Interview with Maisie Pinkleswift

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J M Barrie. I loved this story, as it was like being let into a secret. Everyone knows the Disney version of Peter Pan as a boy but hardly anyone knows how he started life as a bird in the Kensington Gardens and lived with fairies. J M Barrie must have had a wonderful imagination.

I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory over and over as a child and loved the craziness of it. The amazing sweets that were invented in the factory were something else. Roald Dhal is so very talented!

Alice in Wonderland is completely out of this world and I read the book, enjoyed the Johnney Deape film and recently saw an amazing version of the ballet. I can't say I have the tee-shirt but better than that I had the tea party last summer and all my friends came dressed as characters and we had afternoon tea. That story so inspired me.

The Curious incident of the Dog in the Night was a touching and educating story about an autistic boy and I learned lots from this. It was so well written,informative, funny,sad and unputdownable.
Describe your desk
I sit at a big farmhouse table in the dining room which overlooks the gardens, a stream and woodland. It is a place I am most happy to be at. There is always a pile of magazines I want to read and torn out articles from papers and receipes I intend to cook. There are lots of to do lists with tasks still waiting to be done. The drawer is full of pens, a large magnifying glass, packets of seeds and things I need to find quickly. My laptop is right there with a large mug of Earl Grey tea next to it in the day and a large crystal glass of a good red wine if it is late at night.
When did you first start writing?
I still remember the first poem I wrote and I think I was about 7 years old.
What are you working on next?
Before I even finished A Magical Christmas I had the ideas to write a follow up story and made lots of notes about two of the characters who were going to be in the book and continue their adventure. I couldnt wait to complete the first book because I had so many ideas in my head for the next one I just wanted to get them on paper and make it happen.
Who are your favorite authors?
Roald Dahl
J M Barrie
Lewis Carrol
Kate Atkins
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A million things that I have to do.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to grow things in the garden, flowers, vegetables, trees anything that I think is beautiful or unusual. Maybe I will just walk about and deadhead the flowers and see what is happening. The other day I found a large bumble bee resting on the grass and I heard that if bees get exhausted you should fee them honey so I gave her some on a spoon and we sat there together for ages and she just keep on eating it. In the end I got arm ache and left the spoon resting on the grass for her to finish. You never know what you might find in the garden.
I love baking cakes and eating them with friends. Actually anything that involves eating good food with good company is pretty pleasing
To relax I sit in an auction room and bid on things It is like gambling I guess but at least you get to go home with the prize when you've spent your money.
What do you read for pleasure?
I would like to say something deep and meaningful but these days it would be cookery books, magazine articles and the sunday papers.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My laptop.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Impatience. I could not be doing with sending a manuscript to a publisher then wait three months or more to probably get a rejection slip because one person has looked at it and decided it is not right for their agency. I think to just get a book out there into the big wide world and reach a huge amount of readers is an amazing opportunity not to be missed. The internet has created so many opportunities for entrapreneurs.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To get a vision and a story out of my head and onto paper so that everyone can share my imagination.
What is your writing process?
You can run wild with the imagination in a children's story and anything is possible.
I start with an unusual idea which often comes totally out of the blue and it quickly forms the entire story in my head. Then I spend a long time turning the whole thing into verse, which has to conjure up a vision for the reader and cannot just rhyme for the sake of it. Each story has to be left for weeks maybe months then re-read and tweaked slightly here and there until I feel it is just right.
People find it amazing that an entire story can be written in verse. I think it makes the whole thing more fun to read and I try to put a little humor in here and there too.
How do you approach cover design?
I think it should be simple but eye catching and relate to the story as much as possible.
Published 2014-10-20.
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Books by This Author

A Magical Christmas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 650. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
It is Christmas Eve and Peter is given a special present that he cannot wait to open. It is a magical book about a circus and as he turns each page, the characters step out of the book and come to life in his bedroom. He has the most wonderful night, juggling with clowns, doing magic and walking the tight rope!