The Art of Mirriam Neal

Beautiful People: The Author Edition

I’ve been nursing a massive headache for the last few days. The good news? It’s much better today. The bad news? It’s been traded for some small cousin of the flu. So, since I’m scared to actually write anything because #sickbrain, I figured I could do a blog post and let you all know that no, I didn’t quit blogging for the new year. I’ve been doing it for almost eight years and I’m not about to stop now.

  1. How many years have you been writing? When did you officially consider yourself a ‘writer’? I’ve been writing seriously (as seriously as a twelve-year-old can write) for nine years, give or take a little time. I think I first considered myself a ‘writer’ when I penned my first short story, but I didn’t really consider myself very good at it until maybe three years later.
  2. How/why did you start writing? Why did you start breathing? Answer that, and you’ll know why I started writing.
  3. What’s your favorite part of writing? The creation of it all. I feel closest to God when I’m creating characters and lands and directing their lives toward the end of the story.
  4. What’s your biggest writing struggle? Usually writing the middle of the story. I usually have a very clear view of the beginning and the end, but I’m left propping up the middle with sticks and hoping it holds.
  5. Do you write best at night or day? I write best when it’s dark; be it gray skies or starry nights.
  6. What does your writing space look like? (Feel free to show us pictures!) My writing space is usually my bed, surrounded by pillows, artwork, and novels. If I ever get a desk large enough to accommodate my monstrosity of a laptop, I’ll probably write there.
  7. How long does it typically take you to write a complete draft? The quickest has been a month (and it wasn’t even a NaNo novel!) The longest was nine months. Usually they fall around the six-month mark.
  8. How many projects do you work on at once? I try to be a good, organized authoress and keep two close by, but really it’s more like four.
  9. Do you prefer writing happy endings, sad ones, or somewhere in between? I enjoy bittersweet endings. I don’t want to push the realm of believability with pure ‘happily ever afters,’ but I also like to write about hope. I like hopeful endings.
  10. List a few authors who’ve influenced your writing journey. J. R. R. Tolkien, Stephen King, Bryan Davis, Diana Wynne Jones,  Ted Dekker, Stephen Lawhead, Cornelia Funke, Machiavelli, and Louis L’Amour.
  11. Do you let people read your writing? Why or why not? I do, because I write for myself but I also write to speak. There’s no point in speaking if there isn’t anyone you’re willing to let hear you.
  12. What’s your ultimate writing goal or dream? To write as much as I can of tales that matter. Like every novelist, a publishing deal and screen rights wouldn’t go amiss, either.
  13. If you didn’t write, what would you want to do? Draw, but fortunately I can do both. Also, gentling mustangs is still something that really calls to me. It always has.
  14. Do you have a book you’d like to write one day but don’t feel you’re ready to attempt it yet? Historical novels daunt me, but I hope to write one someday.
  15. Which story has your heart and won’t let go? They all have my heart. Every single one.

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