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Friday, February 25, 2011
Maria Savva Interview
is the most productive time of the day for you to write?
I used to only write at
night, just before going to bed, sitting up in bed. I used to write everything longhand and then edit it as I
typed it up. My writing habits
have changed in the last year or so.
I now tend to write whenever the mood takes me and straight on to the
computer. Whenever I get a bit of
spare time, I'm always writing something.
2: Do you start your
projects writing with paper and pen or is it all on the computer?
It depends really. If I'm going to write a short story I
could start that on the computer.
With a novel, I tend to write out a plan, about one side of A4 paper,
setting out what the bare bones of the story would be.
3: What do you draw
My inspiration comes from
the world around me. I have found
that a great deal of my writing is inspired by things I have experienced, or
stories I've heard from others, news items and that sort of thing. For example, in my novel, 'A Time to
Tell', one of the characters is suffering domestic violence. I used to work as a family lawyer
mainly dealing with domestic violence cases and that left an impression on
me. The main character in my
latest novel, 'Second Chances', James, is a solicitor (my day job). Some of my experiences of working in the
legal profession are reflected in that book, for example, the bosses James
works for are not dissimilar to bosses I have worked for in the past.
4: Do you set goals for
yourself when you sit down to write such as word count?
No, I don't. I do try to write a bit every day when
I'm writing a novel, but it doesn't always work out like that. Some days I write lots and others I
don't write at all.
5: Are you a published or a
self published author and how do you come up with your cover art?
I'm self-published, through
Lulu.com (http://stores.lulu.com/MariaSavva). I like the freedom of being able to work at my own pace and
write books the way I want to write them.
I like to be able to write different genres, and wouldn't want to be
stuck in a contract where I have to write x amount of books in one particular
genre. I actually don't think I'd
be able to do that. My first novel
was a drama, my second a family saga/romance, my third contemporary fiction,
and the fourth, which I'm currently editing, is a
also written 3 short story collections. I think major publishers prefer authors
whose books can be easily categorized.
All my books cross over various genres.
My first two books ('Coincidences'
and 'ATime to Tell') have covers that were designed by the in-house artists at
the publishing companies that published the books. These days, I design my own covers. I've found a great website
http://www.morguefile.com where there are free photos that can be used for any
creative project, including book covers.
I like to pick photos that say something about the book I've written.
My cover for 'Pieces of a
Rainbow' is a water-colour that I painted.
6: What drives you to
choose the career of being a writer?
I have always loved
reading, and even as a child I always enjoyed making up stories. When I was younger, before I started
writing novels, I would often joke with my friends and family that one day I
would write a bestselling novel. I
would love to get to the stage where I am able to make a living from my
writing. I've always had an
overactive imagination, and am by nature a dreamer. Writing would be the
perfect career for me because I find that the stories come so easily to me and
I really enjoy writing them.
7: Do you own an ebook
No, but I need one. In the past couple of years, I have
been networking with other indie authors and have met some fabulous
writers. I've downloaded many of
their books and they're all on my computer. I hate reading on the computer because it strains my
eyes. As I'm out of work, I can't
justify the expense of getting an ereader at the moment, but as soon as I can I
will be getting one. I find that
ebooks are so much more affordable than print books these days. Luckily, I am able to feed my reading
habit as I am a reviewer for http://www.Bookpleasures.com, so I get lots of
free print books to review. Also
some of my writer friends have sent me free print copies of their books, so I
am never without something to read.
8: Who are some of your
favorite authors and What are you reading now?
These days my favourite
authors are also my good friends, that's the great thing about networking with
other writers. Over the past couple of years, I've met many great authors and
become friends with them. I find
that if I like a book that someone has written, it usually follows that I will
like them too. I think it's
because so much of an author's soul goes into a book, even without an author
being aware of that.
At the moment my favourite
writers include, Joel Blaine Kirkpatrick, Darcia Helle, Jason C McIntyre, Julie
Elizabeth Powell, Quentin R Bufogle, Jen Knox, Victoria Twead, Ami Blackwelder,
Jess C Scott, Paul Mansfield Keefe, Stacy Juba, Jeremy C Shipp, Tom Gahan, C E
Trueman. I know it's a long list,
but I read a lot of books, and I'm sure I've left some of my favourites out!
I would encourage readers
looking for a new author to read, to try some of their books, you won't regret
it (But only after you've tried mine, of course).
At the moment, I'm reading
two books: Firstly, 'The Cutting
Edge', by Darcia Helle (I read 'Enemies and Playmates' and it was one of my
favourite reads of last year, now I have to work my way through her extensive
catalogue). The second book I'm reading is: 'The Other Side of Life' by Jess C
Scott. Jess is one of my favourite
authors; she writes in multiple genres and whatever she writes is fresh and
9: What do you think of
book trailers and do you have any plans to have any?
I must admit, I didn't
really see the point of book trailers when the trend started to take off. I mean, a book is not like a movie, is
it? You can never show actual
scenes from a book in a way that each individual reader will interpret them.
Having said that, I am now becoming a fan of book trailers. It's nice to see a brief clip, setting
the scene for a book, giving some information to readers about what the book
contains. I have made two of my
own book trailers. The first one,
I made for 'Second Chances', my latest novel. I got the photographs for the trailer from Morguefile.com,
and a musician I'm friends with on Facebook, Jason Achilles Mezilis, very kindly allowed me to use his
instrumental 'Jerry's Song' for
the background music (that's from his CD Between The Lines, available at
iTunes). I like the way the
trailer turned out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4byCJiqHsg
I had fun making the
trailers, and will probably make some more for my other books when I get a bit
of time. Amazon.com now allows
authors to upload their trailers to their Amazon Author page, so it's obviously
something which is catching on.
10: How did you come up
with the title of your latest book?
My latest book is a
collection of short stories, 'Fusion'. The title came to me because I wanted a
word to describe a collection which was very diverse. The stories don't have a common theme, and there are all
sorts of different genres in there: romance, ghost stories, sci-fi. 'Fusion' kind of sums it up.
11: What are you working on
now that you can talk about?
I am working on a few
different bits and pieces. I am
fine-tuning my fourth novel, my first fantasy novel. I've finished it and really like it. It was a lot of fun to write. I need to re-read it and get it
proofread before I can release it.
It'll possibly be published by the end of the year.
I am also trying to format
my existing books as epubs. At the
moment my ebooks are only on kindle, but I know that some people prefer
different ebook formats, so that is in the pipeline.
I'm also revising my first
novel 'Coincidences'. That book
was only ever published in hardback and is now out of print. I want to make it available in
paperback, and as an ebook, so I am revising it/updating it and reformatting
it. It was published back in 2001,
and whilst I am happy with the story, I have learned a lot about editing over
the years, and I know that some of the content can be improved. While revising it, I'm also adding a
few extras, so when I'm finished it will be interesting for people who have
read the original to compare it.
I am a resident
author/moderator on http://www.bestsellerbound.com a message board where
indie/small-press writers can interact with readers. It's a very friendly
community and I would like to invite your followers to join.