Usually when you find a talented artist, you find that they have one avenue they excel at the most. But with artist, photographer and model/blogger, Suzanne Spiegoski from New York , she is a true force to be reckoned with. She has a creative mind that is always racing as she brainstorms new plot points for her novel, photography set ups or thinking about styling unique looks for the latest season.
Author of the Fisherman's Lily, a thrilling crime story, Suzanne has taken inspiration from her interest in Law Enforcement to create a truly complicated and exciting story. Following the journey of homicide detective Lily Dietz as she investigates a gruesome murder case, The Fisherman's Lily is a tale that you won't be able to put down.
Learn more about Suzanne and her journey to New York to pursue her #mostwanteddreams. Enjoy the interview below!
You're a blogger, a novelist and a photographer, which is so exciting! How do you balance between these three avenues?
"Thank you! First off, it’s not easy juggling with the three but as my dad always used to say, “I like to bite off more than I can chew.” I’m ambitious as well as passionate in more than one field/topic/genre/subject etc.; I try to make time for each every day and when that is not possible, which can happen from time to time, I’m always working on that balancing act! Life is all about balance, am I right?! Now only if there were more than 24 hours in a day! ;)"
What made you decide to launch @MaQandSuz?
"My longing to find an outlet where I could put both my visual eye and writing mind together at the same time had always been apparent, but it wasn’t until I entered the realm of blogging before everything came full circle. Life-changing experiences can also cause one to take greater risks which also led to my new platform."
What sort of obstacles did you face early on in your career as a writer and photographer?
"Rejection, rejection, and then, more rejection. You have to have a thick skin in both because getting rejected will become a second skin to you. It comes with the territory. Try not to take things so personally either. (which can be tough sometimes, I know!)"
Where do you pull inspiration from for your work?
"Everything from film to music to photography, to traveling and meeting people are always a great place to start, but for me, my home for the past eleven years, New York City, constantly drives me to do better and be better. Even to this day, from the first time I set foot on the streets of New York, the city never fails to be the madness behind my main source of inspiration. For many creatives, I think. You do need to be a little crazy to live in a city like this!"
Take us through your creative writing process?
"To me, writing is a slow and lengthy process. It definitely takes time. And on a daily basis, I feel like my brain is like the internet’s tabs that are open, countless of them and simultaneously. It takes a lot of time to sort through so many ideas. And then sometimes there are none as well. My last novel took over four years to write and over a year to be published. One thing writing teaches you is patience. My writing ritual is always, first and foremost, in one single isolated condition. I only write in my writing studio at home alone, in the early afternoon, on a Mac computer, (sometimes an Olympia typewriter when feeling extra sentimental or blue) listening to classical music and the occasional soundtrack or original score to a movie. I used to smoke like a chimney when writing (I know, I know), but have been cigarette-free for over 4 years! Now it’s only the other bad habit: anything caffeinated is always at my desk! I’m not much of a snacker when I write, but when I take my short breaks it’s usually eating whatever is left in the fridge followed by searching through Pinterest on what to make for dinner! I’m a total foodie at heart!"
What inspired you to write The Fisherman's Lily?
"I originally had interests in law enforcement, so much so I even have a degree in Criminal Justice because of it. But my heart has always been set on the written word. The best part was being able to combine my passion for both into a novel! Though my book is focused on crime, it is also like an onion and has many layers to it, and also brings up difficult subjects such as mental illness, family dynamics, love, and more."
You're currently working on your second novel (Congratulations!) Can you tell us what this second book will be about?
"I’m continuing from my first novel and more into the main character’s past and future. There’s lots of research to be done including travel so I’m excited about it!"
In addition to working on your second novel, what other projects or collaborations are you looking forward to?
"I’m working on a couple of other projects too right now mostly pertaining to my photography... stay tuned! ;)"
What does the #MostWantedDreams mentality mean to you?
"Being fearless. Following your gut. A force to be reckoned with. 100% passion."
How would you describe your personal style?
"East Coast mixed with West Coast with a touch of rock and roll."
All photos provided by Suzanne Spiegoski.
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