The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe. This story is about Susan Jordan who hires Jack Monroe to write her suicide letter, but instead he bombards her with letters trying to convince her not to kill herself.
Tell us something about yourself.
I hail from the great city of Detroit, a suburb to be exact, and I’ve been writing since grade school. I write all of my first drafts on my 1920 Underwood typewriter that has no letters on the keys, and never have. Her name is Julia.
What inspired you to write this book?
Knowing that people might read it and hopefully understand the torment of mental illness.
How did you celebrate when you finished writing the book? When it was published?
When I finish writing a book, I celebrate by reading a book. When it gets published, I celebrated by starting work on promoting and marketing my novel.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I knew I was a writer by how the craft made me feel. I got started when I wrote a poem in ninth grade. But before that, it was when my mom gave me a pencil and paper before I even started kindergarten.
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
I just sit down with a title in mind, and see where it goes from there. I never think when I write!
Do you have a daily or weekly writing schedule, or do you write only when you are inspired? How many words or pages do you complete in a typical day?
Since I have a full time job, I try to write daily for at least an hour, and on my days off, two to three. The amount of pages I do a day depends on what draft I’m working on at the time. But all in all, I’m always inspired to get that perfect word, and the easy flowing sentence, right.
How many drafts did you write before publishing your most recent book?
I believe about 12.
What software do you use to write? Or do you prefer to write longhand or dictate your work? What made you choose the method you use?
I write my first drafts on my typewriter, and then put it on my computer. These days, nothing is accepted if it’s not computerized.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
Do you read reviews?
Yes, but always with a grain of salt.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Perseverance, hard work, and a little bit of luck. But most of all, passion, because if you don’t love and desire writing, what’s the point?
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Someone who has the desire to read riveting, sitting on the edge of your seat, can’t wait for the next novel to come out, book. A person who hasn’t read a novel in decades, and is stimulated by my words, and wants more. That’s the perfect reader to me.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
Check out my website-www.marymaurice.com You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Weebly. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org