If you’re one of the many folks who have caught the vampire bug (or should I say, “been bitten by the vampire bug”), then you will enjoy this interview with Mary Borsellino. She’s written a young adult series of novels about vampires and punk rock, and she’s an all around interesting person.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I’m from Melbourne, which is in the Southern part of Australia, down the bottom. I’ve been writing since I was about twelve years old, though I’ve always had an over-active imagination and a love of the sound of my own voice.
What type of writing do you do?
By day I’m a journalist, by night I am a vigilante. Uh, no, wait, not vigilante, the other one. Fiction writer. Yeah. At the moment I’m writing a Young Adult series of novels about vampires and punk rock, but I like to dabble in all different things.
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?
Alas, I suspect it exists whether we believe in it or not. I get past it by doing other creative things — painting, learning a musical instrument, talking to other writers. Sometimes it’s just a matter of slogging through until the spark comes back, too.
What’s the measure of a successful writer?
For me or for everyone else? I have a terrible double standard when it comes to things like this. For everyone else, it’s that they feel creatively fulfilled and stimulated by their writing, and appreciated by those around them. But if you’re asking what my measure for myself is, then I probably won’t ever feel successful as a writer, because I’ll always be putting the bar up another notch and trying to jump that extra bit higher. I know that sounds trite, but it really is true — I never feel like what I’ve done is good enough for what I want to achieve.
Advice for other writers?
Devour everything you can. Books, music, movies, comics, magazines, the moods of crowds. Gobble it all.
Where can we learn more about you?
The site for my book series is http://thewolfhouse.net and my personal site with my other writing on it is http://monkeywench.net — that one’s got a link to my twitter and my livejournal and my facebook and all those random shiny things us modern folk have these days. But mostly I suggest checking out http://thewolfhouse.net and giving the series a try.