Author Interview – Maria

I promised another author interview. This time it’s with Maria Maxwell.

Maria was raised in rural Michigan on a farm. She attended Jordan College and obtained a degree in communications. After college she had a variety of jobs, retail, guitar teacher and radio DJ. Maria is currently helping with the family farm and working on completing many novels that she have started throughout the years.
Maria is promoting her book, 2039. She recently removed it from Kindle, however in case she ever changes her mind, here’s the blurb: It is a dystopian story set in the town of Margartville, Michigan. By the year 2039, extreme weather, economic disparity and fighting over resources plague America controlled by the plutocratic Halifax and the Alliance Corporation.
In the midst is the Barton family holding together through the storm of ignorance and want. The patriarch of the family, Art, works in a low wage factory job building cars for the few wanting a better life for his family. His wife of nineteen years Stephanie is a homemaker keeping up their small house and worrying about the future of their three children. The oldest child, the kind and easy going Ralph, dreams of being a rock star like his late Grandfather. The middle child the stubborn and opinionated Shelly experiences her first love that she must keep a secret. The youngest child the innocent and gentle Harold learns what is right and what is wrong.
The characters faces challenges, danger and tragedy. The story line concludes with the family making a difficult decision.
If you get the chance check out her blog.
Now, on with the interview.
1. What are your favorite authors? Jack Kerouac and Kurt Vonnegut
2. What are your favorite genres to write?  General Fiction, Scifi, Thrillers/Suspense
3. What are your favorite aspects of writing? (plot, characters, dialogue, setting,etc.) Dialogue and Plot.
4. What time do you usually do most of your writing? 5p-9p.
5. Do you have any writing habits? If so, what are they? I listen to music while writing.
6. Do you usually type or write your first draft? I use to write the first draft. I have discovered it is more productive to type the first draft
7. How long does it take you to write a first draft? In case of 2039, it took me close to eight years. In total it took my eleven years to complete it.
8. Are you a self-publisher? If yes, what made you decide to self-publish?If no, how was the process of finding a publisher? I have self published on kindle. The reason I decided to self publish because the agents and publishers I contacted were not interested in a dystopian story.
9. What’s your most recent book? 2039.
10. On your recent book, what inspired you to write it? The movie Soylent Green and the environmental and political events of the past twelve years.
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