Author interview 132 – Medusa Stone


Medusa Stone

United States

Medusa Stone is a novelist and poet born in Spain, winner of the Humanitarian Literary Award, international blogger and journalist.
Passionate and driven by the defense of human rights, she moved to the United States in the year 2000, where she became an advocate against human trafficking, author and fervent activist against sexual exploitation and slavery.
Through her novels, Medusa Stone, she explores the misuse of BDSM as an excuse for sexual abuse, with vulnerable characters in the hands of powerful men and organizations. Much of his writing explores the dark nature of humanity; the thin line between love and lust; pain and pleasure; Master and slave.
Today, the author resides in Gibraltar, United Kingdom.

Passionate and driven by the defense of human rights, Medusa Stone began to use her novels to explore the misuse of BDSM as an excuse for sexual abuse, shining a light on human rights violations, enacting change one novel at a time.

When beautiful young Eko, an angel from the utopian land of Nirvana, is captured by hunters, he can think of nothing but escaping or dying.
Away from his world and the love and protection of his family, Eko’s life changes forever when he is sold to no other than the Prince of Darkness himself.
In a story filled with adventure, love, and betrayal, Eko and his new Master, Ishmail, will face the battle between good and evil, and the true extent of surrender and love.

Romelia:     WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

Medusa Stone:   Creating a character that people can empathise, relate, love and hate. Each character is meant to invoke the right feelings at the right times. Also with my antagonists, I want the readers to understand them, to realise they are a bad guy but also to have the moment of “but I get it”.

Romelia:     DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER?

Medusa Stone:   Years ago my family thought I should get a “real job”, only once they saw that its worked out they become supportive and encouraging.

Romelia:     IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Medusa Stone:   By the age of 14 I already had a bit of a name for myself as a poet and writer, but my parents broke my confidence and convinced me to pursue a profitable career. Doing it again, I would’ve told them that this is my passion and carried on, studying what would’ve helped the most, even if they didn’t agree.

Romelia:     HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?

Medusa Stone:   It highly depends on the length and how dedicated I am. My shorter books (20,000) would normally take 10 days if I’m really dedicated, but if I’m not then, maybe 2-3 months. My longer books (60-80k) dedicated would take 2 months, not dedicated would take up to 6 months. I have a passion project that’s been in the work for years.

Romelia:     DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK?

Medusa Stone:   I believe a book can flow out organically without any thought, but also sometimes a book needs a strike of inspiration that can emerge at any moment. I don’t usually stop, as I move onto another book that’s in the works, and then I’ll come back when the inspiration has arrived.

Romelia:     AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?

Medusa Stone:   I would consider someone to be a writer the moment they have a drive to write, poetry, books, theatre, even a small screenplay is writing and deserves its recognition.

Romelia:     WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?

Medusa Stone:   A writer can be passionate but unpublished, the moment their work is out there for purchase, I would call them an author.

Romelia:     HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?

Medusa Stone:   Usually with a bucket of ice cream. But seriously the first time (unfair in my opinion) crushed my spirit and some of my confidence too, it took some time to regain my self confidence, talking to other authors helped me, they helped me realise that being an author is also about hearing what people dislike and using it to help me grow, good comments can bring you up, but bad comments can take you forward.

Romelia:     WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?

Medusa Stone:   Being able to dedicate enough time at the start to writing and getting things off of the ground (applying to different author based websites), knowing there would be a while when I wouldn’t be earning, it took time, energy and money. The writing side is easy, but the other side of the coin can be time consuming and boring.

Romelia:     HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?

Medusa Stone:   I’ve been writing pretty much my whole life, but I started writing professionally 2 years ago.

Romelia:     WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?

Medusa Stone:   I found a lot of helpful advice on the podcast ‘author like a boss’, also reading the right books helped, the writing process is easy if your passionate, but the business side can be complicated, in the modern world you can do it all independently from your bedroom, so learning how is important!

Romelia:     WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?

Medusa Stone:   An original idea, a good story line with a plot, conflict and a resolution. Character development is crucial!

Romelia:     WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU – THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS – AND WHY?

Medusa Stone:   The characters, a great plot with weak character development can be okay, but the relatability of a good set of characters can make a book.

Romelia:     HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?

Medusa Stone:   I write things down with pen and paper, first I make the outline of the entire book, doing this helps the characters create themselves, all I have to do is fill in the gaps, once I’ve created the kind of characters that the story needs, I let them interact, sometimes when I imagine their reactions and decisions, the story can take a turn that surprises even me.

Romelia:     WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?

Medusa Stone:   The first time I had enough confidence to show someone what I’ve written, even my smallest creation.

Romelia:     HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?

Medusa Stone:   Social media is 50% of your business since this is the home of advertising, I have my own Facebook page and an email subscription list, I often interact with other authors and start advertising a week before release, a book without a social media presence is like a painting that never leaves the drawer.

Romelia:     WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?

Medusa Stone:   My favourite is once it’s all done, that big breath when I see the fruit of my labour, knowing it’s out there for the world to see. My least favourite is advertising, but it has to be done.

Romelia:     WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?

Medusa Stone:   Contrary to popular belief, books ARE judged by their cover! Unless you’re a gifted graphic artist, I would recommend using ‘fiver’, I have a few people on their who I go to for my book covers, and they allow you to make as many changes as you need until you’re happy.

Romelia:     HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?

Medusa Stone:   I have written over 21, 17 are published, and an additional 8 in Spanish. My favourite is a book I’ve been working on for the longest, I haven’t finished yet as I want it to be perfect, so far its working title is “The Shadow Within”. Out of the books I’ve published, my favourite is most likely ‘David’s eyes’.

Romelia:     WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE HARDEST TIME WRITING?

Medusa Stone:   In ‘David’s eyes’ letting my character make life changing decisions that saved his family was the hardest since I could identify with his struggle, and the consequences that followed.

Romelia:     WHAT PART OF THE BOOK WAS THE MOST FUN TO WRITE?

Medusa Stone:   My favourite part of writing ‘David’s Eyes’ was changing his life with a love interest, he needed a break and giving him that love was exactly what he needed.

Romelia:     WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST AND WHY?

Medusa Stone:   I relate to the protagonist, Neil, the most, I understand what it is to do anything it takes to save those you love, and the pain that comes with it.

Romelia:     IF YOU’RE PLANNING A SEQUEL. CAN YOU SHARE A TINY BIT ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR IT?

Medusa Stone:   There will be no sequel… Unless my readers ask otherwise.

Romelia:    TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR ADULT LIFE.

Medusa Stone:   My little kid used to love piggy backs, as I’m sure most kids do, but for a while I had a bad back, so when he would say “uppy up!” I would reply “I can’t, my back hurts”, soon he became dishearten and I assume wanted revenge, so, as we were leaving the house one day, he looked at me with a serious face and emptied his hot wheels everywhere! I asked him to pick it all up and he answered “I cant… my back hurts”… it was adorable and will always make me laugh when I think about it.

Romelia:    DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A FEW SENTENCES. TELL US SOMETHING WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU AND SOMETHING YOU HATE ABOUT THE WORLD.

Medusa Stone:   I didn’t want to describe myself, so I asked my friend, here’s what he said. “It’s hard to find someone with as much patience as this woman, not only does she tend to the dysfunctionalities of her friends and family with love and an open ear, she also works nights at a mental health hospital, making the patients laugh and saving their lives. Not only that but she’s writing books on sexual trafficking in order to raise awareness… she’s one of those people you hate to love because she’s too good at what she does… too good.”

And to end this interview, what I hate most about this world is prejudice, because no one should be treated like less because of who they are or how they were born.

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