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An Interview With Maria Vermisoglou | Author of The Cursed Girl

Hi friends,

Allow me to introduce Maria Vermisoglou, an aspiring young author from Greece. Recently we got a chance to read her book, The Cursed Girl, and we liked it. You can read our unbiased reviews for the same at:

The Cursed Girl by Maria Vermisoglou | Book Reviews

Impressed by her writing style and the way she has penned down a long fantasy tale in a way that everyone from young adults to elders can enjoy it, we’ve decided to have an interview session with her. Fortunately the things worked out as expected and from our team, I got a chance to have this interaction with her.

Maria Vermisoglou - Author of - The Cursed Girl

Maria Vermisoglou – Author of – The Cursed Girl

So, without any further delay, let me share the Q/A session with her.

We thank you on behalf of Team ThinkerViews to be available for an interview. Congratulations for getting your book The Cursed Girl published 🙂 .

It is a kind of cliché question, obviously, you are feeling joyous, accomplished and happy, but, each success comes as a stepping stone right? Do you feel inching closer toward your goal?

I believe the first time is always hard but now that the first book is out, more books will come and someday success will be achieved.

Please tell us something about you, your profession and your passions.

I love books and trips. I also like to make handcrafted items like keychains and jewelry. I love handcrafted items because each one is unique even if they look alike.

What draws your interest towards writing books?

It’s a long story but I’ll try to keep it short. I always loved reading books. When I finish a book I love, I make up a story. I take a part of a story and made up my own. I never wrote down these stories, it was all in my head. A long time ago, I finished The City of Heavenly Fire and I was thinking, what if Clary was a witch? That’s how Eva was born. That’s how everything started. The story wouldn’t leave my head so I decided to write it down. I did and The Cursed Girl was born.

What inspired you to write The Cursed Girl?

The main inspiration for The Cursed Girl was mainly the book series The Mortal Instruments and the tv series The Witches of East End. I was also inspired by places.

Can you tell us more about your writing regime? Are you a method writer or an impulsive one?

I am more of a impulsive writer. If I have an idea, I start to write. I may have some notes but that’s as far as my writing plan goes. Everything stays in my head until written down.

What are the major challenges you faced when writing this book?

I faced a lot of challenges since I had never written a book. I am Greek writing a book in English so I had to figure out how everything was done: the writing, editing and publishing. It was hard but I managed in the end.

Can you tell which part(s) / scene(s) in the book you enjoyed writing the most / like the most in this book?

Hmm… that’s a tough question. I liked social events like balls or scenes when magic was involved. One of my favorite scenes was the waterfall scene.

The book cover plays an important role in book selling, were you involved in book cover designing process? How much?

I wasn’t involved much but I had the idea. My illustrator, Jessica is amazing because I had a hard time choosing a design and I changed my mind often. In the end, the cover exceeded my expectations.

We all get inspired by the people living around us and incidents happening around us. Writers take a lot of inspiration from these realities and then mix it with fantasies. While writing mythology there is not much scope, however a lot of imagination has to be weaved in the tale, Can you share any of real incidents which helped you in writing this book?

I was inspired by books rather than incidents. The book series The Mortal Instruments was one of the main inspirations as well as the tv series The Witches of East End. Some places described in the book were also real. _

Why should one read, The Cursed Girl, according to you?

Is that a trick question? I’ll try to be as objective as I can. One should read The Cursed Girl because it has messages about love, friendship and companionship. It also has an important story with magical elements making it a unique story.

Every book affects its author in some way. How do you think writing these books affected you.

The Cursed Girl affected me because the whole experience was like magic. It was like the book was writing itself and my only use was to write it. Sometimes, I felt like a reader because I laughed and cried in some parts of the story. Nonetheless, I would never trade my story with anyone else’s.

What is your favorite genre when it comes to reading?

I like reading fantasy and young adult. Especially books that describe places that don’t exist. It makes the reader’s fantasy create its own world without limits. I also like reading stories that take place in real places.

Who are your favorite authors whom you love to read?

I love a lot of authors so I am just going to mention three or I am going to write another book. J.K. Rowling because she taught me to love books, Cassandra Clare because she inspired me to write my own book and Nicolas Barreau because his stories are fresh and vivid.

Which are the book(s) you are reading currently?

I am reading The Last Train to Paris by Zackheim Michele

What is your opinion about EBook readers and their impact on the generation overall?

I hate ebooks. I always have and always will. Yes, they are convenient and I read them but I don’t like them. I am a paperback addict. I love the touch and feel of the books. I love the smell. Paperbacks carry memories with them. You open a book and see that stain of coffee and you remember what happened then. With ebooks, there’s no turning pages, no spilling drinks, no memories, nothing. Also, they have limited energy. Paperbacks can be read all day long. I don’t think ebooks will ever replace paperback books. They are here to stay forever.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

I like making handcrafted items such as jewelry and keychains and edit pictures. I also love to read books.

Please share your Social Media/web presence, so that readers and fans can follow/contact you.

Follow: www.facebook.com/thecursedgirl16
Join the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2037858746454666/
Subscribe: https://maraki2311.wixsite.com/wonderpen
Follow: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/maria-vermisoglou
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17909964.Maria_Vermisoglou
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B07BYT83WR

Can you tell us about what are you planning to write next?

I am currently working on the next volume of The Cursed Girl and I have finished a short story called The Magic Library.

It is tough to find a publisher for a débutante author. Can you share your experiences of finding a publisher and ultimately get your first book published?

The Cursed Girl is a self-published work. When I began searching for a publisher I discovered I couldn’t send to a publisher because I needed an agent. I didn’t want to go down that road so that only left self-publishing. Now, I know that there are small publishers that can take your manuscript without an agent but you need luck. Self-publishing was a difficult process for me because I didn’t know how things were in the US. I found a good illustrator and a good editor who made the book magical. Overly, I am satisfied with the whole experience and the outcome.

While the marketing of a book is changed a lot in last few years. Nowadays you can see trailers of a few books are also launched/released. What are your thoughts on it? Do you think that having the book trailer available on Internet, can do good to the book?

Yes, the marketing has changed over the years but the trick is how you present it and if you target the right audience. A book trailer is important if it’s made well. People tend to react better to book trailers nowadays.

Did you grow up hearing moral and ethical stories from parents/grandparents? If yes, how it affected your persona?

I grew up hearing about values, kindness and stories with an important message. I love meanings and hidden messages inside stories and that’s what I put in my story. I like to know there’s a meaning in everything: books, life, adventure. It’s a way to believe that there’s a hidden message in everything and I like that.

It seems that you are a nature lover, what in your opinion we should do to preserve it?

I like nature and I think we should try to preserve it instead of destroying it. We can all recycle and not throw everything on garbage bins. Things can be used again. If everyone, do little things then Earth might be saved and be green again.

Please share anything special you want to convey from your side the readers of this interview.

I want to say thank you for the wonderful reviews I have gotten for The Cursed Girl and also I want to say I’m sorry for the ending but that’s not the ending, just the beginning.

Over To You:

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