And for my friends across the pond…
1 How do you write? Is everything plotted, planned to perfection? Do you ever change tack as you go along or always stick to a pre-made plan?
I don’t tend to plot much at all. Instead, I rely on my crazy imagination to create and form the story. The only problem with this approach is a fair amount of editing is required.
But it’s exciting though! I love allowing my characters to tell the story for me.
2 Do you have a writing ritual? Meditation, certain cup for your tea, writing trousers?
Not really, but, I sometimes get ideas when I’m out walking. For instance, on my usual route to work I’ll notice an unusual passersby with a striking aspect to their personality, or a distinctive dress sense that catches my eye. Also, I might wake up with a Eureka moment, when I know instinctively what to write. When that happens it is very exciting!
3 Aside from writing, what makes you tick? Tell us 5 things about yourself we probably don’t know.
- I’m fascinated by the Zodiac and Chinese Zodiac, crystals, myths and magic.
- I love trees, (I believe they have a wonderful magical energy,) and my favourite flower is an orchid. I write about various topics: crystals, magic, the wonder of trees and nature, the paranormal, on our collaborative blog The Sisters of The Fey: To find out more follow the link: https://sistersofthefey.com/
- I have qualifications in Reflexology/Aromatherapy but now devote all my spare time to blogging and writing. But, alternative therapies continue to intrigue me – I collect crystals and write stories infused with crystal magic.
- My father is a Scotsman with a heart that longs to travel and my mother is a Malaysian lady who’s grown to love Scotland! Due to my mixed heritage I grew up with a very varied diet and open cultural outlook.
- I like chilled out activities such as tai chi and yoga but recently I’ve been going to the gym to try to tone up!
Fascinating insights, thanks so much for sharing.
4 If you were stranded on a desert island with shelter, food and water, what 5 items would you want with you?
- Lots of crystals
- My favourite lipstick
- Jewellery, I can’t be without my special pieces, especially my earrings and crystal bracelets.
- Pen and paper, notebooks, or means to write or doodle.
- A fire to keep me warm – I hate to be cold and a book to read, see no. 5 below!
5 On said island, what 5 books would you take and why?
My favourite fantasy author: Jay Kristoff, The Nevernight Chronicles. Crime: Any of Clare Macintosh’s novels, Something heart-warming: The Italian Chapel by Philip Paris. This one I loved: The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak. I’d have to bring my own debut book. I’ve only written one – The Curse of Time Book 1 Bloodstone and it is very dear to me!
Of course you should take your own book! Great choices!
6 Off the island now, which famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Oh, probably a musician – in spirit or alive… so David Bowie, Prince, Jon Bon Jovi, or Joe Bonamassa.
7 Your current writing projects?
I’m currently working on Book Two in my YA fantasy/paranormal series: The Curse of Time Book 2 Golden Healer. I hope to be published in several anthologies this year: Ghostly Writes 2019 (Plaisted Publishing House,) and also Nightmareland (a horror anthology,) via best-selling author Dan Alatorre.
8 Share with us your published work and links to where we can find you…
Amazon author page https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L
The Curse of Time Book 1 Bloodstone.
Lovely chatting to you, Marje! Don’t forget, Ghostly Rites Anthology 2019 is out now! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ghostly-Rites-2019-Plaisted-Publishing-ebook/dp/B07ZQV2Y4Q