Maya Tripathi is a twenty-year-old novelist living in the Pacific Northwest. Having moved to the United States from Ukraine at the age of seven, she developed a love for traveling and literature. Her experience in a lasting relationship has given her the taste of love and adventure that inspired her to begin writing her first novel. On April 7th, 2016, she published Fallacies, a start to a series that she hopes will impact her readers in the same ways that her relationship has impacted her.
What inspires you to write?
While the experiences of travel and everyday life are significant influences in my writing, the person most responsible for inspiring my writing is my boyfriend.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is a combination of outlining a story plan and writing as I go. Before starting any drafts, I formulate an idea of what I want to write about, such as the plot, in my mind and think about it for a little while to make sure that it’s interesting to pursue. Once I’m delved into the story, I begin writing from the beginning, developing the details of the plot as I go.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
How I interact with characters in my writing depends on the perspective that I’m writing through. For example, when writing from a first-person perspective, I will picture myself as the main character and write the story, or in a sense live it, through them. However, if my story is written from a third-person perspective, I will listen to the characters. I may visualize myself as them at times to ensure the emotions and dialogue are fitting to the progression of the story, but if the character is not one that I can relate to directly, I will listen to them as an observer.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Veronica Roth for her Divergent series, J.K. Rowling for her Harry Potter series, and Bram Stoker for Dracula, although I am always adding new ones to my list.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish my book to ensure that I have full intellectual control over it. I am so connected to my book that I could not imagine having it go through heavy editing through another source. A typical publishing process takes a while and although it is something that I may very well consider in the future, such as for print versions of my book, I wanted to self-publish my first novel for the purpose of time and the ability to ultimately decide what content is published.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that book publishing will remain the same for a while. While the number of independent authors will continue to grow as more resources for self-publishing become available, there will always be a place for publishing companies in the market for the principles of their credibility, experience, and business structures, such as in attaining wholesale ISBNs and securing purchase agreements with bookstores based on volume.
What genres do you write?
Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, Adult
What formats are your books in?