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What are 3 words that describe your writing?

Sexual-tension, suspenseful, exciting

What are 3 words that strongly dislike if someone else described your writing?

Too slow going, teasing, long waiting

What are 3 words that describe you on a personal level?

kind, patient, tenacious

What are you proud to have accomplished with your writing?

I have two more books to complete the series of this first one that I have completed. What Im proud of is the hard work and I did finish it. I love my characters Ive created in the spiderweb of villains.

What would make you feel successful as a writer (a particular award, a certain amount of book sales, getting a certain publisher, interviewing with a particular columnist)?

Would make me feel successful as a writer would be (I chuckle at myself when I think of this) recognized as a national bestseller. I am not afraid of hard work.

What inspires your writing?

My children inspire me thus my writing is inspired through dreams and the love of writing itself. But I know Ive been writing since third grade and always loved putting words together to create stories. This particular story was a journey for me. I, Marija Carpenter writing as MJ Markovski was born in Detroit, Michigan to Macedonian immigrant parents, grow very sheltered, and then moved to Arizona for college. Ended up staying in Tucson.

Who inspires you personally to achieve your goals?

This book came out of from my experiences. The journey to writing Whatever It Takes came to me not only from a dream but when my husband at the time had left not only me but my family. We had been together since I was the age of eighteen.

But my journey to writing seriously began 2009/2010 when I became disabled. I had a very bad exacerbation from MS. The doctors thought I would die from that attack but here I am and the worst is I’m currently in an electric wheelchair for mobility. For now. I look at it as God’s way for me to have more time to write

I don’t let my illness define who I am.

I guess it would be my parents because whenever they start a project they completed. So when I start something I mean to finish it. Ive always been that way.

What is your biggest fear with your writing and sharing your story with the world?

If theres a fear I have it would be my illness that may hold me back. Ive been through too much to be afraid of what the world may think of my writing and my story. My writing may not be for everyones like and I dont expect it to be. As for the story its not for everyone. But I like to share it with the world and that’s why we writers write to share our stories.

What kind of relationship to you have with your publisher?

I have a good relationship with my publisher. They listen to me and take my suggestions.

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