Interview with Author Mya O'Malley

Q. What was the first book you have ever written?
A. I wrote short stories and poetry quite a bit as a child, but my first novel is Where There is Love, a story about a young teacher letting go of past obstacles and opening her heart to love.  

Q. How did the cover for 'At First Sight' come about?
A. I love that cover! I Astraea Press (who are actually now called Clean Reads) provided that cover for me- Cora Graphics designed it. I saw that cover and my first thought was, “perfect!”

Q. Out of all the books you've written was one do you feel the closest too?
A. That’s a hard one.  Where There is Love has a special place because it’s my first, but honestly, they’re all special to me in their own way, I don’t think I can really choose.

Q. Do you believe you’re like Annie Morgan, a romantic at heart?
A. I do believe that I’m a romantic at heart. I love romantic books and movies. I especially enjoy creating stories about romance and true love.

Q. Do you believe at of love at first sight? Why or why not?
I definitely feel that there can be that sense of instant attraction between two people. I think that it is possible, I guess that’s the romantic in me.

Q. Has there ever been a part of a book you had to write more than once to get right?
A. Oh, absolutely. During writing and during the editing process this has happened. There’s always room for improvement. I like to bounce ideas off of others, too, while I’m writing and sometimes go back to tweak things a bit.

Q. What is your favorite word?
A. I don’t know that I have a favorite word per say, but I like to use adjectives that are really descriptive, that pull the reader in.

Q. If you could have written any book from the past five years, what book would it be and why?
A. I love the work of Jojo Moyes, she has a talent in telling separate stories that are intriguing on their own and have a way of coming together at the end of the story.  She also has a knack for weaving romance into her intricate plots.

Q. Did you read a lot when you were a kid? If so what was your favorite book?
A. Yes, I was constantly reading. As an adult, I still read a lot. I had many favorite books, some of which include S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders and The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford.

Q. Favorite quote by an author?

A. Here are two of my favorites:

“There is a prospect greater than the sea, and that is the sky; there is a prospect greater than the sky, and it is the human soul.”

“To love another person is to see the face of God.” – Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

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