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!
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.
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