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– When and where do you prefer to write?
I’m predominantly a weekend and night writer. I don’t need to be anymore because I haven’t had a ‘normal’ day job for a while now and I can plan my time anyway I like, but the habit has stuck. Fiction I prefer to write on my couch or at my desk, while it’s easier to write non-fiction on my balcony or at my kitchen table.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
When I work on my YA fantasy trilogy project, I have a specific playlist on Spotify I put on. Writing non-fiction just requires me to not have anything else to do in that moment. It flows as soon as I stop doing and start being. Which isn’t always convenient and has taught me to always have a pen with me, wherever I go. Or at the very least a phone with a full battery.
– Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?
Tea in the winter and water in the summer, as it gets really hot here. When in the zone, I eat a lot of crisps. I’ve tried healthier snacks over the years, but yeah… I do eat tons of melon right now, so maybe there’s still hope for me?
– What is your favourite book?
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Yes. If I’ve learned one thing over the years it’s that I don’t like limiting myself. I’ve co-written a lesbian romance series under a pen name, I’m working on a YA fantasy trilogy, and I have created, and will be creating, helpful tools for writers and other creatives. The 365 Days of Gratitude Journal falls into another category again because it isn’t just aimed at creative people, and I still have quite a few projects in different genres on the backburner. So, yes, absolutely, and I’m really curious what the future will bring.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Not consciously, but I believe it’s inevitable that you draw on what you know when writing.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I try to, yes! But if I forget, I have my phone.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I appreciate all genres for what they do, but I personally do not enjoy reading—or watching—anything that’s gory.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I already did! Three of them. And I haven’t come across anyone else I would want to co-write with. Yet. I’m open to the possibility because it was a lot of fun and it really sped up the process for me. I can outline and edit fast, but I’m a very slow first drafter. It was the opposite for my co-writer so combining our strengths was really worthwhile.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I travelled to Cyprus to do research for the lesbian romance trilogy and now I live here! My YA fantasy trilogy is set mostly in Scotland though, where my dad is from, and I would love to visit it some more once I get nearer to the final draft. I wouldn’t mind locking myself up in a cabin in the Highlands for a few weeks as I go over the manuscript one more time.
Thank you, Mariëlle S. Smith and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Mariëlle S. Smith is a coach for writers and other creatives, an editor, and a (ghost) writer. Early 2019, she moved to Cyprus, and island in the Mediterranean Sea, where she organises private writer’s retreats, is inspired 24/7, and feeds more stray cats than she can count.