Why did you pursue writing?
I like to create and tell stories; it’s as simple as that. Even as a child, I always liked to visualize (and act out) scenes and dialogues. In high school, I began writing these musings down for pleasure. Eventually, I decided to share my stories with a wider audience. Long story short, I enjoy the process of living in my own world.
What inspired your book?
A number of things inspired Effortless. First of all, I like to challenge myself. When I was writing Joe After Maya, for instance, my goal was to craft a suspense novel that I would enjoy reading; it was the same with Effortless, only it was a contemporary women’s genre, two-part novel that I wanted to create. I’d never before ventured into series, so this in itself was a tempting experiment. It all began with my picturing a single scene in my head (it’s depicted in the cover art) and it all slowly fell into place from there.
However, if we are talking plot, character development et cetera, I have to say that life experiences inspired this novel. Because I was born a continent away, I like to explore themes involving lives of immigrants and children of immigrants. You’ll see a lot of that here. There is a certain kind of pressure that some of us feel growing up in uprooted households and it’s therapeutic to examine this on paper: how much of this pressure is self-imposed, how much of it stems from the sacrifices our parents have made, and, most importantly, how all of that factors into one’s personal and professional life.
How long have you been publishing your work?
I published my first book in 2012. It was a compilation of novellas entitled One Year in Berlin/Foreign Bride. You can learn more about it here: http://amzn.to/1FSd52Z
What’s your writing environment like?
I try to be strict with myself and write at least something every single day. This isn’t always easy, given that I am a full-time mother first. Still, I try to use whatever free time I have to write and edit. I mostly work using my laptop and only occasionally also use pen and paper when on the go. I don’t need perfect silence to work (I actually find such distracting), but excessive noise level is not welcome either. I try to have music on at all times, however.
What projects are you currently working on?
Effortless was conceived as part one of a two-part series so I am working on part two, which will be called Inevitable. In addition to that, I am also outlining some future projects, including a suspense novel.
Born in the former Soviet Union, Marina Raydun grew up in Brooklyn, NY (where she still lives with her family). She holds a J.D. from New York Law School and a B.A. in history from Pace University. Marina’s published works of fiction include a compilation of novellas “One Year in Berlin/Foreign Bride,” as well as a suspense novel entitled “Joe After Maya.” Her other passions include singing and baking.
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