Mary Anne writes romance for readers who crave hot men and smart women. Love isn’t easy to find. It doesn’t always come at the right time of our lives, or look like we expect, or fall into place without effort. But when it’s right, love will find a way. She enjoys reading and writing stories where love triumphs despite the obstacles.
Her favorite way to pass the time is reading or writing stories while curled up on the couch with a cup of coffee (and sometimes chocolate), especially if it’s a rainy day. As a wife and a mother of three that’s not easy to do, but just like love in the stories she writes, she finds a way.
Visit her website at: www.maryannemarshall.com
Email her at: [email protected]
Q: What’s more important: characters or plot?
A: A book needs a good plot, but the characters are more important for me. If I read a book and the characters don’t grab me, I can’t finish it. Similarly, it’s impossible for me to write a book if my characters don’t interest me. I don’t have to like all my characters, but I do have to care what happens to them.
Q: What makes a character sexy?
A: If you ask ten people, you might get ten different answers. As a writer, I can only write characters that turn me on and hope others feel the same way. A sexy character goes beyond what they look like, although that is an important part. Who that character is and the qualities they have, are just as important. Integrity, vulnerability, sense of humor, and intellect are all attractive traits. Sexual confidence is also important, and I’m not talking about bedpost notches and smooth moves. Someone who can express themselves sexually with confidence is super sexy.
Q: What’s the hardest thing about writing a book?
A: The hardest thing for me is coming up with a good title. I’ve always been horrible at picking titles. The pressure of finding one that conveys the story and the mood of the book can be overwhelming. It has to grab the reader and peak their interest. When I start a project, it has a lame name like Romance Novel. During the writing process, the question of title is always on my mind and when it finally comes and I change the file name, it’s a huge relief.
Q: Are your heroines like you?
A: My heroines aren’t like me, at least not entirely. I think all my characters—male and female—have a bit of me in them since I created them. Sometimes it’s easier to write a character that is more like me since I can identify with them better. Other times, it’s fun to write someone who is completely different.
Q: What do you like to read?
A: I read a lot. As a writer who’s always working on a novel, it’s hard to find the time to read, but I try. I like a lot of different genres, but ultimately the books I like best are ones that have some sort of romantic element, even if it’s the sub-plot. I root for love and cheer for the characters involved. I read romance, horror, young adult, paranormal, thrillers, among many others. I also love reading biographies and am always amazed at how real life stories are often the best.
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