MY INTERVIEW WITH MARIA VERMISOGLOU
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Maria Vermisoglou and my books are young adult and fantasy. For now.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I have released two books: The Cursed Girl (The Cursed Girl Series #1) and a short story: A Mannequin’s Dream.
I was inspired to write The Cursed Girl from the book series The Mortal Instruments and the tv series The Witches of East End. It was just an ordinary day when I finished The City of Heavenly Fire and I thought, “What id Clary was a witch?” That’s what sparked the idea of The Cursed Girl. In April 2018, the dream came true and Eva came to life.
That’s when all problems started. Lol! Having lived the dream of writing, I wanted to write more so I did. There was a writing contest on facebook and my writing prompt was to write a story about a mannequin. I didn’t win the contest but I got to experiment with mannequins.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I always liked young adult because in one book you can experience so much action and when you think it’s done, the author does the unexpectable and you’re left staring. It’s adventurous, it’s magic and mystery. That is one of the reasons I love writing young adult fantasy. Plus, there are no rules. I can make my own.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
The Cursed Girl is mainly fantasy and most of the story was already in my head, but I have thrown some realism to the story. I researched some places and elements because the story takes place in Spain 1230 but it’s not a history book.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The series is about a young witch who lives in Spain as a healer in the year 1230. At first, she’s reluctant to form bonds with humans but as the first book (and later the series) progress, you will see how Eva develops into a fine witch with self-confidence and strength. Of course, every hero needs a nemesis and Eva has yet to find her own. I am currently in progress of writing book 2 in which you will find out exactly why the title is the way it is.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
The first for now but I have the feeling the 3rd will want to compete with that. Lol!
Was it always meant to become a series?
No, absolutely not. I had this idea about a witch and it became a series. It was like magic. I knew what to write before I knew it and from 1 book it became a series of 3. Maybe. It’s still in progress.
When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I almost write in my room but if an idea comes uninvited, I scribble it down on phone, paper, whatever is available. I don’t have a daily goal but now I have lots of writing projects I have set a minimum of 1.000 words per day. I always surpass it :p
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
The names in the book are very important because they have a meaning. I researched the meanings of names and flowers before choosing which one to put. It was a fun thing to do and I learned a lot.
Where do your ideas come from?
Books, travels, movies, almost anything that’s strange or odd. Sometimes, an idea comes for no reason. Inspiration comes uninvited.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Sci-Fi seems fun or fairytales.
If I have to kill someone then it’s bound to take days. The Cursed Girl was delayed because I didn’t want to kill one of the characters. When I did, I cried but after that, it gets easier but not less painful. Characters are part of the writer’s soul and when we have to kill them, it is a really painful process. Like losing a friend.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I think book trailers are a very important tool for an author.
Eva and I couldn’t decide so we have two:
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Writing a book. It might seem simple but I remember saying, “I could never write a book. It’s too difficult.” Yet here I am with a book and a bunch of others on the way.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
You’ve got company at all times. Characters whisper to you until the moment you decide it’s over. You get to meet new author friends and exchange opinions. You live the story of your book. There are lots of good things by being a writer.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully I would have acquired a dragon by then. Kidding!
I hope that I will be an established author and even a better writer.
Have you always liked to write?
I’ve discovered I could write and create worlds 5 years ago but I could always “write.” When I finished a book, I took a part of the story and made my own story but I never put it on paper until recently.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Believe in yourself no matter what everyone else does. You might see a tunnel in front of you but there will be a time when you will see the light. Every great author started in zero so if they can do it, why not us?
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Something with books. Books are in my head all the time whether I am writing or just reading, they’re always there.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I always read the reviews of my books and I make a little dance for the good. The first time I read a bad review for my book I was really sad and couldn’t understand what I did wrong. The truth is you can’t please everyone and not everyone likes the books we write but that doesn’t mean you should stop writing. In the contrary, you should continue. A bad review seems personal because you have poured your soul in the making of the book but most people don’t know or care about that. You just have to carry on and the next review would be a good one.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Editing and marketing. Editing because you want to keep it all but you know you can’t and when the red pen comes, you’re feeling like you’re losing parts of your soul.
Marketing because as a new author I have trouble reaching people and audience but one day I’ll get there.
What are you working on now?
Several things: Two anthologies and one fairytale retelling and I’m so excited about it. Soon, I’ll start with book 2 of The Cursed Girl, too.
Where did your love of books come from?
I didn’t always loved books but you can blame Harry Potter because he taught me to love books. I owe this book a lot and I am thankful he introduced me to the magical world of books of impossibilities.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
That’s a hard question since I love a lot of books and authors but I will mention 2 because they’re special to me: J.K. Rowling because she taught me to love books and Cassandra Clare because she inspired my own series.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Eva and I will quote something from the second book but you did not hear this from me :p “You take each blow with such grace and endurance…you fight over and over and you always win. You come out stronger than you were before.”
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It depends. If I write an intense, happy or funny scene it energizes me but if I write a scene with battles and death, it exhausts me because I feel what my characters feel. Everything I write passes through me and if it touches me then it’s good. If it doesn’t, it needs revising.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
I hate descriptions so I’m not really going to spend much time writing them unless there is a reason.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I’m trying for original because there is a reason the reader picked my book so I have to deliver something original.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have a long list of author friends and I really can’t name them all but I am utterly grateful to them for being there for me and I am always amazed by the support the Indie community offers. We help each other in different ways and every day, we learn new writing tricks and share advice.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The struggle of the dreamer. Lol.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I have no idea. Every interview is different and this one had interesting questions. Maybe someone could interview Eva?
Where can your fans find you and follow??
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Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️