Interview with Mayra sergranes

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The things that inspire me are everyday things. Sometimes they are personal experiences that are very close to me and sometimes they are things that I see others experience. At times there are things that I must just hear or see on a television program or even on the radio.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my "non-writing" time doing some other creative things like upcycled arts and crafts. I also have a wesbiste for this at . Life is pretty hectic living in a big city.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the things I have discovered recently about any electronic literature has been through the trials and tribulations of searching the internet. Inevitably one search had led from one thing to the other.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The very first story that I remember writing that truly had the biggest impact on me was The Shooting. It was an essay I wrote about a shooting that had taken place in the building across the street from where I lived. My daughter was very small and I was trying to get my Masters degree while working full time.
What is your writing process?
My wrting process is that I basically keep a couple of blank notebooks with pens near my bedside and as soon as a poem or a thought comes to me I try to write it down. I used to be much more disciplined and have a time in the mornings when I used to get up just to type what I had written by hand. Right now my apartment is quite small and the space doesn't lend itself to the luxury of just getting up early and just start wrting.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Well there are two stories and they are both childhood stories. One of them is the Goldilocks and the three bears. The impact this story had on me is that I guess you have a choice about the things you like and the things you don't like. The other story is Red Riding Hood and the three pigs. This story to me had the impact that life can be scary when you go into the unkown but you can make it.
How do you approach cover design?
I haven't really designed any cover design for a book but my website for upcycled art has a logo I designed myself. They are two intertwined triangles with two women with hands raised upward. I had done some research and the intertwined triangles stood for justice and the women with hands upward symbolize victory. I thought pretty much of myself and my daughter. I then named my blog MaytinaNation Paper Dolls
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Animal Farm - I believe this book shows that as human beings we are constantly struggling with the idea of power and how to control it and in the end it controls us by corrupting our very essence as human beings.

I Know why the Cage Bird Sings- This books to me is about how we are trapped and cage we really want to reach out and be heard in order to be set free

Grapes of Wrath- This book to me at first was depressing because it seemed that no matter how hard people work they never seemed to progress. But, to me it is an importatnt thing to know that even the worst of times come to pass.

Julius Cesar- We should never be praised for our bad deeds. Even the best of allies can turn on each other
What do you read for pleasure?
I actually enjoy reading newspapers and magazines. They provide a quick and easy way to get information and stories that are current.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't really have any right now. But, I would get a kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm really new in the game. I have just began to explore and learn about different venues. I have just gotten my blogs listes on to make them available on a kindle. I think with so many new things coming up all the time you really have to be open to really be open to searching and be involved in the social media scene
Published 2013-09-21.
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