#MAIAM with Rachel Poli

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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! 🙂


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