Featured Interview With P. J. Maia
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was raised in Campo Grande, in the midwest of Brazil. Growing up I lived all over the place: North Dakota, South Dakota, São Paulo, Florida, New York, Rio and now back to São Paulo. I don’t have any pets but I do keep a small garden on my terrace so I get the odd bird visitor every now and then.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I think since I was very little, I was hooked on comic books, they helped me want to learn how to read faster. My parents always encouraged me to read books and they knew I was a big fan of magic so that’s how they made sure I kept reading. I started writing as a kid, at age 7 or 8 I think.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite authors are those whose words come across as those of a dear wise friend. I’ve recently finished “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her voice felt so real as I read it. I’m inspired by poets and daydreamers like Walt Whitman and Virginia Woolfe. My favorite genre to read, howerver, is fantasy.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My first book is called “The Missing Spirit” and tells the story of Keana, a young human girl living in prehistoric Earth who is raised by accident in a realm of immortal gods. Once she comes of age, her presence starts to stir problems in heaven and her only way to safety might be defecting to a glacial winter to live among woolly beasts and primitive cave people.
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