Interview with Mary S.D.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. Actually i was very young, about 10 or 11. It was a Christmas story, about Santa and some adventures. It was hilarious, and thinking about it makes me want to go back to those days. Everything was easier.
What is your writing process?
I really don't have a writing process, i just begin typing and see where that takes me. That is if i already have in mind something. If not, i usually create a plot, think about the characters then start writing. During that journey the plot often changes, characters appear or disappear. It is so very interesting.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story, no. But i remember the first real book. It was a love story about some teenagers. It stuck with me for a while, i couldn't get the characters out of my mind and i even dreamt them.
How do you approach cover design?
It is related to the characters or some elements in the book. I like the covers to have people on it, it is easier to identify the storyline, at least for me. But, i would like to have some abstract covers too. I really appreciate simple and elegant design.
What do you read for pleasure?
Almost everything, but lately i've been focused on erotic novels and romance novels. I used to read a lot of thrillers and horror books, but after a while you tend to get a little edgy when reading so many stories that give you an adrenaline rush.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I usually read on my tablet, ebooks.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, presence on websites that are dedicated to books, like goodreads. also, social media seems to help in creating an image and gaining some popularity.
Describe your desk
My desk is usually my knees. I hate writing on a desk. i need to be comfortable and i achieve that by staying in a lounging chair. i still have things surrounding me, like my phone, my glasses, the remote control.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
i grew up in a small-ish town, in a very traditional area and because of that i needed an outlet of escape. I used to travel using the stories i read.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, the book is a series actually. It is a romance story, a beautiful story between two damaged people. Even in real life we are sometimes slaves of our fears and insecurities. So are my characters. They meet, they fell in love but refuse to give in because they are afraid. Eventually they end up together but, of course, there are external factors that try to prevent them from staying in a relationship. I haven't finished the series so, i have no idea how it will end. I know it will be a happy ending, though. We need that in our stories. Readers will have to wait and see.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything. Even though i write as a hobby, the fans, the readers are all that matter. They are what motivates you to be better, they criticize you and praise you, they make you better.
Published 2014-01-07.
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