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Interview with Danielle Maistry

Hey readers. Today’s interview is with debut author, Danielle Maistry.

Danielle was born in South Africa and moved to Melbourne, Australia in 2002. She is currently finishing her Bachelor of Psychological Sciences, and aims to Master in Clinical Neuro-psychology, if her love for animals doesn’t come in the way!

Danielle’s passion for writing stems from her enjoyment of escaping into different worlds; through her writing, she hopes she can give the reader an opportunity to enter these worlds, and be apart of the compelling and exciting action she loves!

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On to the interview 🙂

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that I’m blessed to still have the gift of life! There’s so much to do and so many new opportunities to explore and learn something new.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to watch movies and TV shows, listen to music, read a book or just sit down and talk to a friend 🙂

When did you first start writing?
That’s a big question… Grade 6; my first book was about me being in a forest and meeting talking animals (as every kid would imagine!) Then soon after, I wrote the beginnings of a short story which, years later, ended up turning into my first published novel.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
In 2007, the end of Grade 6, I went to Tasmania with my family for a holiday. One of the places we went to was Port Arthur, an old convict penitentiary. Upon arrival, we were given playing cards which were assigned to a real convict. There was an area where we went to see which convict our card was assigned to. Mine was 3 of hearts, assigned to a young convict boy named Walter Paisley. After reading up on him on the internet for my own curiosity, the resource I read said that he seemed to have lived a life which was deemed a ‘failure’. I felt bad for the poor boy! So that was when the curiosity of his life and his time in prison, as well as the entire Port Arthur convict history, began to brew in my mind.

What motivated you to become an author?
I love writing; it started off by me imagining random stories I could think about to distract me from the real world, which soon turned into me putting my imagination down on paper

What are you working on next?
Another Historical novel hopefully! Two are on the back-burner at the moment; deciding whether to continue on with the one based in Ancient Rome, one or the one based in Medieval England.

Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen R. Lawhead (The Pendragon Cycle is amazing), J. R. R. Tolkien (Gotta love Lord of the Rings!)… And I love any good crime novel 🙂

Thanks for being my guest today Danielle.

Danielle’s debut novel is coming later in 2015 from ASJ Publishing.

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