Interview with Maria Renate

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Off-job (and not writing), I read, bicycle, watch Miyazaki films, go for walks, occasionally I paint or draw.
On-job, I traverse the highways and byways of Denver's front yards, backyards, fields, alleys, parking lots, and wherever in the general wilderness on a daily quest for gas meters.
What is your writing process?
Pen to paper to computer. Or sometimes I just type.
How do you approach cover design?
I made my own. Colored inks, and a careful photograph.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is an unfair question because there is no true answer. Nobody who likes to read has only five favorite books.
I can only recommend five, by shutting my eyes and putting a finger at different spots on my shelves.
The White Stag by Kate Seredy
The Lillies of the Field by William E. Barrett
In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden
Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Louise Engdahl
The Faun and the Woodcutter's Daughter by Barbara Leonie Picard
Describe your desk
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The International Space Station, the influence of which grounded me irrevocably in unreality.
When did you first start writing?
When I was two years old, I gnawed my first pencil out of the heart of a redwood tree.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I fell through a puddle and there I was.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have a fan in the ceiling. It spins nonstop all summer and keeps the nights bearable. Fans are very useful.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having a pulse
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Because I'm a weirdo.
What are you working on next?
Building a rocket ship to Saturn, which I will populate entirely with sentient guinea pigs.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually from pestering the authors with questions.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
One with a working screen
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Learning how to read. And write.
Published 2016-01-10.
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