Interview with Roslyn Muir

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Roslyn Muir is from Vancouver, Canada. The Chimera’s Apprentice is her debut novel. Roslyn has another life as an award winning screenwriter who writes YA stories, family drama and thrillers. She was a writer on the Global/CBS one-hour drama, Ransom, created by Frank Spotnitz (Man in the High Castle). Roslyn has also written several movies that have aired on TV around the world: Washed Away, Stranger in the House, and Reluctant Witness to name a few. Roslyn also wrote and produced the dramatic feature film, The Birdwatcher, and her half-hour YA comedy, The Tutors, (co-written) is in development with the CBC.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Kyra, 13, is a reluctant hero. She does things without thinking, but discovers how brave and resourceful she can be. She’s also very loyal and knows what’s right and wrong, which gets her into a bit of trouble with her father who happens to be the Thane (king).

What genre are your books?

Children’s/Middle grade fiction, fantasy adventure, coming-of-age

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

Sometimes ideas force you into action. I had already been writing screenplays, and The Chimera’s Apprentice came to me as a novel. It was wallowing in my computer, neglected, and one day I just decided to self-publish it.

What is the easiest thing about writing? Um…

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

I always think that writer’s block is a sign of lack of preparation. If you’re already writing a project and get stuck, it’s usually because you haven’t outlined it and not sure where to go. Of course there’s the psychological block towards just getting started. I always recommend baby steps. Don’t judge it. Do a draft just for yourself that no one will see. Allow yourself to be a bad writer. That’s where everyone starts. Then practice.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I prefer paper books. I like the way they feel and the fact you can curl up anywhere with them.

What is your favorite book and why?

This is such a difficult question! I think writers dread answering it. I honestly can’t pare it down to just one book. I do read a lot of thrillers and feminist literature. So it’s hard to pick between the two. But some of my faves come from my childhood where I discovered stories like War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. They sparked my imagination and made me believe in other worlds. I don’t dare read them now as I’m not sure how my adult brain will process them. Another classic I love is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and anything by the Bronte sisters.

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