Name M. Sembera
Where are you from
I am originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana but I have lived in Texas since I was 11.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I am married with three kids. My two oldest ones have already moved off on their own and my little one is 9 now so it’s pretty quiet around the house now.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I have a new release from my Marked Heart Series. Charlotte will go live on 9/25/14
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I guess officially, in 2011 one day I decided to just sit down and do it.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably when my first book was published.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I had this idea for years that just popped into my head one day and wouldn’t leave. Ha-ha!
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I think so but I’m not entirely sure what it is… I like action and dialogue but my editor Margaret does a great job of keeping me in check when I get a bit wordy.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My first book, I used the main character’s name same as I did with my new release. However, with the books in between, I try to pick a title that gives the reader a feel for the plot.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I am seriously obsessed with flaws and character traits. So, my books tend to lean towards how those things define us individually. I hope the main message I can convey to my readers is that although those things make us who we are, there is nothing that cannot be overcome.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Although I lean the settings and scenarios toward the realistic it’s all fiction.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I think writers take a bit of everything they have experience in life and create a different world from them.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Age of Innocence to this day is the most romantic book I’ve ever read. There is something about anticipation that makes a book exciting for me to read.
Ann of Green Gables is my all-time favorite book. It inspired my love of reading.
Edgar Allen Poe because he was always able to set a scene and bring it to life. Not to mention there are many morals to each of his stories.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Arial Burnz. We write in completely different styles and genera’s but she helped me a great deal in the beginning and I would not be headed in the direction I am now if not for her wisdom and advice.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Days of Amber by Alex Chu
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Oh my goodness there are way too many to list!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Now that Charlotte is finished book #3 in the Marked Heart Series is One Penny.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
The Indie Author community has been outstanding!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I look at it more as its part of who I am. Even if I didn’t publish I’d still write.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
When I was in high school, I had to write a short story for English class and I just fell in love with it.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am still in the thinking stages but following Charlotte’s book one of the characters Penny will get her own book. She’s pretty lighthearted and fun and one of my favorite side characters.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I love naming characters but not so much places. I am getting better though 🙂
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
It has to be Poe. Everything he wrote struck me in one way or another. That’s why he’s my favorite.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I do most everything from home but 2/7/15 I will attend my first author event DITH in Austin, Tx.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I do 🙂
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
For me it’s the last few chapters. I have trouble letting them go.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I have learned so many things with each book I have written but I think the main thing is I seem to love writing the more I do it.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Take your time. Hire an Editor. No matter what anyone says if you love your characters keep writing them.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you and y’all are the best!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I do! It was Bears First Christmas.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I like to hang out with my family.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t watch TV but I enjoy Independent Films.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Olives stuffed with garlic. My favorite color is Green. I listen to a little bit of everything except Country. Punk and Alternative are my most loved.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I can’t think of anything. Ha! Maybe everything I do now with that exception.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I’m not a crier by nature, so really, other than things involving my kids there’s not much else although a good book has been known to make me teary eyed.
Dang near everything makes me laugh. A lot of the times its inappropriate laughter but I find humor in almost everything.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present that you would like to meet and why?
I think I’d like to have met Bruce Lee. He was amazingly talented and created his own fighting style and I love Kung Fu.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Yes I do 🙂 http://www.BrokenBirdMedia.com
Thank you so much Fiona! It has been a pleasure to be interviewed by you ♥ M.
Here are the links to go with my books 🙂
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