Max was gracious enough to spend a few minutes with us in between her busy schedule with the release of “One Minute There”.
Q. What/Who inspires you?
A. That’s a tough one. I would have to say my mom. She is one of the most fiery readers I’ve ever met in my life. She has literally read everything and her reviews of those works (which, yes, include mine :)) are sometimes brutal but honest and very well rounded. When I was first ready to publish and was going through editing and everything, I remember being afraid to add profanity to the dialogue. She was the one that told me It’s the character’s words. You write what they say. “If they drop an F’Bomb, then damn it, you write it down.”
Q. Hardest aspect of writing? Best/Easiest?
A. Actually sitting down to do it. The making time, to me, is the hardest aspect of writing. Life gets crazy and you forget how much you’ve scheduled to write and then you don’t get it done. That’s my issue that I spend every waking moment working on. The easy part is the flip side of that: putting the pen to paper. Once I do that, the story kind of starts to take shape. Sure, I have to edit and work on the flow, but the story gets there once I begin.
Q. Who is your writing hero?
A. Oh wow! Too many to name! If I had to pick one, I’d say I love Mary Shelley, especially Frankenstein. I love the way a lesson is taught through a story that shocks and frightens.
Q. What’s next for you?
A. My next book, Black Cradle, will be coming out in August 2015. It’s an expansion on why the Warrens Bennetts and Johnsons are where they are. Also, an audiobook of The Bleeding is in production and is being narrated by the awesome Noah Michael Levine. Its going to be amazing!
Q. One outrageous goal for the future?
A. I want my books read around the world in every single nation, state, country, and continent in one year. It’s a lot but I know it can happen.
Q. Do you have any advice you’d like to share with other aspiring writers?
A. I’m new to the business so I’m picking up things as I go. Some things that I’ve learned along the way on this journey are keep reading and writing. Reading is not only enjoyable but it helps you to develop your own style and writing is like an athlete’s practice. And practice makes you better. Also, learn the business and marketing too, what draws people in. Again, I’m just learning these things myself and much of these lessons come from networking with readers and writers who have been down the same road. You can’t wrong with that.
Q. What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
A. As a little kid, Cat in the Hat, hands down. The rhyme was awesome, like poetry. When I got a little older, I remember being really into The Babysitter’s Club series, too. They made me want to be a babysitter.
Q. Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
A. Smiling Faces by The Undisputed Truth. The moral of the song is people can smile in your face and be plotting for your death. This is a song that is a theme that runs throughout each book that I’ve done so far .
Q. What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
A. Don’t give up. If you really want it, work for it and don’t stop
Q. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
A. Trieste, Italy. It’s such a beautiful town. The area is so fresh. The people are wonderful and it’s so full of nature. If you visit, you’ll fall in love with the ocean there too
Q. What is your favorite Quote?
A. “A room without books is like a body without a soul”
Q. When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A. Everything. Teacher, singer, firefighter, member of the circus, professional hop-skotcher, you name it, I wanted to be it.
Q. If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
A. That’s a tough one. I’d say either Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, or Jane Curtin. They’re so versatile and hilarious. I think they could pull it off in a lead role in a movie about me.
Q. How did you know you should become an author?
A. I always loved to write as a hobby when I was little. Then, when I was a teenager, writing was a necessity that kept me alive through some horrible experiences. I guess it was then I knew. I had some painful, great, powerful stories to share. From there, I just kept going with it.
Q. What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
A. I’m looking forward to that day coming 🙂 You’ll be the first to know.
Q. What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
A. “If you want it, go get it. Find a way. If there’s no way, make one.” Courtesy of mom.
Q. Hidden talent?
A. I don’t have it down yet, but I’m working my way into headstand. I’m almost there 🙂
Thank you so much for your time Max. We can’t wait for your Release Party, April 2nd. Fans please join us at 7pm est, April 2nd. RSVP for Release party here!