Interview with Tanya Mayberry

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work during school hours as a car detailer, all other times I'm a mother, a parter, a friend.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first story I wrote I was in grade 7, I was 12yrs old I loved horses at the time and made a story based on a little girl who was hunted by a black evil horse, but a elegant white stallion would always rescue her, it was a good verses evil based scenario, all little girls love horses, love & adventure.
What is your writing process?
I've only written one novel since I was 12 so I'm no pro, for my first novel I just wrote down what I wanted to happen and elaborated from there, I had dreams on the chapters I was on and when I'd wake up in the morning, I'd write notes on good plots I've thought on, it never ends as there's always a million ways to branch off on ideas, I did get consumed on plots for a few months, it was fun, not so much for my partner as I was always off in lar lar land :D.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read Elaine Mitchell's 'The Silver Brumby', I watched the movie when it came out as well and it still is my favourite Movie, my favourite book at the moment is 'Vampire Acadamy' be Richelle Mead, I hope the movie is as great as the books.
How do you approach cover design?
I already had an image in mind with the colours I wanted and how the book would look before I'd even finished my manuscript, now I just need to find out how to get it that way haha.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm interested in reading fifty shades of grey, I'm a slow reader, it took me three months to read the entire series of 'Vampire Academy' by Richelle Mead, I enjoy fantasy novels and to be honest I've only just started reading again two yrs ago since high school, so I haven't read a lot, I've been more of a movie buffer.
Describe your desk
A mess! Lol
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a coastal town called Esperance Western Australia, its 750kms south east of Perth, during my childhood, my family use to go mallee rooting with my grandad, and for those that don't know what mallee rooting is, it's collecting chunks of wood that forms at the base around Mallee trees to use for fire wood, to this day I've never known a better fire wood to burn long and emit decent heat, we had many Bon fires and vacations into the nullubor just 3hrs east of Esperance in open space of foreverness I loved being close to the ocean and close to the quite of the bush, I come from a family of three brothers and four sisters so we always had company in the isolation of the bush, we could scream, bellow to our hearts content and not be confined to keeping it down, my love of stories stemmed from my dad, he would tell a lot of jokes around a fire, my dad has a very dry sense of humour and we love it, but none of us could reciprocate them the same way, we would always miss a step or the punch line, but either way we'd all sit in awe listening to his jokes, as they would always make us laugh even if we were too young to get the joke, my dad's dry sense of humour is in all of my siblings and its great because we all get each other's sense of humour, one of my sisters though takes a little bit longer to grasp a joke, one time my mum had to take her into a separate room to explain the joke my dad had once told in detail, then half an hour later we could hear her laughing from the other room, she's the true blonde of the bunch, I loved to dream and loved to draw from an early age and that has never left me, telling stories on the other hand is something I've played with but not gone into depth until now.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Moonlit is about two amnesiac twin girls Aspen & Ishtar that are found in the Himalayan mountains by a blind monk named Koa, who takes them in and trains them in his dojo, their journey begins when Koa is banished from his own monastery for taking the girls in and training them in an ancient art forbidden to be learnt by women, but not all is as it seems as Koa, is not an ordinary monk and the girls find themselves smack bang in the middle of a war for power to control hell, demon prophecies, ancient talismans, witches, warlocks, Lycans & vampires all wanting a piece of the action, there's love, sex, death, crude, rude & dry humour, travel, as well as a few fight scenes, I wanted to create something that had it all and leave room for more.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was a bucket list item, to write a book, but it has become more than a number on a list, it brings alive your imagination, when your stuck in the day in day out repetitive routine of life, its true what they say, use it or lose it, imagination keeps you young inside and out.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I don't know yet I've only just started, I'll have to answer this one again in six months ;)
Published 2014-06-07.
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