Today we get to learn a little more about Young Adult author
Before we crack on with the interview, let's have a look at Mary's debut novel,
17 year old Charlie is broken. In more ways than one. Struggling to cope with rejection from her distant, heartless mother; and an incident that should never have happened, panic attacks and black outs have become her new normal. Until she meets Tyler, an angry boy with a questionable past...who just happens to be on the run from someone trying to kill him. The same someone who murdered his father. Caught up with Tyler running for his life, Charlie begins to see life differently, facing her fears and falling for a boy she almost loses.
MY: Welcome to the blog! Could you tell us a little about your journey to becoming a published author.
MC: First of all I’d like to say thanks so much Mary for hosting me on your blog, I appreciate your generosity, time and encouragement.
My writing journey began soon after I left full time work as a school counselor due to ill health. Overnight I’d gone from a dual role as welfare coordinator/school counselor to barely able to get out of bed. Frustrated with the way my body refused to co operate with my mind on the days when it wasn’t full of fog, a friend suggested I buy my self a new laptop try my hand at writing from my bed. I looked for online for freelance jobs and found a content site to sink my sadly lacking a place to work in Intellect and started writing articles about my experiences in counseling, family, travel which really helped fill the void. Then I thought of all the young people I had worked with over the years and some of the issues that they had to deal with and the idea of writing a YA book evolved with two thoughts in mind; to maybe touch on one of the most significant issues young people deal with today Anxiety and because I love to escape into books it needed to be a story not a teaching manual for issues. 60K + words later and ‘Breathless’ is here.
MY: Wow! What a journey you have been on. Could you share what your average ‘writing day’ look like?
MC: I’m one of the crazy people who always get a creative spurt in the middle of the night or early hours of the morning so mostly I’m up writing when I’d like to be sleeping, but mostly I try to write at least 3 to 500 words a day.
MY: Are there any authors that you particularly admire? And if so, why?
MC: I’ve always read many contemporary fiction and love a good crime or historical fiction but in recent years with my focus on Young Adults these are some of the authors I admire…apart from the obvious Dystopian Hunger Games and Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, Gayle Forman and Steph Perkins rock the romance genre. However E Lockhardt’s We Were Liars, Rainbow Rowells Eleanor and Park and Jandi Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Son & The Sky is Everywhere are hands down my fav OS authors in recent years. Naturally I read and love many Australian books and authors i.e. Brilliant YA writer’s Melina Marchetta (Looking for Alibrandi, The Pipers Son, Jellicoe Road) the awesomeness of Craig Silvey’s (Jasper Jones) and Fiona Wood’s (Six Impossible Things, Wildlife) Rebecca James (Beautiful Malice, Sweet Damage, Cooper Bartholomew is Dead) Ellie Marney’s Every Breath series and Paula Westins Rephraim angelic series and Kristin Krauths provocative Just A Girl. There are just too many to write about here but two of my favorite English authors are Rachel Abbot, crime adult author (The Back Road, Only the Innocent) and Jill Mansell’s contemporary adult romances A Walk in the Park and Rumour Has It, and right now I’m kinda stuck on a historical Fiction series The Du Lac Chronicles and seriously hanging out for the second book, having read and loved the first, they truly are a must read…
MY: I quite like The Du Lac Chronicles as well!! Lol! What are you currently working on?
MC: I am currently working on the sequel to Breathless Out of Darkness, hence the need to get words on paper. As well as three other stand alone novels in various stages of completion.
MY: If you could give advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?
MC: I’m not qualified to give advice to other writers as such as I’m only a beginner myself, but can I just say to have a go.
MY: Authors are often portrayed as being cat owners who drinks a lot of coffee. Is this true for you?
MC: Ha ha! Well, I don’t own a cat, just two dogs, so I guess that rules me out of that first part of the box, but am definitely a coffee drinker, and a bit of a coffee snob as well, has to be a certain brand of bean and brewed myself or bought from the limited selection of cafes available near where I live now.
MY: What does your ‘perfect’ day look like?
MC: Having moved last year from the big smoke a perfect day for me now is enjoying the awesomeness of the spectacular sunrises in the Byron Hinterland of NSW Australia where I live; tending my orchard currently laden with all types of citrus fruit ready for a winter harvest; thinking and planning about what I can grow here on our 8 acre paddock; and enjoying a slower paced existence in a country ideal where I can write any time I want to.
MY: That sounds perfect. What is your biggest vice?
MC: Definitely social media, so stops me from writing…and I have to admit a good red…can be too good, if you know what I mean.
MY: If you could meet anyone from the past, who would it be and why?
MC: I’ve always wanted to meet my grandmother who I’m named after. I didn’t know her as she died when I was one but I know she loved me. I think I could have learned a lot from her. As far as writers go I’d love to have a good chat to Enid Blyton about those folk in that tree..so many questions??
MY: Where do you see yourself in five years?
MC: Oh well that’s easy in 5 years time I will be reaping the spoils of my numerous best selling books flitting from my Notting Hill terrace to my apartment in Paris while holidaying in my holiday house on the Mediterranean...or not! Most probably enjoying my farm life, raising cattle, selling boutique and native citrus while continuing to write for my small cluster of fans dotted around the Globe.
Thanks again Mary, it’s been loads of fun. CheersMY: It has been a real pleasure.
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About the author
Mary Carter is currently, a freelance writer with the content site HubPages.com. She can be found under the name of carter06@HubPages.com. She has published her first short story 'High School Blues' and has completed her first Young Adult novel 'Breathless' the first of a series which is now available for sale as an e book on Amazon books.com mm carter. She has also recently written her second stand alone YA novel which is going through a final edit, and is happily working on several other novels simultaneously. Mary is a previous Adolescent school counselor and works part time as a Child and Adolescent Therapist. She and her husband and son have recently relocated to the breathtakingly beautiful Byron Bay hinterland.