Next up in my intermittent series of author interviews this summer, is YA author M. A. Cortez. Welcome Mary Ann!
What is the title of your latest book? (In a nutshell what is it about?)
Sister Sleuths and The Wailing Darkness is book two of the YA Sister Sleuth series. Teen twins Sam and Sandy find themselves in the middle of a mystery when a banshee shows up in town just about the same time as new exchange student Darcy O’Sullivan. One of the twins, Sam, is on the spectrum and has a heightened sensitivity to beings in the spiritual realm. She becomes obsessed with the notion that the banshee’s prediction of death could include one of their own. But neither twin expect the twists and turns their lives take after the arrival of the banshee.
What are the most challenging aspects of being a writer? And the most rewarding? The most challenging part of being a writer, for me, is working through the middle of my stories. I know in my head what I want to happen but getting from point A to B and still keeping the story strong can be a challenge. I go through several drafts before I find something that works. Also, just getting myself to write every day is a huge challenge. I get distracted easily and before I know it the day is over and I haven’t written a word. Most rewarding, finishing a story and creating characters that people fall in love with.
What is your top tip for an aspiring writer?
NEVER give up. Keep writing, and reading. Reading is just as important to your writing as putting your own words down on paper. Also, take time every day to move forward toward your dream.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have several projects in the works including a few picture books but the third book in the Sister Sleuths series is at the top of my list at the moment.
What do you like to read?
I read a lot of YA mysteries. I also love biographies.
Where can readers find you ?
Watch the trailer: