Hello Guys! Hope you all are doing well.
Today I am back with another episode of author interview and we have Maxi James Karter with us. She is the author of a great young adult novel ‘Red Flag’
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So without wasting any more time, let’s start the fun chat.
Hi Maxi, welcome to the episode of the author interview. Tell us something about you and your book ??
This is my first book, I’ve had a few interviews and articles published in the past but this was my first attempt at fiction and it’s been very well received, which is very relieving and encouraging.
That sounds great and big congratulations to you for the success of your book. So, becoming an author was a forever dream for you or it’s something that you realized with time??
It was something I always spoke about, but almost as a joke. It was only in the last year or so I started secretly thinking about one book, one story, and really developing something. I wasn’t sure how far I’d go with it but before I knew it I had the first draft and now it’s selling, it’s still crazy to me to think I’m an author now.
Haha!! That was something fun to know about you. But, let me tell you that your story was wonderful and you are one great author. Would you like to share some bittersweet memories of your journey related to this book with us ??
I began really developing it at the beginning of lockdown so a lot of the memories are bittersweet! I had so much time to dedicate to writing, twelve hours a day towards the end but it was only because of lockdown. I’ll be interested to see if I can be that disciplined now that I’m going back to work and socializing!
From where did you get the idea for this stunning plot ??
The plot was secondary to the genre. I knew what I wanted it to feel like, the world I wanted to build, and then I wrote a few scenes I had in my mind. The plot wrote itself and the only challenge for me was the technical aspects of the heist, that required a bit of research but we live in a world now where I can be typing on the laptop whilst researching on the iPhone, incredible. Everything I thought of could be checked within seconds. But the themes and the world came from tipsy conversations with the real-life ‘Kimi’, ‘Slivers’ and ‘Alice’ down the pub!
Who is your favorite character from “Red Flag” and why??
I can’t pick between most of them, due to that fact they’re based on real people. That being said Edie wasn’t really based on anyone, I just gave her all my favorite good and bad qualities, all the intelligence and neurotics that I admire in people and then let her loose, so I like being able to predict her reactions based solely on a manufactured personality, it’s a lot of fun.
Okay! so my last question to you, what message or advice do you want to give to your readers??
I’m in no position to give anyone advice, never take advice from me, that’s the only advice I’m qualified to give. If the book has any message it’s about personal strength, friendship, trusting yourself, and knowing your own strengths and weaknesses. That’s something we all have to learn and keep practicing as we go along! Not to turn this into a Ted Talk BUT: I think now more than ever, women have to take more control over their own lives and decisions, given that we have fewer options than men we have a lot more pressure on us to make smart choices and our choices are analyzed more critically. I think female characters in fiction are getting better, they’re getting braver and more self-sufficient, and that is really important to encourage.
Yes, that is true female fictional characters nowadays are getting more fierce, strong, and confident.
Thanks so much, Maxi, this was a lot of fun!
Wish you all the luck for your book and looking forward to reading more from you.
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