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Author Interview: Maela Torre

Author Interview Maela Torre

Author of Reality of a Dream


Why did you write your latest book?

It was purely out of curiosity. I had the idea of these two friends who lived in different countries and I wanted to know more about them. How did they meet? What were their stories? So I started to write down everything that came in my mind giving them an identity and a background and the more I wrote the more I needed to say. After a few months I realized that I had written more than 300 pages and Reality of a dream was born.

How did you get started writing? What is it that makes you want to be a writer?

I started when I was very young, probably 10. It was right after I read Little Women for the first time. I loved the character of Jo March so much that I started to write stories like she did. It started as a game but it soon became the biggest passion of my life. Books have always been a massive part of my life, I love when a story moves me, when it gives me something and I want to do the same with my readers. One of them once told me that this story made her dream, it was the most wonderful thing someone could tell me.

If an unpublished author asked you to give them one piece of advice, what would it be?

To never stop writing and never give up on that passion. It’s not easy and it takes a lot of work, but I believe it’s always worth it. I know that today it’s not easy to find a publisher, I’ve been there for years and I know that the competition is ferocious. Sending my book to everyone who could be interested in publish a novel and being rejected is something I’m very familiar with, but as you can see it’s not impossible, and if they really can’t find anyone willing to work with them there are many web sites offering self publishing for free.

If you could only publish in a single genre, what would it be? Why?

Since I started to write I’ve written stories of many genres: fantasy, tales, romance. But if I really had to chose I think it would be the latter. I like to write stories people can relate to.

Why should readers read your book?Maela Torre

As a reader I enjoy books that allow me to switch off from my everyday crazy life, I like to lie on my bed and let the story take me away for a couple of hours and I think Reality of a dream is the perfect book for that purpose. It will make readers laugh, cry and learn new things about Scotland and its beautiful legends and traditions and dream about past and present love stories.

Who is your favorite author of all time and who is your favorite author writing now?

My favorite author of all time is with no doubt William Shakespeare. I think it’s just brilliant that many centuries ago he wrote stories people can still relate to today. Stories about love, jealousy, passion, greed, the pain for a lost love, betrayal and so on. Talking about the authors writing today, there are many that I really like, Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks, Dan Brown and Anne Rice to name a few. But at the moment I think my favorite is Cecelia Ahern. I love the fact that her stories, for how real they are, always have this little spark of magic that makes them special.

Do you think ebooks should be protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM)? Why?

Yes, I think so. Books are just like music and movies, it takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice to write a story, not to mention to find a publisher, so I think authors should be protected even when it comes to a digital copy of their work.

If you could improve any single aspect of yourself (physical, mental, whatever), what would it be?

Well, 2013 just started and I made a list of all the things I want to improve this year, there are around 20, like exercise more, read more, write more, and be more relaxed, I tend to worry too much about everything and I really need to slow down. Nevertheless I’m pretty satisfied with the person I am today, I’m aware of my flaws but I accept them because they make me different from anybody else.

What question do you wish I had asked that I did not?

Not one actually, but there is one last thing I’d like to say. I really hope people will enjoy reading Reality of a dream just as much as I enjoyed writing it. I particularly care about this story because there is so much about me and my life in it and I’m sure that while reading their stories, readers will come to think about Emma, Billy, Valerie, Marvin and all the other characters just like dear, old friends. I also wanted to say a massive thank you to my amazing publisher Donna Cavanagh for this great opportunity and thanks to for helping me promoting my book.

Thank you Maela for an insightful interview.

Read more about Maela and Reality of a Dream.


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