Hi Maya thanks for joining us this week. I hear you have another fabulous book hitting book shelves soon. Please tell us your latest news?
I have a new book! A GROOM OF ONE'S OWN is the first in my Writing Girl series, which is like Sex and The City gone Regency. An important disclaimer: so far, my reviews for GROOM are so far better than those of the recent SATC movie.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
When I was dreaming up my Writing Girl books, I wanted to write heroines that I love to read-one's that a daring, and unconventional, and live life on their own terms, including getting married and live happily ever after. I also wanted to highlight women that defied expectations of what a woman was capable of, especially in the Regency period. Thus, the Writing Girls-four women who write for The London Weekly, the most popular newspaper in town.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Since I handed in the manuscript for A GROOM OF ONE'S OWN (as you might expect, it's all about weddings), I have gotten engaged and started planning my wedding. And oh my lord I had no idea of the horrors that come along with wedding planning (just creating a guest list is a landmine). I might have dared to include more of that. But on the whole, I wouldn't change a thing with GROOM.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have three favorite authors:
Eloisa James for her gorgeous, smart writing.
Julia Quinn for her sweet sense of humor.
Loretta Chase for her sharp sense of humor.
Do you have a specific writing style?
More light and funny than dark and brooding.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes-one of them :)
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I actually had these grand plans to be a rock star, but I got so frustrated with the dynamics of a band, lugging equipment and the late hours. That's when I turned to writing. I had always been a big reader, so it was a natural next-step to try writing something that I would want to read.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write every day. Brace yourself for rejection. Keep writing anyway.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
I actually come from a family of writers, so it's almost expected. However, my family is amazingly supportive. One of my cousins told me they had all pre-ordered copies of A GROOM OF ONE'S OWN to take on their beach vacation.
What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?
So far I've been a student (under grad and grad) while being a writer. Now that I've graduated, I have a day job-in addition to writing romances. So I haven't exactly been a full time writer, but I dream of it.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
I used to be a pantser and now I am the most hardcore plotter. I'm talking spreadsheets. I'm talking day-by-day, scene-by-scene outlines of what happens when and where and how everyone feels about it.all in color-coded spreadsheets.
When I get to writing the book-after the outline-I do the entire thing in dialogue only and then I go through twice more to flesh it out, adding feelings, description, etc.
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) - Feel free to send along a picture if you like.
Other than my laptop, I've been attached to my coffee mug that I bought while I was living in London (and dreaming up my A Groom Of One's Own and the other Writing Girl books). It says "A Room Of One's Own."
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place
I am a creature of routine. My writing ritual is this: get up early (how early depends upon how near my deadline is), make and drink coffee while writing for the first hour or two of every day. I like to start my day with a lil' bit of romance.
Thanks for joining us Maya. We all look forward to more of your books. Thanks for sharing with us.