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Interview with M.L. Hamilton for the Star of Eldon Blog Tour

M.L. Hamilton

When did you first decide you wanted to write?

I won a short story contest in elementary school and decided that was a pretty cool way to go. I wrote from that time forward.

Did you get nervous the first time you put your work out there?

Terrified is more like it. I spent so many years refusing to let anyone read my writing, but eventually I decided it didn’t do any good to leave it sitting on a computer somewhere.

What is your favorite genre to write?

My first love is fantasy. I enjoy creating my own world and lore, but lately, I’ve branched into murder mysteries. That has been so much fun because it allows me to write about real places and use modern language.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I’ll read almost anything, but my favorite is fantasy. I read to escape, and there’s no greater escape than that.

Do you have a favorite author?

I  have many, but I particularly like John Steinbeck and Zora Neale Hurston. I love the poetry of their prose and sometimes I can get lost in the beauty of their words.

Is there something you want to write about, that you haven’t yet?

No, I write whatever I want to write, so I don’t feel there’s anything I need to accomplish in that regard. I love having the freedom to write whatever I please.

What is one silly fact about you?

I have three dogs and two cats, and I admit it, I baby-talk them. A wiggly butt and a wet nose just melts my heart and makes me act like a complete fool.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?

One of the main characters in this book, The Star of Eldon, has become my favorite. Talar is one of the most complex, beautiful characters I’ve ever written. He came to life in my mind with a detailed past and personality, and I particularly became interested in how the other characters react in his presence.

Does that reflect anyone you know?

Strangely enough, he doesn’t. Other characters are modeled on people I know, but Talar just evolved organically.

Spaghetti or Lasagna and why?

Lasagna. I enjoy making it and I really don’t like to cook. Spaghetti is too generic for me. I like the fact that you can add almost anything you want to a lasagna and it still tastes amazing.

If you could meet a character from any novel who would it be?

That’s a hard question. I’d love to meet Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, or Frodo from The Lord of the Rings, but I think the person I’d most like to meet is Janie Crawford from Their Eyes Were Watching God. I’ve taught that novel every year for the last 19 years and I feel like Janie and I have had an ever-changing friendship for that entire time. My thoughts about her have developed as I’ve gone through my own life changing experiences.

Anything you want to say the aspiring writers reading the blog? 

Let people read what you write. It does no good for you to hide it away from the world. Even if people critique it, it can only hone your craft and make you a better writer. Criticism is good. Hiding is not.

 

 

The Seven Protectorates have enjoyed years of peace under Tav’s leadership, but a growing worry has surfaced. What about the land beyond Loden’s border? Where once there had been overtures of trade, now there is nothing. Tav decides to send a diplomatic expedition to re-establish contact, but who should go? Adventure runs in the blood of Tash’s children, especially in his head-strong daughter, Shara. Shara wants nothing more than to be part of the expedition to Nevaisser, but her father will never agree. He fears for her safety, but a rash decision on his part takes the choice out of his hands and sets up a chain of events that will have far reaching consequences. Nevaisser is a land teeming with conflict and at the heart of it is a mysterious stranger, hiding secrets that will test the alliance of the Seven Protectorates. A journey begun to protect Loden may result in tearing it apart. Continue the adventure with the third installment in the World of Samar series.

 

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