Featured Interview With Mya O’Malley
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Mya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter, and step daughters. The family also consists of a boxer, Destiny, and a ragdoll cat named Colby.
Mya earned an undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy. She works as a special education teacher and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students.
Mya’s passion is writing; she has been creating stories and poetry since she was a child. Mya spends her free time reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She is a romantic at heart and loves to create stories with unforgettable characters. Mya likes to travel; she has visited several Caribbean Islands, Mexico and Costa Rica. Mya is currently working on her eleventh novel.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I devoured books for as long as I can remember. I loved reading and writing all kinds of stories from when I was a young child. As an adult, I continued reading for enjoyment and then decided to write my first full-length novel. I’m currently at work writing my eleventh full-length novel and still learning so much.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
There are so many talented authors out there. Some of my favorites are Judy Blume, Nicholas Sparks, James Patterson, and Liane Moriarty. Each author brings magic to their specific genres.
I’m inspired by watching the world around me. My daughter also inspires me to give my all to everything I do. She’s a wonderful writer and I would love to see her write her own book one day.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
If you love paranormal ghost thrillers, you might want to check out my latest: The House that Adelia Built. Inspired by the setting of many places I’ve visited, including Block Island, RI, this tale spins a ghost story touched with romance.
Spiraling back from the 1800’s to modern-day time, the characters are complex and unforgettable to me, as an author.
Check it out:
It all started with a woman and a lighthouse. The House that Adelia Built spins a tale full of love, lies, and betrayal at the hands of a man Adelia calls Augustus—her own husband.
In the late 1800s, Augustus finds a job as lighthouse keeper on a beautiful, but isolated island. He can’t wait to bring his new bride home to the lighthouse, set on majestic bluffs, which have laid claim to many shipwrecks.
Augustus soon suffers from the effects of self-induced isolation, as Adelia watches him slowly lose his grip on reality until he turns mad, bringing forth dire consequences.
Meet Hope, a modern day quiet, quirky young woman with a case of agoraphobia—or so it would seem. She feels an inexplicable pull toward the lighthouse and the bluffs beyond. Hope struggles with her internal battle and seeks to find the truth about her unsettling, recurring nightmares. Maybe then she can discover why she has always felt so alone and unusual.
Enter Clooney, a handsome, unassuming stranger who soon becomes so much more to Hope. The very woman who has guarded her heart in the past will soon find herself wrapped in a web of denial, leading to a heart-wrenching reality.
For every truth she exposes, more heartache is found. Hope must come face-to-face with her worst fears as she uncovers the mystery surrounding her spellbinding connection to the lighthouse.
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