Hello everyone, this is Maria Christine. Welcome to my humble domain. Let me begin by saying that writing is my passion. I think it’s terrific when people find that ‘one thing’ they really love to do and actually get the chance to delve into it. As Markus explains in Parallel, “one shouldn’t spend his life... he should live it”. I firmly believe that, and wish for all of you many opportunities to truly ‘live’ and enjoy your life. Find your passion, your niche, your forte—and nurture it.
For me, writing fiction is therapeutic, but is also a lot of fun. It allows me to unload some of the hodgepodge of thoughts tangling up my brain, and to actually organize some of it on paper. I can create new worlds, entertain strange possibilities, and explore the unknown. My writing can also be as dark, as sexy, and as implausible as I want it to be. It’s my world—so let the sin begin!
The darkness beguiles me. I find Hell a fascinating backdrop for stories, as well as ominous forests, and dark castles. I love dark, sexy romance, as well as deep, mind-bending suspense. Note: while Parallel doesn’t delve too terribly into the dark, never fear, the sequel will offer a satiating bite of sinfully delicious darkness. I, for one, can't wait for a certain brooding, strappin', beast of a man to bust loose! I do hope you enjoy it as well.
What and Whom I Like to Read
I must have the shortest attention span ever in existence. Seriously, if it doesn’t catch me in the first page or two—ssst... I might be closing the book. It’s not my fault! I try, really I do. But my mind is like a leach searching for blood—when I don’t find it, I move on quickly, and when do get it I latch on and don’t stop until I’m full!
When I find a good story or book to read, I usually can’t stop until I fall asleep with my nose in it, (like I did so many nights reading the Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings). *Sigh* I love Tolkien. In a word—brilliant. No other words do his work justice, and those mentioned are absolutely my favorite books. And you can’t speed read, or breeze through the books. If you miss so much as four words, you may as well have skipped a page. And the story is so intense, that you wouldn’t want to skim anyway. In fact, I remember addictively reading it one night when my husband came to bed. Several nights in a row, I read until my head literally slumped (like my Grandfather in a hospital waiting room). My husband had made several observations about me not getting enough sleep. So this night, when I heard him coming to bed, I hurriedly put the book away and pretended to be peacefully lost in dreamland. The moment he fell asleep, I slipped the small flashlight from the drawer and began reading again—this time in the dark. My eyes were wide, and my blood began to pulse as Gandalf and the gang crept through Moria in the darkness—carefully, as not to awaken any fell beasts. Well, the only light they dared use was the subtle glow from the tip of Gandalf’s staff, similar to the flashlight I was using to light a few words at a time. I must tell you it was fiercely intense! Turned on my side, my breath still from concentration, my eyes fixed on every word—I felt something watching over me... I furrowed my brow with uncertainty and turned to look over my shoulder in the dark—my husband and I were nose to nose! He scared me half to death and had the laugh of his life. Hmmgh. It was quite humorous, although not as humorous as he thought. Nevertheless, it shows that even though I have an inch high attention span, a truly engaging story can consume me—and I love it!
That being said, some of the best times I’ve had were while reading unpolished, informal, deliciously fascinating fiction online. There is something about writers who do it for fun. They aren’t paid for their work, they write it for their own entertainment—and yours if you care to read. That’s it. And no matter what your pleasure, you are bound to find it. There’s nothing quite like a regular dose of motorcycles, demons, vampires, dark castles, whips, chains—does it get any better than that? Can you imagine a firestorm of lust with a mysterious nobleman in an old mausoleum? I haven’t seen that on the bookshelf at Wal-Mart.
Advice to Other Writers
You should write from your soul, and many so-called amateur writers do just that. They inspire me to keep writing—and reading. It’s not the number of people who read your work that matters, nor is it the opinion of the 'opinionated'. Our stories are personal works of art—and who’s to put that down? As I said in a poem for my husband who is a sculptor, [your personal creation] is “a spark of the unseen soul come to brilliant life”. If it’s a peaceful part of you, then nurture it. Ignore destructive criticism, taking note only of the friendly suggestions. As time goes on, I continue to learn from seasoned writers how to hone my story-telling skills, but it’s the “amateurs” who remind me to enjoy myself.