Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Author Interview – Maria Granovsky

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Do you intent to make writing a career? I consider writing to be a career already. It cannot be a full-time career right now for financial reasons, but I take it just as seriously as I take my work as a lawyer. It is definitely not a hobby.

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? I’ve never experienced writer’s block in the sense of no words coming to me. I have experienced moments (and by moments, I mean months) when I didn’t know what comes next in the story, or how to move my plot from point A to point H. I know such a moment is upon me when I start writing witty and engaging dialogue that does not serve any purpose in the story, except to be witty and engaging., I now recognize it as hitting a plot snag.

When I see three or four pages of this, I recognize that a plot snag, stop writing and start working through possible scenarios in a methodical fashion. If I’m diligent about it, I come up with an answer in short order.

The other type of “block” I’ve experienced is a lack of desire to write because external circumstances push the writing to a lower priority. The only cure to this condition is forcing myself to write. It’s similar to my lack of enthusiasm for exercise — if I just force myself to walk into the gym, I’ll exercise and enjoy it, and it’s the same with writing. Once I open the draft document and write a couple of sentences, I’m back in my novel’s world and happier for it.

What genre are you most comfortable writing? Hands down, suspense, capers, and thrillers are my genres. I love reading them, I understand their construction, and I find them a great vehicle to explore serious and complex issues in a non-preachy and entertaining manner.

How did you develop your plot and characters? The characters are based on composites of people I know. My protagonists came to me almost pre-formed. I just knew who they were, their background stories, and their responses to different situations. As to the plot, I knew the beginning and the end, but didn’t outline the full story. Instead, it felt like the characters did their own thing, and I just reported on what they were up to. Only in the last couple of chapters, where everything had to be resolved, did I step in with a detailed list of plot points that needed to be addressed.

Who designed your cover? Christine Van Bree designed my cover (http://christinevanbreedesign.zenfolio.com/). I couldn’t have asked for a more professional, talented or dedicated designer. The only complaint I can think of is that she provided me with too many excellent concept choices and it made picking the winner very difficult!

Can you tell us about your main character? Olga Mueller is a lawyer who’s ready to stop being one. She works for one of the most prestigious law firms in the world, and her area of concentration is pharmaceutical patent litigation. But she has grown tired of putting blinders on and concentrating only on the patent questions, when she knows that the drugs these patents are protecting may be dangerous.

She is smart, impetuous, some say childish in her hope for justice, willful, and craves excitement. A chance encounter with Benedict Vickers, the brother of the scientist who invented the diet drug at the center of the plot, offers her the chance to leave her secure job and experience the thrill ride that she so desperately wants, and she readily takes it.

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Genre – Legal Thriller

Rating – PG

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