Interview with Mairead Mortenson

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was a Power Rangers fan-fiction in the third grade. Yes, you read that correctly.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am almost always writing something. When I'm not writing, I like to watch movies, listen to my music, and spend time with my daughter.
Describe your desk
A mess. An absolute and complete mess.

I have maybe half a dozen or more notebooks that are just filled with an odd assortment of notes for different stories that I am working on. I have two binders that are also filled with story notes. Sometimes things get so mixed up that it takes me forever to figure out what goes with what. I am trying to be better organized, but it never seems to happen.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me, is the chance to tell a good story. I enjoy writing fiction because it allows me to create my own characters with their own unique traits and flaws, and to put them in situations where they might fail or flourish. One of the best things about writing fiction is that anything and everything can happen!
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a full-length novel centering around a group of childhood friends who must overcome multiple obstacles, including love and sexuality. It has been five years in the making and I hope to have it completed very soon.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favorite books? Only five? That is a very hard question to answer.

I would have to say The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is one. I read it for the first time in junior high and immediately fell in love with the characters and the story. I still have a copy of it on my bookshelf, and it is falling apart because I have read it so many times. It is wonderfully written and a book I would recommend to anyone.

The Ugly Stepsister and Wicked by Gregory Maguire. That is technically two books, but I feel they are both worth mentioning. I really liked the way Maguire turned the tables and made familiar literary villains into ordinary people who were only classified as villains to those who mistreated or misunderstood them. To me, it showed how society tends to falsely label those who don't quite fit in to the norm.

The Chataine's Guardian by Robin Hardy. I discovered this book at a thrift store and it turned out to be an excellent purchase. Told through the eyes of an angel, it is the tale of a young girl who slowly falls in love with her guardian and must fight against the multitude of forces who seek to take her love away from her. There are two sequels that I unfortunately have yet to read.

Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I liked the authors ability to weave a story around a handful of unusual photographs found in a yard sale bin. It's sequel The Hollow City is just as fascinating, and I look forward to the third part of the story - Library of Souls - coming in September 2015.

I'm going to end with saying any type of ghost story, because it is impossible for me to choose just one. I am absolutely obsessed with a good ghost story.
Published 2015-06-20.
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Books by This Author

I Wish I Could Forget to Remember You
Price: Free! Words: 6,970. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Two years ago, Jennifer Alpin was abandoned on her wedding day, when her would-be husband left her at the altar to run away with another woman. Out of the blue, Logan Wilson returns, intent on winning her back. Jen now has a choice to make: give in to temptation, or seek her revenge against the man who betrayed her.