m. l. greye is an Amazon Best Selling Author. She writes epic, romantic fantasies for teens and young adults. She believes that no story is complete without some sort of romance and plenty of action. She is a fiction novelist and prefers to write the genre she loves to read: fantasy. Greye was born and raised in Southern California, but has lived in practically every state in the Southwest. She currently lives in beautiful Florida with her husband and three children.
Greye has been writing stories since she could read. Her first series was a collection of short, one-page narratives, titled “The Slena Stories.” Over the years, she moved on to writing novels. Her first book, “The Other Worlds,” was written during her high school and college days. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors in American Studies and minor in Communications. Along with writing, she coaches figure skating. In her free time, she enjoys exploring everything Florida has to offer and skating with her kids.
1. What is your debut novel and what inspired its story?
My debut novel was The Other Worlds, published in 2010. As with all of my books, its story was inspired by many different other books I’ve read. If I had pick one book out of many that inspired it, I’d have to say it was The Golden Compass. I loved the idea of traveling through worlds through the use of a magical object.
2. Do you write one specific genre or are you a multi genre author? Thus far, I’ve written in fantasy and sci-fi. I’m currently working on an early reader chapter book series for my daughter, though. It will still be a fantasy, but a children’s fantasy. Does that count as another genre?
3. Do you have any memorable quotations or ‘one-liners’ that you have written and love? So, from The Other Worlds, I wrote: “The courageous are never fearless.” Then in my most recent book, Entwined Paths, I wrote: “Sometimes it pays to be brave.” I think those two are my favorite ‘one-liners’ I’ve come up with.
4. Do you have a favourite character that you have penned to life and why is this your favourite character? I have three favorites. Is that allowed? Emry, Declan, and Rand. All three are from my Swift Shadows series. I love them because they are brave and strong – even when it would have been easier just to give up. They’re also intelligent and kind. All of which are great qualities to have in a hero.
5. Are there any close friends/ family who have proven to be a pillar of support to you in your writing? My sister and cousin have been monumental in my writing. They’ve been my sounding board for ideas, and were always the first ones to read my stories. Even now, they both read along with me as I write, keeping up with each new chapter I add. Without them, I’m not so sure I’d be where I am today.
6. What are you currently working on? Right now, I’m working on A Pair of Silver & Teal. It’s the third book in my Swift Shadows series. It follows Emry and Declan, along with their friends, in the fight to save their continent from the wicked Varamtha. I’m also working on the children’s book I mentioned earlier, of course.
7. What has been your greatest challenge as an author thus far and how are you dealing/have dealt with it?
I think the hardest part for any author is building your audience. Marketing helps, but seeking out those forever fans is tough. I’ve found Bookstagram to be a phenomenal community filled with great people willing to give me a try. It’s such a positive environment, and I’m grateful to be a part of it.
8. How do you deal with criticism and how has it helped you as a writer?
Not everyone in the world is going to enjoy what I write. It’s the truth about every author. It’s one great reason why there are so many genres and books out there. The world craves variety. When someone says they didn’t enjoy my books, I might be a little disappointed. Yet, I know that other people do like it as well. I hear the complaints made, and then think about how my writing could improve. It’s all a part of growing as a writer without being discouraged.
9. How has social media helped in promoting and marketing your books?
Social media is my life blood in marketing. Bookstagram has been fantastic! Goodreads, too. Without social media, I wouldn’t be able to do most of my marketing. Technology has helped change the bookish world, especially for Indie Authors, such as myself.
10. When writing your novel which aspect of the writing process do you find to be the most challenging? Editing isn’t all that fun. For me, I can come up with plenty of ideas and plot-lines. Putting them all together in a cohesive and coherent book is where it gets tricky. I’m grateful for my wonderful editor who keeps me on track.
11. How do you measure success as a writer/ author? So, when I first started out, I told myself that my goal in my writing was to meet someone and have them suggest my own book to me. That happened about five years later. Now, I think I measure my success by having each reader who finishes one of my books come back to me begging for more. That’s how you know you’ve done a good job – by engaging your reader so thoroughly, they don’t want to let go.
12. What short term and/or long term goals have you set? Short term, I want to finish the two books I’m working on this year. Long term, I’d like to just keep writing. I have another series lined up after the ones I’m currently writing, and other stories to get out after that. Writing is my life. I just want to keep going.
13. Do you have any upcoming book releases or events? I just barely released Entwined Paths a week ago. In about a year, I plan on releasing A Pair of Silver & Teal. As of right now, those books have my focus.
14. What are your favourite book(s) and/or author(s)? I have so many favorite authors! Yet, I can cut them down to five – Gerald N. Lund, Madeleine L’Engle, Sarah J. Maas, and Victoria Hanley. They’re my favorites because books they have written have influenced my life, and my writing. I will be forever grateful to them.
15. What advice will you give to other Indie Authors or those who are thinking of writing and publishing? Don’t quit, and get yourself a fantastic editor. Editing matters so much. It can be the difference between a quality book and what I’d think of as a free book. Don’t skimp on editing. But then, most importantly, finish your book! Get your stories out of you first. The world needs to hear your voice!