genie or Baby Names and look up the meanings and such. Sometimes they just come to me and random names pop into my head as well.

 

Even finishing a scene feels like a reason to throw a party. Have a favorite way to celebrate finishing a project?

I don’t actually. Once I finish something, I feel super accomplished but I also get that, “Now what?” feeling. I’ll push it to the side to take a break from it and end up starting something new.

 

We know writing is primarily a creative endeavor. Tell me something you never expected to get from writing.

I’ve never expected to make so many friends and connections from writing. Creativity can be a lonely journey and I never expected to learn so much from people in the same boat as me as well as from people who are “ahead” of me in the writing game.

 

Beta-readers are our first fans and critics. If you could pick any writer, past or present, to be your beta-reader, who would you pick?

I would pick my sisters and close friend in real life. As for the people I’ve met online, I’d choose a few good friends from the blogging world such as Ari, Herminia, Sacha, Tori… and there’s so many more.

 

Tell the truth. How many notebooks and journals do you own?

Too many to count. I have five bins/drawers full of them.

 

Writers keep their eyes open for inspiration, which makes us notice a lot more than most. What random piece of everyday beauty do you love?

Shiny objects, mostly. But honestly, I have a keen eye for small details lying around. If there’s a penny in the parking lot, you bet I’ll notice it and I’ll run over and grab it! I always thought that was a sign from my late Grandpa and, ironically enough, I write about death and ghosts a lot.

 

As much as we love to write, some parts of being a writer can be a chore. What’s your most tempting distraction?

Video games. It’s so much easier to sit back and play a game or two rather than typing and thinking at my desk. Then again, my mystery series was inspired by a video game.

 

We indies need to stick together. Any indie writers on your radar right now?

I have a lot. I’ve met many indie authors on this journey, a few of them I mentioned in the beta reader question – Ari Meghlen, Herminia Chow, Carin Marais, Victoria Zigler, Nthato Morakabi, and more.

Thanks so much for having me!

It was so nice getting to know you and I can’t wait for your new book! 🙂

 

Meet An Indie Author Monday–Ian Gregoire, #MAIAM

Happy February MAIAM readers! It’s that time of year when we’re inundated with tokens of love. Personally, I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but it’s nice to have something to break-up the monotony between the end of the winter holiday season and the start of the spring holiday season. You know what else breaks up the day-to-day? Getting into a great book series.

Ian Gregoire, “Your future favorite fantasy & science fiction author” is this month’s featured indie author and currently working on book two in his Legends of the Order series. Here’s what he had to say to MAIAM:

The Exercise Of Vital Powers (Legends of the Order, #1)

 

 

 

 

 

First things first, what’s the name of your current book?

My current novel is called The Exercise Of Vital Powers. It’s a cautionary tale of a precocious anti-heroine possessing great magical abilities who must learn the dangers and consequences of abusing power.

 

New ideas are always cropping up. Give me your best book title that doesn’t have a story.

I like the title, The Villains Of The Peace, but I won’t ever use it because readers might be put off by what they see as a spelling mistake rather than a play on words.

 

Words are kind of our thing. What’s your favourite word?

I can’t single out any single word as a favourite, but for the purpose of answering the question, I offer discombobulate. The first time I ever heard it I couldn’t believe it was a real word. I think there are better synonyms available, so it’s a word I’ll never use in my own writing.

 

Some people need the light of day to function and others prefer the quiet of night. When do you write?

I find it much easier to concentrate on my writing in the mornings because there are less distractions to hinder me, so that’s when I do most of my writing. Having said that, if I’m really in the mood and on a roll with a story, I can be productive in the early evenings, too.

 

Names really help set a mood. What’s your process for picking people and place names?

Even if the settings for my stories are fictional they are still inspired by real world places, so my naming conventions will be derived from those of whichever geographical location I’ve chosen.

 

Even finishing a scene feels like a reason to throw a party. Have a favorite way to celebrate finishing a project?

I just smile and feel good about myself for a while. We’ll see what happens when I finish my current manuscript.

 

We know writing is primarily a creative endeavor. Tell me something you never expected to get from writing.

Peace of mind. Once I’m fully immersed in my story and characters I’m able to forget about all my worries, albeit temporarily.

 

Beta-readers are our first fans and critics. If you could pick any writer, past or present, to be your beta-reader, who would you pick?

Definitely Lois McMaster Bujold. Obviously she’s one of the most critically acclaimed speculative fiction authors ever, but more important than that, I’m really envious of the quality of her prose, and she writes the kind of character-driven tales that I want to emulate with my own work.

 

Tell the truth. How many notebooks and journals do you own?

I never gave it much thought until now, but do I get through quite a few notebooks during the course of a year.

 

Writers keep their eyes open for inspiration, which makes us notice a lot more than most. What random piece of everyday beauty do you love?

I can’t think of anything specific, but living in a concrete jungle like London, I can’t help but appreciate the beauty of flowering tress on those infrequent occasions I come across any. I particularly like the sight of cherry blossom, crab apple, and magnolia trees.

 

As much as we love to write, some parts of being a writer can be a chore. What’s your most tempting distraction?

The internet.

 

We indies need to stick together. Any indie writers on your radar right now?

I’m starting to become a big fan of Grace Draven’s writing so I expect I’ll be reading a few of her books this year. I also need to catch up on my Sarah Doughty and Lindsay Buroker reading.

In terms of indie authors I haven’t read yet, but intend to do so soon: I.L Cruz (YAY!), Claudia Silva, K.S. Villoso, Patty Jansen, and Aubrey Law. There are several others, too, but they are further down the pecking order so I probably won’t get to them this year.

 

Thanks for taking the time to join the growing MAIAM family! Good luck with book two, The Apprentice in the Master’s Shadow (great title, BTW) and I hope we can see you hear again!

 

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