Stitch Says Interview: Malia Ann Haberman #childrensauthor #authorinterview

Hi it’s Stitch,

It’s been a while, but I am back with a great interview and a review later in the week. Today we get to meet Malia Ann Haberman…

When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
I love to read so I was around 14 when I decided I wanted to write fabulous books that everyone would love reading. (I wrote a lot of angsty and sappy love stories and poetry at that time. Ha!) I don’t think my life has been impacted much by my writing. (At least, not yet.) It’s more like my writing has been impacted by all the crap that happens in life.

Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
Since my readers love Chase Tinker’s younger brother Andy, I decided to write a sequel to my Chase Tinker Series with Andy as the main character. It’s a little more difficult, because I don’t want to give away anything about the first series, just in case a new reader reads Andy’s story first. I’m also working on a YA Romantic Dramedy called “100 Kisses.” It’s based on the sweet-16-never-been-kissed idea. I think that’s something a number of teenagers worry about. I know I did. πŸ™‚

I look forward to reading more about Andy, it’s great when characters write their own stories!

What are your future aspirations as an author?
I just want to keep writing and hoping readers discover my books. (Fingers crossed) Knowing people are reading and enjoying my books makes me happy. πŸ™‚

Where do your ideas come from?
Well my Chase Tinker Series came from a dream I had that I lived in a house filled with magical powers. (Now that would be cool!) I told my daughter about it and she thought it sounded like a terrific premise for some books. And she was right! Other book ideas come from my life, along with my crazy imagination.

A house filled with magical powers would certainly be cool, especially if there was a room that gave never ending pats!


What do you do to improve yourself as a writer?

I read. Writers need to be readers, too. I can never understand when a writer, or someone who wants to be one, says they don’t read or they hate reading. How crazy is that? Reading is awesome! And a wonderful teaching tool for anyone who wants to spend their life writing. Also, writers need to write. They more you write, the better you get. Just like so many things in life. I teach ballroom dancing and my students who practice are the ones who improve. But, I think, with so many things, a writer has to have some built-in talent for it. Just like dancing. Some of my students are SO good, others, no matter how hard they try, will always still be in that awkward stage. πŸ™

Practice makes perfect, such a simple rule that applies to everything.

What are the names of your books?
Chase Tinker and the House of Magic (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 1)
Chase Tinker and the House of Secrets (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 2)
Chase Tinker and the House of Destiny (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 3)
Chase Tinker and the House of Mist (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 4)

Where can people contact you?
Oh, I LOVE to hear from readers. They can email me at maliah_ann@hotmail.com and my website is http://maliaannhaberman.weebly.com

Did you publish with a traditional publishing house or did you go the indie route?
I had a top Literary Agent who was supposed to find a traditional publisher for me, but I had to fire him when I discovered he wasn’t submitting my first book, because he let his messed up personal life get in the way of his job. So frustrating! After that, I made the mistake of signing with an Indie publisher who was a liar, treated me like I was stupid, was verbally abusive, and did no marketing for my books. And so, I fired him. At this point, I decided I’d had enough. I then had a wonderful graphic designer design new, colorful, eye-catching covers, had typos and other things fixed that my ex-publisher didn’t bother fixing, and then published my Chase Tinker Series myself. I am SO much happier now.

The journey certainly teaches us all a lot!

What works best for you when writing? Meaning do you outline or write freely when you feel inspired to do so?
I have to admit, I’m more of a write-by-the-seat-of-my-pants person. If I get an idea for something in a book, I’ll jot it down. I’ve never been good at outlining. Maybe I should try harder with that because I’m always frantically digging through my notebook, searching for my hastily scribbled notes. Ha!

Oh, and one last thing…
My books are great for boys, girls, teens, young adults, and adults, because the whole series is filled with fun, magic, and adventure anyone can enjoy. And even though they have a male protagonist, the female characters are definitely not wimpy or damsels in distress. Their parts in the story are as important as his.

Thank you for dropping by on Stitch Says, Malia! Best of luck for your future aspirations.
You’re welcome, Ashley! Thanks bunches for letting me talk about my books and myself. πŸ™‚

Stitch has read the first in the Chase Tinker Series and will the review soon. If you would like an interview on Stitch Says email my human at ashley@ahowland.org

Until then keep reading, keep writing!

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