Author Interview: Maria Vermisoglou

Sometimes, you get really lucky in finding a new author to read and admire. That's the case today. "Writing The Cursed Girl was like magic," might be the favorite quote I've ever gotten from an author before, because writing and reading are a type of magic all on their own. Please help me in welcoming this new, magical writer to your hearts:

Maria Vermisoglou

Why did you first start writing? What was the inspiration for your first book?

I started writing 4 years ago. I always have a story in my mind. When I finish a book I like, I take a part of the story and make my own story but always in my mind. Until that day. I had finished The City of Heavenly Fire and I was thinking, what if Clary was a witch? That’s how Eva was born. For an unknown reason though, I knew she had to be called Eva. Writing The Cursed Girl was like magic. I knew what I had to write before I knew it. Does this make sense? Well, it’s true 😉

Did you ever consider traditional/indie publishing? Was there a reason you chose the way you did to go about publishing your works? Do you have any insights for future authors trying to make the same choice?

I hadn’t considered traditional publishing but here’s the thing: I am not from any English country so I did a little research and found out I needed an agent in order to submit to a publisher. I didn’t want to go down that road so I tried self-publishing. It works but it needs a lot of time, effort, innovation and hard work. Now, I have learned that I can submit to small publishers without an agent.

My advice to future writers: do your research. Self-publishing is a good choice if you just want to publish your book but it needs a lot of effort in marketing it. You might not gain as much if you traditionally publish it but it’s worth if they market your book.

Do you have any books in the works at the moment?

Yes. I am writing the second volume of The Cursed Girl and a sci-fi novel.

Any advice you’d offer up-and-comers looking to find their place in the literary world?

Believe in yourself. You might see a dark tunnel thinking you’re not going to make it but you will. A lot of authors started as nobodies and had their manuscripts rejected a lot of times but they made it. If they can do it, why not you?

How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?

I love name meanings. If you have read the book then you’ll know Jonathan means gift of God. I also use flower meanings. I think it makes the book more special. Names are important but name with meanings are special because when the reader discovers the meaning of the name it forms a connection between the author and the reader.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully with more books under my name.

Have you always liked to write?

I was always an avid reader but I have never considered writing. In fact, I thought it was impossible to do so. Well, I think now I should change the word. Impossible.

Do you hand write or do everything on your computer?

Mostly but if I have an idea and I’m on the road I write it down on a piece of paper, my phone, anything I can find.

Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?

Yes, I read them and I thank the reviewers. My book is fairly new so I don’t have many reviews. I try to deal with the bad by accepting them. Every writer thinks their book is perfect and everyone would love it. While this might be true we should keep in mind that not all people like kind of the books we write. We should accept it and move on. After a bad review, there’s always going to be a good review hiding in the corner.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

It energizes me, it gives me a purpose and energy. It exhausts me when I have to write a really sad scene like killing one of my characters. I can’t bear the thought of them being killed and my first time was awful. I knew I had to do it but I didn’t want to do it so the book was delayed. In the end, I gathered my courage and I did it. It was awful but I wrote it. The rest of the deaths were easier.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

I have lots of author friends now and each one of them is special. I couldn’t possibly pick one. I meet new authors everyday and we help each other with advice, promotion, tips and even advice about life. It fascinates me because I never thought I would find so much support from writers. Of course, Indies will always help Indies.

How did you find/choose your cover? There’s a funny story here. I was trying to find an illustrator on Google.

For some reason, Google didn’t return relevant results in “images” and only one drawing from Deviantart. Guess what? Google is responsible for my awesome cover!

How do you choose what you are going to work on? Do you write one story at a time, or are you working on multiple pieces from multiple storylines at any given moment?

I usually write in one story at the time but if I don’t want to for some reason, I go to write another story.

How would you best classify your writing? So, I always say I write Fantasy romance, with a way capital F there, lol. If you were trying to describe your books to someone, how best would you describe what you write?

I have written only one book and it’s epic fantasy, young adult. That’s what I can tell you. I can’t describe my book because I would need more than some pages. Why don’t you read the book? It’s faster and more entertaining.

How do you handle writing both books and blogs and Facebook posts and so on and so forth and ad naseum!? Lol. Okay, I’m looking for help, lol, how do you manage your time so well?

One thing at a time. I write for 2-3 hours which depends on inspiration mostly and the rest of the time is promotion, takeovers, marketing, etc. Since I have currently only 1 book now it’s easy. Ask me when I have more books out and I’m pretty sure my answer will be much different. Lol.

What made you choose to write a novel?

I didn’t. I had a story to tell and, in my mind, it was supposed to be one book. I guess the story didn’t agree with me so it turned out to be series.

What do you think is most emblematic of your writing style/novel?

I write in first person. I can’t write in third. First person makes the reader feel closer to the character and while I can’t describe what every character feels, I still think the reader feels the story.

What makes a “novel” to you?

If you make me feel and make me cry, then you have written a good novel.

I haven’t read many of those. I might smile at a scene but if you make me cry and want to throw the book out of the window then you are a novelist.

How do you feel about novellas or short stories?

They are nice but I can’t write them. My story was supposed to be a book but it turned out to be series. Every other attempt I have made was pointless. I can’t read short stories. Short stories hate me.

You wake up tomorrow, and your main character has been deleted from your novel! What would your other characters do in response?

Cause mayhem in my mind. They will think of a way to fix it and throw themselves into action or battle.

Can you tell me a bit about your series?

It’s about a young witch who is cursed to be reborn while she loses everyone she loves. The first book is about her first life where she discovers love, friendship, wars and she changes the course of human history. I can’t tell much more than that.