Interview with M.B. Strang

Published 2022-02-23.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm often working on creating portraits of my characters using 3D image software, or by drawing and painting.
What is your writing process?
I write at home and it must be quiet. I often 'see' the story in my head, almost like a movie. Sometimes, I meditate on what I want to write. It's as though the creativity is like a flowing river and I have to open the gates to let it through. Once the writing starts flowing, I don't want to stop until I finish a chapter or scene.
How do you approach cover design?
I often use 3D software to create the scene, then I finalize the cover image in GIMP.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm a fantasy writer and I read fantasy, too. I also like mysteries, steampunk, and science fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I will read books on anything: Kindle, Nook, Calibre, print, my computer, my phone.
Describe your desk
My desk is cluttered, like my head.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the country, and then we moved to a small city. How did this influence my writing? What are you, my therapist? We don't have time to get into that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love giving my characters a place to exist!
Is your goal to entertain or inform?
To me, writing is about more than entertainment. I have a message to give to readers. I want to make people think. When people read my work, I want them to take away something of lasting value that has a beneficial impact on their lives.
What are your hobbies?
Besides writing, I fence at a sword club, go for long walks, enjoy a little gardening, and I like to paint, draw, embroider, and sew.
Who designed the cover for your book?
I designed the cover for my book using 3D software. The image in the background is a photo I took of Mt. Baker, in Washington state.
Who made the map in your book?
I made the map and drew the image for the compass. I'm sharing the full colour map online, on my Web site and author pages, so people can see it better. It's hard to make out in the print edition. I had to go with black and white to keep costs down. It didn't make sense to choose colour printing for just one image.
Why do you use British spelling?
The short answer is that British spelling seemed to fit the style of the book. The long answer is that my grandmother was English, my mother is English-Canadian, my father is American, and I was born in the U.S., also, which means that when I asked the three of them how to spell a word, I received 2 or 3 different answers. I learned to spell in different ways, so I had to pick one. It's difficult to remember which group uses which spelling. Please don't ask me how to spell the word lisense, licence, lisence, license--that word is spelled differently in England, Canada, U.S., and I think the Australians use yet another spelling, but I'm not sure because I'm confused now.
Who edited and formatted your book?
Epona Author Solutions. Kit is great to work with!
Who is Dan Christy?
Dan Christy was a student teacher in my 9th grade English class. He encouraged me to write and keep writing.
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Books by This Author

Arrow's Flight
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 99,650. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
An unknown menace moves through the polite society of Pearl’s Holding. Finding the answer lies with a young woman of mysterious origins whose life has been touched by tragedy. To fulfill her potential, she must confront her past and discover a future more amazing than she’d ever imagined and find the inner strength to fly.