M. Pax [mpax]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
Pippi Longstocking, Walter Farley, The Phantom Tollbooth, Nancy Drew, and A Wrinkle in Time were my childhood favorites. Writing is something I have to do. My husband and a friend were my first readers.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
Things simmer on the backburner for awhile. A scene or the main character will come to me first. From there, I write the character bio and create the word. Things come along to inspire me and I write them down in an idea journal. I keep a journal/notebook for each project.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
I read a lot of classic literature. I love historical fiction, literature, and strange as well as science fiction and fantasy.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Great characters and great plot coming together in an unexpected and satisfying way. I love the unexpected and being surprised, but it has to make sense.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
Third person limited.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Margaret George, Peter Mayle, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, Hermann Hesse, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
A character must be flawed. Must be a mixture of good and bad. I love the anti-hero. I pick characters who most wouldn't think as anything special. I think they're the most interesting people.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
I'd say it is.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Yes. I've used it already and was grateful to receive it.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Yes. I have critique partners.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I believe I've found it, but would say it's still on a journey to its full potential.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I have a pretty strict time schedule. I set deadlines and stick to them.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I write on a computer, then print out. Later in the day I read and correct by pen. In the morning, I begin by inputting the hand edits. Rinse. Repeat. Until I'm done.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
Blogs, Twitter, and Facebook.
What has been your experience with publishers?
I publish myself for the most part. Worked with a publisher for a short story, and still submit those from time to time. So far, it's been a good experience.
What are you working on now?
The first book in a new series which will be out in Fall 2012. Also started The Backworlds book 3.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
Keep them. File them. Read them over. Maybe they'll spark a new idea. I'd say start fresh and move forward. You'll learn more that way.
Bend, OR USA