Thursday, February 19, 2015

Interview with May Woodworth author of new release STICKY GIRLS

Hello everyone, please welcome May Woodworth to Sensuous Promos today as she shares with us a little bit about therself and her work.

May, thank you for joining us today. I know the readers are eager to get to know you , so let’s get started.

Can you tell us a little bit about where you are from?
I grew up in a suburb of Boston but never felt like I fit in. As soon as I had my first car I hit the road. I discovered natural settings, and warmer climates suited me better. Funny though, after a lifetime of travelling and exploring I ended up wanting to plant roots (in a country setting) not far from where I grew up.
What does your writing desk look like? What would we find on it right this minute? (Have fun with this question. If your desk is a mess, tell us! J include a picture if you’d like)
My desk is actually two desks, indoor and outdoor tables, a hammock, and sometimes bed. I roam from room to room, and outside with my laptop, depending on what I’m working on (and the weather). I keep my writing surfaces clean. My keyboard however, is perpetually sticky. I love to eat sliced apples & peanut butter when I write.
Do you have any news you’d like to share with us?
After publishing some 14 romances (under a pen name) my first non-fiction (STICKY GIRLS) releases February 2015 through Arrow Publications. After getting all of the writing therapy benefits from fictional drama & romance, I’m now ready to dive into non-fiction. I’m assuming an entire new slew of personal issues will be stirred up and faced this route. I hope so at least. Oh, there’s even a quiz in the book ‘How sticky are you?’ It’s the first quiz I’ve ever created.
When and why did you begin writing?
To keep myself sane, and attempt to put some order in my brain when my life was out of control.  It worked. I may not be 100% issue free, but I did not get any crazier.  I am now a huge cheerleader for writing therapy.

Is there a message in your book(s) that you want readers to grasp?
In STICKY GIRLS I hope that readers grasp hope that they can change their lives. Instead of seeing challenges or toxic people as unsurmountable, see them like a piece of gum you just stepped on. Yes, it’s a pain in the butt to get it off, what with the scraping on the sidewalk, shuffling in the dirt, or even using WD-40, ice cubes or actually putting the shoe in the freezer (my favorite-the deep freeze-both with shoes & toxic people) but you CAN get the gum off. Hopefully after enough annoying sticky episodes you learn to watch your step.
 I used to think that certain toxic people were impossible to get away from, or certain energy draining situations were irreversible. I guess I was raised to just deal with life’s challenges, and do the best you can with what you got. Now I know that mindset is bullshit. Life isn’t only about surviving, it’s about thriving.  We often keep ourselves prisoner with twisted inner beliefs. Listen, if I, one of the biggest STICKY GIRLS ever can unstick herself, anyone can.

What book would we find you reading right now?

Like desks & writing locations, I am a roamer. I have books scattered everywhere. How- to and non-fictions are usually read at the dining room table, living room, and outside. Fiction is reserved for bedtime. I like to fall asleep with fantasy rolling around my brain.

What are you currently working on? Can you give us a sneak peek?
I just completed my first sci-fi YA piece. It is part of an author collaboration. I actually finished it right on my personal deadline, today which surprised me. I had so many projects going on lately I didn’t know if I could do it. Anyway, now I am free to jump into book 2 of the STICKY GIRLS collection. It picks up where book one leaves off. All the books help guide someone through the unsticking process.

Do you see writing as a career? Do you write full time? Or in addition to another job?
The moment my 1st book was published in 2010, writing became my life.  Making money was another matter. I solved that horrid starving artist clichĂ© by learning to grow my own food, raise my own chickens for eggs, and raise turkeys for meat. Even if I’m broke, I’ll never starve.

Stopping. I’m good with the beginning and middle, it’s the ending I have trouble with. Either (in my fictions) I don’t want to say good-bye to my characters, or in non-fiction, I realize I have way more to say on the topic.

Have you learned anything from writing your book(s)? If so, what was it?
I’ve learned that through visualization, and hard work, you can make anything happen. Like I’ve said, we hold ourselves prisoners with our own twisted thoughts. Learn how to break that habit and a whole new world opens up to you.

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