MARA POWERS is an American Gen X’er who discovered the mystery of Atlantis at sixteen, and has researched it avidly ever since. Hailing from a literary family, she has always been a free spirit, living a life of adventure in pursuit of her many creative talents. Her travels have enhanced her love of words, and gifted her with experiences, life observations and characters to weave into her stories. She regularly migrates between Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, Northern Colorado, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Austin, Texas.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend much of my time "chasing the muse." That's a fancy was of saying, I look for inspiration. I believe there is a lot of magic in the world, and it's all a matter of knowing how to see it by looking at the "spaces in between." I move around seasonally to the various cities I live in. In all these places I have different things I like to do. Either I spend a lot of time alone in nature, or do fun things with my many friends. My favorite time with nature is along the ocean, or in the forest among the trees.
What is your writing process?
I believe my writing is also seasonal. It seems that my best writing is done in the summer and the winter. The rest of the time, I battle with writer's block. I am a spring person, as my birthday is the first day of spring, and I always feel like that is power season when I am motivated to network and party. I am very nice to myself. I find it important not to beat myself up when the block gets me. I try and take that as my time to do other things. But ultimately when I write, I have a schedule where I include walks, research and meditation. All these activities revolve around the writing. The other main thing is, everything that happens to me in my life gets written into the story as somewhat of a catharsis. Every scene in my books are things that have happened to me or someone else along the way.