Interview With Author Maisie Young
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I grew up on the west coast in a small town where nobody locked their doors. Everyone knew everyone. I wonder if I dislike small talk because I had no need for practice growing up.
Later I studied a wide variety of subjects, such as art, finance, psychology, life coaching and tax law. Nothing I learned in school can compare to what I’ve learned and experienced from being a mom. I tried to infuse my first book, The Joy and Love of Childhood, with every bit of my understanding, experience and my deep appreciation for the gifts and responsibilities children bring to life.
I live in the south, and I love BBQ, hot sauce and the massive lack of snow. A few of my adventures, in order of difficulty, have been exploring the French countryside while potty-training a toddler, snorkeling with barracuda and riding a dolphin.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Joy and Love of Childhood was inspired by many things, looking back.
1) I recall a lunch with my Grandfather, who prophetically said, “Some things are not taught in life, but should be.”
2) My own experience of being blindsided by the realities of having a child.
3) I didn’t start out to publish a book. I was journaling for many years as a way to get out my thoughts and feelings, and it occurred to me how much of it I wish I’d known long before having a family. I intended to compile my writing for my daughter to read when she finished high school, so she could be 100 steps ahead by the time she is my age, so she’d never have to choose between raising her child and paying the bills. Then I thought, why not publish it, even if it helps only one other woman, I’d be happy.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
When I’m in the zone, I sometimes can’t shut it off, and the perfect sentence or word will suddenly appear at the most inopportune moments, such as while driving or in the shower. I’ve learned to always keep pen and paper nearby to take notes.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Love, Pray was influential. My story mirrored hers, as I read her book, and I found her voice authentic and sensible. Not only was her story inspiring, but also her bravery in putting it out there.
What are you working on now?
I just published, so nothing new yet.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m trying to share it in as many ways as my introvert heart will allow! Websites, maybe podcasts. Dabbling in social media.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Start now, even if you do just a little bit each day. One year from today, you could be a published author!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
The Trouble Begins at 8. A Life of Mark Twain, in the Wild, Wild West by Sid Fleischman. I’m reading it to my 8 year old.
What’s next for you as a writer?
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?
Emma by Jane Austin
Going Solo by Roald Dahl
Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
A book about island survival
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