Natasha: Tell me about yourself. How long have you been writing? When you are not writing, how do you like to spend your spare time?
MG: My two greatest passions have always been travel and writing. I've been doing both since I was a child, including scribbling out scary stories while traveling in the back seat of my parent's car. My earliest stories were about people who became lost in their own minds, which (excuse the pun) went right over the heads of my elementary school friends. When I'm not writing I tend to do a lot of exercise to offset the sedentary nature of the career. Favorites are hiking, swimming, walking and yoga.
Natasha: Tell us a little about your book series Vigilant. What was your favorite scene to write? What was your least favorite scene?
MG: The Vigilant serial is a psychological thriller about a teen who refuses to watch others be victimized and takes matters into their hands. One by one, the teen single handedly eradicates the deserving from the foggy northern coastal town where they live. As the reader delves into the haunted town of Beetle Oaks, a host of challenged characters who are not what they seem interact with each other in their quests to identify the killer.
I really enjoyed discovering the history of one of the more tortured characters, Fiammetta – a siren who lives as a fish in the ocean by day and walks the earth at night. Due to the curse put upon her centuries before, each full moon she is compelled to kill a man - causing no small amount of chaos as her body counts grow. Definitely my least favorite scene was the abuse and murder of one of the more sweet and tortured characters by a truly evil gentleman.
Natasha: You mentioned this is a new genre for you to write in. How has that been challenging?
MG: I have a successful memoir series under my real name, Marlayna Glynn, which was fairly effortless to put together. The five book series is a collection of true stories and I'm a natural storyteller. However, my four children and three stepchildren created the main characters in The Vigilant serial and I was very challenged to weave a story around such a complex and disparate set of characters. It was great fun though because my immediate family doubted I could pull it off! I've really enjoyed working with characters I did not know or create and being able to tell their stories.
Natasha: Do you have any other exciting projects coming out?
MG: In Game of Thrones style, I'm continually killing off characters in The Vigilant. As new characters are introduced in each book I get to lose myself in creating their histories. I envision side books about some characters and investigating just how they came to be what they are.
Natasha: Do you have any advice for other authors trying to get published?
MG: I have tons of advice! Arguably the most important is to get comfortable with marketing yourself and your works. You'll be doing a lot of it – more than you could ever realize.
Natasha: What is the best way for readers to reach you? (links for twitter, facebook, etc)
MG Sanders has always questioned the line between what's real - and the unseen world around her.
An award winning photographer and writer, she spent two years traveling the world to photograph religious ceremony, burial sites and ancient grounds haunted with history.
Author of psychological thrillers, MG's work has unleashed an unconventional cast of characters to the world. Her nightmare-inducing collection of psycho thrillers is sure to chill even the most seasoned horror and paranormal readers. Her first book of THE VIGILANT serial is exclusive to Kindle and soon to be in paperback.
Beyond reading and writing, MG enjoys hikes through the forest, travel to any new destination, and settling down late at night with a good ghost story. You name it, she's either read it or watched it, cutting her teeth on masters such as Stephen King, Robert Bloch and HP Lovecraft.
She resides with her soulmate, Allen, seven children and two cats.
Find out more at mgsanders.us, and score the not-for-sale-to-the-public Prequel to THE VIGILANT series.
THE VIGILANT: SCHISM Book One and THE VIGILANT: CHASM Book two -- now available on Amazon!