Interview on Linda Lee Williams' blog today!

When did you decide to become a writer and why?

I can’t pin down the exact moment or anything.  I just know I was about nine years old.  I started writing stories.  They just wanted to be told.  Sometimes it seems like I have no control over it.  The muse just takes over.

What inspires you in your writing?

Oh, I can be inspired by anything.  Music, books, films, current events, people I encounter day to day.  Just yesterday, I was thinking about a character from one of my stories and a poem came to mind.  So, I just started writing it.  I can’t call myself a poet or anything, but they come to me occasionally.  Usually, I get story ideas randomly.  

What genre or genres do you write?

I usually write romance, or at least a story with romantic elements.  I have written literary fiction, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance and historical romance.  I have even written mystery, but not very often.

How many books do you have published and which is your favorite?

I have sixteen books published.  And hmm…that’s a tie.  Of course, I favor my current release, Upon Your Return, for all the hard work I put into it and how much I love the characters.  It is a historical romance.  I also have a soft spot for A Touch of Dawn, penned under Erica Sutherhome.  It is a contemporary romance about two people who have had some difficult experiences in life.  For this reason, it seems as if they might not be able to overcome those obstacles.  When they do, it is so touching, you cannot help but fall in love with the characters.  I hope my readers love them as much as I do.
Who is your favorite author?

That’s hard.  I would probably have to say Nora Roberts.  She is an awesome storyteller.

What is your favorite movie and why?

I have so many that I like.  I favor romantic comedies because I am a hopeless romantic at heart.  There’s  something about The Princess Bride though.  It is very silly, but still romantic.

Where is your favorite place to travel?  Where would you like to go?

I haven’t gone to too many places in my life.  But, there is still time.  I did love Florida.  I’ve been to Panama City Beach and Tampa.  I have also been to Gulf Shores, Alabama.  These are lovely coastal areas.  I guess my dream location would be Ireland.  I have always loved Celtic music, and when I see pictures of Ireland, there’s something about it that really calls to me.  I have a couple works in progress which are set in Ireland so I really wouldn’t mind going there to fill in the gaps a little.

Describe yourself in three words.

Stubborn, creative and shy.

Do you have a family?

I am the youngest of three children.  My family is pretty close-knit.  I do plan to have kids someday after my fiancé and I get married.

Any advice for aspiring authors?

You will laugh.  What is that British phrase?  “Keep buggering on.”  There will always be obstacles.  There will always be people to shoot you down, to tell you that you’re not good enough or that you shouldn’t do this or that.  Keep going.  Keep trying.  Keep writing.  Never give up.  And you won’t regret it.

Sincere thanks, Marie, for appearing as a guest author and sharing so much of yourself with us!

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Author Bio
Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands.
At the tender age of nine, she began writing stories. Her imagination fueled a lot of her early child's play. Even growing up, she entered writing contests and received a certificate for achieving the second round in one. She majored in Creative Writing in college because that was all she ever wanted - to be a writer. While there, she published two works in a university publication, and was a copy editor on the staff of an online student journal. After graduating from college, she sought out her dream to publish a book.
Since then, Marie has published sixteen books. Marie Lavender's real love is writing romances, but she has also written mysteries, literary fiction and dabbled a little in paranormal stories. Most of her works have a romantic element involved in them. Upon Your Return is her first historical romance novel. Feel free to visit her website at for further information about her books and her life. Marie is also on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

A list of her books and pen names are as follows:
Marie Lavender: Upon Your Return
Erica Sutherhome: Hard to Get; Memories; A Hint of Scandal; Without You; Strange Heat; Terror in the Night; Haunted; Pursuit; Perfect Game; A Touch of Dawn; Ransom
Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life
Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other Ramblings; Ramblings, Musings and Other Things; Soulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things
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