Let’s continue getting to know our authors, shall we? Up next, the always wonderful Majanka Verstraete.

stacksWhat was the first book you wrote? Published?
The first book I wrote was “Fractured”. I first called it “Mirror, Mirror”, but my publisher decided the other title fit better, and I agree. It’s a YA dark fantasy. The sequel, “Reflected”, released last year.

Which author do you most look up to?
J.K. Rowling. I’m absolutely in love with the Harry Potter series, and to think she came up with all of it, and it has captured so many readers’ hearts.

What is your ultimate goal as an author?
I want people to read my books. Becoming a bestseller author is of course one of my dreams, but just getting books out there and having people read them and enjoy them, that’s my ultimate goal. I want my books to mean something to my readers.

Which of your characters do you most connect with?
Riley Scott. She’s the main character of The Angel of Death Series, my YA paranormal series. I love her, and I can connect with her in so many ways. She’s the person I’ve always wanted to be.

What is your favorite genre to read? Why?
Horror. I love horror, always have. Even when I was a kid, my favorite series was Goosebumps, hehe. Nowadays I still love that genre the most.

What is the most challenging part of your writing process?
Editing. I don’t like editing my own books at all. I don’t mind when I get them back from the editor and have to work on them, but self-editing after I’ve written the first draft? No, I don’t enjoy that part of writing at all.

Do you have any go to snacks while writing?
Not really. I don’t usually eat when I’m writing.

What is your all-time favorite novel to read?
What a tough question! Probably “In The Forests of the Night” by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. It’s about vampires, and made me fall in love with the supernatural. I’ve read the book like fifty times at least.

What do you consider your greatest strength as an author?
Storytelling. I think that’s my greatest strength, I can tell a good story.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?majanka
Don’t give up. Keep on writing, no matter what. And I have.

If you could have a literary tea party with five of your favorite characters and five of your favorite authors, alive or dead, who would they be?
Five favorite characters: Bellatrix Lestrange (from Harry Potter), Risika (from In The Forests of the Night), Arya (from Song of Ice and Fire), Rose (from Vampire Academy) and Damon Salvatore (from The Vampire Diaries). That would be an amazing literary party! Two vampires, one evil witch, a dhampir, and Arya! J

Five favorite authors: Edgar Allan Poe, J.K. Rowling, Richelle Mead, George R.R. Martin and Mary Shelley.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Connecting with your fans! I love it when fans mail me telling me they enjoyed the book. Even if they didn’t love all of it, or had some comments about some of it, I still love talking to them about my books and characters.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would be your next choice for a dream job?
I studied law, and now I’m studying criminology. So once I finish that, I’ll also start working as a lawyer, which is my second dream job. Ideally, I want to be part-time lawyer, part-time author.

How long does it usually take you to write a book from plotting to publishing?
Usually two or three months. Shorter books (kids books) don’t take as long.

What is your favorite place to write?
On the train. With no internet connection, I can’t do anything but write, and it helps! I can usually write 5k words when travelling to university by train.

Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!
My favorite food in the whole world is spaghetti.

Find more about Majanka online at majankaverstraete.com

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