About May J. Panayi:
My name is May J. Panayi and I’m 57. I have been a writer since I was a kid. Okay not anything earth shattering; just a poem in the local paper at age five, then a newsletter to the neighborhood age ten. I hobby wrote poems and short stories throughout my teens and early twenties, then various magazine submissions, and a lot of activity in the underground fanzine scene of the eighties; contributing to others as well as producing my own. I started writing books around 2000, and currently have fourteen titles published. I moved onto just writing fiction novels with the occasional short story collection. I became a full time self employed writer in 2014. It's been an interesting journey so far and one I hope will long continue. I write across a variety of genres, my friends call me the eclectic indie. My Sun series, in which there are two novels so far, a third coming this year to complete the trilogy, is my most popular style. It is travel romance/mystery; bit hard to categorize.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve always written, ever since I was a little kid; poems, diaries, magazines, articles, short stories, non fiction and then finally, full length novels. Even when I take time off to travel, I always take a note book so I can write travel blog notes, or other musings. Sometimes I even get story ideas when I’m traveling. My best selling Sun series, was inspired by travel to Greece and finding long lost family in Cyprus.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write the outline of each book in a notebook, then sit and flesh it out on my laptop typing incredibly fast considering I only ever use two fingers. Some things change as the novel progresses, but most of it is already in the outline. For the Sun series, I used a map of the island, with markers where the characters lived, who they are related to, their jobs, cats etc, so I could keep track of everything. I aim to write 2000 words a day, but not every day hits that target, and some days I just need to wander round the house doing mindless cleaning jobs and thinking about the characters; letting them develop in my head.
How do you develop your characters?
Sometimes they are very noisy, like real Greeks, all shouting loudest to be heard, coming forward with sweet food offerings, tempting me into their homes!
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorites are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, J.G. Ballard, Karin Slaughter, Joanne Harris, and recently discovered, Jodi Picoult, who is an amazing writer.
What genres do you write?: Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print
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