This month, my interviewee is the author of the poetry collection Temporary Storms. I originally made contact with McKayla when I was asked to review her book. You can read my full review here. She puts her heart into her words, which is something I can relate to and admire.
About the author:
McKayla DeBonis, established to her readers as the pen name m.d, was born on February 23rd of 1998. Temporary Storms is her first novel. She finds solace in expressing her emotions through relatable, heartbreaking, power-happy, soul finding words they call poetry and or short stories. She believes art in any form is therapeutic for the soul, in which an individual is bound to find themselves along the path and embrace who they become from their art. And If there is one thing we individuals can connect with in this world, it is art, in the form of any kind.
Describe your ideal writing atmosphere.
My ideal writing atmosphere can basically be anywhere. I become really focused when I start working, even if it’s a loud environment. But my favourite place to work is in cute little authentic coffee shops with my headphones in, I can spend hours and hours at a time there just working.
How long have you been writing and what inspired you to start?
I have been writing since a young age. I remember watching Tomb Raider with my aunt and I begged her to write out my story because I remember not being able to spell. I made her write out my adventure story, it was nothing big considering I was young. Yet as I got older I continued writing fantasy stories, but I didn’t start poetry until I got to high-school.
Describe your writing style.
My writing style varies. My true dream was to write a fiction fantasy/adventure novel. Yet as always when you grow as a person sometimes that changes and you write stuff you never thought you would, hence the poetry book I published. I still want to publish a fantasy/adventure novel, one day maybe.
“If there’s a book you want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison
What kind of story that hasn’t been written yet do you want to read?
That’s a hard question considering there are millions or billions of novels out there I haven’t discovered. My goal is to read any novel I can get my hands on and delve into the world that was created by the author.
Name any authors or books that have had an impact on your writing.
J.K Rowling really had an impact on my life she is truly an inspiring women, but there are other authors like Rupi Kaur especially when it comes to poetry. She truly inspired me to write about my life struggles, to take my heart ache and turn it into a healing process. Reading her novel truly helped me heal and to fall in love with myself again.
Describe the moment you truly felt like an author.
The moment i truly felt like an author was when people would personally message me to tell me how much my book has made them realise that they aren’t alone and that they truly connected with my words. That is when i felt like a real author. When people tell you that your word can have an impact on them and their life, it makes your heart leap into your throat.
What book by another author do you wish you’d written?
I would never wish to have written a book someone else has already done, why? Because a writer should want to feel individual to their work and as a person. Being compared to another writer can take away someone’s individual identity, they are them. And I am, me. The sole writer of Temporary Storms.
What’s the best thing about writing/being a writer?
The best thing about being a writer is being able to connect with your readers on a deeper level.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
My advice to aspiring authors is this; take your time when writing your novel, plan everything out to how you structure it, to the very detail that gives it your signature stroke.
Tell the story behind your latest book, why did you write it?
I wrote Temporary Storms during very dark times in my life. From my first heartbreak to the death of my grandfather and through the silence of my relationship with my father. Yet at the end it’s all light, because during the storm I found it and I held onto it because I believed after a storm something beautiful can emerge.
Most inspiring quote?
“the goal isn’t to live forever, it is to create something that will.” –Chuck Palahniuk
This was my senior quote and I truly live by this when creating my work.
Which author (living or dead) would you like to have dinner with?
I would love to have dinner with J.K Rowling, obviously!
“Until the very end”
If you could bring any fictional character to life, who would you choose?
Harry Potter. He gave me strength towards myself and my life, including my work.
How do you beat writers block?
Whenever I have writers block I have books from a thrift store that I have no interest in and I start by doing blackout poetry. Or I have a book with poetry prompts that really really help spark amazing ideas!
Give yourself some writing advice.
Stop doubting yourself and just create.
What are your plans for the future? What writing projects are you currently working on?
To keep writing and never stop.
I am currently working on my second novel called Bones in the Garden! Releasing late fall of 2017.
Temporary Storms is a collection of 200+ poems written during times of heartache, anxiety ridden moments, but most of all in the journey that is finding one’s strength through a temporary storm and remembering that you are forever.
Notice from the author:
Temporary Storms is currently off the market as it goes through revision and editing process with a view to a re-release in future. You can follow updates on the author’s progress and writing by following the links provided below.