Interview with authoress Maryann Hayatian

We have the great pleasure to interview Maryann Hayatian, the authoress of the recently published children’s book “Alice’s Pier 21”. Maryann is well known for her books “Flower Child” and “Cookie, a Cat’s Tale”. She is also founder of Flowerpublishing (, a publishing company based in Montreal. 

Can you give us a quick summary of your newly published book Alice’s Pier 21?

Alice’s Pier 21, is about an 8 year old girl telling her story about a voyage she and her family did from her country to Canada. 

Why did you choose Pier 21? Why did you choose Halifax as the setting of Alice’s journey?

It wasn’t chosen, because this is a true story about my mom Alice and she did go to Pier 21 Halifax, Nova Scotia before taking the train to Montreal.

What inspired you to write this book?

My mom, just looking at her black and white photos, I wanted to write her story so people can travel the journey with her. 

Have you ever lived or been to Nova Scotia? What was it like?

No, I want to. 

Immigration from Europe represented a prominent part of Canadian History. Do you know anyone that participated in the Canadian immigration application at that time?

My mom, dad and their family.  They immigrated to Canada, but in different years. I am thankful I became the first generation in the family to make a difference in Canada. What I define is,  we are free here to be creative. We can be our own person.

Is there someone that inspired you to create Alice’s character? Why did you specifically choose that name for the protagonist of your story?

It’s my mom’s name. 

Is there anything you edited out of your story before publication?

No, actually I added more texts and drawings. I also added facts that kids will learn.

Did you learn anything from writing this book?

Yes,  I learned about the endurance my mom and family invested to reside in Canada. They started everything from the beginning and never stopped working hard.

If there was one thing that you would like your reader to take away from this book, what would it be?

Inspiration. This book shows endurance, sacrifice and perseverance. Kids should learn everything doesn’t come to you easily, they need to create their own realistic story.

This the 7th book you are publishing. How did publishing your first books affect your process of writing?

Writing builds experiences and leads you ways to write with progress.

What books are on your nightstand?

I got Margaret Atwood books to read and books I’ve already read like “The catcher and the rye” by JD Salinger and “On the road” by Jack Kerouac. 

What is the most difficult part of the creative process of writing a story?

Getting every detail organized like the characters, what they define in the story from the beginning until it’s done.

What are your future plans? Do you intend on writing more books? 

Yes, I will write more books, got plenty of stories already written, and hope to do other writing projects too.

Why did you get into writing? Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in creative writing? 

I was a shy kid, I would get occupied with my imagination. That’s how I started writing.

How do you think writing has helped you as a person?

With experience of discoveries learnt to write a good story, it helped decide which style of writing suits to continue writing.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you deal with it?

Yes, I took time out from writing, instead gave time for myself. Focus on other inspirations.

Is there anything you would like to say to aspiring book writers?

Always have hope. One little rejection or stupid opinion shouldn’t stop you from writing. 

Alice’s Pier 21 is available at:, Chapters, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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