Exclusive Interview with

Maureen Scanlon

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When did you start writing?

After starting my Life coaching business, I had taken headshots and showed them to my best friend who responded, "I see this on the cover of a book". With no aspirations to be a writer, I said, "ok, I'm writing a book". And thus, I began writing my first book, "My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am".

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What makes writing your passion?

I love being able to help others. To connect and write as if I'm having a conversation, engages my readers. The feedback is so fulfilling!

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How long have you been writing?

I began writing in 2018.

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What was the feeling when you published your first book?

A double-edged sword- like handing over your newborn baby and hoping everyone finds it as amazing as you do!

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What’s the story behind your choice of characters?

Since I write non-fiction, the "characters" are my real life furry babies as well as my own experiences.

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What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?

I wouldn't say it's annoying, but definitely a struggle that promotion and marketing are 90% of the success.

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How do you get over the “writer’s block”?

I never have writer's block because I determined from the beginning to only write when I feel at peace about it. If I wasn't feeling it, I didn't write. I would come back when I had the most joy in doing it.

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We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?

Just DO it! There is a reader for every story and it's a great expression of yourself, like art to the artist, writing is to the writer.

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If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?

Great Question! I would say, "Don't waste time on anything that doesn't serve you, not a job, a person, or a situation needs attention or energy if it doesn't feel good."

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Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?

Absolutely! I've only had 1 bad review and yes, at first it stings, but after evaluating, I realized it was more about the person than my book. I focus on the good and ignore the bad.

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What is the feeling when you get a good review?

Accomplishment.... I always hope that my work resonates and helps at least one person.

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Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

My books include all of my experiences, it helps others to know that I've been there and understand.

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Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?

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What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?

Yes! I think a book cover is like a first impression. It draws you in to want to see and know more.

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Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?

I love my readers! I love chatting in any form because I have gratitude for each and every one.

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