Interview with Author & Award Winning Filmmaker Magda Olchawska

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Introducing Author/Filmmaker Magda Olchawska

When and why did you begin writing?

I always loved stories & as a kid I even wrote a lot of poetry. I really got into writing more seriously when I attended a film school. Then I started writing scripts.
I needed to write a script for my school project & after that it just felt natural to keep writing scripts.
Few years ago, having nothing better to do, I started writing short stories & a novel trilogy, which hasn’t been finished yet.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My son. ;)) He inspired me to write my first whole book,  from the beginning to end. After that I was just hooked. Honestly I can spend hour after hour just writing

You are also an award winning filmmaker I see? Congratulations! Please elaborate. :o) Tell us a bit about that as well.

Thank you. I only got my first award this year after 10 years of making films but it’s still very nice J and extremely exciting.
Filmmaking is a long & exhausting process. So many people on so many different levels are involved in making films.
Often, a film takes so much life energy out of a filmmaker that it is good to have something else beside filmmaking.

For me something else is writing.

I love making films though & collaborating with other arts & artists on creating one final “product”. I guess I will always be a filmmaker. I just love being on a set.

When you write, do you work with an outline or just write?

I just write & see where it’s taking me. Then I do a lot, but I mean A LOT of re-writing.
I tried to work with an outline but it just wasn’t for me. I like my writing to be free-spirited, if you know what I mean.

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found work best in your genre?

I’m just starting to market my book. The first one “Mikolay & Julia Meet The Fairies” was always free of charge so I didn’t do that much marketing.

But this is what I do & have been doing lately:
– I tweet a lot
– I use goodreads.com for both, my books & reviewing other authors’ books.
– I ask people/authors if they would like to review my book. However, I do have established relationship with everyone before.
– I’m trying to organize blog tour but don’t know how well that will go yet J
– I’m going to have a banner advert on a children book site.

I think this is it for now. But if I come across anything else, I will let you know.

What book are you working on now?
I’m working on:
–    “My Mom Is A Superhero” which is going to be a series of 2 – 4 short stories about how different family members are seen by other family members.
–    “Pooh Gets Beating” is an illustrated book based on my son’s naughty behavior towards his best friend – Pooh.
–    “Maggie Lee” more grown-up short novel about a 30’s single mom who is a super warrior from a super secret society.
Describe your book in just a few sentences.
While searching the attic for a wand for Julia, Mikolay notices a Shadow moving around the boxes. Shadow magically disappears through the wall.
The little wizards follow the Shadow cautiously through the wall and discover hidden cages full of starving children and animals. Mikolay & Julia decide to rescue everyone.

Now for the fun part…

What’s your favorite food? Indian food & anything my hubby cooks.

What’s your favorite color? Purple & red

Coke or Pepsi? Definitely coke. I try to do diet but sometimes hard J

If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be and why? I think Winnie the Pooh or Wall-e. Pooh ‘cos everything in his world is very simple & he doesn’t have to grow up at all. Wall-e ‘cos he is determined, romantic, caring & trying to do best what he must do.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would like to go to Rwanda, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand & would like to spend a bit more time in California.

What is your favorite book or who is your favorite author? (This can’t be your book)
I have too many favorite books for the moment J
My favorite authors: Kafka, Dostoevsky, J.K. Rowling.

What book are you reading now? I’m reading a bunch of books: “The Tiger Princess” by Sarah Renee, “Rascals Sing at the Opera House” by Patricia Puddle, “The Nameless World” by Heather Payer-Smith & “Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul” by Jon Reiss & Sheri Candler

Links to find out more about me & my work go to www.magdaolchawska.com

To find some fun interactive games for kids & get to know Mikolay & Julia better go to www.mikolayandjulia.com

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