Interview with Maya Marilyn

What are you working on next?
A short, yet informative tell all book about my experiences as a first time mom.
Who are your favorite authors?
Rudyard Kipling, Maya Angelou, and Chelsea Handler. Very difference mix, I know, but I love different things!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The sunrise.

I love when that light emerges from the depths of the earth. It is as if the soul of the planet is waking up for the day, which encourages me to do the same.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mothering my amazing boy. We love to go for swims, ferry boat rides, and adventures to the park. Being a parent is the most amazing experience in the world.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations from friends and family.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, I do not. I was always into writing as a child. I am sure my parents have drafts of my earlier works stored somewhere. Every now and then I pull open a drawer and find something I wrote when I was 6 or 7. It is pretty amazing to look back at how my talent has evolved.
What is your writing process?
I only write when inspired. Typically first thing in the morning. I also walk with a recorder, so I can take down ideas and notes when I am not near a pen or pad. Being a stay-at-home-mom, you have to learn to work with what you have, at any given moment.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was a poem actually, 'I know why the caged bird sings' by Maya Angelou. I remember thinking, "Caged birds do not sing - they cry". I suppose becoming a writer was destiny from then on.
How do you approach cover design?
My brother is a graphic designer. I normally share my thoughts at any given time with him, and he sends me something from his creative genius, based on my verbal expressions. Sometimes it is perfect from jump, other times we go back and forth until it matches the feeling and emotion I am experiencing.
What do you read for pleasure?
Books of insights, and quotes. Pretty much things that can be read quickly and on-the-go!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I only recently got into eBooks. So I do not have a device, other than my laptop. Called me old fashioned, but I like books you can hold in your hand.
Describe your desk
Very organized, with nothing but a space for my laptop, my notepad, and three sharpened number two pencils. I am a bit OCD.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on an island. It taught me to be free, follow my spirit, and only do what makes me happiest.
When did you first start writing?
When I entered the school system. About a month before my fifth birthday.
What's the story behind your latest book?
New moms new an outlet, and should be able to know that any hard times they are experiencing... they are NOT alone. My book will cut to the chase, but be informative, and revealing all the same.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I prefer to be independent. I accept help when offered, but only if it is needed. So why not publish my own book?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When someone tells me that my words helped them at some point in their life.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I am grateful and thankful... eternally.
How do you approach cover design?
My brother is a graphic artist. I share my feelings with him, and he sends me something amazing. Occasionally we need to tweak his creation a bit, but most times he hits the nail on the head the first go at it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea - very funny, amusing, and inspiring.

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang - I love Chelsea Handler books, and this is my second favorite by her. She truly encapsulates reality, with grit, with a sense of purpose and a twisted sort of pride.

Belly Laughs - such a beautifully written, honest, amazing, funny text. Jenny McCarthy is top notch!

Love, Lust & Faking It - I adore Jenny McCarthy's way of sharing her funniest, somewhat embarrassing, and always entertaining.

The Jungle Book - most amazing collection of stories ever written.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth. Social networking. Online ads.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The jury is still out!
Published 2013-10-15.
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