For me, it’s the loneliness. I’m a people person; I like working in a group, or at least in a surrounding where there are people I can talk to. I find it hard to maintain regular writing hours when I’m alone at home. I know that many who work from home have this problem. Why get dressed when no one is going to see you? Why get up early in the morning when no one is keeping track?
I wish there were author offices–places where writers could rent a desk and work regular hours. It would have to have a good coffee machine too, where we could gather for a brief chat, a cookie or two, and then return to the computer for another chapter. That would be cool!
Can you give us a short synopsis of The Distant Shore?
The Distant Shore is a story about the power of love, of what it can endure, and what it will take to destroy it. It’s about fame and its restrictions, the burden of being an heir to a family business, and it’s about music. Lots of music.
Jon Stone—a famous and very talented rock star—is on the verge of alcoholism and depression when he receives a letter from a country far away, informing him that he’s the father of a teenage son he never knew existed.
He drops everything to find the boy and his mother, Naomi, the love he lost so long ago.
But is their love is still strong, and will they be able to give it a second chance?
The world doesn’t look too kindly on their reunion, and a recent ex is out for revenge.
The Distant Shore is the first book in the Stone Trilogy. Jon’s and Naomi’s story doesn’t end here!
What inspired you to write this book?
I’d been carrying the idea for Distant Shore around with me for many years. There is this one scene in the novel where Jon and Naomi meet again. Naomi steps out of the elevator and sees Jon standing at the counter of the small hotel she’s running, and she knows that she is lost. A tray full of plates drops from her hands; Jon turns around, sees her and that’s that.
That was the scene I wanted to write, but for a long time, I didn’t know how. Where would I set the story? I needed a place that was remote, yet romantic enough to be a background for all those feelings.
I knew when a friend and I traveled to Norway. It was evening, and we’d driven from Ålesund all the way to Florø. It was raining, windy, and cold when we got out of the car, and there was this charming, yellow hotel right on the pier.
I stood outside the entrance door, tasting the salty breeze while seagulls swooped across the choppy water calling to one another. I knew I had arrived. It would become Naomi’s hotel, and the exact spot where I was standing was where Jon would stand, dithering, afraid of seeing her again, yet driven with every fiber of his soul to find the love of his life.
The rest, as they say, is history.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I don’t write every day, and I don’t believe that to be a writer you must write daily.
There are phases in the writing when you can’t wring out a single sentence that makes sense, and there are times when your fingers feel as if they're glued to the keyboard and your eyes to the monitor. It’s important to recognize those days and push everything else aside and let the juices flow!
It’s almost as important not to feel guilty if the writing doesn’t happen. I mean, be realistic. No matter what your profession, you don’t enjoy it every single day, right? Whether you’re a nuclear physicist, a pediatrician, a barista, or a primary school teacher. There are mornings when you hate getting up and going to work.
Same thing here. Only writers have to be creative, and that is something that you can’t force. Be kind to yourself. Everything will come to together in the end. I promise.
Name your top five favorite books.
That would be:
Vikram Seth’s Unsuitable Boy
Sina Jeter Naslund’s Ahab’s Wife
Nagib Mahfouz’ Cairo Trilogy
A.S. Byatt’s Possession
J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings
What are you working on now?
I’ve written six novels in the Stone Series, and right now I’m working on book seven.
While the first six are about Jon and Naomi, the protagonists of The Distant Shore, the new book will be about their children, Joshua and Allegra.
Joshua’s Story, book seven, tells the story of his desire to be free of his parents’ fame and wealth, and the long, influential arm of his grandfather. Torn between his father’s wish for him to become a musician like him, and his grandfather’s desire to make him head of the family business, Joshua realizes that he needs to follow his head and heart.
But will his stern grandfather approve of his decision? And how will his rock star father react if Joshua decides to work in the family business after all?
Since I'm still writing the book, we'll have to wait and see!
Title: A Distant Shore
Author: Mariam Kobras
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Independent Publisher Book Award for Romance
Amazon #1 Bestseller – Contemporary Romance
There’s nothing like receiving a letter from a teenage son you knew nothing about, but that’s what happens to international rock star, Jonathon Stone. He drops everything to find the boy, and his mother—Naomi, the girl he loved so many years ago who left him when his rock n’ roll life became too much for her to bear.
Seeing her is like falling in love all over again, and everything seems perfect, until someone sets out to destroy their idyllic life.
Three-time Independent Publisher’s Book Award Winner, Mariam was born in Frankfurt, Germany. Growing up, she and her family lived in Brazil and Saudi Arabia before they decided to settle in Germany. Mariam attended school there and studied American Literature and Psychology at Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen. Today she lives and writes in Hamburg, Germany, with her husband, two sons, and two cats.
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