Madison Daniel is the author of "Ember". Thank you for the interview and hpe you liked to to it !
1. I know that this is the question that every writer hates, but everyone always asks: How do you get inspired? From where do you get your ideas?
MD: Music is my biggest inspiration. My dreams and wicked imagination are the breeding ground for most of my writing.
2. What did you always want to be? How do you decided to be a writer? At what age do you decided you want to be a writer?
MD: A musician and artist. I sing, I paint, I write. It’s just in my blood. I decided that writing was a profession I’d embrace about 4 years ago.
3. How do you keep on staying motivated? I know that to write a book it’s a really hard work, so how could you continue this work?
MD: The readers and fans have been a fantastic motivation for me. On those days, when the last thing I feel like doing is writing, my stalkers give me strength. :)
4. I know that your books have a great story, so how did you decide that you wanted to write fantasy? When did you begin to write this book? In what year did you begin and how long did this book take to write?
MD: I just write what I feel, whether it is fantasy or romance or horror. Ember was written in the summer of 2008. It took about 3 weeks to finish the first version. It came out of me quickly!
5. Your book has extraordinary characters. Where do you start a book, with plot, characters or dialogue?
MD: I usually write a scene. Something emotional and heavy and then let the story unfold from there. I also design characters on paper, in illustrations and give them full backgrounds and stuff.
6. Where do you write? Do you write with music, or do you have something that help you to have imagination?
MD: I write wherever I can. If an idea hits me, I scribble it down in my notebook I always have with me. Or I type up the idea on my iPad or iPhone. Music is usually around while I do one or the other. Most of the time, music is what has inspired me to write down the newest idea.
7. How was your life at 13 years? Did you keep a diary? It was a special notebook or just an ordinary notebook? You decorated it, or you have draws in it? How was the cover?
MD: 13 was an awkward stage. I had just started writing and singing in a band. I have plenty of old notebooks of song lyrics and comic book ideas. No official diaries though. I like to think that those old songs read like a diary though. :)
8. What books did you read between 12-18 years? What was your favorite?
MD: Sadly, I wasn’t much of a reader until I was 18 or so. I read a handful of sci-fi stories and a couple Stephen King books. He has always been my favorite author.
9. Do you like your new writer life? Is it beautiful, or how much did your life change from the moment you published your books?
MD: Things have been a blast since I published my books. I love it. I have met some amazing people. Found possible life long friends. I wake up everyday ready to face the next challenge. I hope to be published in Romania soon! Fingers crossed!
10. What advice do you have for teen writers?
MD: Read as much as you can. Study your favorite authors, musicians and actors. Write whenever you can. Trust your words and surround yourself with honest, caring people. Avoid the negative ones.
11. When is your birthday? And how old are you?
MD: My birthday is in July, I am a Cancer sign. My age is a secret...for now. Hahaha. :)
12. What is your favorite quote?
MD: Hmmm... “Music is LIFE & the written word is our SOUL.”
Thank you very much for the interview! What message do you have for your fans in Romania?
MD: Thank you!!! This was fun. I hope we can do this again. To all the Romanian readers and people: I LOVE YOU ALL!!! You have been so encouraging and supportive of my writing, I owe you so much. I hope to meet some of you one day on a future, international book tour. Until then...shine on! You rock my world! ~ M