Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m Mystqx and My name is Mystqx Skye and I am a Zürich-based writer, a hobby photographer and a lover of archery. In my former life, I was a savvy Marketing Communication Strategist at travel and retail companies. My writings are more on life’s beautiful contradictions, rebellious hearts and mystery romance. I have one published book and so many other books still on draft 🙂
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Bared – Beneath a Myriad of Skies is my first published book. It is a 117 page poetry book that inspires and encourages love for self and others, inner self-discovery, understanding relationships and appreciating the beauty of life. The book has mandala art coloring pages and includes blank stationery pages that can be used to write your own thoughts or use as a journal.
The myriad of emotions from stories I heard from people coming from all walks of life, my memories and dreams – inspired me to write Bared. I wish to share it to the world – in the hopes that through my writings – my readers could find a companion; a friend of their mind; refuge – if not an escape; maybe enjoy the world more, or find a relief of heart.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t know if you would call it unusual but before I write I usually set the mood and the stage. Music and food play a big role in prepping things up. I’m a very sensual person and likes to feel things so skimming my fingers on a keyboard or embossed papers and the smell of ink turns my writing mood on.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My favorites are Oscar Wilde and Anais Nin. Their words are powerful, inviting, sensual, and both are unconventional. I like their spirit and style.
What are you working on now?
I am currently writing a mystery romance short novel. It is about love and hate that transcends over time. Also finishing a chapbook about societies beliefs and behaviours. Hopefully, I can finish atleast one before half of next year 😉
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I find that Instagram works for me the best though I try to promote on all social media.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
On this note, I’d like to half-quote Dory from Nemo. Just keep… writing! Whatever the circumstances are, like book not selling, getting bad or negative comments from articles you published, getting lazy and disoriented… wherever you find yourself into – don’t forget to write. Write about your circumstances, write about whatever thoughts you have, write about what you want to write about. Just keep writing and I’m sure you will find the readers who loves your writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
An advice that I really like is from E.L. Doctorow. “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”
What are you reading now?
Grimoire for the Green Witch: A Complete Book of Shadows – just in time for Halloween 😉
What’s next for you as a writer?
After I finish the 2 books I’m working on – I would really like to concentrate on marketing the books. I have a marketing background and I’d like to try my hand at applying the techniques I know to marketing my own books. Self-publishing is not an easy road to take for authors but I find it rewarding.
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?
Hmmm…. this is a tough question indeed. I’d say, a thick blank notebook, my poetry book – Bared, The Notebook by Nicholas Spark and a book about survival skills.