AUTHOR INTERVIEW – ISABELLA MACOTTE (Romance and Young Adult ~ Paranormal)
Welcome to Isabella Macotte!
Isabella, tell us about yourself—you know, all that stuff that makes you interesting!
I love books. My love of reading goes all the way back to my childhood. I still remember my first elementary school field trip. The whole third-grade class marched over to the public library in Chicago, and we received our first library cards. Since then, you can always find me with a new book in my hand or on my e-reader.
After working in accounting for a number of years, I’ve made my way back to the library. One of the best things about my job in a library? Spending my lunch break up in the book stacks looking for a new story to read.
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve ALWAYS loved scary shows and movies. Not gory, just heart-pounding, adrenaline-racing, weird-noises-in-the-basement scariness. I couldn’t pick one supernatural creature for “Monster Mirror”, so decided to include them all—angels, wraith, gremlin, troll, banshee. They all get some time. That’s what makes a story interesting. You never know just what to expect.
Gosh, I am SUCH a big chicken when it comes to scary books and movies. I can’t read anything by Steven King! (Nervous laughter here) What is your genre?
I write both romance and young adult novels. My stories in both genres have a paranormal twist.
What’s your process? Seat of pants, well-devised outliner?
I make a basic outline for the story, so I can get the scenes in order. Then I expand from that and usually just write. I plot for the most part, but leave enough room to let the characters take me where they want to go. Sometimes we go to the strangest, most unexpected places. “Monster Mirror” started off in a little lighter in tone, but the final story ended up a bit darker than I’d anticipated. Which is all good, since dealing with life and death can be dark.
What is the best writing advice you ever got?
Read a lot of books, both in the genre you want to write in and on the craft of writing.
What is your favorite work by you? And why is it your fav?
Right now it’s “Monster Mirror”, because I like Mia, the main character in the story so much. She is tough but emotional. The paranormal world has taken away almost everything she loves. Then, it wants more. Mia fights back using all the knowledge she’s acquired, but as hard as she fights, there are things she won’t compromise on. And as much as she’s fighting against the paranormal world, she might just have to switch sides and join it.
The cover is intriguing. Where does your character inspiration come from?
I love to read paranormal stories, and the concept of “Monster Mirror” just came to me. There’s a strong female character, two boys that vie for her attention, and story that’s revealed layer by layer. Some of my beta readers told me the evolution of the story was amazing.
Tell us more about “Monster Mirror”.
A plan to keep evil from spilling out into the world is tested…
In a world where terrifying creatures roam the night, all seventeen-year-old Mia wants is a quiet summer in safe, supernatural-free Cape Livingston. After a wrong turn into an unknown area, she learns the Cape isn’t as predictable as expected.
Mia must protect herself from the paranormal world ready to destroy her life by using everything she’s learned from the horror movies she watches.
Will her training be enough to tip the scale in her favor? Will her choice between the boy she loves or the boy determined to deliver her as a Swap be the right one? Is her future with the Monster Mirror inevitable?
Tell us something about yourself that your readers don’t already know.
These are few of my favorite things:
1. Chocolate chip ice cream
2. Cheese fries
3. Classic romance novels (Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and Shanna)
Where can readers find out more about you and purchase your work?