Maxine Brothers has been an writer since the day she first picked up a pen. She is an inspiration to other writers, providing both support and assurance in the endeavors of others. She has exercised her abilities through different creative writing means, i.e. poetry and stories, coupled with article submissions to magazines. Ms. Brothers has worked on different projects offering opportunities to other lovers of the arts. The articles she submits to magazines vary from poetry submissions to advice columns to general informative pieces. Additionally, Maxine offers other artist the ability to showcase their work through the different magazines she writes for. In conjunction with writing, Ms. Brothers has worked with other artist to hold different poetry events and artist showcase events. Her accomplishments thus far are only the beginning.
1) When did you know that writing is what you were called to do? What is it about being a writer that you love the most?
I am still figuring it out. I have always written little stories and poetry. Currently, I can’t make it through the day without writing something. Writing is therapeutic. It helps me move on with life without issue.
2) Can you tell us a little about your book(s) and where our readers can find out more about them and you?
I have two poetry books; Love &Such and Out of Love. I also have two short stories; The Reappearance of Sarai and What They Don’t Know. They all can be found on Amazon.com
3) What projects are you currently working on?
I am preparing for my 3rd poetry book. It’s currently untitled. I am finishing up two stories; Running Brave and Accidental Killer. Also a play called Never Again.
4) What has been your most significant achievement as a writer thus far? Where do you see yourself within your career in the next five years?
I see myself being published in other literary works. In The next five years I want to have started my own publishing firm.
5) How have you dealt with rejection within your writing career?
I don’t expect everyone to like it. I feel as long as I am comfortable with my work, let’s move on.
6) Do you have a schedule for when you write? Do you outline your novels? How long does it generally take you to finish a novel?
I don’t have a schedule and that’s probably why it takes a while for me to get my work done. I don’t outline but I have been thinking about trying it that way. It usually takes 2-5 years to get the ideas down then another 2 to edit them enough to be passed down to an editor.
7) Do you believe that there is ever a point in life where it’s too late for an aspiring writer to become successful in this industry? Do you feel a late start would hinder their chances?
Death may be too late to enjoy literary success but it’s never too late to aspire to being a writer. As long as you have something to say, its never to late to start.
8) What’s the first book you ever read that really touched you emotionally and moved you? Who is your favorite author? What book are you currently reading?
Reading the Bible cover to cover changed my life. As a visionary with an overactive imagination I don’t understand how people fall asleep reading the Bible. I don’t have a favorite. It just depends on what mood I’m in. Currently life has me too busy to sit and read.
9) So many writers say that they hate reading their own work? Do you ever just sit down and curl up with your own book?
Yes because I use editors and other visionaries, I love to read my stories when they morph from what I wrote to how it gets changed.
10) What are your thoughts about how the publishing industry is drastically changing?
Change is inevitable. I just roll with the punches.
11) I feel like writing is a remarkable tool to help people not only express themselves, but also to cope emotionally and mentally. I know for me I write to be and feel more authentic. What unique quality is there about you, about your art, that you feel represents your authenticity? How does writing help you to be more empowered in your purpose?
I write MY Truth as I know it. No one can tell me what I write is wrong when its based on my experiences. How I expressed it may be but not really the experience in itself.