First Language(s): German
Second Language(s): English, French
Margit Marenich was born and bred in Vienna, Austria. As a natural born bookworm she studied Comparative Literature at the University of Vienna. Ever since graduation there were many novelties, lots of traveling, fun, some boredom and constant writing and drawing. Also some job hopping. Her preferred genre is fantasy. Currently works on a novel.
What was your favorite book as a child?
There isn’t a book I can name as the one and only. I remember as I learned to read I really loved the Mini series by Christine Nöstlinger. A normal girl who still found much adventure in perfectly everyday life situations.
As I grew older I greatly enjoyed works by Thomas Brezina like the Bello Bond series. On the threshold of adolescence I discovered Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling and Japanese mangas for me. They made a huge impact and I love and reread them till this day.
Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?
I really loved the stories of my childhood and some characters became really important to me. Even though I didn’t know that there was a name for it (fanfiction) by then, I imagined different endings or new settings and stories for them. In a way it was like exploring a universe. Some day I stumbled over the entrance to a whole new one. That of my very own characters and worlds.
I wanted to explore this one as much as the other and see my beloved creations within completed stories, not just short scenes or flickering pictures. I guess I was also curious what they had to say.
What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?
Once I worked as a subway driver. To learn how to drive these powerful, huge trains with hundreds of people inside, through those dark and twisted mazes of tunnels at all hours, was overwhelmingly amazing, thrilling and somewhat scary.
I got to see a whole new part of Vienna, which regular passengers only get glimpses of.
Do you listen to music while reading or writing?
While reading, I enjoy listening to music.
While writing, I find this impossible. Music is too powerful a force. Pieces I like because of the melodies itself will create emotion and passion and deter my attention from my story. Pieces I like because of the lyrics will do just the same.
I can’t be influenced by the emotions music creates, so I write in silence. But, sure enough, in the end I find myself humming.
The Willful Children
Issue Spring '22