Interview with Meriam L. Kopsa

Describe your desk
Oh my desk... I probably should just post a picture of it. Let's see if I can adequately satiate your curiosity. My desk is 90% of the time cluttered. I hate that. Of course it's at no fault of my desk that I pile things upon it, it's quite a convenient place really. It is an old oak desk that is the center of my creations on the computer. Two monitors, books, papers, pens, pencils, a cereal bowl, tape dispenser and tissues are the typical clutter of choice (actually that's exactly what's on my desk currently). Some times my cat, Apollo, will lounge on my art books or block my screens when I'm working. In all, it's my creative station. Heavy, sturdy, and reliable.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I distinctly remember a Cabbage Patch kids book as a child. I must have been 4 or 5 when I pulled it off the book shelf and attempted to read it. I was emulating my older sister, trying to be like her and read the words. I clearly had no idea what I was doing while looking at the pictures to figure out what was written. I say that was my first book I 'read' because it was there that I knew I enjoyed books even if I truly didn't understand the concept of reading yet.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, if and when they come, it'll be quite the boost. Like I had mentioned in a previous question, my hope is my writing will be entertaining. I want people to enjoy the characters I've created and their story. Having fans will mean I'm reaching that goal to some degree or another.

(If you are a fan, thank you so much for your support! Thank you for giving my stories a chance!)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Washington, most of my life having been spent in Tacoma. I suppose where I grew up has had an impact for my first few stories, that are incomplete, have been set in Tacoma and my neighborhood since I was most familiar with those places. I hated not knowing where my characters were going and at the time too lazy to research cities and locations to put my characters outside my small world. From there I then decided to stop being so literal and I created my own fantasy world where I could make locations up as I went.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing back in 6th grade. It had always been hit and miss with my writing. I had a solid story I wanted to get out of my head, but as I matured, that story rapidly evolved and is the foundation of the majority of what I write. To think where I am now, with my writing, all thos happened when I created Malfeiyă Annădijă (though in 6th grade she had started out as Moulphia Yamauchi).
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Bringing interesting characters, figuring out why they are who they are, telling their story, and being able to share that story with others. My hope is my writing will always entertain and create warm feelings to those who come across my work.
What are you working on next?
Honestly, there's about 10 stories all vying for a turn. It's hard to say what I'll work on next since I run off of inspiration and whatever ideas come to me day to day. Also, my current writing project is very time consuming and without a foreseeable end still.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Currently, the need to write! I am on a roll with my character, Ărajă, that usually I can't wait to get back to the computer and type away. However, when my mind isn't so writing centered, the sunrise, the smell of breakfast downstairs, some activity happening that day, or my cat begging to be fed is enough inspiration to get me up.
Your parents are veterinarians, what animals did you have growing up?
What animals did I not have? Of course cats and dogs. Then there was the hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchilla, duck, chickens, quails, mice, snake, fish, and miniature horse. Thankfully not all at the same time. I believe the most we ever had at a time was 12 animals (not counting the insane amount of mice) and yes we did live in a typical suburban neighborhood.
What was your favorite pet?
My favorite pet was my golden rottie, who looked like a black lab. His name was Thor. He was smart and obnoxious! Darn dog would get into everything! But he was trainable. I honestly feel he and I had a unique connection. I taught him how to hug. When I opened my arms, that was his cue to place his head on my shoulder. What I didn't teach him was to do that after being downed. He had an alpha mind set and so periodically I would have to remind him I was the boss by commanding him to put his head on the floor. The first down I put him in after teaching him how to hug, I had my hands on my knees while sitting on the floor. I then told him he could get up and his response was to give me a hug. Unfortunately he's no longer around, but by far my most favorite pet.
Published 2014-07-05.
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