Interview with Maggie Liu Kelly

When did you first start writing?
I can't think of a time when I wasn't writing or telling stories. Before I could even write, I'd scribble lines onto old typewriter paper and come up with a story when I'd read it to my brother and our cousins. I'd tell stories to my friends as a toddler at daycare and I would come up with stories to entertain kids I babysat. I've written stories instead of paying attention in class. And now, as an adult, I always have something to write in with me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My closest friends kept telling me I should publish something. Now here I am, writing books for people all over the world to enjoy.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Just the thought of my ever becoming a favourite author to someone makes me feel so happy. And when I read a comment on Wattpad, I get all excited. Someone's reading my work and enjoying it.
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk. I'm not a "chair" person. Even in school, I'd sit on the floor in a corner and do my work. I have a closet with pillows and blankets in the bottom of it. And an extension cord for my laptop.
If I'm not writing in my closet, I'm writing in bed. I used to write on this old floating fishing pier on a lake before I moved, but I haven't found a suitable outdoors writing zone yet. I'll let y'all know if I do.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a nomadic child of a nomadic mother. I've moved 7 times in my lifetime. Diffferent cities, different states. I've lived in the boondocks and the suburbs and even in the inner city. My characters are as widespread in origin as I am. Vermont, North Carolina, Georgia, and now, Florida.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
knitting, watching anime, reading, baking, wandering around with my camera taking pictures, and learning a new language.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
reading suggestions on amazon & wattpad, friends gushing over a book, randomly typing in keywords to search for. whatever.
How do you approach cover design?
i start out with a plain cover template and then i paint it a colour and add the title and author name at first. then, after I get into the writing and know what's what, I head to google for CC0 licensed photos, or take pictures myself. And I go from there. Canva and PicsArt are my go-to design platforms.
What do you read for pleasure?
anything that catches my eye. paranormals where the MC is a kickass (can I say ass?) woman taking on the task of saving the world or whatever. romances filled with scruffy guys and bad boys. LGBT romances. intellectuals solving mysteries that save the world or rescue someone. myths and folklore.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
my phone. i'm actually afraid of misplacing an e-reader device. i lose things. a lot. i lose my phone on a regular basis too.
I'm also afraid my dogs would break it. They've broken phones before as puppies, but now they range in weight from 80lbs to 150lbs. I'm just not tempting those fates. Nope.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dogs and my family. I seriously wouldn't be here if it weren't for my dogs, they saved me when I was in a dark place. And I help take care of my older brother who has cerebral palsy, autism and paranoid schizophrenia.
Published 2016-10-26.
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