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Sunday Showcase: Meet Maureen Eppen

Maureen Eppen, Serenity Press author of Every Family Is Different.

Click the image to watch Maureen talk about her book.

Welcome to my Sunday Showcase where I am delighted to feature wonderful authors and illustrators. Everyone has successfully journeyed the path of publishing with my guidance and I am so proud to share interesting insights into what makes them unique.

I am delighted to introduce Serenity Press author, Maureen Eppen, author of every Family Is Different. You can grab your copy here.

Interview with Maureen Eppen

1. Where do you get your ideas? My ideas are inspired by my family and friends — who they are, what they believe in, and how they live from day to day. I also get a lot of inspiration from the time and place in which I grew up — the 1970s, in a blue-collar suburb on the southern outskirts of Perth, Western Australia.
2. If you could be anywhere in the world where would it be and why? I would love to return to Ireland, where my husband and I spent some time together in 1994, as part of a bigger tour of Britain and Europe. And I’d love to go to Canada, to see some dear friends, and to visit Prince Edward Island, the ‘home’ of one of my favourite fictional characters of all time, Anne of Green Gables.
3. How did publishing your first book change your writing process? It has made me more determined to stop procrastinating and get working on my first novel. I’ve got a long way to go, but now I know I can get there.
4. Do you have any strange writing habits? I write a lot of notes in shorthand — both on paper, and in my head. I find myself moving my head to reflect the shapes of shorthand outlines, just as I did when I first learnt how to write it. Not sure why I still do it, but I can’t seem to stop myself. If you ever see me driving along, moving my head up and down and around and around, you’ll know why…
5. What is your favourite quote? “Tomorrow is another day, with no mistakes in it. Yet.” From Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
6. How do you choose the names for your       characters? I really struggle with this. I recently bought myself a baby names book, in the hope this might help. And I’ve been known to flip through an old print version of the White Pages, for surnames. I’ve also attempted to use the name-generator in Scrivener, but it came up with some very strange combinations, as indicated in this previous blog post
7. Which of your characters would you be least likely to get along with? The antagonist in my work-in-progress. He’s a bully and responsible for physically and emotionally injuring my protagonist. I’m struggling to give him any redeeming characteristics, but know I’ll have to find some, to make him convincing.
8. What literary character is most like you? I share some traits with Anne Shirley, from Anne of Green Gables, in that I’m a chatterbox with reddish hair (do you see a pattern emerging here?), but I’m probably more like Mrs Weasley, from the Harry Potter series these days.
9. What is the most difficult thing about writing        a character from the opposite sex? Trying to ensure they are not a caricature… I grew up in an all-female household, so have to draw on my memories of friends’ brothers and fathers, as well as on the behaviour of my husband, my friends’ sons, and my brothers-in-law and nephews.
10. What is the hardest thing about writing? Believing that my drafts will emerge as a worthwhile story. The ideas I have for my first novel are so clear in my mind, yet when I try to put them into written words I fall tragically short of my ideal. I need to understand that it’s okay to have an ordinary first draft, and that diamonds and gold are to be found amid the dirt.
11. What got left out of the final draft? The final draft of my recently published children’s picture book Every Family is Different pretty much incorporates all of my original ideas. I wanted to depict multicultural relationships, but found I didn’t need to use words to do that, because illustrator Veronica Rooke’s exquisite artwork already achieves that, and so much more.
12. If you could tell your younger self anything what would it be? Start writing fiction at an earlier point in your journalism career. Study creative writing at university, and learn from masters of the craft earlier in your life. They have so much to teach. And, finally, I’d tell myself to be kind to myself. First drafts and expected to be perfect, and they won’t be, but persistence will ultimately prevail.
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Thank you so much for sharing yourself so openly with us Maureen. It was great to get to know you better.

You can buy a copy of Every Family Is Different here and you can connect with Maureen on facebook or twitter.

Next week on the Sunday Showcase we will be featuring Jennifer Sharp author of children’s books and romance.

With Love, Karen. x






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