Studio Carry On Harry [ Interviews with Authors ] Book Talks with Author Magda L . Occasion being her New Book Release True Intentions . Today in this interview session she is about to introduce her book to us and shares her journey as an author. She is also going to share her writing process and will share some tips for new authors .
This is the story of Carlandra Boodoo. A freshly nineteen-year-old full-time massage student witnessing the money struggles of her Trinidadian mother and downfall of her older brother from a work-related injury causing his layoff. Guilt eats at Carlandra as she feels helpless in her family’s situation.
Until things take an unexpected turn one afternoon as she’s enjoying the sunny outdoors with her boyfriend Benito, when out of the blue she is suddenly offered a money opportunity that could either make or break her family’s situation. Benito encourages her to take a chance, but Carlandra hesitates as she’s not sure if she’s ready for the risks that may be involved..
Book Talks / Interview with Author Magda L
Tell us about yourself. Who you are where you come from. Few things that define you ?
I am a self-published author in relatable Young Adult fiction, and also a full-time student. I like to stay pretty mysterious so not many people in my life are actually aware of my passion for writing;)
How did you discover writer in you ? What ultimately made you a writer ?
I’ve never been the best at expressing myself or knowing how to communicate my thoughts. At an early age, writing became my escape and way of expression and still is. It helps me relieve some of the pent-up thoughts swirling in my head. I’m grateful to have it in my life.
What are qualities that an author should have to write well ?
Originality, passion, willingness to learn. Every writer owns a different style, which is why it’s important to use it to its fullest potential. You need to love the art of writing itself as well as accept the fact that it is forever a learning process no matter how long you’ve been doing it. That’s also what makes it so fun,. you learn countless things and can try out so many different styles until you get more comfortable and satisfied with what you like.
How do you construct ideas into books. Tell us Journey of your Books how they travel from just a thought all the way to store ?
My brain is full of ideas and works all hours of the day. The hardest part for me, is picking out the ideas that I can elaborate on and really work with to create a book that others will want to read. The way I organize this is by writing character profiles, timelines, and sorting ideas until they become a clean storyline, then I start the actual writing process.
What is your writing process. How you develop a plot, make it interesting read , create characters. Where do you draw inspiration from ?
Anything can inspire me ( a random girl on the bus, a colorful backpack.) I’ll jot down my ideas, then elaborate on them when more inspiration comes to mind. The writing process starts after I’ve drafted character profiles and timelines.
How do you cope with writing block ? And any tips you have found to over come those blocks ?
This happens every now and then and I hate it, but the best thing you can do is not force it and take a break until the idea comes to you naturally. In my case, I work on multiple stories at a time, so when I’m stuck on one, I go to another.
What is your writing routine ? Do you fancy to write a certain type of character or book ?
I write when I can, especially since I’m a full-time student. I always write Young Adult fiction with characters ranging from 15 to 24. I mainly specialize in novellas and short stories as I have too many ideas to focus on long novels. It’s easier for me to separate these ideas into smaller stories.
What gener of books you want to write in future ?
I’m not sure to be honest. I love writing Young Adult Fiction. It’s my favorite genre. Maybe someday I’ll lean more into adult content, or those motivational/advice books. I feel like that’s something I would enjoy writing.
Your experiences with publishers and editors ? Any Tips for aspiring author about finding and working with them ?
I haven’t had the best experience with publishers in the past (one in particular) which is what sparked my desire to go independent. My tip for aspiring authors is, always do your research to know what you’re getting into. Don’t trust any company that demands money up front. Those scams never end well. Believe in yourself and your work before anyone else and stay true to your gut feeling.
Any book writing in progress ?
I’m currently drafting a few short stories. I won’t give anything away, but it’s a work in progress that I’m excited to share once perfected.
People whom you would like to thank and share gratitude with this interview ?
I would like to thank my mom and brother for always being supportive and believing in me. And I thank you guys for this opportunity.
How did you hear about CarryOnHarry ? Any message for Studio ? Any Suggestion that we can make it better ?
I found one of your posts on Facebook and checked out your website. I think you guys are doing great.