Tell us a little about yourself.
I am Makala Thomas and I'm an indie writer.
When did you decide to become a writer?
Since the age of four, my dream was to become a writer. I used to read more than play with toys in my childhood; I had a lot of books including the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, which I loved. From a very young age I started writing stories, short at first, and stories fuelled by my imagination at the age I was, for example when I was eight I wrote a story about a magical football that became a boy’s best friend etc., stories for children. I’d write short stories in the back of my schoolbooks, and my teachers would scold and praise me at the same time. “School books are for school work, not doodling, but they are fantastic stories.”
Why do you write?
I write because it’s a hobby since I was tiny, and it’s also my escape from reality. I write more than I watch the television. I’m always imagining the next part of a story I’m writing or an idea for a new story, and I either type it up if I’m at home, tap it into my phone if I’m out, or jot plans down on paper. Writing opens doors to new worlds that don’t exist outside my imagination, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t real to me.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
My ambitions for my writing career is to publish/release all books in my fantasy/romance/crime series The Link, which I started writing when I was fifteen and finished at age eighteen. So far, five are available to buy, and I’m hoping to release Book Six after Christmas. Also I want to share other novels that I have written.
What has been the hardest part of building your career?
The hardest part was getting my name out there, getting people interested. I started to publish in 2008, and never received a lick of revenue for a long time. I didn’t know about marketing then, didn’t know how to get my books noticed by the public and even some family were not interested. But it was always my ambition and I was determined not to give up. I researched and looked up key points about what to do and how to do it, how to go further. It took a while and it is still a lot of work. My books finally getting noticed and although I’m self conscious and don’t really like being in the spotlight, I appreciate all feedback I get from friends, family, and the public about my work.
Which writers inspire you?
J.K. Rowling, Jacqueline Wilson, Roald Dahl, Niki Livingston, Kimberlyn Day, Cory Tsuhaku, Dr. Seuss, Brenda Jackson, C. S. Lewis and more. Some of these writers wrote books I grew up with, and others I got to know personally along my journey. There are other authors which have inspired me, but these authors mentioned are my top favourites.
What have you written?
I have written a series of the fantasy/romance/crime genres called The Link, named so because each book links to another book of the series. The book could be about something happening at the end of the series, the past before any of the adventures, a certain character, and much more. Each book links to another be it two books down, or three books before.
The available books in The Link series are:
The Link: Matthew’s Beginning (Book One)
The Link: Colette’s Beginning (Book Two)
The Link: Colette’s Fame (Book Three)
The Link: Colette’s Return (Book Four)
The Link: The Betrayal (Book Five)
Book Six of the series, The Link: Psycho Eruption, will become available in early or mid 2017, an actual date has not been set yet.
I have also written separate novels/short stories of the fantasy/romance/crime/adult genres. These are:
A Witch Like No Other
Kenco: The Goddaughter
Kenco: The Goddaughter is Book One of an adult trilogy. Unrequited Love is a short story.
I also have two blogs on Wordpress, one I use for poems and short stories, and the other I use to allow readers to preview my books on sale.
Where can we buy or see them?
Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads, Smashwords and many more sites and stores if you Google my name (Makala Thomas).
What genre are your books?
Fantasy, Romance, Crime, Drama, and Adult.
Why did you pick that/those genre(s)?
Fantasy has always been my favourite genre of book since I was a young age. As I got older, I started reading romance novels which also became my favourite genre to read. When I wasn’t reading and watched the news there were a lot of stories about crime, i.e. gun crime, knife crime, attacks, war on countries etcetera, and I started getting a few ideas. It was around that time (age fifteen) I got the idea to merge all three genres, and so I created my fantasy/romance/crime series The Link.
What inspires your ideas?
Many things I read, every day life, observing situations when I’m out, some of the situations in soap operas and movies, and my own imagination when thinking of a brilliant story.
Are there any correlations between the books you write and your life experiences?
I pour a little of myself into my main characters when I write, it helps when writing and broadens my ideas, and I also feel I know the characters personally because of that. Some of my childhood life experiences are mentioned (but I won’t say which or which book), and some situations from life as a teenager are also mentioned, which a twist of fantasy and magic.
Do you work from an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
A bit of both. SometimesI doodle and start writing a scene, and just see where it goes. A lot of the time I plan first, work out the beginning, middle and end, and then start writing from start to finish, with a lot of breaks!
Tell me about your most recent release.
The most recent release was the first of my adult trilogy KENCO, Book One, which is Kenco: The Goddaughter. It involves a lot of crime, death, sex and erotica, and involves the criminal lifestyle of a girl called Kenco Diamond, who lives a double life. She is a college girl loved by everyone she knows including her family, friends and more, but she is also a deadly criminal whose reputation is terrifying. Her family have no clue, and she intended to keep it that way for good, but her two worlds clash, resulting in the death of a family member and more.
I have also released books one, two and three from The Link series as a bundle on Kindle, which will become available of December 1st, just in time for Xmas.
Is there a message in your novel that you hope readers will grasp?
Just that I really enjoyed writing each novel and I hope my readers will enjoy them too. They are all fiction novels and I think that each book may have a different message to each reader.
Any new projects we should look out for?
I am planning to release Book Six of The Link series, The Link: Psycho Eruption, the sequel the Kenco: The Goddaughter; Kenco: The Return Of Her King, a fantasy novel called The Tail Of A Queen, and also a crime novel called LOST in 2017.
Do you think it’s hard to build and maintain a writing career? Why or why not?
It was hard for me at first because I was eighteen and without a clue how to get out there and what to do when it came to my books, publishing, marketing, and networking. Now as an adult it’s not so difficult.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
A teacher. That was always my backup plan since I was eleven. I taught my seven year old cousin who had learning difficulties how to read, and the feeling was a great one. I enjoyed looking after my younger family members growing up, and always taught them new things.
What is your favourite motivational phrase?
My favourite motivational phrase is “Difficult Roads Often Lead To Beautiful Destinations”. I had a few hiccoughs growing up especially as a teenager, but now I am at peace and I love my life and the people in it.
Any advice for dealing with writer’s block?
Stop writing. Take a break. Go for a walk, see a friend or family member, watch a film, play a game. Move away from the computer or whatever device you are using to write. If it’s a paper and pen, put the paper and pen down. Just give it a break. It’s like when you have too many things running on the computer and it crashes. Well, your brain just crashed. Give it time to reboot and work properly again. The ideas will start flowing again in due time.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
If it’s your dream, don’t let anyone’s opinion change it. I did not at all, even at four years old. I stuck by it, and here I am. You will be fine.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given, that keeps you motivated?
The advice I would give to aspiring writers is the quote up above. It was my own advice to myself for years. Writing and becoming an author was always my dream and I did not let a single scornful remark change it, and I had a lot growing up. The best advice I’ve always given to myself is just keep going.
Where can readers connect with you?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Makala-Thomas/e/B00LO86QQY