Blaque: Welcome back to another edition of author spotlight. Today, I have the pleasure of speaking with author Maria Vermisoglou. Welcome!
Maria: Thanks so much for this opportunity.
Blaque: No problem at all. I’m just doing my part. Authors supporting other authors.
Maria: Yes, that is so nice of you.
Blaque: So Maria lets get started with your interview. I’m looking forward to learning more about you and your work.
Blaque: Where are you from?
Maria: I’m from Greece, and yes, I wrote my book in English. I am the exception to the rule.
Blaque: That is quite fascinating! Your English is very good, if I do say so myself.
Maria: Thank you.
Blaque: What is your goal as an author?
Maria: My goal as an author is to have my books loved by readers all over the world.
Blaque: So, tell me. What kind of child were you growing up?
Maria: I was shy and could be found always reading a book. Also, my mind was in the clouds, meaning I day-dreamed a lot. LOL.
Blaque: As authors, we all have those moments when story ideas won’t come to mind, or we are stuck on a particular part of a story for which we can’t see where to proceed. How do you deal with writer’s block?
Maria: I stare at the ceiling for ideas. I don’t get writer’s block often, but sometimes I just don’t want to write.
Blaque: What is your fondest childhood memory?
Maria: Christmastimes with the family are my fondest childhood memories. The entire family would gather around the table and there would be enough food to feed an army. We would talk together and have fun. We would also open presents. I guess that is why Christmas is still one of my favorite seasons of the year.
Blaque: Are there any other published authors in your family? (Self-published or traditionally published.)
Maria: No, I am the only published author, but we do have some artists in the family.
Blaque: I’ve never really been into the stars, signs, and moons craze that people speak so highly of, but I have found that most of the characteristics of my zodiac sign fit me perfectly. What is your zodiac sign?
Maria: I am proud to be a Sagittarius.
Blaque: If you were offered an all-expense paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why?
Maria: There isn’t one particular place I would visit. I would travel all over the world. I love traveling, and I think that every place has its own unique beauty and magic.
Blaque: Do you prefer writing your first drafts on paper, or on the computer? Why?
Maria: I prefer to write my first drafts on the computer, because I can erase them without leaving smudges. Sometimes though, I do write down my ideas on paper.
Blaque: What is your favorite genre of music?
Maria: I don’t really have one in particular, but I do enjoy listening to soundtracks, pop, and rock music.
Blaque: We can find inspiration for a story anywhere. Where do you get most of your story ideas?
Maria: I get most of my story ideas from other books – a book can spark another idea, but also from places or movies.
Blaque: What did you want to be when you grew up? Is that the occupation you’re in now?
Maria: I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I wanted something related to books. I am a librarian, so the goal was achieved.
Blaque: Many of us have other gifts besides our gift of words, do you have any other talents besides writing?
Maria: If making handcrafted items is a talent, then yes, I suppose I do. I make handmade items like bracelets, key chains, and candles.
Blaque: Yes, homemade craft making is definitely a talent.
Maria: Well, then I do have another talent. LOL.
Blaque: What is your all-time favorite book?
Maria: The list is very long, but I will only mention two this time. The first is the Harry Potter series, because it taught me to love books – I hated them before. The second is “The Mortal Instruments”, because this was the book that inspired my own series.
Blaque: Have you ever used people you know as characters in your books?
Maria: Yes, some of my characters were inspired by people I know, or their character traits.
Blaque: Feedback from our readers are what makes writing so worthwhile. To know that someone enjoyed something that we produced, keeps the love of writing going. How does it make you feel when a reader tells you that they enjoyed reading your book?
Maria: I am overjoyed when a reader tells me they enjoyed my book, but when they tell me things like “When does the next one come out?” or “It should be a movie”, then I am over the moon.
Blaque: What is your favorite type of dessert?
Maria: Anything involving chocolate is my favorite type of dessert, but not always.
Blaque: We learn a lot in life as we grow and mature. If you could talk to your younger self, what would you tell him or her?
Maria: I would tell her not to worry too much.
Blaque: If you could co-write a book with any author, who would it be, and why?
Maria: I have a lot of favorite authors, but I would like to co-write with an author who is just starting his/her career, because I want to help them develop, and we could learn from each other.
Blaque: What show did you enjoy watching as a child?
Maria: I enjoyed watching Pokemon. I always got up in time to see it. It was one of my favorite shows.
Blaque: When we’re starting our writing careers, we often find ourselves experiencing some difficulties. What has been the hardest hurdle you’ve had to jump over while embarking on your writing journey?
Maria: The most difficult thing for me was killing a character. This was my first book, so I made the mistake of getting too close with my characters. I didn’t want to kill one of the characters, so the book was delayed. One day, I said that I would do it. I couldn’t delay it any longer. I did it, and it was painful. After that, killing other characters was easy. Another difficulty was the whole publishing process, because English isn’t my first language, but I managed.
Blaque: I’m glad to see that you overcame your hurdles, and now you have a published book to show for it.
Maria: I’m glad of that also.
Blaque: Do you have a favorite character that you’ve created?
Maria: Eva. She is my main character, and the difficulties she has to face are great, but she does get over them and comes out stronger than ever. I also love her because her mind is set to save everyone, even if that is a stranger. She will walk through hell and fire to save the ones she loves. She is a storm.
Blaque: What are you currently working on?
Maria: I am currently working on the second volume of the cursed girl series.
Blaque: Describe your latest book in just ten words.
Maria: My latest book is my first. I am just starting out, but the words I have for it are: Love, friendship, twists and turns, backstabbing, thrilling, and amazing.
Blaque: Well, we have come to the end of another insightful author interview. I just have one last question for you Maria. What advice would you give someone who aspires to be an author?
Maria: My advice would be to write, write, and write! Write even if you think it’s pointless. You can see a tunnel right now, but in the end, you will see the light bright and shiny. Every successful author before you started small and everyone knows them now. If they can do it, why can’t you?
Blaque: Very good advice. You can do anything you put your mind to. All you have to do is do it. It was so nice speaking with you today Maria. I enjoyed getting to know just a bit more about the person behind the title of author, and I’m sure your readers did as well.
Maria: Thank you. I enjoyed sharing a bit more about myself so that my readers can know me more intimately.
Blaque: So, you know I can’t let you go without you leaving potential readers with your contact information, right?
Maria: Yes, of course not. Shall I go ahead?
Blaque: The floor is yours. Have at it.
Maria: Readers can like and follow my Facebook fan page here.
They can also follow me on Goodreads to keep up with my latest releases. If they would like to check out the book trailer for “The Cursed Girl Volume 1”, they can view it here.
“The Cursed Girl” can be purchased from Amazon by visiting this link.
Blaque: Thank you so much Maria for taking time out to visit with me today. Until next time. Happy writing!
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