Name M.A. Abraham
Where are you from
A little town just West of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I come from a large family, 7 brothers and 1 sister; I was the Tomboy of the family. I graduated Sr. High, but life threw curves at me thereafter that prevented my going through to University as planned. I have taken many courses etc. on different aspects of writing, and other things that caught my interest over the years and ended up being CEO of a business; writing became more of a dream/hobby. That is until my nieces found the manuscripts hidden in my closet.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I have just finished the rough draft of my fall release ‘INTEGRATION’ it is headed for what I call first stage edits, ‘FOR THE KING AND ELVEN EMPIRE’, my summer release is going into final edits in March. I also just got 2 Siamese kittens, Athena Ravenspaw and Tathar Silver Myst. AKA trouble and mischief.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I wrote my first book when I was 14. It was a challenge issued by a friend and for some reason I just sat down and started writing, I have been writing ever since.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Actually it was several years later, I was taking a course with the writer’s guild and the person who was conducting the class told me that was what I was. I hadn’t given it much thought before, it was just a dream up to that point, but she pushed that I should submit my work. I did with mixed results; mostly they told me that my style was very original. They also insisted I would have to travel extensively, which I couldn’t do, so that put an end to that at the time.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
If you are talking about the Elven Chronicles (Gabriel) I don’t have a clear answer to give. It was about 3-4 weeks after my mother’s death and I was walking across the yard with no real inkling what I was going to do. I went into the house and started writing and haven’t quit since.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I like to vary it, don’t like first person, although it works for some I don’t like to use it myself.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I have several so I might have to ask which title, some I agonize over, but on the average my books tend to name themselves sometime during the writing process. The hardest to date so far was ‘Return of the Legend’. That book was supposed to be a Novella and for some reason it kept growing.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Nothing specific. In most of my novels I try to reach for a lightness so the reader feels better, almost like the saying that behind every cloud there is a silver lining. Lúthien’s Song would be my best example of that with the darkness being driven out by the light. Our world has enough to make us sad without bringing more into it, I want people to smile when they read my books, and in some cases even laugh.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I write fantasy, yet there is some aspects of it that can be likened to real life, pain is pain no matter where you go, it is the degrees of hurt that an individual feels that defines it. The camaraderie, the love and hate, perhaps life in general is paralleled.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No, I tend to keep things impersonal, although some of the feelings that I project into the scenes can be from personal experiences. I won’t go into detail on that.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I have read extensively and miss being able to continue to do that now, as writing has taken the front burner. I love books by Mary Stewart, C.L. Wilson, Jennifer Fallon, Anne McCaffery and a dozen others. I like to read books that challenge my mind, and still allow me the freedom to live in the land the author has created while I am between the pages.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am between books, the next one will be Viper Game by Christine Feehan
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Too many to mention, it is becoming a very interesting world with all the new names coming to play on the market.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am about to go back into the Elven world, and if I write all that is in my mind about that I won’t surface until Christmas. I will be working on a new series after that, but I am not giving out information about that, because it won’t be available for another 3 years. I have a few stand alones that I am slowly working on as well.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
That would have to be Eniko, she is always doing things to boost my confidence. She is a truly special person, and gives her time and energy to many writers who are breaking into the market.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
My reading base is growing on a daily basis, and there may be a day when I will actually say I made the grade, actually it will probably be someone else who tells me I did it. I still can’t believe I am doing what I am.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
That would be ‘First Contact’ and I would have to say not really, although there is a tiny error it there that bugs me. On the average though I must say it turned out better than I thought. (Must be my editing staff that makes the difference.)
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
One of my friends was writing a book and her work tweaked my interest. She has since stopped, but I never did.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
That would be on Integration, and it is only in rough form yet, with no edits… if that is good, here is a small excerpt .. copyright 2014
The girl clutched at the binoculars as she smiled and raised them to her eyes. She was more than interested to check out the scenery, despite the obvious disadvantages and Elyse’s complaints. She soon understood why her friend had been so vocal, and she wasn’t above speaking her displeasure, despite her excitement.
“I wish they didn’t have to play their games so high.”
As the teenage Human female spoke those words, one of the young winged men missed the ball they had been tossing around, while another dove to retrieve it before it hit the ground. Elyse grinned widely, as he tucked his wings close to his body and plummeted out of the sky, and into range, unfortunately he was moving too fast for her to get a good fix on his assets. Her comments caused the rest of the group watching him to break into fits of excited giggles.
“Oh yes, baby, come closer to mama, just a little closer. Damn, he caught the ball.”
“What did you see Felicia?” Jean asked in a state of breathless anticipation.
“Not nearly enough.” Elyse commented in disappointment. “He didn’t come close enough for these crummy binoculars to get a good focus on him, and he was moving too fast, but what I did see”, Felicia grinned, as she passed on the binoculars to the next girl in line, “was spectacular.” She then fanned her face to emphasize her response.
The afternoon after they had first seen the young, winged male Tantalarians, the teenage Human girls had set up a fan club. The thought behind the group was that anything that looked that hot deserved extra appreciation, and study. They were curious to know more about these people. Well, maybe not so much the winged girls, but definitely the young men. It was Felicia who had noticed the young, winged warriors playing overhead in the afternoons a couple days later, and the club had moved their activities outdoors, where they could watch. Jean located a pair of her father’s old binoculars in one of his tool kits, and filched them for the club. It was no real secret that it wasn’t the game the girls were interested in; it was the warriors, and the fact that none of them were wearing clothing.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The same as most any other author actually, edits. It seems no matter how many times I go through a book I can’t seem to get it right. Or, should I say, not to my satisfaction.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I love Jennifer Fallon’s work. I really like the twists she puts in a story, she challenges your mind without making the storyline dull.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I can’t travel like I used to, it isn’t possible, so I have to say no, I don’t do much travelling for them at all.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
In the beginning my niece, Becca Abraham, made my books. Then I found Cora Graphics, she does all my covers now.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Beyond the edits, I would say putting yourself in the place of one of the characters and imagining what their reaction would be, what would make them think the things they do. Lúthien’s Song was very difficult that way, the healing process of Golradir took a lot, it was a very emotional part to write.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I have learned there is a lot people take for granted when reading a book that writers have to do that has nothing to do with actually writing. Also, satisfying everyone is next to impossible, no matter how clearly you think you have explained something, someone else is going to put a different twist on the situation. It is almost comical.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Make sure you have a good editing staff, and don’t rush your work. People who continually pat you on the back are not necessarily the best supporters you can have, let those who are guiding you challenge your efforts, it will pay off in the end.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Not really, just to enjoy life while you can because you never know what is around the next corner.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Let me think, Dick and Jane?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I love mischief, but nothing malicious. I love watching children play and use their imagination. I hate seeing anyone hurt or in pain, doesn’t matter if it is a person or an animal.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
That is a loaded question, there are so many. Carl Sagan? There would be a lot of questions I would ask someone with his mind.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
In infinitum, ibi est initium .. to make people think and wonder.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I do a lot of things crochet, stitching, cooking. I am making a tablecloth at the moment.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I like watching a lot of the older movies, as well as fantasy, things like LOTH.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Favorites have to be Italian and Chinese cooking, although I am more of a meat and potatoes person on an everyday basis. When it comes to colors blue has my vote, hands down. Music, one of my favorites is Enya, I love her music.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I had always dreamed of working in a planetarium.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I have a website where I play – you will be featured in an interview shortly. 😀 Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy.