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I've lived in Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas and now in California. I have a husband, daughter and son-in-law, and between us we've rescued and adopted two dogs, three cats, and a bird. I collect castles, read, and volunteer with my certified therapy dog as a reading tutor.
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Friday, April 27, 2012
Immaginary friends, pets and family from Maria Hammarblad
book was the easiest for you to write? The hardest? The most fun?
Maria: I think the third book in The Goddess’s Saga
– “Return of the Goddess” – was the easiest. It almost wrote itself, and it was
ready long before the second one, “Wrath of the Goddess.” Wrath really fought
me. I don’t know why; I knew what would happen in it, but I still needed almost
three years to finish it.
The most fun? “Brand New World.” It’s a
science fiction spoof and I chuckled all the way through it. The main character
wakes up in the future, accompanied by a hologram of a rock star and a humanoid
cat. It sort of gets worse from there…
about the people and/or animals you share space with. Do they know not to
bother you when you are writing, or are there constant interruptions?
Maria: Haha, no, there are constant interruptions. I
always have dogs climbing on me. My youngest doggie tries to stand on the
keyboard, and he very helpfully types things like, “lk;i0i0ko;k;l.” If Mike is
home, he always has the TV on and is usually talking. He’s a good sport though
– he never gets mad if I don’t answer, or if I answer something that’s
evidently wrong. Still, I’d much rather have company and be interrupted than be
more efficient and all alone. J
do family members think of your writing? Do you ever ask him/her/them for
Maria: I have tried to make Mike read my books.
”Kidnapped” is even dedicated to him, but he refuses. I think he’s worried he
won’t like them. He’s an optimist though; he says, “Naah, I’ll watch the movie
when someone makes one.” His mom reads all my books though, and she has
valuable input. Lynette: Are
you a member of any author group and how does that help your writing?
Maria: Yes, I am a member of Florida Writer’s
Association, but I don’t have time to go to the meetings, so it doesn’t help
all that much. I have promised myself that once life settles down a little I’ll
start going. Input from other writers is invaluable.
you in control of your characters or do they control you?
Maria: My characters take on lives of their own. I
sometimes say I have to go play with my imaginary friends so I can write their
stories… They pop up out of nowhere and insist on getting attention. Okay, that
doesn’t sound entirely sane, hahaha!
words of encouragement for unpublished writers.
Maria: There are times when everything is easy and
happy joy joy. When it’s not easy, just keep writing, and don’t be discouraged
if it feels up-hill and you get rejection letters from agents and publishers.
Try again. Sometimes you need to re-write and try again, but don’t give up.
Same thing if you get a bad review; if people hates what you’ve written, you’ve
somehow reached them and created an emotion. Remember, a reader might hate your
story line for other reasons than it being bad.