Hey, there! It’s finally the weekend again, what are you going to read? I’m currently reading O Ressurgir dos Eternos Titãs (book by a Portuguese author), but I’m not making much progress. I might have to leave it aside and focus on some uni reading I still have to do.
Anyway, today I’m here to share with you one more interview! It’s already the third out of five, so we’re getting there! And if you haven’t already, I invite you to check the previous posts …
Today I’m presenting you Mariza Martins, the author of both “Destino Celestial” and “Irmandade” (the latter being the book she was advertising in the event). I think you’d like getting to know her, since this interview turned out to be more interactive and feel more like a chat. 🙂
[Mariza] I must confess I’m a little bit nervous …
[The Book Mermaid] Me too, honestly. I’m just not as nervous because I’ve done this twice already today. And the questions will be about what you’ve already stated during the presentation! So, to start, how did you know you wanted to write and from where did you get inspiration for your novel?
Like I mentioned during my presentation, I decided I wanted to write when I finished reading the last book in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn …
We’ve all been there …
(Yes! So good!)
It was then that a character and a plot came to my mind and I kinda felt obliged to share Brenda’s story and her message with everyone. And I followed that. The inspiration obviously came from Twilight: first, the fantasy novel – I’ve always enjoyed reading, but that was my first experience with fantasy literature, and that’s why my debut novel, Destino Celestial (Celestial Destiny, translated), was hugely influenced by Twilight.
And when you decided you wanted to be a published author, what kind of advice was given to you?
First, I was told to keep reading a lot, get to know what was popular in literature at the moment, and was basically that. I felt a little lonely in the beginning, but then I met Patrícia [Ferreira] and we started talking as two girls who wanted to become published authors, helping each other out, sharing stories, ideas, advice, …
Is that the kind of advice you would give young authors?
Yes. Read a lot, and constantly write. Reading is our theory, the practical side is writing.
If I’m not pushing it too much, would you mind talking about your publishing journey?
Okay. Like every author, I sent messages to every publishing house I knew. Of course that the most required ones … well, some of them usually say that if it’s a positive answer, they might answer in four months, others don’t even say a word, and there are still others, like what happened to me, that only answer after a year … and by then, I had already published Destino Celestial.
But was it a positive answer?
Hm, no. They said their catalog was already full. And the conversation ended there.
About my journey … well, I published Destino Celestial in 2013 and … I’ve always been very shy and back then, I didn’t know a single thing about social media. I didn’t use to talk to people in the business either, I was really shy. That didn’t help me at all. Now, that I’ve also published Irmandade (Brotherhood, translated) in 2015, we’re in 2017 … It was only recently that I’ve started using Facebook and have gotten into the world of bookstagram, booktube, … I’m having tons of fun, and I’m meeting new people, which has been a very positive experience. It’s great to have such support – and I must thank you for being here today and doing these little things for us.
I’ll get to all of your books eventually! 😛
But, moving on … How does it feel when someone says they’ve read your book?
It’s always a positive reaction, because if you don’t know the person, and they say they’ve read your book, it means that the book was able to reach them. That’s always positive, whether the review is or not. That needs to be valued.
I hope there are more positive than negative reviews …
Yes, yes, … Especially Irmandade. In Destino Celestial, I got some bad ones, but I have no problems admitting that I was very inexperienced. I value those negative reviews a lot, because they’re the ones pushing us to do better and gives us a lot of determination.
So you see negative feedback as constructive criticism?
And would you consider yourself your biggest critic?
Also yes. Not always while writing the book, but also – and mostly, – after, which is awful, because let’s say, you’ve been months, or even years, working on that story, you finish it, publish it, but then, because you have changed a bit (not only your ideas, but also your writing style), you keep thinking “I could have changed that …”. Then, you remember you can always fix it in the sequel.
There’s always room for improvement.
Now, thinking a bit about your journey as an author, which goals have you achieved, which ones are still incomplete and would make a living out of writing be one of them?
Starting with the last one … Of course, I think that’s the dream of every writer, every author, it’s living out of the thing they feel passionate about, that they feel like dedicating their time to, and after our chat, if you weren’t aware of this reality …
… If I wasn’t, I am from now on …
… exactly. The work outside the actual writing process is not easy at all. Publishing the book, reaching out to an audience … It’s very hard, especially when your publishing house doesn’t supp- help you, you see?
I was about to suggest the word “suporta”, but then I realized that it doesn’t have quite the same meaning in Portuguese. “Support”
Yeah, “supporting”. (laughs) I loved this moment!
Hmm, going back, going back, going back …
Goals, right. To be honest, I’m not sure.
Well, you’ve already published two books.
Yes. I mean, I never really thought about setting goals in my writing, especially because I don’t see it as real work, you see? It’s more like a hobby. I like a lot of things, but I also like writing. I’d obviously love to live out of my writing, but then maybe I wouldn’t feel 100% accomplished …
I think that’s it. Thank you!
translated from Goodreads
“How I wish he had killed me. Everything would be easier. However, I did not die, so will I ever reborn out of the ashes?”
Jade got a second opportunity; a new life, making her join a secret community located in the Isle of Skye, whose real origins remount to the constellation of Draco. Rebelious and a free spirit, Jade is confronted with demons of her past, with emotions of her present, and with the dangers that haunt her future, as well as the everyone else’s in the community.
Brotherhood is a fantasy novel that puts together adventure, romance and mysticism, encouraging self-love, the search for happiness and freedom. Get into this fantastical world, because this Brotherhood and the secrets it keeps are waiting for you!
What did you think of this interview? 😀