Tuesday, April 5, 2016

[Interview] Jacinta Maree


Hello, everyone! I was recently able to interview the wonderful Jacinta Maree, author of Soulless. I'm so thankful for her to have let me be able to do this. For those of you who haven't already read her book, then check out my review. So let's get this started~


(Sympathy) So, what gave you the idea for Soulless?
(Jacinta Maree) I have a fascination with the unknown, especially when it comes to our spirituality and human soul. Soulless was my take on reincarnation and the more I thought about reincarnation the more I figured how damaging it would be the human mind. Soulless was a challenge in many aspects, not only are the characters jaded and detached from other people, but I had to work out  entire history of humanity on the premise that death wasn't feared anymore. I had to work out a timeline of all humanities rises and falls and figure out the mentality of the generations left behind. I wanted to create a more realistic and believable dystopian future. Not only that, many people in Soulless suffer from schizophrenia, bipolar, depression and paranoia due to having multiple personalities and clashing memories, so it was difficult to get that feeling across.

(S) I've heard that music helps set the mood when it comes to writing? Did you have a specific playlist to write to for Soulless that you could share with us?
(JM) Absolutely, music plays a big part in my writing. Hmm, I guess some of my bigger influences when it came to writing Soulless was Halsey and old school Tatu. I listen to a lot of dramatic instrumental music as well to hit the more intense scenes.

(S) When participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), I found out that there are three types of writers; a pantser (who wings their story without planning it out or plans very little), the planner (speaks for itself), and something called a plantser (contains characteristics of both). What type of writer are you? 
(JM) I would say I'm a planster, a bit of both. I need to have the structure down before I can start writing anything. I dot point my novels into key scenes and elements I want to reach. But, as I write, the story takes over and I end up writing scenes that completely surprise me, but absolutely needed to be there. Especially when it comes to character's motivation. I find when I get my characters to fight and argue that's when their motivations become the clearest.

(S) Do you have any strange writing habits (writing in the shower, writing while exercising, etc)?
(JM) I like having my heater on when I write. The sound of the heater purring becomes like white noise to me, and it really helps clear my head.


(S) Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?

(JM) Nope, ha ha, I'm not someone who makes their bed in the morning. The best I do is just try to straight out the sheets, but none of that tucking in business.

(S) What would we find at your writing space while you're in the process of writing?
(JM) You'll find empty tea cups and an open notebook covered in unreadable writing.

(S) Would you rather have telepathy or telekinesis?
(JM) Definitely telekinesis. I already hear a lot of crap from people I don't want to hear, can't imagine having to listen to their unfiltered thoughts too.

(S) What do you do when you're not writing?
(JM) I play sport and just hang out with friends. I have a great network of friends who are always up to catch up, so it's easy for me to fill up my spare time.

(S) It is said that a writer takes characteristics from themselves and put them into their characters. What characteristics of yours did you give Nadia? 
(JM) Her foul language came from me. A lot of her in dialogue comes from my initial spoken reaction if I was in her situation. She's a lot tougher than I could ever be, and reacts with a certainty I couldn't copy, but her back talking and insults are my own.

(S) If you could be any animal, what would you be?
(JM) Hmmm... any animal. I'm assuming this is sticking to our reality, if that's the case I would be a bird of some kind. An owl or an eagle. If it was mystical animal I would definitely be a dragon.

(S) Would you rather change the past or be able to see into the future?
(JM) I would change the past in ways that could save people from danger.


(S) Where do you get most of your ideas (shower, driving, running, etc)?
(JM) Driving is where most of my ideas pop up. I listen to music while I drive, which can sometimes work against me as I wouldn't be able to pull over and write my ideas down. You end up just repeating it over and over again in your mind until you get home or pull over to write it into your phone.

(S) What was it that made you tell yourself "yeah, I'm going to be a writer."?
(JM) I've been writing stories since I was about 6 - 7 years old. It was basically all I did. I always loved it, but I don't think I really ever said "I'm going to be a writer" until I landed my first publishing contract in 2012. I was always writing, publishing contract or not, I was always going to write. It's nice now knowing I can share my worlds and weirdness with the world.

(S) Would you rather survive the apocalypse or be instantly and painlessly killed by it? 
(JM) Tricky, as my human instinct is to survive but if life is so hard that I'm constantly hungry or in pain or have to watch my loved one dies, I think I would rather just die straight out.

(S) If you could be any animal, what would you be?
(JM) Hmmm... any animal. I'm assuming this is sticking to our reality, if that's the case I would be a bird of some kind. An owl or an eagle. If it was mystical animal I would definitely be a dragon.


Check out Jacinta Maree's Upcoming Book: Timeweaver



I have a clock for a heart…
And the man who put it there tried to take it out.

Time Collectors are modern day genies capable of exchanging wishes for time. Elizabeth Wicker lives within a steampunk world riddled with the supernatural. Among the stories of witches, Bacts and other monsters, Time Collectors remain as the greatest hushed secret among the noble families.

They are temptation's greatest tools. A contract with a Time Collector is a guaranteed death sentence, and for some the prize isn't worth the price.

But when Elizabeth is struck down by a fatal heart attack, she finds herself trapped beneath a Time Collector's blade. With no time left to offer, she makes a desperate sacrifice at a second chance of life.

If there's only one truth, it is a Time Collector will always come back to collect.








About the Author

Born in Melbourne Australia, Jacinta Maree considers herself a chocoholic with an obsession with dragons, video gaming and Japan. She writes a variety of genres including YA paranormal, steampunk, horror, new adult, dystopian and fantasy. Winner of 2014 Horror of the year and bestselling author, Jacinta writes to bring enjoyment to others while fulfilling her own need to explore the weird and the impossible.

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