Sunday, July 20, 2008
Interview with Miriam Newman
Author Pen Name: Miriam Newman
CA: What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?
MN: I am heavily into fantasy, probably because I have never been totally in this world anyway and figure I ought to make the best of it!
CA: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
MN: About the time I learned to print.
CA: Who or what was your inspiration for writing?
MN: First, the “who”: my mother. She was a well-read woman prone to correcting grammar at the breakfast table and composition at dinner. Our meals weren’t relaxed, but they were very educational! As to the “what”: the minute I set foot in Ireland, I felt everything creative in me just go into overdrive. What a place!
CA: What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
MN: It’s crazy. I have a very busy housecleaning and house sitting service specializing in everything from what to do when a can of Coke explodes in the freezer to how to feed pet llamas. When I finish with that, I have five acres full of rescue animals of my own to deal with. When that’s finally over, I write. Fortunately, I’m rather manic and don’t require much sleep.
CA: Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?
CA: What was your biggest challenge in writing your book(s)?
MN: The biggest challenge was to ever stop. It was torture having to do the breakfast dishes, pay the bills, or go to bed. I couldn’t get that demon off my back!
CA: What do you like to do when you're not writing?
MN: I’m very much an outdoors person. For years, I fox hunted. I still follow the hounds by car whenever possible. I was training my 100 pound Labrador retriever as a gun dog until I realized that particular dog was going to do his best retrieving at Burger King. Then I adopted a hound who requires a lot of exercise and the dogs and I spend hours tromping through 2,000 acres of State Game Lands next to my house.
CA: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
MN: Confessions of the Cleaning Lady is my first book, so I would have to say it’s my current favorite.
CA: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
MN: It’s about half and half.
CA: Do you have any advice for the aspiring writers out there?
MN: Just keep doing it until something works.
CA: How can a reader contact you or purchase your books?
MN: Right now, they can reach me by email at MrmIreland@aol.com. My book is at www.thedarkcastlelords.com and www.miriamnewman.com I am working on getting up a website and will try to get the information to you before this is printed.
CA: Is there anything you would like to add?
MN: Thanks for your time, Crystal! This has been a real pleasure.
CA: Miriam, thank you! I wish you tons of success in your writing and one day I hope to go to Ireland :)
Posted by Crystal Adkins at 5:43 PM