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  1. Basics Name/Penname: Maya / Maya Tassarin Age: My passport says I'm going to be 30 soon, which is a weird thought. Hobbies and Favorites What are your hobbies? Writing (obviously), reading (also obviously, I guess), learning languages, traveling, cooking (unless I *have* to cook; when there's an obligation involved, I immediately forget it's a hobby and start seeing it as a terrible chore I need to leave behind as soon as possible :D), tabletop roleplaying. What is/are your favorite book(s) and authors? There are so many! My top 3 favorite authors right now are probably Robin Hobb, Sofia Samatar and Seanan McGuire. I love everything I've read by them. What is/are your favorite movie(s) and TV show(s)? The most recent ones I've fallen in love with are Good Omens and Gentleman Jack. My old favorites I've rewatched several times in all of their entirety are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel (the Buffy spin-off), Firefly, and Babylon 5. I used to love Game of Thrones during the first few seasons, but then my interest kind of fizzled out. Writing How long have you been writing? I honestly can't remember a time when I wasn't making up stories in my head and at least dreaming of writing them down. I didn't always write them down, though; that started happening regularly when I was around 16. I'm dyslexic and dysgraphic, and writing (as well as reading) has always been very hard for me for that reason. But when I was in high school, my parents wanted me to learn English and they found a tutor for me who had special training and experience in working with students who have problems like mine. I'm still incredibly grateful to this man, because he didn't just teach me English, he did it in a way that made it possible for me to actually read and write in English without too much strain. I've tried to fit the tips and strategies he gave me to my native language (Russian), but the two languages are very different and it hasn't worked out all that well. It still takes me a lot of effort to read in my native language and I pretty much can't write in it all, but I encounter very little problems with English in comparison, so that's the language I write in. 🙂 What was the first story you wrote that you remember? (Is it finished, and has anyone read it?) It was a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfic, but I can't remember which one; when I fell into that fandom, I wrote a handful of them over one single summer. They weren't very good, but they were finished and people read them and even told me nice things which cemented my desire to become a writer back then. Tell us a little about your favorite character to write about. Right now it's probably Shayne, the protagonist of my last year's NaNoWriMo novel I'm currently in the middle of rewriting. He's pretty much hopepunk personified: aggressively and relentlessly kind, determined to make the world a better place one person at a time, even if it kills me. I feel like writing about him is helping me become a better person. Tell us a little about a fantasy world you've created. To tell the truth, most of my fantasy worlds are pretty generic, with a few twists here and there. I write very character-driven stuff, and only do as much worldbuilding as I need to in order to bring forward the character's personal issues and struggles. I don't think my worlds are very interesting when they stand on their own; it's the characters that hopefully can make my stories stand out. Tell us a little about your current work in progress. How's it going? For the most part, I write slice-of-life type of fantasy, but last November I had an idea for a pretty typical epic fantasy about a quest to save the world. The twist was that there's a Chosen One who has saved the world ones already and doesn't want anything to do with epic quests any longer, he just wants to live quietly in his little town with his husband and keep dealing with the psychological scars the life of adventure has left him with. So when that new call to adventure comes, he refuses it vehemently. But the world still needs to be saved, and there's going to be a lot of problems if no one gets to it, so his husband pretends to be another Chosen One and heads out to save the world in the actual Chosen One's place. That one story has spawned a number of prequel and side-story novellas (I haven't written the first drafts of a couple, and I have outlined a lot of the others already), two big prequel novels that I should get down to writing one of these days, and I think there's going to be more for me to write in that rapidly growing universe. Most of the prequels and side-stories, with one exception, are more of the slice-of-life variety that I usually enjoy writing. Have you participated in NaNoWriMo? If so, how has your experience been? I participated ones, last year, and I pretty much described the result above: it left me with an entire fantasy universe to explore, and even though it's a little bit overwhelming, I'm happy with that result. 😄 Oh, and also, I won. I'm planning to participate again this year, but I'm still deciding what my project is going to be. I pretty much spent the entire year stuck in that one universe, writing-wise, so I think I want to take a break from it in November and write something entirely different. Still unsure what exactly, though. Worldsmyths How did you find out about Worldsmyths? I saw a mention of the Discord channel on the NaNoWriMo forums, and then I vaguely remembered my friend mentioning the forum in passing. What made you decide to join? I'm a pretty introverted person, but I really want to get out of my shell and start communicating regularly to more writers, and this sounded like a good opportunity. What do you hope to gain from Worldsmyths? (Examples: Find a beta reader, get feedback, motivation, a sense of community, fine-tuning the craft, etc) A sense of community and a place to talk about fantasy, writing, and writing fantasy. 🙂