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Mardi Maxwell

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My name is Mardi Maxwell. I’m a dreamer, a romantic and since the age of sixteen an avid reader of romance. I began writing short stories in high school but it wasn’t until I took several creative writing classes in college that I discovered how much I truly enjoy the writing process. I love researching an idea, creating an imaginary setting, populating it with characters and then telling their story.

Life (marriage, children, and a career) kept me busy and on the run for a couple decades. Now, with my children busy with their own lives, I’m able to write every day. I also make time to read every day even if it’s only for a few minutes at a time. Which means I’m never, ever without my eBook.

The romances I enjoy the most have laughter, tears, hot lovers who overcome obstacles to be together, pant inducing sex scenes, and happy endings. The only book I’ll read where the main character dies is a vampire novel where they get to come back and have an eternal happy ending.  

When I’m not writing I enjoy gardening (unsuccessfully), spending time with my family, talking my friends into trying something new and adventurous, traveling, and dreaming about my next book.

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Q: When do you find the time to write?

A: I write every day although my schedule isn’t set in stone as life is still busy and unpredictable. I usually write for several hours around noon then again late at night and into the early hours of the morning. 

Q: Where do your stories come from?

A: I’ve always had a great imagination so just about anything will inspire me. Sometimes all it takes to set my imagination off is a person I see on the street, a news story, a picture or the lyrics of a song.  

Q: What do you do when you’re writing and you get stuck?

A: I quickly write phrases about what could or should happen next then I go do something completely unrelated to writing. When I go back to my computer the solution just seems to write itself.

Q: What’s the best tip anyone ever told you about writing?

 A: Always stop writing in the middle of a scene when you finish for the day. This works! The next day I just pick up where I left off and I’m quickly back in “writing mode” and the words just flow.

Q: Do you only work on one book at a time?

A: No. I’m always plotting and setting up the next book in the series. My favorite authors do this and I love that when I’m reading one of their books a character from a previous book will show up again.

Q: What are some of your favorite things?

A: Other than reading and writing…online shopping with my BFF who lives too far away, snow falling, stargazing, road trips to nowhere, watching a thunderstorm approach, the smell of pine trees and wood smoke on a snowy winter night, hot chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream,  the stories older people tell, swimming, shopping for the perfect red dress, walking around the local home improvement store, watching people fish, British comedy, educational TV, pasta, and the Sunday newspaper to name a few.

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