Author Interview: Akje Majdanek

1. Please tell us a little about yourself. 

I have green eyes, I could survive on Twix bars and Reese’s peanut butter cups for the rest of my life, I always sleep with the TV on since I’m afraid of the dark, and I never post real life photos of myself online for fear of identity theft and possible stalking if I became famous. Yes, I’m an idiot; why do you ask?

2. What do you write (genre, length)? 

I’ve written crime fiction, humor and historical romance novels. Once tried to write a horror short story, but the result convinced me that short fiction and I just weren’t meant to be.  /sob

3. What is/are your current project/s? Please give us some details. 

I’m attempting a steampunk fantasy at the moment, but someday I really, really want to write a literary fiction novel, the kind that high school students will complain about for centuries to come.

4. Who (author or otherwise) or what book inspired you to write? 

As a teen I was addicted to fanfiction, but after reading a million or so really terrible fics I said to myself, “You know, I could write better than this!” And so I began writing terrible fanfiction myself until I lost interest in my fandoms and started writing terrible original fiction. Which brings us to today.

5. What advice would you give to aspiring writers? 

Drink a lot and maybe do some drugs until you come to your senses and put writing out of your mind. Only an idiot would want to write, and only the grand imperial wizard of all idiots would ever want to do it for a living.

6. What do you do for a living? 

I write.

7. Who is/are your favorite author(s)?

In no particular order:

Donna Tartt

Emily St. John Mandel

Erin Morgenstern

Anne Brontë

Stephen Fry

8. What is/are your favorite book(s)?

The Night Circus

The Goldfinch

Station Eleven

Owen Meany

13:24 (by M Dolon Hickmon)

9. What’s the best compliment someone can give you as an author? 

Paying for my books instead of getting them from ebook pirates, especially if the reader doesn’t ask for a refund once they finish reading them.

10. What is the strangest/most interesting/coolest/weirdest/scariest thing you’ve had to research for a book or short story? 

Probably Jack the Ripper, the Titanic, silent movies, religion-based child abuse, terrorism, school shootings, ancient Pompeii.

11. What is the most difficult part of writing for you? Why? 

Moving on from one book to another after I finish one. I don’t know why it’s so hard to let go, but after living in a particular universe for months it’s hard to say goodbye once the story ends. 

12. What is your favorite genre to read? Why? 

Any genre of litfic or experimental fiction. I love books that are deep and say something about humanity, the world and our current problems.

13. What are some little known facts about you? Hobbies, talents, anything?

I like to draw and paint, and I want to turn one or two of my books into webcomics someday if my drawing skills improve enough.

14. Do you like physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks better? Why?

Definitely ebooks since I can change the font size and colors to make it easier on my eyes, and I can carry thousands of books in my Kindle at one time.

Find Akje at the links below!

Website: https://akje.neocities.org/index.htm

Twitter: @Akje_Majdanek

Instagram: @akjemajdanek

Wattpad: @AkjeMajdanek

Facebook: Akje Majdanek

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