Interview with Murielle Cyr

What is your writing process?
My stories usually start with an emotion that shakes me up--then a scenario appears, followed by characters. The plotting is the most difficult and is forever changing. The actual writing seems to come easily enough, but the rewrites and proofreading are pretty arduous.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first stories were in grade school. I used to concentrate on one of my classmates in math class (not my favourite subject) and imagine them in weird scenarios. Scribbling my stories while the teacher explained a new math concept on the board got me into a lot of hot water, but somehow I managed to pass the benchmark and went on to high school.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was a voracious reader as a child and read anything I could put my hands on. High school brought Nancy Drew and Thomas B. Costain which I couldn't get enough of. I guess I was drawn to those writers because of their predictability--it must have compensated for my unstable home life.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter are my marketing tools, but I'm not a very efficient self-promoter. Keeping up with social media eats up a lot of my writing time.
When did you first start writing?
Writing was always a need of mine starting in grade school. A few of my poems and short stories appeared in literary magazines and anthologies through the years. My writing got placed on the back burner when the children were young, but I always reserved a bit of time when they were down for the night. I had always wanted to write a children's book, so that was was my first project when I had more free time.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I became an indie writer because of the hands on experience. Self-publishing brings right you to the middle of the whole writing process. You retain more control of your work and get immediate feedback from your readers. You release your book for the world to see, but it still belongs to you. There's more immediacy; you know exactly what is happening with your book at any given time. It takes traditional publishing such a long time after a contract is signed before they are ready to release.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are an important part of the writing process. Their feedback is the only way a book will stay alive. If nobody reviews or comments about your book it will disappear.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a hardworking neighbourhood in the Montreal suburbs.In hindsight, I guess I come from a dysfunctional family, although at the time I thought everything was normal. There were a lot of colourful and weird people around and they slip into my stories quite often.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read books that have an emotional punch and a strong message. So many authors come to mind: Cormac McCarthy, Alice Walker, Louise Erdrich, Toni Morrison, Alice Monroe, to name a few. There are so many classics on my list that I love to reread when I get the time.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a dependable Kobo that I carry around, but I also read a lot on my computer.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, CATORI'S WORLDS, is a YA novel about a fifteen year old who is transported to a parallel world on the way to school one morning. Once there she discovers that evil forces are out to get her. Her only way back is by trusting a stranger that she meets in the rest rooms of the bus station. Trusting someone doesn't come easy to her but she must overcome this in order to survive.
What are you working on next?
I'll be working on the next two installments of Catori's Worlds and hope to release by the fall. I'm also planning a historical novel about 1880 Quebec.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I'm reading, gardening, practicing my Tai Chi , walking my Labrador, doing a batch of home-crafted soap, camping and of course, trying to keep up with social media.
Published 2014-04-30.
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Books by This Author

Tree Roads
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 5,130. Language: Canadian English. Published: September 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Ariana prides herself in upholding justice for all and is a staunch believer in the inherent good nature of man. Disaster strikes one day when she decides to come to the help of a stranger on a lonely country road. Will her ideology survive this horrific ordeal?
Catori's Worlds
Series: Catori's Worlds. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,660. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Catori has all the odds stacked against her: a loner with one green eye who hates school and just about everybody who goes there. When she finds herself transported to a strange parallel world on her way to school one morning, the only thing she wants to do is get back home to her blue blanket. Evil forces track her down and have no intention of letting her go back alive.
Taking Sides
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,480. Language: Canadian English. Published: August 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Rennie participates in a peaceful student protest which turns to mayhem. It's through the terror of fire and violence that she discovers the real protest within her.
Strays
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,620. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Maddie was the name she gave when she didn't want her date to call back. After a lapse of twenty years, she meets up with an old flame and her life is altered.
Culloo
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,020. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Tala can’t answer the door. The welfare officer is knocking and her father isn’t home again. She needs to find him before her and her young brother get placed in foster care. Their quest brings them to secluded woods where they discover bear poachers are responsible for their father’s disappearance.