**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with MAGGIE MAE GALLAGHER
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INTRODUCING…MAGGIE MAE GALLAGHER!
Hi Karen, thank you so much for hosting me on your blog!
1. How did you get started writing?
There’s never been a time in my life that I wasn’t writing. When I was a teenager, I kept a journal and wrote poetry; really bad, soul-sucking, poetry. At the time, I wanted to grow up and be just like Emily Dickinson. It wasn’t until after I finished undergrad that I took a stab at writing my first book and was hooked.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
The worlds of urban fantasy and paranormal romance are where I truly found my writing niche. I’m a really big geek. Most of the books I read and TV shows I watch have paranormal elements, like The Walking Dead, Lord of the Rings, and Sleepy Hallow. If it has fangs, fur, AI robots, and mystical creatures, I am there. I love the double reflection you find within these types of stories. Whether the hero and heroine are battling aliens, in the midst of a shifter war, or contemplating immortality as one of the newly undead, the outer plot is always a mirror of their struggle against their own personal demons. Then there are those nifty superpowers. I have always wanted a superpower, like Piper in Charmed. Wouldn’t you just love to throw your hands up and stop time?
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
The process itself. By that I mean, I love writing from that first inception kernel that I begin with to voila finished book. I’m what you might call a plotting pantser, in that I know who my characters are, how they will react, and the big moments that must happen to get them across the finish line. The rest, I leave to my characters and let them take over.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Actually, writing the end. It means I have to say goodbye to my characters, who are no longer just characters, but friends that I have sweated with when they headed into trouble, laughed with at their jokes, and even cried with when the road became unbearable.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Music is my muse. Most of my best ideas come when I am listening to music. I was a music major in college, so music for me has always been something that feeds my soul. It’s one of the reasons I have a playlist for ANOINTED up on my website. They are the songs which inspired this book and this series. http://www.maggiemaegallagher.com/playlist/
6. What is it that makes your writing different from all the others in your genre?
There are so many awesomely stupendous writers in this genre, but I think what makes this series different is my heroine. She’s not your typical heroine, I actually consider her more of the anti-hero archetype. She has some real flaws that she must battle with all while trying to save the world.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I adore reading. If you saw the size of my to-be-read pile, you might laugh at me. I can’t be trusted in book stores, at book signings, or anywhere books may be. That one click thingy from Amazon is EVIL! My favorite genre is definitely paranormal, urban fantasy, and young adult with paranormal elements. I’m reading Divergent right now and it is fabulous.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
The next book in The Cantati Chronicles is ASCENDED CHOAS. I don’t have a release date for it yet, but will certainly keep readers up-to-date. I also have a paranormal romance and first in my Mystic Series, REMEMBER ME, releasing this fall.
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BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Maggie Mae and her release, ANNOINTED (The Cantati Chronicles), on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!! Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Maggie Mae will give away a signed print (U.S. only) copy of her book, ANOINTED to one of her lucky readers who comments on her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Don’t miss this chance to read this story!! Thanks, Maggie Mae, for sharing your stories with us!