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Author Interview with Mia Powell

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  1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

I remember writing a short story about a ladybug when I was around six or seven. I typed it up on the family computer, printed it out, drew pictures, and stapled it together. My parents were friends with the owner of a restaurant by our house and I remember bringing my little book with me to dinner one night; I think I wanted to show him my accomplishment!

  1. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?

Prose, poetry, and plays mostly! I’ll write or read anything!

  1. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Right now, Wonder Woman and Moana. I thought they were both beautiful stories, I loved all the characters, and these heroines are super important for audiences, especially children, to see.

  1. Which famous writer can you most identify with?

I’ve been compared to Hemingway and I absolutely love that. I also have a strong connection in my heart to Stephen King: my grandfather and I are very much alike and King was his favorite; towards the end of his life, he read and reread any King book he could get his hands on.

  1. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

My major WIP is a high fantasy novel, but I’m also working on two poetry collections. I have a blog (http://legendsofmia.blogspot.com/) where I post some of my creative writing, op-eds, and reviews. And I’m planning out a YouTube channel centered around writing, books, and makeup that I hope to get up very soon!

  1. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece? 

Yes, I already have to! There’s a character in the first few chapters that I decided I didn’t need. I knew that if I went back to edit her out before moving on, I’d stop writing (it’s happened before). I just made her leave as soon as I could and kept writing, so I’ll have to remove her when I go back for the first big edit!

  1. Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Try everything. You don’t have to write one specific way or genre because you’ll get stuck and sad and think about giving up; you don’t have to follow every piece of advice that people give you because it will contradict. Try everything until you decide it doesn’t work for you – and then try it again later.

  1. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉 )

Straight A’s! I still talk to some of my English teachers from high school, and I so admire the professors I have in college.

  1. How much research do you do for your writing?

Depends on the piece. If I’m doing something that’s soaked, marinated, and covered in history I’ll go through months of timelines and history books and trivia. There’s a WIP in the deep, deep depths of my folders set in WWI or II and I spent an entire year reading books and looking at maps and writing out a timeline of real-life events that might affect the characters and important fictional events in the characters’ lives before I even sat down to write the first word. In another historical romance, I didn’t do any research except for what I already knew until I had a question or two that needed to be answered immediately. For my current WIP, the only “research” I’ve done is figuring out how to draw a map and finding the pictures I put on my Pinterest board.

  1. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I mostly write on my laptop, but there are a few that I’ll write longhand if the mood demands it. I almost always write poems longhand first, because I get a line stuck in my head in class and need to put it somewhere, so I write it out in my binder or maybe my phone if I’m in the hall. There’s one WIP that needs to feel like a journal and an essay, so I have a very in-character notebook that I’m writing that in.

  1. What is the best advice you’ve been given? 

One of my writing professors is an absolute Godsend, especially when it comes to speaking actual gold very offhandedly. I’ve tweeted two things in particular that I find to be excellent reminders: “I think a lot of people stop writing because they don’t think it’s good. But it’s not good because it’s not done,” and “There’s no ‘good enough.’ There’s just what you want to do.” Keep an eye out on my Twitter for #GreenFacilitates (he often says he doesn’t teach, he facilitates – because you can’t teach writing)!

  1. What book do you think everyone should read?

There are three books I recommend to absolutely everyone no matter what they usually like to read: Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby, The Winter Seaby Susanna Kearsley, and Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys.

  1. Two-part question: Do you play a musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?

I do not! I took piano and violin lessons when I was younger, but I never quite connected. I’d love to learn the harp – that would be so cool!

  1. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?

I think I’d like to go the traditional route, but I’ve only done minimal research into the different paths so far.

  1. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?

I don’t know who Tom Hanks considers to be his best friend, but that person! I would love to hang out with him!

  1. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

I almost wish I enjoyed science, so I could be a marine biologist!
 
17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?

Bill Murray. John Cleese. No question.

  1. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)?

My senior year of high school, I got to direct a one act play that I wrote the year before. I don’t really like the play that much anymore and I wish certain circumstances could have been better, but I’m still really proud that I got it to production.

19.  What quote do you live by?

Robin Williams: “You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” Mr. Williams is a huge inspiration to me, and the reason behind my tattooed R on my wrist.

  1. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer Prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)   

I think it would be really cool for my work to be taught in school.

  1. Would you like to ask me a question?

Was there a specific book or author that sparked your interest in writing?

Probably Catcher In The Rye.  It was the first book I read where I felt like an adult… absorbing his (J.D. Salinger) compelling words considering I was only 15 years old. I paid homage by naming one of my characters in my book, Feedback after him.

Many thanks to Mia for interviewing with me! Please keep tabs on this cool up and coming writer here:

Twitter @LegendsOfMia
https://www.instagram.com/legendsofmia/
http://legendsofmia.blogspot.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW7GrcwJRId2_ulUJdKDHIA

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Wednesday’s Quotes & Tunes…

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“Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. no matter what else has changed in you or the world, that one song stays the same, just like that moment.” ― Sarah Dessen

“I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes” ― Vladimir Nabokov

“But this road doesn’t go anywhere,” I told him.
“That doesn’t matter.”
“What does?” I asked, after a little while.
“Just that we’re on it, dude,” he said.” ― Bret Easton EllisLess Than Zero

“Not marble nor the gilded monuments
Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme,
But you shall shine more bright in these contents
Than unswept stone, besmeared with sluttish time.
When wasteful war shall statues overturn
And broils roots out the work of masonry,
Nor mars his sword nor war’s quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.
‘Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
Even in the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.
So, till judgement that yourself arise,
You in this, and dwell in lovers eyes.” ― William ShakespeareShakespeare’s Sonnets

Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

The Ghost in You – Psychedelic Furs
Englishman In New York – Sting ❤
Set My Baby Free – Ian Brown
Loaded – Primal Scream
Rise – Public Image Limited
Slide – Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean & Migos
Nearly Lost You – Screaming Trees
Rumor Has It – Adele
The Good Life – Weezer

Special dedication to Anthony
Lonely is the Night – Billy Squier
So What’cha Want – The Beastie Boys
Paul Simon two play – You Can Call Me Al / Late in the Evening
Going to California – Led Zeppelin
Stop Dragging my Heart Around – Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty & The Heart-breakers

 

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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The 10 Best Bookstores in New York!

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https://bestthingsny.com/bookstores/

I’ve been to 8 of these, hope to scratch off Buffalo & Ithaca soon. Road trip anyone? Support your local bookstore gems 🙂

Happy Friday!
LDM

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Book Sale!

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Who doesn’t love a book sale?

If you haven’t read the Pulitzer & Nobel prize winning… wait a minute… oops… what day is it today? I meant to say Pulitzer & Nobel prize worthy novel, Feedback (listen, I can dream can’t I?) than you need to and spread the word!

Amazon – Kindle version only $2.99 and paperback $12.99!
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=lisa+montanino

From the 5 star reviews alone, you’ll ❤ it. Also, I’ll be announcing contests / prizes in the near future for new / old reviews so sit tight.

P.s. I can’t believe it’s been three years since I released this gem… full stop 🙂

Hugs,
Lisa

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Wednesday’s Quotes and Tunes…

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Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

Coldplay – Magic
Advanced Falconry – Mutual Benefit
The Box Tops – The Letter
The Replacements – I’ll Be You
Stone Roses – Fools Gold
Happy Mondays – Step On
Echosmith – Cool Kids
The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make?
Gary Clark Jr. – Can’t Sleep
Dance This Mess Around – The B-52’s

Special dedication spin for AM ❤
They Are All In Love – The Who
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain
Goodbye For Now – Eddie Vedder

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Author Interview with Sienna Snow

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1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

My first try at writing was in high school and college. I loved to write but my parents wanted me to get a “real job” so I put my writing dreams on hold and attained my MBA.

Twenty years later, I gave it another try. My husband wanted me to to pursue my childhood dream so during the November of 2013 I signed up for NanoWriMo and wrote my first book.

2. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.? 

I love romance and fantasy. I am a sucker for a happily ever after and if it happens somewhere in Middle Earth, I am in heaven.

3. Who is your favorite fictional hero? 

I love, Roarke, the hero from the In Death Series by Nora Roberts. He is sexy, confident, and vulnerable without being weak. 

4. Which famous writer can you most identify with? 

I am a super fan of Nalini Singh. Besides her being a fellow Indian author, love how she can capture me with her words and make me see through the eyes of her heroines.

5. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

I just finish the copy edits for the book in my Rules of Engagement series, RULE MASTER and I am currently writing book three, RULE CHANGER. Outside of this series, I am working on the outline for a fantasy series about four immortal siblings.

6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece? 

The main thing I would change in my debut novel, RULE BREAKER is that I would have added more details about what caused the main characters to break up before they were reunited.

7. Do you have any advice for other writers? 

The best advice I can give, is to never give up. If you feel like writing, write. You can’t edit, revise, or polish something that was never written.

8. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉 

I would say A’s and B’s.  I was a total nerd in school.

9. How much research do you do for your writing?

I research a lot. Especially, the places and situations my characters are in. I also try to find out as much as possible about the ethnicities and social backgrounds of my characters. I try to make sure I am as accurate as possible.

10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I mainly write on my laptop, but I keep a notebook with me at all times, just in case I scene pops into my head while I am out and about.

11. What is the best advice you’ve been given? 

Don’t give up. Those who succeed are the ones who were the hungriest and continued to pursue writing even when they faced adversity.

12.  What book do you think everyone should read?

LORD OF THE RINGS and THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE are my two favorite books I read growing up and I still love rereading them.

 13. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument and / or what instrument would you like to learn to play?

I do not play an instrument, but I have always wanted to learn to play the piano. My daughter plays and listening to her play makes me wish I’d taken the time to learn when I was a child.

14. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published? 

Before I singed my first contract, I pitched my book at ever conference I could go to. I also queried every agent and editor who was seeking books in my genre. I was fortunate to find my agent at a writers conference and then she found the book deal that I signed.

15. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week? 

This one is a hard one for me. If I had to pick, then I’d want to be Kate Middleton. Who wouldn’t want to be a princess for a week. I’m sure it is not way as glamorous as it seems, but It would be awesome to take a peek at that life.

16. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

A chef, I love to cook and would love to pursue a career where I get to feed people for fun.

17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?

Bill Murray. He is so funny and weird. It is hard not to like him.

John Cleese. He is hilarious without trying and of course Monty Python

18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)

Of course, having my first book published by one of the big five, Hachette. Besides that is having one of my blog posts featured in USA Today HEA Blog

19.  What quote do you live by?

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou

20. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer Prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)   

Ideally, I would love to have one of my books become a best selling movie, as well as,hit the NY Times best seller list consistently with my books.

21. Would you like to ask me a question? What do you enjoy most about your writing?
Two things… the freedom as a novelist and therapeutic de-stress benefits it provides me.

Special thanks to Sienna for sharing her thoughts with me! Please follow this gifted writer here:

 

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Author Interview with Amber Batdorf

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1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

I began enjoying creative writing in middle school. This is when I began to feel pride in my work and was first published in an anthology. Since then, it has been my dream to be a traditionally published author.

2. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?

I would have to go with prose.

3. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Elinor Dashwood. I feel I am oftentimes more of a Marianne, but I really wish I could have Elinor’s elegance and grace.

4. Which famous writer can you most identify with?

I don’t really know how to answer this question. I guess I would have to say I most identify with any YA author promoting a heroine worth looking up to. 

5. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

I currently have a blog (amberbatdorf.com) that I attempt to update regularly. It’s mostly anecdotal; about my crazy life, but with the occasional writing update or excerpt. 

I am also finishing the second draft of my first, full-length novel Becca’s War. It is the story of a girl fighting both inside and outside of herself – battling the ideals she’s been raised with versus the truths she sees around her. 

6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece? 

I don’t know if I really, consciously change anything from first draft to second. I start with a general idea of the story I want to tell, but as my characters grow and develop, they take control of the story and make their own decisions – whether I like it or not. 

This story has become something I’m really proud of and I don’t think it could have come about any other way. 

7. Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Just get it down! I give this advice to anyone who tells me they wish to write.

No one can tell your story but you. If you have a story in you, just get it out from start to finish. You can always add, polish, or embellish when editing drafts. The most important thing is to just get it out. Then the hard part is done and you can rejoice in the fact that you just wrote a poem, novel, etc.

8. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉

My grades were always great in English class because I love to read and I get really into literary theory. I shied away from creative writing classes because the idea of peer critique freaked me out, but I really wish I had taken more of them. It would make it easier to release my work to beta readers, I think.

9. How much research do you do for your writing?

I don’t like to over do it on the research unless it’s something awfully specific that would be offensive or even dangerous to misrepresent. 

10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I used to prefer writing longhand; loving the look and feel of a full notebook. When converting from page to screen, I found I was taking too much time editing as I went. Now I prefer to just get the story out on the computer, print the entire first draft, read, edit, and then redraft. 

11. What is the best advice you’ve been given? 

The best advice I have ever been given is to not be afraid of an ugly first draft. It’s okay if it’s messy. It’s okay if it doesn’t always make sense. It helps you find your story. Don’t stress over making it perfect on the first go-around.

12.  What book do you think everyone should read?

Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman. I have read it at least two dozen times and it somehow manages to be more amazing each time. Don’t let the title fool you – it’s an adventure tale of a woman in the wild, untamed territories of early Canada.

 13. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?

I started playing the flute the summer before fourth grade. Since then, I have added many woodwinds and even some low brass to my repertoire.

I can plunk out a tune or two on the piano, but I would really like to be able to play it proficiently. 

14. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?

I would love to be traditionally published, but I am also doing the research on all that goes into self-publishing.

15. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?

Without a doubt – Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Who wouldn’t want access to that library?

16. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

I have a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. If I couldn’t write, I think I would go back to further my degree so I could teach collegiate level Literature.

17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?

Definitely Chevy Chase. I love me a good Vacation movie. I would have to go with John Cleese as I am more familiar with his work outside of Monty Python.

18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)

Finishing the first draft of my first, full-length novel. Just holding the complete, printed novel in my hand was almost overwhelming.

19.  What quote do you live by?

“I can paint.” This phrase is a family mantra meaning “I can do it,” especially in instances where your capability has been questioned. It started as part of a story of a conversation between my grandfather and my aunt (when she was younger) and has just evolved into this powerful thing. Any time anyone doubts me, even myself, I remember “I can paint.”

20. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer Prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)  

I would love to be able to write full-time. I have so many stories in me I am just bursting to tell. I want to share them with the world.  

21. Would you like to ask me a question?

No, but I do want to thank you for the opportunity of this interview. It was fun!

It was a pleasure hosting Amber on here, thanks again!

For more information on this talented writer, please check out the below links:

twitter.com/amberbatdorf

amberbatdorf.com/

Happy Holidays,

Little Mountain

 
 
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Posted by on December 14, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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