Interview with Mae Winn

What are you working on next?
I am writing a book of ridiculous poetry and decorated bananas, and kicking around two other projects. I really want to do a series that is after the pattern of choose-your-own-ending books, but I want to update the format so that it's really enjoyable to read for adults.
Who are your favorite authors?
William Gibson, Katherine Dunn, Anne Rice, Agatha Christie, and Shel Silverstein.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The urgent and plaintive cries from my children and pets; crying out to me for food and attention. That's a big one. I'm growing two children with love. It's an experiment. So far, it's going swimmingly.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well, I'm a full time caregiver in my family, so I spend a lot of time doing house mom stuff: shopping, getting stains out of clothes, giving hugs and kisses, trying to figure out what I can cook that will garner the most praise/ receive the least complaints, cleaning, and organizing. My mind wanders off the trails while I do these things, and I love to be in that place in my imagination. I have creative leanings, so even when I'm doing mundane tasks, I find ways to make them my own. The banana/ poetry book that I'm working on came about because I am in the habit of drawing pictures and messages of love on bananas that I pack for my husband to take to work.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The ebooks I've read, I've mostly sought out by subject. Other than that, I'm attracted to pretty colors and shiny objects (not unlike many birds). No matter I'm doing, I'm drawn to shiny and pretty.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember bits of many stories that I've written through my childhood. In my first book, Escape From Pink Doom, toward the end, the protagonist, Gina, discovers a poem in (another character) Sal's hand. The poem written on the scroll is a poem that I wrote when I was 11, and on a binge of reading Shakespeare.
What is your writing process?
I have a thing that crops up-- it's like herpes, but much nicer. An idea will welt up, and then I'll get distracted with day-to-day life things, so I'll push it back up into my head and put it on a shelf. Then that idea pokes me in the ribs until I give it some focused attention. Then, I'll visit the concepts outlined on the 7 basic plots Wikipedia page and make a rough outline. I usually carry some paper with me to write on when I'm walking my dog, or driving to the store, and as the story shingles emerge, I write them down. I let the characters tell some of the story themselves, and I write it down like I've just snatched a purse and I'm running from the cops. After that, I put a funnel down my story's throat and force feed it to fatten it up with backstory. During the editing process, I read it to myself in funny voices out loud, run it by my most trusted friend, and may smack it around a little and hold it under running water in the bath tub until I get what I want out of it (the story, not my friend). I love to eat dark chocolate, and listen to loud music when I write. I write better with my cat in my lap.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
When I was really little, my father would read stories to me at bedtime. No matter what the story was about, I refused to go to sleep until he said, '...and they lived happily ever after.' He could have read a book to me about the Donner Party, and as long as he said that, I was fine to go to sleep. A lot of my earliest self-reading/ looking at book memories were of medical encyclopedias with black and white photos of surgeries and graphic illustrations... and Dr. Seuss. Hm. That kind of does explain things...
How do you approach cover design?
I (maybe) tattooed for half of my adult life, so I wanted to make an image that was unusual, interesting, and fun to look at. A good tattoo will be clear and readable from a comfortable distance (so people aren't breathing your air and in your personal space in the supermarket), and a good book cover should also be simple, readable, and attractive. I had the idea for this cover while I was writing it. I had a flash of it in my mind, and I wanted to incorporate the cover design into the meat of the story (pun intended)... and I always wanted to try tattooing a chicken and roasting it. It was a really weird, funny thing to do.
Published 2015-03-30.
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Books by This Author

Escape From Pink Doom
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,120. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Escape From Pink Doom is a science fiction love story adventure, and a testament to the power of friendship and true love to prevail over all adversity. If any of us will ever be caught up in a real-life zombie apocalypse, we should all be so lucky to fare as well as Gina (fingers crossed).