Author Spotlight: Deidre Mapstone

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Deidre Mapstone

Tell us a brief summary of your book’s plot.
Sigrun, the Bandamann Saga is about the Lundgren family who own and operate their restaurant, Sigrun, in Mount Desert Island, Maine. They have four beautiful children who have almost grown up and help out at Sigrun. They appear to be the perfect American family. However, things aren’t always what they seem on the surface.
The four children begin to find out amazing things about themselves and each other. Soon, a huge family secret is discovered that changes their ordinary lives forever.

What was the inspiration for this story?
I had a vivid dream, and told my daughter about it. She got excited and told me to write it down. When she read it, she wanted me to make it into a story. It took about 3 1/2 years, but I did it!

Do you have any writing habits you would like to tell us about?
I don’t really have any writing habits, except to write when I feel it call me. Which I guess is why it took me over 3 years to write Sigrun.

What is the hardest thing to manage when you start writing?
Getting all my thoughts into a cohesive order. I have ideas swirling all over my head, and sometimes don’t know where I want to start, but where I want to get to, and sometimes it’s hard to transition.

Name the three books currently topping your To Be Read list?
There are so many books out there right now that I need to read. I’ve had a pile that would probably reach my ceiling and then some. At the top would probably be the Divergent Series, Percy Jackson, Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles).

How important do you think a book’s cover is?
A book’s cover is of the utmost importance. I myself will pick a book up I know nothing about based on how I feel about its cover. It’s your first impression, so it better be excellent.

If you could collaborate with any author, who would you choose?
Well, I actually look forward to collaborating with my daughter, Amelia, who has been writing as long as she knew how. She’s been my inspiration to get started in writing, and her talent never ceases to amaze me. We’ve talked about co-authoring a book together many times. So I hope I get the chance to do it.

Catch Deidre on Twitter @DDRedMomma or Instagram @ddzines and find her book here.


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