MJ Fitzgerald Interview
How did you become a writer? When my daughter was a baby, she loved the moon light. As I rocked her for hours, I would come up with stories. Sometimes, I’d share them with her. If she liked it, she cooed. If she didn’t, she still cooed. She was a polite baby.
What inspires you to write? The way the wind picks up a leaf and twirls it in the air, the sounds of ocean waves, or being on a boat ride while watching the clouds; all of these ignite my imagination. Ideas come to me when I least expect them.
How do you develop your plot and characters? I create a timeline of events. I try to think of the worst things that can happen to people and build their characters from how they overcome those problems.
Could you share some of your challenges as a writer? Finding a quiet space is my challenge. I can get easily distracted.
What are your current/future projects? My current project is Clouds. I’m also working on Stop Smiling! and Mrs. Claus, The Untold Story.
Do you have a routine you follow when writing? A strong cup of coffee laced with caramel and whipped cream.
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be? I would tell myself to stay focused and not sweat the small things.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Keep a journal by the bed and in your bag because you never know where or when the next great book idea will hit you.