Mary lives a short fifteen minuets away from Salt Lake City. She raised a family of three children and three stepchildren. Now she has been rewarded with the cutest six grandchildren ever, five princes and one princess.
Mary is a member of the Romance Writers of America and several sister chapters. She has served as vice president and conference coordinator among other things. Though she loves romance, writing suspense is her favorite. Mary's dream conference would be the opportunity to attend ThrillerFest.
Mary and her husband love traveling. Their favorites are the Caribbean for relaxation and Italy for the wine. Their experiences have given her valuable insight for her stories.
A: Music, the louder the better. It can be anything from David Lanz, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, to Alanis Morissette depending on what I'm writing.
Q: Do you have a routine like most successful writers?
A: I'm supposed to have a routine? Who knew? Actually, I try very hard to get into a routine, or habit. Like get up at a certain time, write for 3 hours, then edit, yadda, yadda, yadda. However, that is never going to happen. I watch grandkids off and on, sometimes more than one at time. So whenever I can squeeze in some writing, I do. Editing is even more hit and miss. I'd love to throw in meditation and exercise, to be healthy both emotionally and physically, but do I have time? Does anyone?
Q: What do you find helpful in your marketing/promotional tools?
A: I'm still trying to figure that out. Once I decided to write a book, I knew I needed a web site, and I think that more a necessity than a tool. But then I actually did get published and had to figure what to do. When I first dipped my big toe into actually promoting a book, Yahoo groups were all the rage. So I joined over 100 groups, overwhelmed myself until I wrote and edited even less. Now I belong to about half that many, and RWA groups count for about a fourth of those. Then My Space became popular so I dutifully created a page. Now Facebook and Twitter are all the frenzy. I do have a Facebook, but Twitter I'm still trying to decide what to do about that. Oh and then somewhere in there came blogs and I own or belong to about eight of those. When I figure out what is the best, I'll let you know.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Positive thinking. Strength. Humor. Caring. Determination/ Tenacity. Will Power. Inspiration. Anyone who has all those ingredients thrown into the pot, they inspire me. Christopher Reeve, Michael J. Fox, my friend who lost her battle with cancer, LuAnn Vogt. My friend Sandie Pasternak who fights daily against MS. Those are the people I admire and inspire me to be the best that I can, to spite the odds.
Q: Why do you write?
A: Thank you for not asking when did you decide to write, or know you wanted to write, because I honestly couldn't tell you. I don't know that I wasn't born knowing I was going to write. I know the characters in my head have been talking to me since that day. They were my imagination. Ask anyone who knew me growing up; I had a whopper of one. I write because I need to, to let what is inside me out.
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