What advice do you have for someone whose parents and friends tell them that pursuing a career in writing is a waste of time, and that they should find a career that is 'sustainable'?
Should writers write as a hobby?
Hello! I'm going through a depressed phase when it comes to my writing and I thought I'd ask if you've ever felt that way. Have you ever felt like your writing is not worth reading? Like it's really bad and nobody is going to like it? And if you have, how do you cheer your ego up?
My Insomnia chose the perfect time to hit!
I have a few questions me'Lovely Maria!
1. How do you get inspiration for your writing? Movies, chilling on holiday, in the bath etc?
2. GOD DAMN IT VALEK MARRY YELENA ALREADY (its not a question but heyhoo)
3. After these books and finished what will you be thinking of next for us? :)
Also hi! Hope you're well! xx
Have you ever doubted the quality of your work, and if so how did you overcome that fear?
Hi Maria! I recently graduated with my MS in International Agriculture, but I have always had a dual passion for global food production and creative writing (which I minored in as an undergrad). I'm in the process of finishing another novel and would love to write full time, but I've spent so many years and education working towards an ag career, I would hate to turn my back on it now. I was wondering, what made you decide to turn from the sciences and take the plunge as a writer? Was it a ... See More gradual shift, or did you wake up one day and decide you would rather write?
I have been working on a big project but the things is, I am unsure if i should write it as an original story as I am still young and still discovering myself as a writer. Do you think I should write it as my own story or post it as a Fanfiction and see what people think of the idea.
How do you come up with your names - for people, places, whatever? Baby books or thin air or...?
Did you always know that you wanted to write fiction? Was it something you ever studied (alongside your meteorology degree)?
Was it hard to write your first book? Did you ever not like something, and have to fix it over many times?
After writing a novel, what is the best course of action? Do you send your manuscript to an agent? If not, how do you find someone to represent you?
"Meteorologist turned novelist, Maria has a dozen novels and numerous short stories under her belt, including the acclaimed “Study Series". She’s been on the New York Times bestseller list, won a half-dozen awards, and has earned her MA degree in Writing from Seton Hill University where she also shares her knowledge with the current crop of MFA students. This is a great opportunity to chat with a knowledgeable and experienced author about writing, publishing, and the trials and tribulations of creative life. Get your questions in now!"