Interview with Teak Maris

How do you approach cover design?
I try to find something that paints the setting that I imagined in my head, so that the reader can get a better idea of what my world looks like. I never like putting people on my covers because I want the reader to imagine the characters for themselves.
What is your favorite book, and why?
My favorite book is The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen. I thought it was a very heart-warming, romantic, yet realistic book. It doesn't have a ton of romance, but tells the story of two broken souls finding each other by accident and falling in love. I can't resist a sad story with a happy ending.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything with action, adventure, fantasy, or thieves. I love books about thieves for some reason. They are always more interesting.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I have in junior high, but stopped for a while due to school work. I started writing again when I was about 19 or 20.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It was actually partly inspired by The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, but the plot itself came from several dreams. I have very vivid dreams, and that is where the majority of my ideas come from.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I am writing I get to temporarily live in a different world, and unlike when I read a book, I get to choose what this world is like.
What are you working on next?
I already have one story started called The Followers, which is about the government taking control of humans, and a small group of people that are trying to fight back.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many favorite authors, I probably can't list them all. Sarah Dessen, Julie Kagawa, Scott Westerfeld, Cassandra Clare, Maggie Stiefvater, Hilari Bell, and C.S. Lewis are probably my all time favorite authors.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am a huge believer in Goodreads. I get suggestions for books all the time in emails, or if I am looking at a book that I have read then it gives me suggestions for similar books. I also read a lot of books by the same authors. If I really liked a book by an author then I will probably read more books by the same one.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was for a junior high project. It was about this 15 year old whose parents were divorced, and he was living with his dad. His dad was abusive, however, so he moved in with his mom, who he held a grudge against for not getting him away from his dad sooner. Shortly after moving in with his mom, he was shot trying to protect his little sister from a mugger. In the end his mom came rushing to the hospital and told him how much she loved him and how sorry she was for not protecting him, and he forgives her.

I always thought it was a little strange that my teacher didn't call a counselor or something when he read that story. It was a bit dark for a junior higher to be writing! Haha!
What is your writing process?
Well, I usually have a dream that gives me a general idea, and then I just think about it for a few days and build on that idea, then I plan out a beginning and an end, and finally I open my laptop and start typing. Once I am typing, its like the ideas start flowing out of my fingers and I somehow end up with a semi decent story.
Published 2014-03-13.
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