Interviews by nickwale
M.L Newman is one of the rising stars of the book world. Her first book “Glimmer of Hope” was well-received, and fans are anticipating her second release. What really makes a writer run? I wanted to pose questions during this interview that would really allow us to look inside the mind of a writer who really knows her craft. Hold onto your seats… This is a goodie!
Good morning, M.L. I want to start this interview by asking you one question. Why is writing important to you?
I enjoy writing because I get to share my stories with others. It’s important to me because my stories, while fiction, can bring hope, love and joy to others. So many stories I’ve read have touched me and brightened my day. I’d love to do that for my readers.
I was thinking earlier that many of your readers will be wishing they could write like you. How many times have you read a book and wished you’d written it?
I haven’t actually read a book that I wished I’d written, but I’ve read books that I wished I lived in.
As a writer, I guess you get to create any world you want to live in– that must be a pretty amazing feeling. How many story ideas have you got at the minute?
I have plotted out about 40+ storylines, and I’m hoping that at least 39 of them are published. There are many different storylines and series that I have planned where the final decision on book numbers is more about where the story goes than how many I can publish.
So, let me ask you this: What really makes a good story?
Personally, I believe what makes a good story are the decisions that are made within the story. Anyone can fall in love or fight it, but the difficult choices that have to be made bring me closer to the characters. If I find a connection with a character, I’ve been sucked in.
How many times do you rewrite a sentence to get it just right?
I don’t usually rewrite my sentences. Sometimes I tweak them to make sure it makes sense, but usually the first time it sticks. I spend the majority of the time on detailing than rewriting.
Here’s a curveball for you… Is there anything you wouldn’t like to write about?
When I write a story, it’s because it has been called from my soul. I don’t have a choice but to write what comes out of me. I don’t specifically have anything against writing other stories; they just have to wait their turn.
How many times did you considered becoming a writer before you became a writer?