Monday, April 15, 2013

Five Questions with Marilyn Almodóvar

Five Questions with Marilyn Almodóvar

1.     When you think of your favorite books, what is it that draws you to them and makes you want to read them over and over again?

I have to say that Little Women, The Outsiders, Harry Potter, and The shadow in the wind by Carlos Ruiz-Zafon are the only books that I re –read obsessively. They all have a strong voice which makes them real to me. The stories are fantastic as well, and no matter how many times I read each book, I always find something, a little detail that I didn’t pick the last time I read the book. I fall in love with the characters all over again, each time I read those books.

2.     Did you consciously decide to write the genre you write, or did it choose you?

I always knew because of the type of books that I read, that I would be writing Paranormal stories. However, I didn’t know I would be writing about Time Traveling. So in that sense, Time Traveling chose me.

3.     If you could sit down for a drink and a chat with any writer, who would it be, and why?

I would probably pick… erm… Only one? Okay, I can totally pick one. I would pick Geoffrey Chaucer. Bet you didn’t expect that answer, but he’s known as the Father of English literature. I would love to ask him about the reasons why he chose to write in English, at a time when most people wrote in Latin or French, and I would also love talk to him about The Canterbury tales.

4.     When you are not writing (or reading) what is your favorite pastime?

Gaming, Role playing or LARPing. I love playing the Sims3, or playing video games on the Wii, or online. I should have probably said something more grown up like wine and cheese, or traveling, but yea, I’m happiest when I’m playing video games, role playing or LARPing.

5.     At what point were you sure that your book was ready to be published, and how did you go about making it happen?

My book wasn’t ready to be published when I thought it was. That said, I knew the story was worth publishing when my good friend and unofficial critique partner, Lindsay Morris, told me she loved it. She’s got really high standards, and I knew that she wasn’t just saying that because we are friends but rather because she loved the story. After working on Interred a few more months I sent it out to betas.  I was blessed to have Raine Thomas as one of my betas, and for her candor telling that there were several if not a thousand things that needed to be addressed. We worked together from April until January 2013, to get the book thoroughly edited and ready for publication.
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