M. K. Wiseman
A Wisconsin writer with a Southwest soul, M. K. Wiseman can generally be found wandering happily amongst the pages of the largest book she can get her hands on. Books have always been her passion and M. K. likes to say that she “hopped the counter”, transitioning from librarian to author a few years back. Additionally she is proud of her heritage, performing (for more years than she’ll let on) with a Croatian folk group out of Milwaukee.
Following the "write what you know" rule, she chose 17th-century Croatia as the setting for her first fantasy series. The first installment, The Bookminder, came out last year. Steampunk and paranormal round out the rest of her genre favorites. You might have seen her living the dream at local steampunk events around Wisconsin, talking of wild inventions and mad plots.
M. K. Wiseman promises to never grow up—though if she does, you can be certain that she won’t lose her starry-eyed wonder of the world and all its possibilities, real or imagined.
Learn more about M. K. Wiseman on her website.
We caught up with M. K. for a few minutes and here are the things we learned about her during our Q&A.
Q1: What three things would we always find in your creative space/studio?
M. K.: 1. A big orange overstuffed armchair. 2. Copious amounts of pen and paper. (Bit of an analog writer when I can get away with it.) 3. Walt Disney "Animation" collectible pin.
Q2: When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
M. K.: I, admittedly, fell into writing from a roundabout direction (see my need for the 'Animation' pin at my desk). But storytelling was always a must for me…perhaps even as far back as I can remember.
I give credit to my parents for having a creative space in our home for my sister and me — fully stocked with the means to let our imaginations run wild. (Read: Lots of construction paper and glitter.)
Q3: What authors have most inspired you?
M. K.: Madeleine L'Engle, Douglas Adams, and Orson Scott Card — each has a distinct voice in their writing, a certain humor, a confidence of form and incredible insight that, for a while, had me fearful of putting pen to paper. How dare I enter the halls of these giants?
Oddly enough, the beauty of their storytelling that kept me as a spectator also drew me in. I wouldn't say it was 'courage' that led me to write at last, so much as an unavoidable need to play in the worlds these literary greats had made so tempting with their words.
Q4: Our festival theme this year is Twists & Turns. Which would you rather play, Twister or dominoes?
M. K.: Twister. Everyone will tell you that I have trouble sitting still when motion is an option.