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M. O'Hara: Same Interview, The First Year

Taking inspiration from Vanity Fair's recurrent interviews with Billie Eilish, we're giving our authors the same questions once a year to see how their answers change.

How many books have you written?

Not counting books I’ve written as a child, I’ve only officially finished one book. But have a lot of works in progress currently.

What genres do you write in?

I mainly write dark fantasy and epic fantasy with a small dash of horror and mystery. In the future, I would like to dabble in a little bit of everything since my ideas seem to take me all over the place.

Where does your inspiration come from?

Believe it or not but I get most of my inspiration from video games. The series my debut novel is a part of is mainly based on The Order: 1886, Dishonored, and The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. I’m an avid gamer and love how deep and interactive the story narratives can be in the medium and how there are a lot of possibilities to stories just by exploring environments alone.

How many followers do you have?

Not a lot. I’m just starting out and I feel like a small fish in a big pond. I hope to grow as I write more, but I’m content with those who support me. Quality matters more to me than quantity.

What’s your advice to future writers?

The biggest thing I had to overcome when writing is my perfectionism. I tried making everything perfect the first time around, and it gave me more grief and stress than it was worth. The best thing I’ve learned from writing is that “You will fail. You have to fail to succeed.” The only way someone can get better at doing something is to keep doing it. What matters is that you have support along the way to guide you in the right direction.

If you were a creature from one of your books, what would you be, and why?

Tough question. I would probably want to be a Bone Shaman. I’m a big fan of divination and fortune-telling. I feel like it would be really fun being able to read bones after burning them.

What are you currently reading at the moment?

I just recently moved, so I haven’t been reading as much as I would like to at the moment. Right now, I’m reading The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux and recently, I read The Shining by Stephen

King and Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James.

Has publishing changed your writing process?

It’s given me more drive when it comes to writing. What started out as a small hobby I did in my free time has now turned into the beginning of a career. I feel like what I write means more and has more weight behind it since I now am officially an author!

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