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Interview with Magdalena Leveque

She is the author of 3 Young Adult novels that she self-published on Amazon. When she’s not writing, she’s catching up on Netflix shows, YouTube videos, snacking and attending part-time classes.

Q.1 Tell us something about yourself not many people know?
Most people don’t know about my passion for writing other than my family.

Q.2 Are we going to read more from you in the near future? Any new project you’re working on?
Always. I have many plans and books in the making as my imagination never ends.

Q.3 What inspired you to write The New Kid?
Nothing other than the fact that I love writing and creating ideas in my head at any moment of the day. I wrote The New Kid a long while ago and never even thought about publishing it as I didn’t take it as seriously as my most recent work. But after posting it on Wattpad and receiving good feedback, I figured I’d give it a chance with some editing and tweaking. It’s a kid-friendly book, and all ages can read it.

Q.4 What is the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
In my opinion, nothing. I’m an empath and can therefore connect with and understand different types of people and their perspectives. Therefore, gender has never gotten in the way of my writing as I can always put myself in the character’s shoes without a problem usually.

Q.5 How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?
I write notes on a cue card, scrap paper, notebook, or my phone. I do research, set times and dates, create character profiles. Then when I feel like I have enough information to bring my story to life, I start writing in a notebook before transferring it onto Word to edit.

Q.6 Is it vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing? Tell us about your marketing campaign?
I’m fairly new to marketing and am using social media (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc.) to attract and connect with readers. I’ve spent a lot on marketing services in the past that ran with my money and didn’t help at all, making me very wary of the different tools I use now. But I do think that exposure is the best chance at attracting the right readership.

Q.7 Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge or thank for their support in your writing journey?
I would like to thank my family for believing in me, as well as a family friend who encouraged me to take writing seriously.

Q.8 How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?
I’ve published 3 on Amazon. They’re all different, which makes it hard to choose, but maybe Tornado. I like the message in it and received some good feedback on it. I wrote it a few years ago when I was in a pretty dark place. It had nothing to do with what I was going through, though - maybe subconsciously - but writing it gave me something to focus on as I had started to slip away from myself at that time.

Q.9 What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
Love Him is the only story most connected to my personal life as the main character is me. While writing it, I felt like I was coming to terms with certain situations I had overlooked in my youth while also learning more about myself as an individual. It was almost like an eye-opener in some ways.

Q.10 If you could, which fictional character (from your own book or someone else’s) would you like to invite for dinner and why?
Probably Cara, from my book Tornado. She’s a really calm, sweet, intelligent, caring teenage girl, and I feel like she’d be great to have as a company. She’s somebody that you could trust, confide in, and form a genuine bond with.

Q.11 Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
Writer’s block can sometimes be a hassle and making sure that everything in the story remains consistent and connects in a natural way.

Q.12 What do you consider being your best accomplishment?
Publishing my 3 books and creating trailers for each, which I feel pretty satisfied with.

Q.13 Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Original all the way. It’s already hard for me to satisfy myself; I can’t imagine trying to do so for others too. I write for myself first and have hope that I’ll gain the right readership.

Q.14 Who designed your book cover?
I did, using tools on Canva.

Q.15 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?
I like to invent my own rules while writing as to not limit my creativity and imagination. That can be the way I spell certain words, punctuate, structure sentences. I limit my research while writing as I like to invent things close to reality, though without staying too conventional. For example, in some places, it doesn’t snow, but maybe in my story, I could alter that a little.

Q.16 How do you select the name of your characters?
I go with whatever comes to mind. If it doesn’t sound right, I change it and try to picture a name that matches their personality.

Q.17 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?
I received good feedback and constructive criticism when I originally started on Wattpad and started taking writing seriously. At the moment, I’m currently in contact with people interested in reviewing my books on Amazon and Goodreads. I’m not too worried about it; I just keep in mind that some may like my writing, others may not, and that’s okay. So, when I receive my first bad review, I’ll be prepared… or I just won’t read it. Haha, it’ll depend on my mood.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?
That’s a great question. Two people I can think of are Michael Jackson and Xxxtentacion. I’m a big fan of music, and these two have impacted me in different ways.

Q.19 What is your favorite book from other authors and why?
My favorite? That’s tough. I really like Basketball Jones by E. Lynn Harris and Chasing Destiny by Eric Jerome Dickey. Why? They are both straight to the point and written in such a way that makes you forget the characters are fictional. I also really enjoyed The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera, a fun YA novel.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
This is only the beginning, and there is far more to come. But I’m excited and ready.

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