Friday 6 September 2019

Interview with MC Frank

I am delighted to be finally welcoming the amazing MC Frank to the blog for an interview! Here's a little bit about her, and be sure to check the blog for all her amazing books!

M.C. Frank (writer, reader, designer, physicist and teacher, to name a few) has been living in a world of stories ever since she can remember (that's before she knew how to write). She started writing them down when she could no longer stand the characters in her head screaming at her to give them life, and while those first scribblings weren't exactly good (nor were they books, although she insisted on calling them that), they were enough for her to discover her passion in life.

She got her university degree in physics a few years ago (yes, she's like Sheldon, only a bit crazier!) and is now free to pursue her love of reading and writing, as well her free-lance job as editor-in-chief. She lives with her 'dude' in a home filled with candles, laptops and notebooks, where she rearranges her overflowing bookshelves every time she feels stressed.

Which is often, since (as you might have noticed) she doesn't pick the easiest subjects for her novels. 

And onto the interview!

In your own writing, which character of yours do you relate to most?
My characters live through horrible things: Evil Sheriffs chasing them through the forest, frozen lands without Christmas and life-threatening diseases if they have the
bad fortune to live in one of my contemporary novels. I'm not going to lie, living through horrible thins is very relatable for me :) but being brave and trained in archery...
can't relate. I do relate to Ellie from Salt for Air a lot, because she's also lost her dad and loves to read and write fanfiction, like me. I also relate to Robin from Everything I Do,
because he feels that he's never enough (and I constantly feel that), and also he, like me, lives in a country that has been destroyed by evil rulers and ruthless tax-collectors. Out of all my characters,
these are the ones I most relate to.

Do you read your own genre? Is it a favourite?

I write in several genres: scifi, fantasy, New Adult and historical fiction. I read all of these genres extensively. Maybe I've been reading
more historical fiction lately, because I'm a Regency novels addict-that's possibly my favourite genre.
It comes in handy, as I'm currently writing the sequel to my Robin Hood novel, and a Regency romance!

If you had to describe your style in three words, what would they be?
Angst, depth, humour.

What was the first story you ever told?
It was a story about a little angel on Christmas day, sending gifts to a poor boy? I think it was something like that. I was eight at the time, and had been reading
a ton of Dickens. I gave it to my dad to read, as he was an author and my main inspiration to become one. He read it very carefully, and then said: "Keep working on it."

Was writing always your dream choice of career?
No. I studied physics in university and have been working as a private tutor and teacher for years. But as soon as I discovered self-publishing, I was like, this is IT. Search for
dream career was over that day.

Do you have a writing space? Pictures or descriptions!
I do! It's by my bed, and I've got a ton of notebooks full of ideas stacked on either side of me. I also have a candle, a typewriter, a puzzle picturing books as the four seasons,
and a board where I pin post-its with my goals and inspirational quotes. My bear also usually keeps me company.I post tons of photos of it on my instagram (@mcfrank_author).

Playlists? Yes or no? And why?

YES! It's mainly music and songs that inspire all of my stories and scenes, to be honest. I would have nothing without it.

Which social media do you see as a must for writers?
I don't know. None? I'm sure you can make it without social media if you want, but you must research how to do that extensively.
I personally would be lost as an author without instagram.

Where do you hang out most online?

Instagram. It's open pretty much all day on my phone, and I chat with my friends and browse gorgeous photos. Perfection.

Do you have a favourite app for writing?
I just write in Word. I use notes on my phone for ideas... And that's pretty much it.

Organised or not?

Very organised (although I'm sure not as organised as you, Joey! You are organization goals.) I have to have very detailed outlines and marketing/publication plans.

What's your favourite book you've read?

Oh, that's an unanswerable question haha. Among my favorites are Persuasion (Jane Austen), The Illustrated Man (Ray Bradbury), Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor),
Hamlet (William Shakespeare)... Should I go on? We'll be here all day.

Morning or evening writer?

I'm a vampire writer. I write all through the night, and I sleep during the day.

If you had a hashtag for your books, what would it be?

I do have hashtags for my books! It's just their titles, #saltforair #everythingido #ruinedmcfrank and so that I can find out lovely photos or posts about
them and do shoutouts on social media. If a reader isn't sure of what to use, just #mcfrankauthor or #mcfrankbook is fine!

You can follow MC Frank on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, her website, and The Book Robin Hoods.

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