Q: What’s your daily schedule like?
A: It’s boring but structured. I get up at six every morning to get my kids off to school. They walk out the door before seven and I already have my coffee in hand and my computer booting up. Then I answer emails or anything that came in after-hours the day before. Next, I try to blog or visit blogs, make toast and bring it back to my computer, finish anything else that needs doing.
On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, I write until three when the girls get home again. On Wednesdays, I have my part-time job duties. Those will often bleed over onto the other days, but I handle them AFTER writing hours are over.
It’s a business, even if I love it. It has to be treated like one.
Q: What do you think is the biggest misconception in erotic romance fiction?
A: That it’s porn. Porn is sex for the sake of sex and getting off. Erotic romance is ROMANCE with a plot, happy ending, and if you get a little hot reading it, go with it.
Q: What influenced you to get published? How long did it take for your first book to get published?
A: Writing is a passion. I think when you know you have to write, it’s because it’s already in your blood to do it. Getting published is just the next step. I’ve always written. It wasn’t until I stopped being afraid of rejection that I finally sent in my manuscript. It took four years from the start of that book until its publication. Two years of that was just waiting for an answer.
Q: Do you use music while you’re writing? Do certain songs put you in the right frame of mind to writecertain stories?
A: They can. I was married to a guy who wouldn’t let me listen to music. Ever. I got used to writing without music. After the divorce, I “discovered” music. I think my writing has actually improved since then. Music has this way of capturing exactly what you wanted to say, in bass notes and plaintive tones that words can’t convey. And yet sometimes the silence is just as necessary.
Q: How long does it generally take for you to finish a manuscript?
A: I can put out 3-5k in a day of good work. I can write faster, but my work suffers as a result. I spend between 60-70 hours a week working on my writing career. That includes blogs, emails, writing, and all the promo that goes with it.
Q: What is your most memorable fan experience?
A: I have two! In the first instance, I went to a conference as Katie Blu, before Katie and my other pseudonym were linked as the same writer (that would be me). While there, my friend and writer Bronwyn Green introduced me to another writer who was a huge fan of my other pseudonym. I'm a little shy at first, in person, so I listened in shock as Mary went on and on about how much she admired and loved her. I was nearly in tears, I was so touched. I had to tell her, and did, before she said too much more. We are now great friends!
The second one is Amanda. She lives in the UK (I'm in Grand Rapids) and writes me a couple of times a week to tell me that she admires me and rereads my work. In fact, this past Easter, she bought my three most recent releases for each of her friends, instead of candy.
She's such a stitch that I can't help but love her. Amanda likes to remind me that I need milk in the fridge. She claims it's her duty as my stalker. LOL.
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