Monday, 25 March 2013

An Epic Interview Celebrating From Away

When I asked readers to send me questions for an interview to celebrate the end of my serial story 'From Away' in the G! Magazine, I was overwhelmed by the way everyone wanted to pick my brain! Luckily, I just adore people doing this and find it thoroughly entertaining to answer just about any question a mind can conjure up. That said, questions of all kinds poured in and I did my best to select the ones that covered the most popular topics and threw in a few that struck me as funny!

But let me just say this, when it comes to From Away general consensus is that I either know, am in love with or have a hidden connection to Erik Deror. My all encompassing response to this is a resounding..."Erik, if you're out thee, drop me an email! I think we may have a future together!"

I would really love to thank everyone who sent me questions, I appreciate your interest in my complicated mind and am so thankful to have such a brilliant, creative and supportive readership. You all mean the world to me and these past seven month of having 'From Away' in the G! Magazine has been terrific!
Without further ado, let the interview commence:

Roseanne via Facebook
Well, well there has been a question I've been burning to ask you...does Erik personify a love interest from your past...or a special someone your heart is drawn to?

M.K.R: Ah, Erik Deror; I can tell you one thing first off and it's that I've become very attached to him as a character. He however doesn't represent anyone from my past; if I had been lucky enough to meet someone as charming and disarming as Erik, I'd likely be married. Even so, however much as Erik has taken on a life of his own, is an allusion to someone who my affections are drawn towards.

Charity via Email
Inspiration is different from everyone, and it's fascinating to know why writers write what they write. What inspires you to write?

M.K.R.: If I had to boil it all down to one thing; the characters. An author spends more time with their characters than they will with any other physical human being. It's impossible not to since they're essentially a part of you. And when you're that connected with any one sense of being, they become a very real thing to you and from that stems an extremely strong need to tell their story. To express to people what the characters can't say for themselves. That responsibility in itself a massive force of inspiration.

Lydia via Facebook
Do you prefer writing with or without your socks on?

M.K.R.: Haha, I love your question! I gotta say though for this one...socks off! Maybe I'm trying to soak up creativity in the floor? Let out extra creativity into wherever I happen to be at the moment? I couldn't tell you for sure... But if the occasion arises when I'm in need of some fancy footwear to keep my toes happy; I find Toms my favourite things to write in and wear.

Celia via Facebok
Who is your muse? Where do you derive your inspiration?

M.K.R.: Muse is such a broad spectrum for me. I could apply it to any number of things, music, environment, books, fashion, lifestyle and all other matter of sensory experience. In the end it all boils down to humans; mankind, which has always fascinated me. All humans at some point become my muse in the things that they do or create. Of course some humans are more beautiful than other to me in their nature and temperament but I can become to comfortable with those specific people. It's those times that I find great revelation in learning to love other types of humans. So muse is a never-ending discovery for me. Although, I've noticed a suspicious trend in my interest regarding people whose names begin with a certain letter of the alphabet but I won't say which since it would be too revealing.

Kevin via Email
"What kind of music do you listen to when you write?"

M.K.R.: Well from the 5,000 song selection on my MP3 player, it's hard to pick just a few to mention. I tend to listen to movie scores a lot because they create ton of action and emotion without confusing what I'm writing by listening to lyrics. I will, however, listen to songs with lyrics if they come from a deeply artistic place. Most recently I've been listening to Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Joe Hisaishi and Jack White's music.

Dillon via Facebook
As a reader AND writer do you feel the message you convey is more important than your audience's interpretation?

M.K.R.: It's a delicate balance really. When I'm crafting a novel, especially particular scenes, I often go back to what the reader's experience will be with the book. Author, character and reader relationships are specifically important for emotionally driven moments. The character's job is to deliver an experience, the reader to absorb and relate to it. As an author it becomes my responsibility to make it something both character and reader can share. Interpretation is key because no matter what it may be that I'm conveying, if I don't make it accessible to as many people as possible, it's lost is efficacy.

Kaye in Person
Is Erik Deror a real person that you know or is he a creation of your imagination?

M.K.R.: Erik is a creation of a creation, made as a compliment to someone; he's a lot of different pieces put together really. Honestly, no matter how closely related any character is a real life person, I could never say that was who they are once they hit the page. Any character, Erik included possess very strong personalities that won't be held within the boundaries of just one person. So even though Erik was made partially with a human in mind, that particular person has become very diluted through the process of Erik taking over his role.

Lydia via Facebook
Do you wake up in the middle of the night with a burning urge to write? Does said burning urge exist and if so, can it be repressed?

M.K.R.: There is definitely a burning urge and mostly it comes in the form of conversations characters are having in my head. They can either be talking to each other, vying for my attention or really expressing something profound about a story. That said, it can hit me in the middle of the night. The reason it's in the middle of the night though would be because they haven't let me sleep to begin with.
I can't really repress the experience and honestly it's better not to. If I'm lying in bed I'll just take it all in and record it in the morning. If it's during the day nothing can stop me from writing. I typically have my trusty writing book with me but if not I'll use napkins, facial tissue, pretty much the nearest thing to me that I can write on. I've always got a pen with me.

John via Email
"So you're always wearing a hat or something on your head. What's your obsession with headgear?"

M.K.R.: I've been asked this a lot in person because I do wear hats or scarfs every day, no matter what...and it's safe to say that they've become a part of me. As for why i wear them, there's been theories but I'm partial to the idea that they keep all the ideas in my head where they belong. It makes sense to me!

From Brenda via Facebook
What kind of stories do you like to write?

M.K.R.: I've discovered that I like to write almost any kind of story, as long as it challenges me on some level and is sort of offbeat. Ironically those are always the stories that come to me, the ones that I can relate to on some level emotionally and that make me step out of my comfort zone a little more each time. I find that a fundamental quality of my work though, the more I'm challenged the better my stories become and so it's grown into a bit of a craving. I want my stories to be the best they can be for my readers and I know the most effective way I can do that is through defying any form of convention I might have. I've grown a lot as a person and a writer through that and so it's safe to say I'll keep using this method for as long as I write.

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