About Mary Ogle:
Mary Ogle is the author and illustrator of “Orangeroof Zoo” a whimsical tale told through the pages of a coloring book. Working as a professional artist in the digital medium, Mary’s commissions have included everything from fine art to fan art, book covers, illustration and book design. Mary currently finds inspiration in the Ojai Valley, residing in a snug little cottage with a recalcitrant cat.
What inspires you to write?
I can’t remember a time that books weren’t a huge part of my life. My parents and grandparents were all avid readers and our houses were filled with books, magazines and newspapers of all kinds. Both my sister and I were reading well before we went to school. I had vision problems and my parents made sure I had large print books. I am fascinated by the power of stories and learning about story structure made me want to learn to tell my own.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I have writer’s block I take a walk. For some reason just getting out of the house and changing my environment gives me the freedom to think past the barriers. I sometimes go sit in the local cemetery. It’s a good walk to get there and I like steeping in the history of the old stones and making up stories in my head about the lives people may have led.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
There’s a certain point in every story where characters take over and you have a duty to listen to them and write down what they are telling you.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up. Perseverance is key. Everything else can be learned but only by doing. And then doing again and again.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I like self-publishing because I like having control over the layout and covers of my books. I like being involved in every step of the process, not just the writing. it’s not for everyone but self-publishing allows a lot more voices to be heard and that’s a very good thing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think publishing houses are going away at least in their current form. Self publishing has already completely changed the book publishing landscape and it will continue to do so.
What genres do you write?: Fantasy/Magical Realism
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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