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Author Interview: Miranda Morrissey

The author of the upcoming story "Love" took time to sit down and answer a few questions we have gathered up that might be interesting to our readers! Let's take a closer look at this darkly delightful author.

Miranda is a Los Angeles native who turned her passion for reading books into a career of writing them. When she's not reading or writing, you can find her spending time with friends & family, watching TV, and practicing hot yoga.

What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

Letting my imagination take over (and playing God, haha).

What is your genre? Did you write outside your preferred genre for this anthology?

My genre is all genres. I love genre-bending and mixing. For “Love” I mixed romance, fantasy, adventure, suspense, and horror. It’s more interesting to me to let multiple genres play with each other instead of always having to focus on just one.

Are you a pantser or a plotter? Why?

I am a pantser because if I don’t have some semblance of an outline, I tend to create a lot of plotholes for myself.

What is your favorite thing you've written?

I had a dream many years ago that sparked an idea for a YA Dystopian trilogy. I haven’t been able to fully write them out yet, but I did write down the dream as its own short story, and even after all these years, it is still my favorite idea and story that I’ve ever written.

What inspired the story you wrote for Another World? What was your writing process like for this story? Was it different from your regular workflow?

This story came from a mixture of watching “Sunset Boulevard” and listening to Aly & AJ’s song “Good Love.” Once I had my inspiration, I had to develop my characters and setting, and then once I had my main plot points written out, I started writing. This is pretty similar to how I normally go about finding inspiration for and writing short stories. My outline is much more in-depth for full-length novels.

Lastly, what is a piece of writing advice you'd give seasoned or new writers?

I tell writers the same advice that I once read that has always stuck with me. It is a quote by Shannon Hale: “I'm writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” You cannot create a novel without a first draft, and if your first draft doesn’t turn out the way you’d hoped, that’s okay. They never do. That’s why you start a second draft, and a third, and however many more you need to create your “sandcastle.”

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