My guest today is Maya Sacher, author of Hungry for Love.
Maya is a law school graduate, an activist, and the author of three books. Two books were published in Croatia, a short story collection and a novel.
Hungry for Love is a new adventure for her, as it is her first self-published book and an attempt to reach a new, wider market.
Hungry for Love is due for release on March 1st, and can be pre-ordered on Amazon
Hi Maya, and welcome to Rainne’s Ramblings.
Would you like to kick off by telling us what motivates you to write…?
Life, experience, people, society and its anomalies.
…And how your interest in writing originated?
I was twelve when I first dabbled with writing. I remember we used to frequently go down to the air-raid shelter, (Croatia was at war in the early nineties), and there wasn’t much to do for a kid in a shelter. I would bring a notebook with me and I started writing down stories. But it wasn’t until I graduated high school that I realized I wanted to be a writer.
Who or what has helped you become a better writer over time?
One of my first teachers was my Croatian editor, Mr. Kruno Lokotar, who helped me shape up my first two books. I also learned a lot from the mentors of The Writers’ Workshop, Elizabeth Garner and Laurence Daren King, who I have worked with on Hungry for Love.
What are the hardest and easiest parts about being a writer?
Writing is the easiest part, that’s where all the fun is. Rewriting is not as fun, but it’s still writing. Researching, although it has its moments, is the hardest part for me because it isn’t writing.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
I don’t know yet. I’ll let you know when one of my books hits bestseller list.
Walk us through a day in the life of Maya
After my cats and I have had our breakfast, they find a cozy place to sleep, and I tap away at my computer until lunch break. After lunch I write some more. If the weather is nice, I’ll go for a walk. I usually finish off my day with a movie or I catch up on my reading or both. See, quite glamorous.
Are events in Hungry for Love based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I’m sure most writers draw their inspiration from their own experience, the people they know and the world around them. Actually, this is the first rule of writing – write what you know. So most stories have a touch of their author’s lives in them. Hungry for Love tells of trials and tribulations of a woman who falls in love with a new man while her husband is in a coma, and the most difficult decision she has to make when her husband wakes up. This premise is made-up, however some characters were inspired by the people I know.
Who is your favourite character from your book and why?
I could say the main character, Elizabeth, because she is both fragile and strong, but I could also pick her therapist, Dawn, because she is wise, cool and understanding. On the other hand, I also love the two male characters, Elizabeth’s quirky husband, Jesse, and her lover, Aidan, who is somewhat rough around the edges but has a big heart. I can’t really take my pick.
How about your least favourite character?
I can’t choose the least favorite character either because they are all my creation and I sympathize with all of them. All characters are, in essence, bits of their author. Choosing the least favorite character would be like saying I don’t like some part of me, and that wouldn’t be true.
Would you please tell us about the delicious cover and how it came about.
My friend, Sonja Kovač, takes pictures of books for publishers and websites. I love her photographs, so I asked her if she would take my cover photo.
I told her I wanted cookies theme, since Elizabeth bakes cookies, but I also wanted the cover to suggest a love triangle without actually showing people.
At the bottom you will notice a recipe. It was Sonja’s idea. It’s actually a recipe for happiness taken from the novel. So when the readers watch the table on the cover, it’s as if they are seeing from Elizabeth’s perspective, as if they are baking cookies themselves.
Who is your intended audience and why should they read Hungry for Love?
Women (and men) who enjoy unconventional love stories and family dramas.
Have you any books in the pipeline? Can you tell us a bit about it/them?
I am currently working on a young adult novel, a dystopian romance.
Your book is being made into a movie, what music would you use as a soundtrack?
Something along the lines of early Maroon 5.
Other than writing, what are you passionate about?
Movies, traveling, food. I love trying new flavors, visiting new places, and I’m probably addicted to movies.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Hopefully, more books.
If you could change one thing from your past, what would it be, and why?
I used to fantasize about changing this or that about my past, about whether or not I could have made a better choice or prevented something bad from happening, but now I don’t want to change anything. Let bygones be bygones and all that.
What are your pet peeves?
I guess my biggest pet peeve is when people don’t believe you even in the face of evidence. And when people spend more time on their phone than they do interacting with the people they are supposedly having a conversation with.
Quick fire round:
- Favourite book?
The Little Prince.
- Favourite food?
- Favourite flower?
- Favourite animal?
- Favourite quote?
“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us before you head back to your writing and your cats?
I hope the readers will enjoy Hungry for Love. If you’d like to share anything, ask a question, or just chat, feel free to get in touch via my Facebook page.
Thank you for joining us, Maya. Best wishes for Release Day!