Interview with Olibama Maestas

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in northern New Mexico. I grew up on a farm, with cows, horses, chickens, sheep, and lots of dogs and cats. Growing up in such a small town influenced my writing a lot because nature is a big part of my writing and imagination.
When did you first start writing?
I first starting when I was about ten years old. Of course, my vocabulary and grammar/spelling were not the best and I have developed them greatly over the course of thirteen years that I've been writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm writing a serious of fanfictions right now. But I do have an original book in the making. It was actually a dream I had when I was in Afghanistan this past year. It's a mix of the movie 'Legion' and 'The Walking Dead'. I'm sure it will be a big hit once it is written and edited!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My imagination is to blame for my drive to write. Watching my favorite TV shows or movies have me thinking of my own stories or something that follows the story lines. I have a big imagination and lots of ideas.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is hearing how good my writing or plot is. Of course, I'm always open to suggestions and constructive criticism. What's the point of writing if your readers don't tell you what they like or dislike? My fans are the biggest inspiration and motivation for me.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. They give me the drive and motivation to continue to write. Even if they dislike the story/chapter, they will tell me what they think I did wrong or what I should consider revising. Which is something that every writer should have.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on several books and fanfictions at the moment. Sometimes, it's hard to keep track of them all!
Who are your favorite authors?
I have several favorite authors. Two off the bat of my head are Anne Rice, Tolkien (Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit author), and J.K. Rowling.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My three-year-old son, of course. But the feeling of being in good health and living the best life I possibly could. Can't always mop around when your life can always be worse. Take pride in what your life is and the accomplishments you have obtained, and the battles you have faced and won.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing or daydreaming, I'm always with my son, who always has me on my toes. I love to read and experiment with makeup, since I love the makeup industry.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was a Lord Sesshomaru fanfic from the anime 'InuYasha'. It was a long, confusing, and a total mess. But people seemed to enjoy it.
What is your writing process?
I usually end up writing the outline for the story before I start writing. Sometimes, I actually come up with the ending or even middle of a plot before I figure out the beginning.
How do you approach cover design?
My cover designs are basic since I'm still trying to figure out Photoshop. Depending on the story title and what I want the characters to look like, I will develop a cover design revolving around that.
Published 2014-11-03.
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