Author Interview: M.A. Quigley

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

See if your local community house has any writing courses or if there are any creative writing courses online. My Let’s Write a Six-Word Story or a Poem Workbook will help you write more succinctly.

Do you like to create books for adults?

Yes, I loved creating my Let’s Write a Six-Word Story or a Poem Workbook for adults and teens who want to get creative but don’t know where to start. It’s filled with 100 nature prompts to pique their curiosity and spark their interest.

Do you participate in writing challenges on social media? Do you recommend any?
I love participating in writing challenges on social media. I recommend #3wordspoet, #vss365 and #FromOneLine on Twitter. I also do a writing challenge for people on Twitter to write a #sixwordstory or a #poem about a picture I post. I do them daily and always post a poem.

Do you play music while you write — and, if so, what’s your favourite?

No, I like silence when I write.

Do you prefer ebooks, printed books, or audiobooks most of the time?

I love paperbacks the best because they are kinder on my eyes.

How did you come up with the title for your book?
As I mentioned earlier, I do a Let’s Write a Six-Word Story or a Poem prompt for my followers on Twitter every day. I’ve been doing it for several years now and decided to write a book about my writing journey. I also included some of my followers’ attempts as examples in my book as a way of saying thank you for their support and kindness. Some of my followers may never publish anything and I wanted them to see what it felt like to be part of a book.

How do you celebrate when you finish your book?

I don’t celebrate. I start writing the next book.

What difference do you see between a writer and an author?
I believe everyone is a writer. We write a to do list, cheque, or fill in a form, etcetera. An author is someone who writes flash fiction, short stories, poetry, or books.

When did you first call yourself a writer?

I still don’t call myself a writer. I feel like I’m still learning my craft.

Whom do you trust for objective and constructive criticism of your work?

I trust my writing group. We meet once a fortnight and read what we’ve written. Their insight is invaluable and it’s nice to be with like-minded people.

Twitter: @MQuigley1963

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