For today I interviewed Mary R. Woldering, the author of the Children of Stone fantasy series.
Mary, what cool and exciting things have been happening in your life recently?
Greeting a new granddaughter soon, and being included in the Dreamtime Dragons Anthology with a short Story “Ana’s Dream of Flying,” an almost modern-day spinoff of my series.
Congratulations on becoming a grandmother! Can you tell us about what you're currently working on?
Book 4 of the Children of Stone Series Heart of the Lotus.
Have you ever written characters that you truly despise?
Never. I love all of them, even the wicked ones.
I get that. In many ways, your characters are like your kids.
Were you “born to write” or did you discover your passion for writing later in life?
I was born to write. I, unfortunately didn’t begin to publish until I retired.
Hey, better late than never.
Where did the idea of your story come from?
The story came from conversations about childhood spiritual experiences and dreams with a good friend in college, and later from past-life regressions. Not certain if they really were past lives any more. They were pretty wild.
Past-life regressions: a supposed therapy technique to get a person to "re-experience" their past life. You actually did that? Cool.
If you were to write a non-fiction book, what might it be about?
My autobiography, but no one would believe it was non-fiction.
Are you an early bird writer or night owl? And do you have any must haves like coffee, chocolates, wine, music or something else?
I am an early bird, and coffee is a must.
Do you have complete control over your characters or do they ever control you?
I’d say they control me. I have gone rounds with a few of them.
That's how you know you've made good characters!
What kind of impact do you want your books to have on readers?
I want it to make them think about life and our place in the universe.
What, in your opinion, is the worst mistake an author can make?
Expecting love, a bestseller and a movie deal.
So...don't sit by the phone all day expecting a phone call from Hollywood when your book comes out? Aw, man...
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Publish early, publish often.
Thank you, Mary, for taking the time to do an interview on my blog! I look forward to reading your work.
You can reach Mary Woldering on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads, and you can purchase her books on Amazon.
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