Interview with Saoirse O'Mara

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in western Germany and live now close to Berlin, the German capital, in eastern Germany. Although most of my books are written in English, I started out writing in German, my native tongue. My children's book series "Miro the Dragon", which is published under my maiden name Theresa Berg, is originally written in German and then translated into English (and hopefully soon other languages as well), while almost all of my other books are originally written in English.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing back when I realised that those weird shapes could tell stories. My earliest memory of actually writing fiction are from fourth grade when I wrote a short theatre play (and almost got to act it out with some classmates). Or maybe my short--very short--chapters of a story similar to a series by Astrid Lindgren were even earlier. My first finished novel was written when I was twelve. I completely revised it with sixteen, and then stored it away safely in the depths of my harddrive (and the original version in a folder that's still somewhere hidden in my home).
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to keep control over my work, to be able to choose my own illustrator, my own translators, my own prices.... Plus, I'm too impatient to wait years for a book to find and get published by a traditional publisher.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without my fans and their feedback, I might have stopped writing, thinking my stories through in my head instead. I'm a professional daydreamer, and daydreaming is a lot easier than writing.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I'm working on Miro 2 and A Rogue's Tale IV: Mystey of the White Wolf.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, that's a difficult question. Some of my all-time favourites include Jane Austen and Agatha Christie, but also Gear & Gear and Trudi Canavan. I really enjoy Licia Troisi's fantasy novels, and more recently, I found Julia Beylouny and Tanja Höfliger (both German fantasy writers). I also enjoyed the Harry Potter series (shh, those were the first books ever I read in English).
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love playing the guitar and singing, and I'm an avid gamer (also videogames, but mostly tabletop and pen & paper lately). I love reading a good book, or watching shows (NCIS, Star Treck, and others) with my husband, or simply spending time with friends and family.
What are you reading for pleasure?
I love reading fantasy and mystery. I'm also a fan of historical fiction set in pre-columbian America or in prehistoric settings, or a good thriller.
Published 2013-08-30.
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