What is the hardest part about being an author?
The self-doubt for sure. It's not very glamorous to say, but almost 90% of the time I'm sitting here trying to figure out if what I'm doing is any good or if its stupid. Half the stories that end up the trash end up there because I can't get myself to believe they're worth following through on. I cannot tell you how many times my husband has told me not to overthink it, and how many words of encouragement come from him and my best friend.
Believe me, there's a reason those two are always on my acknowledgment pages.
Can you give us a short synopsis of your book?
“Shiloh isn't adjusting well to her new life in Ironbridge. Life isn't how she always imagined it would be, and every day is harder than the last.
Things only get worse when a small family on their way to a settlement called "Sanctuary" shows up on Shiloh's doorstep looking for an escort the rest of the way.
But Sanctuary isn't all its supposed to be. When they find themselves trapped, every second becomes a fight for survival. Can they find a way out before one of them falls to a mad tyrant? Or will their little group be broken up forever?”
What inspired you to write this book?
This is the second book in my Titanomachy series, and it didn't occur to me until it was too late that maybe I should've done this with the first book (“The Gilded Cage” ) first, but with this book I really wanted to explore the psychological trauma Shiloh experianced thanks to the events of the first book, and how hard it can be to adjust to a new situation when you've been sheltered all your life. But, more than anything, I wanted to show someone overcoming that sort of thing.
I'm a librarian, so I'm always curious about libraries. Do you have a favorite library? If so, please tell us about it.
As unexciting as it probably is to hear, my favorite library is the one right here in my hometown. It might not be the biggest but its the easiest to get to and their annual book sale at the beginning of the summer is easily the best one in the area. Last year my husband and I sampled several of the other booksales that took place in other libraries near us, and the one right here in my hometown has the best one. Plus, the staff there is wonderful and helpful. They have a wide selection of books and their catalogue app that I have downloaded on my phone makes it double easy to find whatever book your'e looking for.
How many hours per day do you spend writing,
Before I moved out on my own I used to spend 8+ hours a day writing. Writing was pretty much all I did because I didn't have a job. But once I got one and moved out, my writing schedule has been parred back a little. I type on my laptop for maybe 2 or 3 hours a day; but at my day job when things are slow I'm often found with one of my notebooks open and my pen furiously scrawling a story sitting on my brain (and, if we're honest, it's slow a lot of the time). So, actually, I might still be doing the 8+ hours thing, just in bursts and not all at once.
Name your top five favorite books
Oooh this is a hard one. Okay, I'll give it a shot:
- Memoirs of a Geisha—Arthur Golden
- Cinder—Marissa Meyer
- Bag of Bones—Stephen King
- John Dies at the End Series— David Wong
- The Vampire Chronicles (More specifically, Interview with the Vampire)—Anne Rice
What are you working on now?
I'm working on a lot of somethings right now. A couple of one-shot books that aren't related to any of my series at all, the third book in both the Lost Angels series and the Titanomachy Series (the book after this one), and just toying around with a few other things that probably will never see the light of day.
Author: Makayla Love
Genre: Steampunk / Post-Apocalyptic
Shiloh isn’t adjusting well to her new life in Ironbridge. Life isn’t how she always imagined it would be, and every day is harder than the last. Things only get worse when a small family on their way to a settlement called “Sanctuary” shows up on Shiloh’s doorstep looking for an escort the rest of the way. But Sanctuary isn’t all its supposed to be.
When they find themselves trapped, every second becomes a fight for survival. Can they find a way out before one of them falls to a mad tyrant? Or will their little group be broken up forever?
Makayla Love is an aspiring Harley Quinn-esque super villain who has decided to spend her time between nefarious schemes by writing paranormal novels in her lair somewhere in the general Kansas area. She enjoys sit-coms and doesn’t have enough shelf space for her ever multiplying collection of books.