Interview: Mary Woldering
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Mary R. Woldering is an author, artisan and art historian, devoted wife to Dr. Jackie Woldering, mother of two and grandmother of three. She lives in Euclid, OH.
Name: Mary R. Woldering
Latest Release: Children of Stone (Book 2) Going Forth By Day
Genre: Historical Fantasy
We are delighted to share our exclusive interview with historical fantasy author, Mary Woldering.
- How long have you been writing?
About the time I could write a sentence on paper. Poetry was first. Novels began at about age 14
- What kind(s) of writing do you do?
Some poetry, but mostly novels. The genre is Historical Fantasy.
- Why did you choose that particular field or genre?
It chose me. I have always looked at period in history and thought about “What if?” or found the offbeat stories and myths more interesting than the standard tales.
- What inspires you?
My dreams and meditations inspire me. Life and people’s journey through life has always fascinated me. I am a chronicler of dreams.
- Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing, etc. come from?
I can’t think of a specific place. I always loved adventure stories and theater. When I was older I discovered my father was a writer of mostly scientific articles. He self-published a few copies of a fiction series.
- How do you find or make time to write?
I try to write every day. I can do more of it now that I am retired.
- Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing
I write by intuition exclusively. There was a standing joke about me being all right brain and the antithesis of logic. I agree with that assessment.
- How did you get to be where you are in your life today?
I lived and experienced life.
Book 3 of my Children of Stone Series Opener of the Sky and a short story spin-off in the Steampunk genre that features two characters from the novels.
- What process did you go through to get your work published?
Many years ago I tried traditional publishing but never sold a manuscript. In 2012 I discovered Indie Publishing and the following year published my first of the Children of Stone Series.
- What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The mechanics and the revision are hard…Marketing is worse.
- What do you enjoy most about writing? Share your favorite work.
Telling a good story with characters people can actually care about. My ONLY work so far is the Children of Stone Series…so yes that one.
- What is the biggest thing people THINK they know about your subject/genre, that isn’t true?
I have no idea what they think about the genre. As my stories deal with unconventional concepts of mythology and ancient history/culture/religion, some might find it hard to understand or might disagree with the worlds I build.
- What is the most important thing that people DON’T know about your subject/genre, that they
That it can include the paranormal, sci-fi, romance, and epic… It takes real history and actual historical figures and re-casts them in fantasy. So far, no actual person has risen from the grave to bother me about my depiction of them…yet.
- For those interested in exploring the subject/theme of your work, where should they start?
Study history, art and culture. Look at what exists from the literature of the day.
- What are some ways in which you promote your writing? Do you find that these add or detract
from your writing time?
Marketing ALWAYS cuts into my writing time. I wish I had the money to pay other people to do it. I try anything that isn’t illegal, immoral or fattening.
Robert E. Howard, Evangeline Walton, Joseph Campbell, Herman Melville. I love adventure, personal journey, mythology and legends.
- What makes your writing stand out from the crowd?
I have been told my writing is “very deep” and mystical; that it makes you think. I’ve been told that my characters are very, very real and that people care what happens to them.
- What are you currently reading?
The Lost Princess of Mona – Guy Donovan
- What do you think is the future of reading/writing?
As long as there are stories to be told…
Thank you for taking time to answer our questions.
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