I am Honored, and delighted to present to Today's Interview our very own
Miss Mae. A talented author, and one who fills my heart with "those Oldies but
goodies" from my Babyboomer Past. A Wonderful person, and a Treasure of
a Friend to all!
1. Geri: When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
Miss Mae: In the fifth grade, when I fell in love with Nancy Drew, and Trixie
Belden books. I wanted to write thrilling adventures such as those girls
2. Geri: What type of books do you enjoy writing?
Miss. Mae: Mystery! Well, I always hope it's a good puzzle...LOL! With a splash
3. Geri: Did a special person in your life inspire you to become a writer?
Miss. Mae: Not really! But I would like to say that after receiving yet another
rejection on a story that was so dear to my heart, I wondered if it were meant for
me to be published. Yet! The wonderful critique partner I had, and currently have
who worked with me on "see No Evil, My Pretty Lady" inspired and encouraged
me to submit this story. She was right! I got accepted first time!
4. Geri: Have you written any books based on a true life story?
Miss. Mae: No! I haven't! Maybe that will come later!
5. Geri: Who is your favorite author?
Miss. Mae: Hmmmm, that's hard! Above all, I guess I have to say James Herriot.
He makes me laugh!
6. Geri: Are your characters created from people you've known in real life, or
are they from the imagination?
Miss. Mae: Mostly from my imagination, yet, there might be one, or two personality
traits taken from a person or people I've met!
7. Geri: How many books have you written?
Miss. Mae: Well, I wrote dozens growing-up! LOL! But, on the serious side,
I'm now on my third.
8. Geri: Where can your books be purchased?
Miss. Mae: Ross Press, Fictionwise, All Romance Ebooks, Coffee Time Romance.
9. Geri: Describe how you felt the first time you were published?
Miss. Mae: Ecstatic, thrilled, delirilious, and shocked. I was stunned, apprehensive!
I wasn't sure I believed the words "offer you a contract!" I was downright scared too!
10. Geri: Do you have any current work in progress for a new release?
Miss. Mae: Yes, I do! My latest manuscript is tentatively titled "Said The Spider
To The Fly." It's another romantic mystery. I hope to have it finished by the
end of the month!
11. Geri: What are some links to your websites?
Miss. Mae: http://www.missmaesite.com
12. Geri: Do You have goals set for your future in your journey of writing?
Miss. Mae: I'd love to have four, or five novels under my belt. Also, a movie contract,
or two, of course! But, I'm learning it's best to take life one day at a time. It's less
stressful that way!
13. Geri: At this point, and time in your life, are you exactly where you want to be
in your writing endeavors?
Miss. Mae: No, I'm not! I'd hoped to have a major manuscript published, or at
least contracted. Right now, it's still on the back burner. I'm waiting for when I'm
able to try to repair it.
14. Geri: In your opinion, what are some factors that can help authors reach their
dream of accomplishment?
Miss. Mae: For me, it paid to be realistic! Not everyone is a Margaret Mitchell, and
has a "Gone With The Wind" on their hands. Start small, even if it's a recipe
published in your local newspaper. Take time to work yourself up. Any publishing
credit will help, and hang in there. Persistence really does pay off!
15. Geri: Have you ever experienced writer's block?
Miss. Mae: Oh yes! LOL! And writer's stumble-fumble-grumble, and groan too!
16. Geri: What advice can you give to prevent writer's block?
Miss. Mae: Is there a way to prevent it? LOL! I have to get up and walk away
a bit to rest my mind, and eyes. Either a stroll in the yard will refresh me, or
just to lie downfor a while. It's different for everyone. But, I find when my body's
relaxed, and energized, it revitalizes my creativity too!
17. Geri: As a child, did you have favorite books?
Miss. Mae: Nancy Drew, and Trixie Belden. I loved those gals!
18. Geri: As a child, did you enjoy reading?
Miss. Mae: Yes! I was a true bookworm! I ate the pages!
19. Geri: If you had the opportunity for one day to live the life of a famous
author, who would it be?
Miss. Mae: I'd have to say that I don't want to live the life, other than my own.
I'm famous to my family, and friends, so does that count? LOL!
20. Geri: Many authors feel asense of self-satisfaction. Some feel a sense
of achievement, can you relate to such feelings?
Miss. Mae: Oh yes! have both! I feel like an architect who has gone from seeing
his ideas on blueprints to the finished, constructed project. It's natural to have
pride at what you've accomplished!
21: Geri: How do you balance your current occupation with your goals for
Miss. Mae: My occupation is writing. I just need to try to balance my personal
life with it LOL!
22. Geri: How did you feel at your first book-signing?
Miss. Mae: My book is electronic only, so a book-signing is not something I've
participated in. I hope that happens in the future!
23: Geri: If you won the lottery tomorrow, would that change your writing plans?
Miss. Mae: No! I'd still carry the desire to bring my ideas to paper, er, computer
24. Geri: What was your most difficult task, from manuscript to promotions?
Miss. Mae: The promotions as I'm a shy person, and have always been perfectly
satisfied with being a decorative wallflower. Now, I must put myself out there,
center stage, gulp! It's hard to peel myself off the wall!
25. Geri: Some writer's need to listen to music, or focus on at the ocean, or
flowers. Do you have a particular scenery?
Miss. Mae: I really need to be alone, and quiet to immerse myself in the action,
scene, dialogue, and thoughts of my characters. Anything else to me is distracting!
26: Geri: If you have a book published in a different genre from one you've
already published, what would it be?
Miss. Mae: Inspirational!
Geri: Thank you so much Miss. Mae for today's Interview! You had me laughing
so much, I really enjoyed!