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MarriahJustine talks about her novel 'Fate Has a Way'.

Submitted:Feb 19, 2012    Reads: 86    Comments: 7    Likes: 2   

Q: Where are you from?
A: USA. I grew up in Minnesota and moved to Arizona about a year ago.

Q: What is some of your latest news for writing?
A: Nothing too exciting. I'm just finishing up the epilogue of 'Fate Has a Way', so that's pretty cool.

Q: When and why did you start writing?
A: I started writing when I was sixteen. I found Buzzle online and got inspired.

Q: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A: I suppose it was when people started talking about my work. Until then, I just figured that people would get bored and kind of uninterested in reading anything. Then somebody told me that I had actually talent and I realized that this didn't just have to be a hobby.

Q: What inspired you to write 'Fate Has a Way'?
A: I had a dream about it! It was towards the end, a part I've just written, where Brayden is trying to get Anna to trust their relationship. Of course, I was Anna, but I found myself itching to make it real.

Q: How would you describe your writing style?
A: Realistic? I try to write in a way that people can enjoy and relate to.

Q: How did you come up with the title for 'Fate Has a Way'?
A: It was actually going to be a title for another story, but then that idea didn't work out and I had the dream so I figured this could be perfect.

Q: Is there a certain message in 'Fate Has a Way' that you want your readers to know or understand?
A: Absolutely. I want everybody to know that no matter how thick or thin you are, whether you or other people think you're not worth it. You are beautiful. You truly, honestly, are. The only thing that can make you not beautiful is yourself, and how you treat others.

Q: How big of a part did reality play in 'Fate Has a Way'?
A: A lot, actually. I used the home I grew up in as Anna's home. My family was Brayden's family. Aurora was based on my cousin, Paula (Who all of my character's best friends are based off of). Even the body insecurities are related to me. The only thing that wasn't my life is Brayden. I wish he was really based off my life, but he's sadly not.

Q: What books that you've read have influenced your writing the most?
A: I'm not sure that any books have truly influenced my writing so much as my story ideas. I love watching romance movies and reading books about love. They give me so much inspiration.

Q: Are you reading any books right now?
A: Most of my stories are online and I read them too fast to remember the titles.

Q: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
A: I don't really think so…None come to mind at the moment.

Q: What are your current projects?
A: I've actually got a few ideas brewing in my mind at the moment!

Q: Do you see writing as a career?
A: Possibly. I've always been kind of lost when it comes to my future, and writing seems like a pretty solid option.

Q: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in 'Fate Has a Way'?
A: Hmm, maybe? There are a few scenes that didn't turn out exactly how I planned them, but the writing just flows from me and sometimes the story takes a turn I never anticipated. I would just go back and try to stick to my plans.

Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
A: Sad scenes! Ugh, I absolutely hate putting my characters through any kind of trauma. Even if I'm breaking a couple up or something, I try to make it mutual. I don't think I've ever written about violence or anything that could cause my characters harm. I just see them as friends and I can't even begin to hurt them…it's something I need to work on if I'm going to move forward in my writing.

Q: Who is your favorite author on booksie and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I actually have two. Even though she hasn't posted anything on here in forever, Phoebe Gardens is definitely one of them. I feel like our writing processes are pretty similar and she's always got a really strong plot line. My other has to be Maddie Grey. She's such a sweetheart and so much fun to talk to. I always get frustrated at the end of her chapters, desperately wanting more.

Q: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A: Probably the middle. The beginning is fun because the novel is just beginning, and the end is exciting because everything is finally coming together, but the middle is frustrating because it's kind of stagnant.
Sure there's the peak in the story, but there are a lot of chapters filling in the spaces that are difficult to create. Also, I am awful at taking any kind of criticism on my writing. I know that not everybody is going to love my stories, but I take it so personally . I really need to work on that!

Q: Did you learn anything from writing 'Fate Has a Way'?
A: That writing one story at a time is easiest. It's the first novel that I actually focused on by itself…until a couple of chapters ago when I got hit with some pretty severe writer's block. I started writing a second story that I've posted on Wattpad, but since it's two different sites, it feels completely different.

Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: Just to try having confidence in your own work. If you're proud of it, people will be able to tell from the way you write.

Q: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A: Just thank you. Truly and honestly, thank you. I appreciate ever single comment, like, and fan, more than you probably realize. You all make me so incredibly happy! I really can't say thank you enough.


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