Maricar Banguis has always been interested in fantasy stories, adventures and traveling. She also enjoys spending time in nature, eating Japanese food and capturing good moments.
Peter Pan and Narnia are two of her favorite childhood books that inspired her to write fantasy stories.
She loves writing not just for kids, but also for the kids at heart. She believes that a good children’s story is for people of all ages.
Aside from being a writer, Maricar is a happy wife, proud mother, storyteller and Shutterstock contributor. She also received her certification in Baking and Pastry Arts from Escoffier International Culinary Academy.
“Otuna’s Flute” is her first book, but she’s currently working on a new one. She’s planning to write more stories.
1. What is your debut novel and what inspired its story?
It is called Otuna’s Flute. I was inspired to write the story when I woke up from a movie-like dream that I was in a strange world. At the time, I was also into reading Narnia series.
2. Do you write one specific genre or are you a multi genre author?
Since this is my first book, I started with the genre I’m most familiar with which is Children’s Fantasy. However, I still want to explore and try other genres as well.
3. Do you have any memorable quotations or ‘one-liners’ that you have written and love?
“Eight minus eight? Zero. We now have zero wheels, Floke!” I smirk every time I read that line.
4. Are there any close friends/ family who have proven to be a pillar of support to you in your writing?
My husband. He’s been the one to always motivate and encourage me to do what I love.
5. What are you currently working on?
A chapter book for kids ages 6 to 8.
6. When writing your novel which aspect of the writing process do you find to be the most challenging?
Rewriting chapters and filling all the plot holes… just when I thought everything was already perfect, I would find another plot hole I had to fix. Ha!
7. How do you measure success as a writer/ author?
Seeing readers appreciate and enjoy your book, and to know they are interested in what you’ve written is already a success for me.
8. What are your favourite book(s) and/or author(s)?
Oh, it’ really hard to answer this question… there’s a saying “Choosing a favorite book is like asking a mother to pick a favorite child.” I have a lot of favorite books and authors, but one of my favorites is Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
9. What’s the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
10. What advice will you give to other Indie Authors or those who are thinking of writing and publishing?
Always think of your readers. Sure you can write anything you want, but you can’t just write a story without thinking of your readers – know what they want and what they’re looking for.
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