Author Interview #9, with Maria Savva!
Describe yourself in 5 words:
MS: Writer, romantic, shy, creative, quiet.
Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):
“It seemed like only yesterday that she was a young girl with dreams. She didn’t have them anymore, the hope was no longer there; but she could still remember the dreams, like distant memories.”
— Excerpt from The Perfect Life, a story about loneliness, from Maria’s upcoming short story collection, Love and Loyalty (and Other Tales). The book contains 15 fictional short stories, dealing with subjects including: love, loss, deceit, lies, and relationships.
Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):
MS: I love this quote from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote. I love reading and have too many favourite authors to mention!
“Never love a wild thing… you can’t give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they’re strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That’s how you’ll end up…if you let yourself love a wild thing. You’ll end up looking at the sky.”
Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:
MS: I love writing — getting the actual story down on paper. I hate editing. As a self-published author, I have to do a lot of my own editing and I would say it’s definitely the least enjoyable part of the whole publishing process.
What is your definition of “good writing”?
MS: Good writing should flow well and keep the reader interested.
Please share your #1 tip for writers:
MS: Always get someone else to read your manuscript before you submit it or publish it, and preferably someone who will tell you the truth about what they think. Also, be prepared to put in a lot of time editing your book. The first draft is always rubbish, no matter what anyone else tells you!
*UPDATE (2012): Be sure to check out Maria’s other books, such as Fusion. Truly a work of art!