Maria Hammarblad

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: September 24, 2010

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Kidnapped, science fiction romance, May 6th ,2010 | Undercover, romantic thriller, June 26, 2010 | Touch of the Goddess, science fiction romance, July 12, 2010

Please tell us your latest news!

I currently have book giveaways running on the Goodreads website. During September, it's possible to win a copy of "Kidnapped," and during October, there will be a giveaway for "Undercover." On the writing front, I'm working to the sequel to "Touch of the Goddess." It will be called "Wrath of the Goddess" and I'm hoping to get it ready during 2010. It might be delayed until early 2011 though; things always take more time than one expects...

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I don't think so, I'm pretty happy with it. I mean, there are always little details that could be changed, but one has to set the bar somewhere, or nothing would ever be truly "ready."

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I get this question a lot, and I always find it difficult to answer; there are so many wonderful authors! Lately, I've been engulfed in the works of Chris J. Randolph; he is SO funny! He doesn't have all that much out in print, but his blogs are hilarious too. I wish I could learn to use the language like he does.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I tend to focus on the characters more than on the environments, and I have a lot of dialogue in the books. I personally find the characters and what they do more interesting than where they are, and this shows in my writing, for better and for worse.

Do you see writing as a career?

Yes and no. I don't think many authors sit down and make the conscious choice of "I'm going to be a writer," not like people decide, "I'm going to be a doctor," or "I'm going to start a landscaping business." I believe that most writers write out of a passion for it, and it becomes a career eventually. But, I might be wrong...

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Not really; I always wanted to write, and I always wanted to make books. I've been surrounded by books and loved them since I was a little girl, it's an interest that has stayed with me.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write! Even though it does happen that inspiration hits you over the head and you think you just got the best idea ever, most of the writing process is hard work. Write even if you don't feel like it, and try to write something every day. It doesn't matter if it's scattered ideas that don't seem to fit in anywhere, it's more a thing of getting into the habit. When I look back on my own books, the best portions of them are written when I really did not feel like doing it.

I personally have many projects going on at any one time, and if I don't know what to write, I start leafing through them until I find a spot to pick up where I left off. Sometimes it becomes a piece in the middle, or the end might be done before the beginning. It all comes together eventually.

How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?

If anything, I think my boyfriend finds me a bit asocial when I'm working on something; I'll sit scribbling down ideas and writing in front of the TV, during dinner, or even in the middle of the night. I wouldn't put up with me, but he's very patient. His mother has read a couple of my books, but my own family couldn't care less.

What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?

I worked as a computer consultant and network engineer for many years, I have also worked with steel and logistics. Right now, I'm actually in school, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Business. It's perfect, because it gives me time to write too.

What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?

It's a combination. I usually get an idea and start somewhere in the middle of the story, with something happening to the main characters. I end up with bits and pieces of a story, and when I decide what to keep and what to throw out, I make an outline to get some structure in it all. I usually write it down, put it somewhere intending to look at it later and forget about it, but at that time, I've got it in my head.

Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it. (Pen, Coffee Cup, Pet, Blanket, Chair)

No, not really. I sometimes sit in my office and type, sometimes I take a pen and a notebook and go outside, it all depends on my mood. If I get stuck on a story, I often have to go sit somewhere else, and write on or with something else; that makes the words flow again. If anything, I'd say my iPhone. I write on that in bed when I get ideas late at night. It's small and easy to handle, the screen isn't bright enough to wake my boyfriend up, and it's easy to mail the ideas to the computer.

What main genre do you write in?

Science Fiction / Fantasy, Romance

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