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Monday, 31 May 2010
Welcome to Mary Muhammad
I’m so glad Mary has dropped in today. She’s a fab author. So pull up a chair and have a read all about her and the books she writes.
Mary was born the last of twelve and nourished her poetic voice through Jazz lyrics she wrote in the beginning of her writing career while still a young teen.
She continued to write and published her first article Men of Bondage in her hometowns local community paper. She then stopped writing for many years until Echoes of an Era, her first book publishing in 2007 with Publish America.
Soon after, she published Hugs and Kisses.
She wrote it in 1992, but never got around to publishing it until 2008. Then came her first chapter book for children. The Story Box a Collection of Adventures.
Her first young adult short novel was Love laws.
Which was nominated for the 2009 Cybils Award.
She then published in the same year Journeys of a Soul.
Which is now included on Virtual Book Tours. Mary is book review manager and staff writer for Poetic Monthly Magazine and online e-zine.
Good Morning Mary. The sun has decided to disappear in the UK today, so we’ll have to drink out tea indoors and not in the garden, while we chat. So tell me, what drew you to write in your current genre?
My love of expression has always been the pull of my poetry writing. Being able to empty all that’s housed within, what is seen and experienced in a rhythmic form is exhilarating for me.
I am in awe of poets. I write books, but to write a poem escapes me lol. I can see you have been busy. How many novels have you written to date. Are they all in the same genre?
I’ve written one novel, which is for the young adult. It’s actually a short novel, and I have the sequel spinning in my head.
I think most writers have a few novels spinning around inside them lol How much time do you spent on plotting etc before you start writing?
Very little time for me is spent on plots or anything else. When I start to write I write and as I build the characters, I let the personalities I’ve created take the realm.
A girl after my heart! I’m exactly the same when it comes to plotting. I usually write in my office, but if the suns out, I’m off to the beach. Where do you do most of yours?
Most all my writing is done at home, when all is quiet and I can hear nature from my window.
I hear cows mostly from my window lol I’m a country girl. Over the years I know I have written some real stinkers. It’s all part and parcel of learning, \I suppose. Lol Looking back, what’s the worst thing you’ve ever written?
Good question, lol. I think looking back I would change one poem that I wrote; because I don’t feel I gave it what I had meant to for the reader.
So let’s move on to your writing. While I pour us some more tea, tell me about your latest release.
My latest release is poetry, and called Journeys of a Soul. For me it whispers romance, sings a dance, cries the ills of society while wrapping the reader spiritually. I wanted to give something anyone could relate to in this piece.
Now you’re talking my language. If you can touch someone spiritually then you are really touching their soul. No easy feat at all.
Do you have an advice about getting an agent?
For authors seeking agents I would advise them to make sure the agent is interested in their genre of writing before they send it.
That’s really good advice. Do you rely on critique partners for an extra eye on when they are writing?
I enjoy Fanstory, I found them to be open minded, honest, helpful and a very interesting group of writers who will critique with great ideas.
Most of us writers have a favorite part of writing. Mine is when I write The End. I can then breathe again lol Do you have A favorite part of writing?
Yes. It’s writing is final project. When the book arrives from the publisher in its completed stage. This is a joy I never get enough of. It’s at that stage I can re-read what I have given to my readers.
How do you get past all the frustrations that come with trying to be a successful writer?
I write, lol I write, I express all within me and some through my poetry.
I'm a Paranormal and a Romance writer. But I like to read Historicals mainly. What do you like to read?
I enjoy reading free style poetry, mysteries, and autobiographies.
So, before you go, what actor/actress gets your pulses racing and how can your readers keep up with your news?
Okay this is out the box lol, but for sure I have to say...
and Shemar Moore without question Whew!! Lol
Oh my goodness. GOOD choice lol So how can we find you?
To keep up to date with me, theycan visit http://www.marysbookplace.com which is placed in a smooth jazz setting, and my blog at http://mhammads.blogspot.com where I’m offering prizes and gifts until the end of the tour in July.
Thank you Mary, it’s been a pleasure. You can buy Mary’s books from Amazon.