Author Interview: Maria Mroziuk, author of Angry Blonde

Publication Date: March 16, 2014

Book Links:  Amazon

Synopsis: Forced to take immediate control over her life, Wylie recounts the haunting chain of events that led to her fall from grace. 

She explains how she met her modern-day knight, how she eagerly grabbed his hand to join the descent down his crime-infused rabbit hole. She delves deeper through the winding tunnel of her traumatic adolescence, hoping to rid herself of her sins. 

Angry Blonde is the confession of a girl who must learn how to create love and safety from fear and hatred.

Interview: Q. How did writing this book affect you?

I had the plot stuck in my head for a couple of years, so it was very relieving and therapeutic to finally get it all out. When I was done, I was very proud of myself for getting on with it, even though it took me a while. Those who knew about my writing were proud of me as well, and that helped raise my feelings about myself and my dedication.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Finding the time between everything else in my life and finally relaxing enough to just let the words flow. It’s hard for me to completely block out the real world and get into my characters’ but when I do, there is no other feeling in the world.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

Yes, but I don’t know anything beyond that. I just know I will write more books because that’s what I do.

Q. What are you currently reading?

Sun Poisoned by Nikki Rae. Talk about a great series! I’m usually not into paranormal but her books have so much realistic emotion.

Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).

I just released my book, Angry Blonde, on Amazon. I am so excited because it’s the first time I’m letting anyone other than my best friend see my work.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I tend to write how I speak, which is with a lot of slang, so sometimes I have to change a lot of it. For this reason, I find writing in first-person POV or narrative much easier.

Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!

My “real job” is doing hair and I love it, almost as much as writing. It gives me a chance to be sociable and interactive, two things than can easily get lost between writing and being with small kids most of the time.

Q. Is there anything you haven’t written about that you would like to in the future?

Of course. I’m always thinking about things to write about, but the ideas don’t stay in my head for long. When one sticks, however, I know a novel is in my near future.

Q. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Make money! Haha, just kidding. I’d like to be able to sing well, but unfortunately I think since my voice isn’t good, it’s just not going to happen. Same with writing: if the talent isn’t there, it’s not going to work. An editor can only do so much.

Q. What gives you the most joy in life?

Well, of course that would be writing, but that’s not the only thing. Watching my kids grow up, learn, interact with each other, and show their love and trust to their father and I. I also like being outside on warm days, at the park or somewhere with people to watch them. People and their interactions give me ideas for character development.

Q. Which of your characters would you want to be and why?

Oh my goodness, I don’t know. None of my characters are in ideal situations, especially the two main ones. Maybe Mandy, Wylie’s best friend, because she has a supporting, loving family and a plan to complete nursing school. Her maturity helps her stay out of trouble, something I wish I had when I was her age.

Q. How do you like to spend your spare time?

Well, I don’t have a lot of that, so I’d say hanging out with my family. Even when I’m not “working” I’m still working: writing, editing, blogging, raising children, keeping up the house…but in the rare moments of boredom, I’ll pick up a book. I’ve learned the most from reading, about writing and life in general.

Q. How did you come up with the title?

“Angry blonde” can describe either of my main characters. I heard it in an Eminem song, and later, after my book was written and titled, I found out he has a book with the same name. But I don’t think he’ll mind, if he ever finds out.

Q. When did you know you would be a writer?

Before I knew anything else. Haha! Seriously, I’ve been doing this since I was younger than my son (who is 5), literally since I could write my ABC’s. That’s why I said I didn’t know what I’ll be writing in the future, just that I know I’ll be doing it. Whether it’s good or not, whether I’ll be an “established” author or not.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Read something that will make you feel emotions that we, as a society, are taught not to express. Read something you will learn from and remember for years after you finish the book. One book can influence you to change your life for the better: find that book. When you’ve found it, find another.
This applies to all readers, not just mine.

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