About Margay Leah Justice:
Margay Leah Justice currently lives in Massachusetts with one of her daughters, a cat, and a myriad of characters who vie for her attention and demand that their own stories be told.
What inspires you to write?
Everything! I've been writing for as long as I can remember – since I was first able to hold a crayon, I think – and so I've been finding inspiration to write and create from everything around me for a very long time. Just the turn of a phrase can inspire a book title, which makes me want to write story to fit it. Or something I saw on the news, personal experience, dreams – there is inspiration everywhere!
Tell us about your writing process.
Well, I used to outline everything beforehand in such detail that I jokingly referred to it as my first draft, but then I tried pantsing and it kind of stuck. Now I pretty much let the story flow from a basic idea to a full-blown story – it goes much faster that way! Other than that, there's really not much of a process; I just sit down and write!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh, I listen to them – they have a lot to say!
What advice would you give other writers?
If you want to write, write. Don't let anything hold you back. Your number one obstacle is yourself, not time, talent, family, or whatever. All of that can be worked around or worked on. But the thing that will really stop you from doing it is your own mind telling you that you can't do it. If you want to bad enough, if the passion is there, you can find a way to do it – if you let yourself. So let yourself, give yourself permission. Just write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
By the possibilities presented to me. When they came, I took advantage of them.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it is as strong as ever – people still have a passion for reading – so it will change and expand with the world around it. I think that's why audiobooks are so popular now – they fit into a market for people too busy to actually sit down and read, but who want to be taken away by a good book anyway on their commute, run, whatever.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Contemporary, new adult, mm
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Audiobook
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