Quick Five© with Ravin Tija Maurice

Name: Ravin Tija Maurice

Who is Ravin? A Candian author with a true love and passion for  writing.

Books: Legacy (The Daughters of Darkness #1) and Rebirth (Reprint of Legacy)

Genre: Young Adult

Where to buy? Amazon and Barnes and Nobles

Some people fall into writing after years and years of doing whatever else floated their boat but some people were born to write. Take author Ravin Tija Maurice, who sat down with Tania Lasenburg and explained how and why her writing came to be.

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You stated that when you were six you knew you wanted to be a writer . . . what at the age of six influenced you to make that decision?

Courtesy of Ravin Taji Maurice

Courtesy of Ravin Taji Maurice

 I’d always loved stories; hearing stories, telling stories, everything that had to do with a world you could create on your own where you could be anything you wanted. I loved playing with my dolls and pretending we were princesses in far off lands, or great adventurers off on an exploration. It only seemed natural that I would write these stories down, and it seems like I was doing that long before I ever knew what a writer really was. Around age six was when I remember looking at a book and thinking, ‘This is someone’s job? This could be my job!’

 What made you decide to republish your debut novel under a different name?

 After breaking with my original publisher I wanted a fresh start for myself and my novel. I know it sounds a bit corny, but I needed to have a ‘rebirth’, and I am so happy that I did.

I have wondered if it was a good idea to openly discuss that change but I wanted to be honest with my readers and let them know that everyone has setbacks, and it’s all about what we learn from them.

You mentioned on your site that you are constantly trying to grow and improve as a writer, what have you been doing to achieve that growth?

 For me, growth is all about pushing yourself, and doing things that would normally scare you. So I set little challenges for myself, especially if I’m stuck on something, and push my way through things. I think it’s helped me really expand my skill set.

I also read constantly. There are no where near enough hours in the day to read as much as I would like. Writer’s learn a lot from reading other writing, and books that really stick with me are ones that I wonder ‘how the hell did they do that’ after I’m done reading them, and I make it my goal for another writer to read my work and do the same thing.

         KIndle Edition   Published Feb, 20, 2013

KIndle Edition
Published Feb, 20, 2013

How are you able to stay creative? What activities in your home life keep you on your toes?

I’m able to stay creative by exposing myself to as much as I can. My fiancé is involved in our local Warhammer community, and being in the presence of him and other hobbyists when they’re doing what they love is always inspiring. I’m also an avid television watcher, and what’s going on television right now is amazing. The writing is impeccable and it’s hard not to take notice.

Finally, since at a time you said you wanted to be Stephen King, what’s your favorite Stephen King novel?

Different Seasons is by far my favorite Stephen King book. It’s a collection of short stories including The Body, which the movie Stand By Me is based on, Apt Pupil, Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption, and The Breathing Method. Each is brilliant in their own way, and so different. I think its a perfect summation of Mr King’s skills as a writer and should be mandatory reading for every new writer or anyone interested in becoming a writer.

To know more about Ravin here is what you can do:

Follow her twitter here

Follow her Goodreads here

Follow her Facebook here

Check out her website here

 

 If you are interested in having your book reviewed or having a Quick Five© with Tania, please email her at wordpress174@gmail.com

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