Hey everyone! We interviewed M.K. Sawyer, author of The Goblin’s Daughter! Read on to find more about M.K.’s writing inspirations, favorite downtime activities, and so many other things!
What are your three favorite books that inspired your writing?
White Oleander by Janet Fitch was a huge influence for the language and mother-daughter theme of my novel The Goblin’s Daughter. I’ve probably read that book eight times, and it will never, ever leave my “to reread” list.
Wicked by Gregory Maguire is another favorite, because I love stories about weird little girls who don’t fit in. This story reminds me to look at my characters from all angles, even the “villains,” and remember that every villain has a story to tell.
I also love The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. The characters, the concepts, the language, I love everything about it. It also schooled me in writing creepy scenes.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I read a lot, of course, but I’m also an artist. I love to work with acrylics, watercolors, and lately I’m really into art journaling with brush pens and colored pencils. I also love to hula hoop (hooping. Google it.), go hiking and mountain biking, and spend time with my husband, family, friends, and furry family members.
What’s the hardest thing about writing for you?
The hardest things about writing are also the hardest things about life: trusting myself and knowing that I’ll figure it out, even if everything feels like a big mess; not getting stuck in perfectionism and just doing my work; and having to let go of things when they just aren’t working.
Then of course there are the little things, like finding the line between “awesome” and “cheesy” (it’s very thin), and knowing when to use “lie” as opposed to “lay.” I can never remember, but my editor does and that’s what matters!
What are you excited about right now?
I’m excited for the release of my first novel, of course! This is the one thing I’ve always wanted to do in my life. If I get crushed by a falling piano tomorrow, at least I’ll have accomplished my oldest and dearest ambition.
Aside from that, I can’t wait for the Crimes of Grindelwald movie to come out in November. Jude Law as Dumbledore?! Cannot wait.
Which book of yours would you recommend a reader start with?
I’m just getting started as an author, so I’d definitely recommend my one and only right now, The Goblin’s Daughter.
To hold you over until my next release, I highly recommend Hexen’s Cross by J. Kowallis. That should scratch the paranormal fantasy itch!