Hi Realmies, glad you’re here again for our next interview featuring Mary Weber. We are so excited to see what Mary has to say, so let’s dive on into her mind, shall we?
Are you a panster or a plotter?
Both! I type up a synopsis and rough outline – and then pants the rest. That is, until I get to the near-mid-section and, as David Farland mentioned in his interview here, freak out that my book is terrible. Then I sit down and rework it, and plot the last half before pantsing it again. (But seriously, if you’ve not read David’s interview and writing advice – GO DO IT. Good stuff.)
What is one piece of writing advice someone has given you that actually helped you?
Hire a writing mentor. A successful one. You and your creative soul are worth the investment.
What was your favorite movie as a child?
As a child? I’m going to say Star Wars. (Followed by the show 21 Jump Street because Johnny Depp, ahem.) As an adult, my favorites are Babe (yes, the pig one, because I cry every freaking time) and Underworld.
What is your favorite food?
Coffee. Oh wait, is that an answer? No, no it’s not because it’s a drink? Fine. Then my favorite food is (in order of southern California goodness) fresh sushi, Mexican, and Thai.
What is your favorite TV show?
Avatar: the Last Airbender (the cartoon). *side-eyes you* IS THAT EVEN A QUESTION?
What book has made the most impact on you?
Aside from the Bible, I’d probably say “To Be Told” (by Dan Allender) and “The Secret Garden.”
What are you doing/teaching at the Realm Makers conference?
You guys, I’m SO excited to attend!! And let’s see – Jim Rubart and I will be teaching a continuing session class on building a book from start to finish (if you know either of us then you know it’ll be a wild mix of laughter, real talk *hint: yes, you can say the word “sex” in your book*, and solid educational how-to’s – so you’ve been fairly warned ;)). Plus I’ll be teaching two other classes – one on the absolute importance of making author and industry connections (and how to do so), and also on what to do when no one’s buying what you’re writing. Should be a blast!!
Mary Weber is the bestselling HarperCollins author of the Scholastic Pick, Christy, Carol, and INSPY Award winning young adult novel,Storm Siren, the Storm Siren Trilogy, and The Evaporation of Sofi Snow duology. As a conference and avid school speaker, Weber’s passion is helping others find their voice amid a too-loud world. In her spare time she sings 80’s songs to her three muggle children and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California which is perfect for stalking tacos, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. Visit with her on FB (Mary Weber, Author), IG (MaryWeberAuthor), & Twitter (@MChristineWeber).