Hi, everyone! I think I will make Sundays my ‘Interview Day’.
A lovely young lady interviewed me a couple of weeks ago for an upcoming blog post, so I thought I would return the favour. She’s currently working on a YA novel. So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce Misha from ‘My First Book’.
Hi, Misha! Thanks for joining us, today! Would you please tell us a little about yourself?
Hi Susan! Thanks so much for having me. I’m so honored to be your first interviewee. I’m 23 years old. Been writing since I was 13. I’ve done a variety of things so far in my life, just because I wanted to. Two of them, fencing and learning French, were inspired by The Three Musketeers. I also picked up the habit of checking the backs of antique wardrobes, even though I was already fifteen when I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe the first time…
Wow! I’ve always wanted to learn how to fence, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is one of my favourites, too!
Your blog name is called ‘My First Book’ and you have a timer counting down ‘until Doorways is finished’. Is Doorways your ‘first book’? Would you mind giving us a few hints about it?
Yes. More accurately, it’s my first completed draft, but also the first one I want to see published.
Hints…. hmm… I’m not sure what to share, except that it’s the first in a four-part fantasy epic…
Keeping it close to the vest, eh? That’s cool. What inspired you to write it?
I was rereading Chronicles of Narnia, actually, in preparation for the release of Prince Caspian. And then… Darrion was there.
How long have you been writing?
Ten years in (I think) August. But I’ve been writing poems since the age of seven and creating stories way before then.
The writing bug bit you early! 🙂 Have you written anything else?
Yep. A LOT of poetry and a western. I’ll be rewriting the western later this year once I’m done with Doorways. Then I have an urban fantasy waiting to be completed… As well as two dystopians.
Sounds like you’ve been busy! Please describe a little about your process. For example, when do you prefer to work on your writing? Where do you prefer to write?
I actually do most of my writing in bed at 3 a.m. to 5 or 6 a.m. in the morning. It’s just easier for me to write when the rest of my family isn’t awake.
You’re quite a night owl! 🙂 I envy you your energy!
Do you have any idiosyncrasies, like writing with a cup of coffee at hand, placing certain items near your keyboard or writing pad, etc?
Idiosyncrasies will be that I draft in long hand in hardcover notebooks with black v-tipped pens. Recently caved and bought an expensive fountain pen and its refills. I was horrified to discover they were all blue. And yes. I know that it’s insane of me.
I think all writers must have a streak of insanity, so you’re not alone! LOL
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Working, singing, blogging, playing guitar… and some other stuff. My hobbies sort of change every now and then, depending on what I find satisfying.
How are you finding the editing process?
Love it. I know a lot of people see editing as a chore, but I just love seeing my (VERY) rough draft turning into something resembling a published book.
Once you’re done with your editing, will you be looking for a critique partner or two or do you already have someone in mind?
I actually use crit partners to edit, because I have an issue with seeing faults in stories that I’ve worked on too long. I am, however, looking for beta readers right now.
Perhaps one of my readers knows someone who would be of help to you with this.
There’s been a big debate going on in the blogosphere about the merits and problems with traditional publishing versus self-publishing and e-publishing. What are your thoughts with regards to getting your own manuscript published?
My first thought: AAAAAaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrggggghhhhh!!!! Honestly. I have no idea. Just when I think that I’ve made up my mind, I read another argument to the debate and get thrown for a loop again. I guess that means I’m right in the middle.
Well, Misha, I wish you the best of luck with your manuscript. Please check back with us and let us know how it’s going.
Anyone who might have comments or more questions for Misha please leave them in the comments section, or visit her yourself at ‘My First Book‘. If you use Twitter contact her here.