Malia’s conversation with herself:
Mirror Malia: Malia! It’s wonderful to meet you. Am I pronouncing your name correctly?
Regular Malia: Nope. You’re way off. It rhymes with Maria, not Talia. Or Somalia.
Mirror Malia: Great! Thanks for setting me straight. And might I add that you’re looking quite lovely today?
Regular Malia: Why thank you! I got this fancy new outfit just for the occasion.
Mirror Malia: You have excellent taste! So, let’s get started. How does it feel to be a rich and famous author?
Regular Malia: (An uncomfortable pause) Oh, uh, well, I’m, uh, not rich and famous.
Mirror Malia: You’re not?
Regular Malia: No. Besides, I didn’t write my books for that reason. I’m not saying it wouldn’t be incredibly awesome, but I think one of the most important parts of writing is the readers. Every writer should write for their readers. I get so excited when I know people are reading my books and really enjoying them. If someone is writing for only fame and fortune, they’re in for a big surprise. Also, ever since I was a kid, I’ve felt the need to write. It’s like a calling, like someone is inside my head saying, “Write. Write. You need to write books and poems and stories.”
Mirror Malia: Ah, I see. So it’s as though you’re talking to yourself, huh?
Regular Malia: Very funny. Just ask me another question.
Mirror Malia: Okay. No need to get all testy. So, Malia, if I went to your computer right now what document would I find open?
Regular Malia: Definitely the fourth and last book in my Chase Tinker Series “Chase Tinker and the House of Mist.” I work on that every chance I get. I’m trying my hardest to make sure all the storylines will be wrapped up in a satisfactory way so that my readers won’t be upset with me. I don’t want to leave anything significant hanging. I’ve read series books like that. I’ve also read reviews where readers are complaining because the series ended, but some questions were left unanswered.
Mirror Malia: Will you ever give any of your ebooks away for free on Amazon or any other ebook selling sites?
Regular Malia: No. Never. Too much time, work and energy go into writing books. Unless it’s for a giveaway contest or review copies, I strongly believe that authors should stop giving away their hard work. In my opinion, it devalues the book and the author. From the beginning of publishing, unless they borrowed from a friend or a library, readers have had to buy books. Now just because books are in electronic form doesn’t mean they should be given away like they’re just blades of grass. What other business does this and at such high numbers? When you go to your job, you expect your boss to pay you for your time, don’t you? Then why shouldn’t authors expect that from their readers? After all, ebooks ARE real books. If an author wrote a quality, entertaining book, then he/she deserves compensation for it. If you want to bring attention to your books, then do some $.99 promotions. Those can work great.
Mirror Malia: You know, I totally agree with you.
Regular Malia: Of course you do.
Mirror Malia: Now tell all the fabulous blog readers what makes your books unique and why people should purchase and read them.
Regular Malia: Since we’re all different in our own special ways, my books are unique because they came from me. A lot of books have the same elements, but it’s the writer’s ideas, style and personality that makes each book one of a kind. I think readers will enjoy them and should buy them and read them because my heart and soul went into every word and page, making them what they are: awesome books with interesting and fun characters, mystery, adventure, secrets, lies, goofiness, darkness, and of course, magic.
Mirror Malia: How about sharing a fun Haiku about your Chase Tinker books.
Where magic abounds
You’ll find secrets and peril
Enter if you dare.
Mirror Malia: Intriguing. So, while reading your books’ reviews, I saw that some have compared your books to the Harry Potter series. How do you feel about this?
Regular Malia: You know, I didn’t write my books thinking that I wanted to write something just like Harry Potter, so I didn’t. The only things they have in common are fun adventurous kids, awesome magic and good vs. evil. What I want most is for my Chase Tinker books to have the same “appeal” as Harry Potter. Not only kids, but people of all ages all around the world love Harry so that’s what I would really like for Chase.
With that in mind, I don’t mind people saying that my books are reminiscent of Harry Potter or any of the other fantastic fantasy books that are filled with magic, in fact it’s kind of flattering, but I really don’t want any of my Chase Tinker books to be judged like it’s some sort of competition about who wrote the best magical books. I had one reviewer say that she really liked “Chase Tinker and the House of Magic” but that it wasn’t as good as Harry Potter. I have to admit, that comparison bothered me because it’s not what I was aiming for at all.
Mirror Malia: Any writing advice you wish to share?
Regular Malia: I pretty much suck at giving advice, so besides, read, read, read, write, write, write, edit, edit, edit, I’ll let Neil Gaiman say the rest for me:
“The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.”
Mirror Malia: One last question. Tell us one thing about yourself you hate to admit.
Regular Malia: Hmm…okay, here goes…I’m a ballroom dancer and instructor who can’t even bend down far enough to touch her toes. Except if I cheat and bend my knees. I’m also a bit of a klutz. So embarrassing.
Mirror Malia: Hahaha! Um, sorry.
Regular Malia: You weren’t supposed to laugh!
Mirror Malia: Well it’s not my fault you have these problems. (Awkward pause) So, join me for lunch?
Regular Malia: Wouldn’t miss it.