Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you M. H. Soars!
M. H. Soars always knew creative arts were her calling but not in a million years did she think she would become an author. With a background in fashion design she thought she would follow that path. But one day, out of the blue, she had an idea for a book. One page turned into ten pages, ten pages turned into a hundred, and before she knew, her first novel, The Prophecy of Arcadia, was born.
M. H. Soars resides in Florida with her husband and baby daughter. She is currently working on the Arcadian Wars series, the Elements series, and the Love Me, I’m Famous series.
Without further ado, here’s M. H.’s interview…
I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. You started out wanting to be a fashion designer. Why did you start writing? I wrote my first book on a whim and found my true passion. There’s no going back now.
Why did you choose to write Young Adult Paranormal and Contemporary Romance? I write what I like to read.
What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? I can’t think of one.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? Ha! You’re going to laugh. Wonderwall, my NA Contemporary Romance novel, was inspired by the world’s obsession with One Direction. I’m not a fan, but I remember my crushes when I was a teen (New Kids on the Block). So I thought it would be fun to write about a character part of a boy band.
What was the hardest story for you to write? My first novel, The Prophecy of Arcadia. I didn’t know what I was doing and it’s a miracle that I actually finished and published that one.
What process do you use to plan your novels? I use the seven point plot structure by Dan Wells, and then I write an outline.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Samantha Munroe from The Prophecy of Arcadia is my favorite because she’s fierce and loyal and has a killer fashion sense. I want her to be my best friend.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? To an extent, yeah. I may have transferred some of my idiosyncrasies to my characters.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Yes. I go write something else. That’s why I always have two WIPs.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? A thriller because I want to explore my dark side. [I’d love to read that book!]
Which authors inspire you? Colleen Hoover, Chelsea Fine, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Sarah J. Maas, Cinda Chima Williams. [We share some favorites!]
What novel would you read multiple times? The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I’ve read it twice already and it’s a 900-page novel. [Sounds like a must read!]
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? Chris Pratt because he’s freaking hilarious.
What is your favorite quote? “I would rather be ashes than dust.” Jack London [Makes you think.]
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Dog.
What is your favorite color? Purple.
You can catch up with M. H. online…
Thank you so much for being a part of my Center Stage Moment! Join me next week as I feature author Tia Silverthorne Bach!