- Guest Author -
Here is an interview with a very talented author from the USA. Maria Rochelle is the author of the Jasmine series of books.
Welcome, Maria ...
WHAT WERE YOU IN A PAST LIFE, BEFORE YOU BECAME A WRITER?
I was an administrative assistant for a Captain in Uniformed Patrol Division.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
Writing is liberating! I enjoy that I can express my thoughts and feelings in my poetry and in my song writing. I also enjoy that I can have a little fun and tell a cute story about a miniature schnauzer who goes on adventures with her pals. I especially enjoy hearing a child tell me that they love Jasmine (main character in my books).
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE WRITING PLACE?
Yes, I have a couple actually. I enjoy writing at Starbucks which is conveniently not far from me, and I also enjoy writing in my dining room which is my office space.
WRITERS ARE SOMETIMES INFLUENCED BY THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN THEIR OWN LIVES. ARE YOU?
For me personally, my childhood has had an impact on my writing in particularly to my children books. I wanted to teach children to dream about what they want to do with their lives because I wasn’t taught that. My Mother was too busy with working and raising children to teach me, and I don’t think it was discussed very much in the time that I was growing up.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
I’m writing for a couple of magazines right now which are mainly interviews with those in the entertainment industry and film news as well. I’m also writing a screenplay for a TV show that I’m creating and another children’s book.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Other writers inspire me and music and quotes. I really love to read blog posts by Mark Manson, and he writes about his life experiences and shares really informative posts about love, relationships and so many other topics as well. Music is inspirational in a way that nothing else is because the right group or solo artist can hit on a topic that I’m thinking about and just impact me. If I’m having a bad day, I can just go to my I-phone and look through my songs on Amazon or I-tunes, and find that song that I know will inspire me or motivate me. I love quotes like: “never give up” or “keep the faith.” I can always find a quote on Pinterest or Twitter for any inspiration that I might need.
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR AND WHY?
James Patterson is definitely one of my favorites. He grabs me with the first page of his book, and I don’t want to put it down. One of my favorite series by him is the Alex Cross series.
OTHER THAN WRITING, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE?
Working out, being with my family and friends, singing and writing songs, traveling and watching movies
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR NEW WRITERS?
Never give up on your dreams and keep writing. Read every day and write every day. Learn to network with other writers and others who are not in the industry of writing. Have a social presence by being on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest or all three.
HOW MUCH THOUGHT GOES INTO DESIGNING A BOOK COVER?
I don’t have to think too much about design covers because I decided to have my main character, Jasmine, to be on each cover of the book. My illustrator, Jo Linsdell, gives me ideas as well on what Jasmine should be dressed as based on the title of the book. So, it might take an hour or more to figure out what is the best look for her and then to pick the color of the book as well.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
I would like to have more Jasmine Dreams books published as well as finish a couple of novels that I’ve been working on.
Clancy's comment: Well done, Maria. You have some very cute-looking books. Keep going.