There are writers that need a certain time of day in order to be creative, but that’s not the case for Liana Met. She lets her writing juices flow whenever there is a minute to write. And it works! She’s written a variety of items, from children’s books to radio plays.
Enjoy this interview.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I am from Corfu, Greece, and I have always been writing little bits of everything, such as lyrics for songs and stories for comics, but it was in the 70s that I took it more seriously, when I started working as an EFL teacher.
What type of writing do you do?
I mainly write articles and short stories. After completing a Creative Writing Course, in the 90s, I created my first book, an illustrated children’s story. The whole experience of book making was exciting and worthwhile. Since that first kids’ book, I have been writing non stop, not only articles, but a variety of genres, both fiction and non fiction. Among them there’s a screenplay, a radio play and a comic book story.
What’s the best thing about writing?
It helps to express oneself and feel good. Ultimately, it evokes a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction that can free one’s soul and enable it to travel to realms beyond imagination.
Share some of your writing goals.
The first is to get my messages across to as many people as possible, then to get a lot of new experiences and eventually to be able to handle new and exciting challenges in life. I am trying to be realistic and stick to the writing tasks I know I can handle…I am currently working on children’s books which are bilingual (Greek-English). See my blog http://lianastories.blogspot.com.
Is there a specific time of day you like to write?
No, anytime can be perfect depending on my free time. However, I do find free time when there is urgent need to write-I just leave the rest of the tasks for later!
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
There are many books actually, I can’t think of a single one, but going back to the past, to my childhood years, I remember I was enchanted by The Odyssey (Homer). Adventure and magic are a dynamic combination.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
In my school years, but it was in the 70s I decided that I would have a go.
Some of them are: Jane Austen, Tolstoy, Iris Murdoch, Roald Dahl, E.Trivizas (Greek kids’ writer), Henry Melton (young adults).
Book you’re currently reading.
Elemental Shaman by Omar W.Rosales www.llewellyn.com.
Any type of writing ritual you have?
Turn on the radio and write. I need some background noise to function! Sometimes I write articles in front of the TV. I prefer my study room to outdoor places though, and my own PC.
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?
I think writer’s block is a kind of internal black out; you don’t feel like doing anything, let alone writing. It may be the result of stress or boredom. Sometimes I feel bored so I never press myself to write when I don’t feel like it. I get up and do something else instead, like housework. When my mind gets clear I go back to writing. Meditation also helps. But I don’t really think this is a serious condition to mention unless it happens too often. For me it’s not important.
What’s the measure of a successful writer?
Success is usually measured by book sales…I think this is the only fact that counts. In the marketplace, a writer can be successful if he/she has got enough publicity which eventually will lead to book sales. So, the more publicity a writer gets, the better sales they will generate.
Advice for other writers?
Writing is a demanding task but if you want to do it, no one can prevent you from realizing your dream! No rejection is powerful enough to make you give it up. So, if you want to create your own realm, just do it! Writing can give you the spiritual satisfaction no material reward can ever give you. It all depends on your inner needs and your perseverance.
Where can we learn more about you?
Anything else you’d like to add?
I also review books and publish my reviews on my blog and review sites such as Rambles.net and Midwestbookreview.com.
On my blog http://lianastories.blogspot.com
I regularly host other writers and artists. Please, feel free to contact me!