The Host – Chrys Fey: I’ve got a special author interview today! M.C. Simon is talking about a book that can benefit all writers: FENG SHUI FOR WRITERS. Check out the details below and her interview.
1. What inspired you to write this Feng Shui For Writers?
To make the explanation short, while I was working on a novel, I realized that my surroundings didn’t influence me as I wanted.
I suddenly noticed that the Chi flow around my desk and office was stagnant for what I needed to write. Instantly the cogwheels in my brain started working at a high-speed level, and a new creative idea was born… I have to Feng Shui my office, to let the Chi flow freely, to accurately boost my environment for this writing project. I did it… and for some time I wrote like never before; I almost couldn’t be stopped by any external influences.
But… after a while I realized something; I couldn’t keep this information only to myself. I had to share it with my fellow writers. Thus started the process I dubbed “the birth of my second first book”. Yes, like this I referred to my project through which the book “Feng Shui for Writers” was born. I called it “the birth” because even the smallest ideas we have, cross through a birth process before manifesting into this world. I called it “my second first book” because it is my first published book, but the second one to be implemented and emerge from the embryo phase.
And this book was born for YOU – the Writer!
2. What books would you compare to Feng Shui For Writers?
As I know, Feng Shui for Writers can’t be compared with any other book. There are tons of books talking about Feng Shui, but none are dedicated to the writers. There are also several articles on this subject, but all of them are general and don’t treat each writing genre, as this one does. I can say that until this moment, Feng Shui for Writers is unique.
3. Did you do special research for Feng Shui For Writers?
Yes and no. Because Feng Shui was one of my subject of interest ever since I’ve decided to be a writer, all the research I have done during my life, I applied in this book for the writer’s world, trying to separate the information according with the type of writer everyone is. For more details about this, you can check an extract from the book on my website: Who Is A Writer?
4. If you have a pen name, can you explain how you came up with it?
M.C. Simon is my pen name indeed. I really love my real name, but it is hard to spell in English. At least until now, each time when an English speaker wanted to say my name, it brought a huge smile on my face. None of them succeeded to say it correctly. Therefore, I decided to choose M.C. Simon as a Pen Name, which, in fact, is only a short form of my real one. This gave my readers the chance to say my name with a correct pronunciation.
5. What are a few things we would find in or on your desk?
Other than a regular laptop for my daily computer activities like checking emails, and the writing laptop that I use only for writing articles and books, you can sure find tons of “To Do” lists, notebooks, and colored watermarks. I simply love colors and everywhere around me that’s all you see; the only exception to this rule are my clothes because I mainly prefer black clothing.
6. Can you tell us about your journey to publication?
Since the moment when I decided to self-publish, I focused only on the steps that I must do to reach my goal. I have to admit here that the main role was played by my husband, who is my webmaster and designer also. Because he is an expert in these fields, it was not too hard to first see my Kindle book up on Amazon and after that even easier to touch the physical version of Feng Shui for Writers. For us, the hardest part of this process was the painting phase for the illustrations in the book. We decided to manage all the steps ourselves.
Therefore, all the paintings included in the book are our own doing also; I painted all of them and my designer converted the paintings to digital format. This process was… let’s say about 60% of the time dedicated to publishing our book.
7. How long have you been writing?
I suppose I have been writing since the first day I learned to write J . But the decision to become a writer and a published author was made exactly one year ago, when at the same time I decided to quit my job as an engineer and also to move from the country in which I was born and lived.
8. What lessons did you learn early on in your writing career?
Maybe it will sound like a common lesson, but I think the main one that I learned was to always believe in myself. If anyone can do anything on this planet, this means I can do it, also!
9. If you could write anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Anywhere where there is an ocean or a sea, and I can hear the waves crashing on the shore.
10. Your advice to new writers.
Never forget that the real power in this world belongs to the writers. Through their words, through their imagination, they can really influence on all levels life on this planet. My advice is to never forget this important mission that a writer has: to make this world a better one. Always write from your heart. Nothing else matters. Always, always, always rise up after a fall. Never give up. Your book is there inside you. Your mission is to make it real.
[This article appeared first in Write With Fey – July 17, 2015]