Margaret Segal, Author of “The Adventures of Harry the Inside-Outside Cat”
Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?
Even though my writing isn’t remotely like his, I’ve always been inspired by William Shakespeare. His massive writing skill, and the sheer volume of what he’s created, are mind-boggling. His grasp on the vicissitudes of human nature and behavior, which comes through so well in the dialogue of his plays, is amazing. Perhaps because I enjoy writing about real life – the good, the evil, the pain and joy, the ugliness and the beauty – his writing sings to me.
Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?
My favorite character is Harry the Cat, who isn’t completely my “creation”, because he is a real, live cat. He never fails to entertain me with his unique and sweet personality.
What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?
Seeing your work in print, and hearing from readers that they really enjoyed your writing and/or were positively affected, touched, or moved by it.
What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?
Take your time, and try not to push yourself too hard. But at the same time, find a way to keep yourself motivated, but don’t drive yourself crazy over it. Writing, like, medicine or meteorology, isn’t an exact science, and it moves at its own pace sometimes. Try to go with it.
Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.
I work writing into my everyday life, so I don’t really have what you’d call a specific “ritual”. But I DO need silence in order to write.
Was being an author something you always wanted to do?
Not always, but it has come to the fore in recent years. Personal and family health challenges were a huge part of my life for many years – only now that those challenges have been overcome has writing become more a part of my life.
If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
My mother. I would share with her the thoughts unsaid before her passing.
Where can readers go to find out about you and your books?
My website: http://www.harrytheinsideoutsidecat.com