Name: Mindy Haig
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Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, just 15 minutes from the George Washington Bridge so I spent a lot of time in New York City.
When did you start writing?
I started writing in High School. I had a few poetry pieces published in our school paper. I used to write stories in notebooks all the time, but I had not considered writing for publication then. When my husband and I were first married, I started writing again, but my job didn't leave a lot of time for my hobby and then kids came along and my stories were pretty much all bedtime/bath time stories for my kids. In 2009 I decided I was going to give it an honest effort, and I haven't stopped since.
What made you start writing?
I don't think there was a defining moment. When I would make up stories for the kids and they would laugh, that was my best motivation. When I started writing novels, I wrote about things I was interested in. Writing is a great learning experience! I have researched history, mythology, physics, ballet, psychology, so many things to keep my work accurate. It keeps my mind sharp and my vocabulary expanded!
Is it something that you have always wanted to do?
Yes, but I also wanted to be a Chemist and a Radio DJ! (I was a DJ in College- loved it!)
What is your favourite genre to read, and do you have any favourite books or authors you would like to recommend?
I love to read fiction, particularly comedy with an element of romance. Christopher Moore and Douglass Adams pulled it off fabulously! I also love a good plot twist! Guy Gavriel Kay is the master of the 'I did not see that coming' ending! I like books that are character driven, that days or weeks later I am still thinking about them. I read the Harry Potter series after it was completed, all seven books back to back. By the end I felt like they were my family so when it was over I missed them!
What about to write?
I like to write books with an element of the fantastic: fate, angels, the reincarnation of Paris of Troy. Imagine him falling in love again with the woman who's face launched a thousand ships and how the modern world would burn. Imagine the last angel made from the Glory of God being banished to walk the earth until the Judgement Day and wonder what he would do to make that day happen. Imagine if you had a journal and every time you wrote in it someone wrote back.
Do you write full time? If not, what do you do?
No, I do not write full time. I work as a contractor for Applied Materials in the Global Trade Division.
Do you ever base your characters on anyone that you know, or are they solely from your imagination?
I don't base my characters on people I know, but I tend to write stories about things that inspire me. A lot of The Wishing Place is based around a song from my childhood.