Mariesa Inez is making her debut in the Charon Coin Press upcoming release, Paying the Ferryman. This new author has an interesting background and view. Learn more about Mariesa Inez and her story “Seven Minutes” coming out this spring in Paying the Ferryman as we wrap up Women in Horror Month.
What influences your stories?
I’ll get concepts or characters on a whim. They will usually come from something I see during my day, a character type I want to create, or something I see online. The “plot bunnies” show up from nowhere and keep multiplying. I then use the feelings and experiences I’ve had fuel the story, to make it take shape. I use the help and distraction of Pinterest to get quotes, ideas, and images to help with Character Development. I use Spotify to make a playlist for my story, and keep going at it, filling writing notebooks with drawings, ideas, and outlines.
I find that often times the concepts in my stories come from nowhere. I will be going about my day, or watching TV, and think about how I want to write a really good brother-sister relationship, or add various character archetypes and tropes into my stories. And eventually, they make their way into my writing.
I will be inspired by things I hear people say, places I see, curious items I find, and random snippets of dialogue or first sentences that pop into my head. It’s a weird and sometimes slow process, but eventually a small idea will come to life through my process of shaping it.
How do you balance writing and the realities of life?
As a 15 year old, there aren’t any pressing problems in my life. I’ve had weeks where I’ve struggled with my own problems, but there aren’t any issues with work or paying bills. I’ve been blessed with a family who deals with my turning into a hermit when I write, and forgetting occasional school assignments. I’m very lucky to be homeschooled, so I have plenty of free time to write. It’s hard when I suddenly get the inspiration to write when I have a pile of homework, chores, and obligations to take care of. It’s also challenging when I get lost in my own stories and then remember that I’m still only sitting at my desk next to a pile of math assignments.
I find that I try and weave my hobbies and obligations together. Yes, I have to go to school on some days and church on others. But in those quiet moments I can plan out ideas in my head. I find that I’ve got in the habit of seeing my characters and stories everywhere I go. I may be living in two different worlds but they’ve melded together to the point where it seems like one.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing or what was the hardest part about writing your story?
Writing can be a very challenging process. It’s really easy to get discouraged by various things and want to give up on a story.
It’s also hard to get taken seriously when I talk about my stories to other people. It’s hard to have people tell you that you won’t do that well, because of your gender, age, or skills. It’s hard for writing to be treated as just a hobby, and not a real career. Granted, I do know that it’s very challenging to live off of writing alone, but writing is far from a hobby for me.
Another one of the hardest parts of writing is the editing. I have so many ideas flooding my head. Once I get them onto paper, I want them to be perfect and complete. In Seven Minutes in particular, it is also hard because these stores come from my heart and soul. I dumped in emotions and feelings into this story, so it’s hard to pick them apart. I feel like I am pulling myself apart when I fix them. But in the end, that’s the way life is. You break apart so you can be better
Mariesa Inez’s Bio
Mariesa Inez is a homeschooled teen-writer tucked away in a small town in Washington State. She spends her days thinking of sad things to do to her story characters and obsessing over whatever TV show or book has grabbed her attention. She enjoys a quiet afternoon with a Disney movie, eating all the food her health teacher advised against, and enjoying some adventures in the forest with friends.
She has dreamed of being a writer from a young age, writing her first real story about a “super-dog” on the back of a math assignment (she never did finish her math assignment). She developed her love of writing by trading stories back and forth with her best friend. After completing her longest story, a novelette about the Loch Ness Monster, she knew writing was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. It was soon after this that she discovered an online community of teen-writers just like her.
She has been part of this online community for three years, where she has developed amazing friendships, learned how to give and take critiques, gained confidence in her writing, and learned how to develop her characters to the point where they’re alive to her (kind of creepy, right?).
She aspires to grow up and live in a house full of bookshelves, where she can spend her days painting, drinking coffee, planning cosplays and writing out the many stories and worlds hiding in her head.
Seven Minutes is her first work to be published. Her thoughts and book reviews can be found at her blog: meobird.blogspot.com