Interview with Bell Maya

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to express my deepest thoughts and emotions, being able to show the world who I really am.
What do your fans mean to you?
To have a group of people who enjoy my work and want to see more, who are just in love with the characters as I am, would be a gift that has no price. My fans mean everything to me, without them, I'd be nothing, it's why we write.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on my debut book, The King of Aces, the first novel in the Death's Final March series.
Who are your favorite authors?
Of course they would have to be J.K Rowling, Tolkein, Sarah J. Mass and Erin Hunter.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought of a future where I am satisfied and happy, the dream of one day seeing my books come to life as a movie.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy reading, playing my PS4, spending time with my friends and sleeping.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the time I discover them through other authors and suggestions
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I remember writing the story of an escaped Tiger and her west for freedom whilst escaping the Zoo Keeper, I remember showing it to my teachers and receiving a principals award because I was in year one.
What is your writing process?
I come up with the idea, write it down and write an overview which includes the cast of characters, a blurb and an outline of the plot before actually writing then hiring an editor.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't quite remember the very first story, but one really sticks out to me. It was the story of a mother rabbit and her baby and how each day they told each other how much they loved one another. It impacted me because of the connection it made between my parents and I.
How do you approach cover design?
Currently most of my covers are done by myself. I always make them sharp and take a step back, putting myself in the readers shoes and thinking if it really stands out, and if it appeals to me and ticks all the boxes, then it's good to go.
Published 2014-12-30.
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