Sunday, September 18, 2011

Anatomy of a Writer: A Blog Interview

This blog interview with me originally appeared in The Uncustomary Book Review on September 13.

Anatomy of the Writer

UBR: What are writers for?

MDG: Writers are for expressing the truths of the human heart into words on the page. Writers are for finding the universal in the human experience. Writers are for painting worlds of wonder beyond the conscious imagination.

UBR: Quill and parchment or touch typing?

MDG: The bards and elderbards in my Q’ntana Trilogy of fantasy books and movies definitely write with quills on parchment. And although I wrote its first installment, The MoonQuest, longhand, I’ve written all my other books and screenplays largely on the computer.

UBR: Required beverage while editing?

MDG: Coffee (americano or cappuccino)!

UBR: Describe your imagination.

MDG: It defies description, at least by me. It’s that realm of “true fantasy” that lies beyond any conscious knowingness and to which I must always surrender…because it’s smarter than I am.

Anatomy of the Reader

UBR: Where’s your favorite place to read?

MDG: The bathtub!

UBR: Have you ever read one of your books for pleasure?

MDG: No. It would be interesting to see if I could separate myself enough from my author self to try it.

UBR: What’s the one thing that the book you’re currently reading is missing?

MDG: A feeling of engagement. Which is why I put it down after about forty pages and am about to start something else.

Uncustomary Traditions

Favorite places: Places of peaceful beauty (oceans, mountains, desert) and places of high-octane urban buzz (L.A., Toronto, New York)

Weaknesses: Dark chocolate, Starbucks

Believes in: The innate creativity of every human

Refuses to: Compromise my essential self for anyone else

Uncustomary Review of Author’s Work 

The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write

• Reprinted from The Uncustomary Book Review: A Conversation with the Reader, 9/13/2011


~ Garden Summerland said...

Thank you for sharing that~ I enjoyed it!

River Jordan said...

Okay, I've always liked your blogs and always find them helpful. Now I know why. We are two peas from the same pod, hahaha. I think if asked these questions my answers would so be the same(well,most of them..replace dark with milk chocolate and maybe a cold coffee drink) Oh, and I have never written a book. *blush.