Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m from Germany and grew up in the Rhineland. Because I always loved the sun and the sea, I traveled for many years through Southern Europe. During this time I took on a variety of jobs in order to support myself and allow me a lifestyle that gave me plenty of free time. – Free time for my other passion: reading and writing. “Sunshine, Sex & Easy Money” is my first published book. I wrote it in my native language German and it was translated into English in 2017.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The inspiration for writing this book I got, when I was working in Athens/Greece as an independent female escort. It was an exciting time and I wanted to share my exceptional experiences with other people.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Maybe not really unusual. I prefer to start my writing after all daily chores are done. Then I start writing with the radio playing a quiet tune in the background. Sometimes I continue writing after dinner.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
There are too many wonderful books and authors I have read to make a choice.
What are you working on now?
Currently, I am writing on my second book which once again covers in a light-hearted way the topic of prostitution.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Difficult question… I get some response on FB, and little on Twitter. So far I don’t have my own website. Only my author page on Amazon. And I started with Instagram.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write… just keep writing. Every day if possible. Open at least your document and read the last sentences. It keeps you flowing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Try to write 1000 words per day and if you can’t make it, don’t worry!!
What are you reading now?
Next to my own manuscript I read “Life, the Universe and Everything” (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Part III) from Douglas Adams.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Continue writing, – publishing, promoting and writing again.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Even, if read them already at least 5 times in German and English, I would take “The Hitchhiker’s Triologie” by Douglas Adams and one book about survival.
Author Websites and Profiles
Maria Van Daarten Amazon Profile