Author Interview: M. R. Crawford

Do you argue with your characters? If so, who wins most frequently?

Oh gods yes, all the time!! They’re a strong headed lot, who ALWAYS want to do what THEY want to do. I think though, on balance, most of the time I win the arguments – after all, I’m the one holding the pen, right?

What makes a story interesting to you to write? How about to read?
I don’t think that there’s a separation here if I’m honest. I read and write stories for the same reasons – escapism. I like to be entertained by something different from what I see and experience every day. I read fantasy/horror and I write fantasy/horror. There’s no firm divide there at all.
How do you escape writer’s block?
In short, I don’t. If I feel like I’ve got nothing worthwhile to put on paper, I don’t even bother.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Read. Read read read and then read some more. Reading is good for increasing vocabulary skills and finding which ‘voice’ or writing style is the one for you.
What’s your writing fuel?
COFFEE!! I can’t function without it
The best joke you ever heard:
It’s pretty pathetic, but this one makes me laugh every time –
Gandhi walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

The Rapid Fire section:

Ink, Typewriter, Computer: Computer

Coffee, Tea, or Hard Liqour: Coffee

Hot, Cold or Warm: Cold

Cat, Dog or Bird: Cat

NC17, R or PG13: NC17

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