JENA @ PURE TEXTUALITY [JENA]: Welcome to the 2014 edition of Indies In Their Undies, a month-long interview series with 31 indie authors! Today we are sitting down with Malia Ann Haberman.
I would like to take a moment to apologize to the author for posting this a few days late. This interview was originally supposed to go live on May 31st, but I was down sick all weekend, so I waited until today.
[JENA] We have readers all over the world and I am always curious to see where our favorite authors are from. Where do you call base camp?
MALIA ANN HABERMAN [MALIA] I live in the Seattle, Washington area in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest.
[JENA] A common trend as of late is cross-genre authors. It has become relatively uncommon to come across an author who only writes in one specific genre. It seems there are a lot of writers who like to dip their toes in all sorts of pools. Which genre or genres do you write?
[MALIA] The two books I have published are MG/Tween Fantasy books, but I’ve also been working on a YA romantic comedy. I love writing fantasy the most though, because you can really let your imagination fly with it. Lots of wild and crazy magic stuff happens in my books.
[JENA] Writers get inspiration from all over the place. Movies, books, music, people in their life, their own life, etc. Who or what is your most common muse?
[MALIA] I guess my inspiration comes from all over: life, movies, books, dreams. My “Chase Tinker Series” came from a dream I had one night so I’ve found it’s always good to pay attention to those nightly happenings as well as everything else.
[JENA] Are you 100% independently published or do you have traditional contracts as well? If you are 100% indie, would you ever consider a traditional publishing contract? Why or why not?
[MALIA] I am 100% independently published, but I’m not self-published. My books are published through a small publishing company called Crossroad Press. It bugs me when people hear you’re an Indie and assume your books are self-published. Indie also means small independent press authors.
As for switching to one of the traditional companies, at the moment I’ll have to say, I don’t know what I would do if those guys came a-knocking. I guess I’ll cross that bridge if I ever come to it.
[JENA] Writer’s block sucks. What do you do to overcome the blank stare when it hits you with everything it has got?
[MALIA] If I read some of what I’ve previously written, a lot of times that loosens up my brain cells. Also, doing housework like vacuuming and dusting helps because you can think about other things while doing it.
[JENA] Let’s gab about your books. What fictiony goodness have you already unleashed on the general populous?
[MALIA] I have two fantasy books out right now:
Chase Tinker and the House of Magic (The Chase Tinker Series Book 1)
Chase Tinker and the House of Secrets (The Chase Tinker Series Book 2)
Here’s a quick synopsis of the whole 4 book series:
This fun, thrilling, magical series is about 13-year-old Chase Tinker and his family who have been battling a Dark Enemy for generations, always fighting to keep safe the mysterious “Relic” that holds the key to all the Tinker magic. This terrifying enemy is bound and determined to get their hands on this powerful Relic, and the Tinker’s incredibly magical house. Now Chase, with the help of his younger brother Andy, their cousin Janie, good friend Persephone, and Maxwell the Ferret, must find a way to stop these evil beings, while at the same time unraveling the many shocking secrets and lies involving their house, enemy and family.
[JENA] What’s next for you and your writing? Any new titles coming out?
[MALIA] “Chase Tinker and the House of Destiny” the third book in my series is due out soon. I’m excited for it to be out in the world for everyone to read. I think it’s probably my favorite of the first three. I’m in the middle of writing the fourth and last book in the series “Chase Tinker and the House of Mist.”
[JENA] The latest trend with the indie author world is massive book signings and conventions featuring anywhere from 20 authors to 200 authors. What has your experience been at these events? Do you enjoy them? Or do they make you twitch and sweat?
[MALIA] I’ve never been to one, but if I did get a chance to attend any, I would most likely be pretty nervous, and excited.
[JENA] Do you have any appearances coming up? If so, tell us when and where (provide links if you have them).
[MALIA] No appearances right now. Only if someone wants to come to my house for cookies and root beer floats. 🙂
[JENA] Now it’s time for some just-for-fun questions! If you were digitized like Tron and put on the internet what site would you visit first?
[JENA] Have you ever Googled yourself? If so, were you surprised or shocked by any of the results?
[MALIA] I do periodically google myself. I’ve done it for years because you never know what’s going to pop up; especially since Malia Ann Haberman is such an uncommon name. So if there’s anything good or bad, it’s probably about me. 🙂 Though, for some reason, Malia Ann Obama likes to show up in the mix of websites.
[JENA] What would you do with a million dollars?
[MALIA] Besides donating to charities and sharing with my two daughters, I would thank God and rejoice. Then I would pay for some great marketing for my books and do a lot of smiling.
[JENA] If you were trapped on a desert island with one CD that you could listen to for the rest of your life what would it be?
[MALIA] Only one? Since I enjoy so many different singers and genres of music, can’t I just get stranded with my iPod, and a solar way to charge it?
[JENA] How do you consume – read the book then watch the movie or watch the movie then read the book?
[MALIA] I prefer reading the book and then seeing the movie because it seems like most of the time the books are better. Plus, then I know what good parts from the book were left out of the movie.
[JENA] If you could live forever, would you? Why or why not?
[MALIA] I wouldn’t want to live forever since I believe there are things so much better waiting for me on the Other Side when it’s my time to go.
[JENA] If you were faced with the zombie apocalypse and had to pick five people to be on your survival team, who would you pick?
[MALIA] Hmm…I would definitely pick my two daughters since I just couldn’t imagine fighting zombies without them. And, they’re both quite resourceful. I would also want Dwayne Johnson and Chris Hemsworth on my team because they’re both hot and they look like they could really kick some zombie butt, and Mario Batali because even if food was in short supply, he’d cook up something tasty.
[JENA] Imagine the concept of reincarnation is real, who or what would you hope to come back as in your next life?
[MALIA] Actually, I do believe in reincarnation so I would pick coming back as a fabulously popular and well-loved author. 🙂
[JENA] Thank you for participating in Indies In Their Undies!
[MALIA] You’re welcome, Jena! Thank you for having me and letting me share with all your fabulous readers.