Interview on BooksOnline Directory!

Recently, I had an interview post on BooksOnline Directory. This is an awesome site where authors can feature their books for readers, and they recently started offering interviews. Here is the link to the Q&A, but I will go ahead and put the full interview below for you as well.

Tell us a little about yourself and your background? - See more at: http://booksonline.directory/interviewfulldetails.php?ID=22#sthash.JAOc1GA8.dpuf

Hi Marie Lavender, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Booksonline : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Marie Lavender : I am a romance author of 19 books. I am from the Midwest, and I live with my family and three cats. I have always wanted to write for a living.
Booksonline : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Marie Lavender : I just hope to publish more books and maybe get my books in bookstores in the future.
Booksonline : When did you decide to become a writer?
Marie Lavender : At age 9.
Booksonline : Why do you write?
Marie Lavender : I write because I cannot imagine doing anything else for the rest of my life. I feel the most unbelievable sense of freedom when I'm writing a scene, when I am immersed in the story.
Booksonline : What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Marie Lavender : It just seemed to naturally occur. I had tons of stories in my had as a child, and it just made sense to start writing them all down.
Booksonline : Where do your ideas come from?
Marie Lavender : At times, they seem to virtually come out of nowhere. At other times, I am inspired by something I read or saw when I was out. I am an observer so that can really feed into my work.
Booksonline : What is the hardest thing about writing?
Marie Lavender : There are a lot of steps to writing. First, you write everything you can. Then, you have go back and look at it objectively to see how it can be improved, how you can delve further into the character or better show the scene. It can also be somewhat challenging to find the correct information when doing research. Editing can be a real chore. The hardest thing for me was realizing that writing was nothing compared to the rest. Writing isn't exactly easy, but it is usually the fun part. Editing, publishing and marketing are a lot harder.
Booksonline : What is the easiest thing about writing?
Marie Lavender : I think the best thing, the easiest thing, is when the ideas are really flowing, when the scene is coming out smoothly that you sit back in amazement when it's on the page.
Booksonline : If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
Marie Lavender : My latest book is called Upon your Honor, and it is part of the Heiresses in Love Series. The book is a Victorian romance with quite a bit of suspense. It is about a young woman, Chloe, who stows away on a clipper ship to escape the nightmare at home. She believes she will be safe, but that is really far from the truth.
Booksonline : What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
Marie Lavender : I think sometimes it is necessary. A writer can be surprised when characters pop up, wanting their stories to be told. Sometimes they are connected to previous works, sometimes they aren't. I think most readers like reading a series; I know I do. The trouble is deciding when it has to end. I see some serial novels spanning between eight to fifteen books, and to me, though the books are good, it can seem a bit overwhelming as a whole. Personally, I like the idea of a trilogy (I read a lot of Nora Roberts and she does it all of the time). A trilogy isn't too short, but isn't too long. Of course, if it goes over that, about four to six books, that isn't bad either. It is a manageable number for both the author and reader. I am currently writing the last book of the Heiresses in Love trilogy, and there is a lot going on, not only about the two main characters, but also we get to take a look at some of the previous characters. I am determined to wrap everything up in this book. Not only do I not want to separate the individual stories out into other books, the theme of the book really works with what is going on for everyone. So, I think a trilogy is just perfect in this case. I am also working on the Blood at First Sight trilogy, a paranormal romance/urban fantasy/futuristic/dystopian series. The first book, Second Nature, is releasing very soon.
Booksonline : What is your favourite positive saying?
Marie Lavender : This one isn't specifically related to writing, but romance since I love romance (and that's what I write). Here it is: “A true man does not need to romance a different girl every night, a true man romances the same girl for the rest of her life.” -Ana Alas
Booksonline : Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Marie Lavender : I see myself married with maybe a kid, and, of course, I'd like to be well into the Witches of Moonhaven Series, a future series of six books that I have planned.
Booksonline : What advice would you give to your younger self?
Marie Lavender : Be patient. Everything happens when it's supposed to. Also, enjoy the journey!
- See more at: http://booksonline.directory/interviewfulldetails.php?ID=22#sthash.JAOc1GA8.dpuf
Hi Marie Lavender, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Booksonline : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Marie Lavender : I am a romance author of 19 books. I am from the Midwest, and I live with my family and three cats. I have always wanted to write for a living.
Booksonline : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Marie Lavender : I just hope to publish more books and maybe get my books in bookstores in the future.
Booksonline : When did you decide to become a writer?
Marie Lavender : At age 9.
Booksonline : Why do you write?
Marie Lavender : I write because I cannot imagine doing anything else for the rest of my life. I feel the most unbelievable sense of freedom when I'm writing a scene, when I am immersed in the story.
Booksonline : What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Marie Lavender : It just seemed to naturally occur. I had tons of stories in my had as a child, and it just made sense to start writing them all down.
Booksonline : Where do your ideas come from?
Marie Lavender : At times, they seem to virtually come out of nowhere. At other times, I am inspired by something I read or saw when I was out. I am an observer so that can really feed into my work.
Booksonline : What is the hardest thing about writing?
Marie Lavender : There are a lot of steps to writing. First, you write everything you can. Then, you have go back and look at it objectively to see how it can be improved, how you can delve further into the character or better show the scene. It can also be somewhat challenging to find the correct information when doing research. Editing can be a real chore. The hardest thing for me was realizing that writing was nothing compared to the rest. Writing isn't exactly easy, but it is usually the fun part. Editing, publishing and marketing are a lot harder.
Booksonline : What is the easiest thing about writing?
Marie Lavender : I think the best thing, the easiest thing, is when the ideas are really flowing, when the scene is coming out smoothly that you sit back in amazement when it's on the page.
Booksonline : If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
Marie Lavender : My latest book is called Upon your Honor, and it is part of the Heiresses in Love Series. The book is a Victorian romance with quite a bit of suspense. It is about a young woman, Chloe, who stows away on a clipper ship to escape the nightmare at home. She believes she will be safe, but that is really far from the truth.
Booksonline : What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
Marie Lavender : I think sometimes it is necessary. A writer can be surprised when characters pop up, wanting their stories to be told. Sometimes they are connected to previous works, sometimes they aren't. I think most readers like reading a series; I know I do. The trouble is deciding when it has to end. I see some serial novels spanning between eight to fifteen books, and to me, though the books are good, it can seem a bit overwhelming as a whole. Personally, I like the idea of a trilogy (I read a lot of Nora Roberts and she does it all of the time). A trilogy isn't too short, but isn't too long. Of course, if it goes over that, about four to six books, that isn't bad either. It is a manageable number for both the author and reader. I am currently writing the last book of the Heiresses in Love trilogy, and there is a lot going on, not only about the two main characters, but also we get to take a look at some of the previous characters. I am determined to wrap everything up in this book. Not only do I not want to separate the individual stories out into other books, the theme of the book really works with what is going on for everyone. So, I think a trilogy is just perfect in this case. I am also working on the Blood at First Sight trilogy, a paranormal romance/urban fantasy/futuristic/dystopian series. The first book, Second Nature, is releasing very soon.
Booksonline : What is your favourite positive saying?
Marie Lavender : This one isn't specifically related to writing, but romance since I love romance (and that's what I write). Here it is: “A true man does not need to romance a different girl every night, a true man romances the same girl for the rest of her life.” -Ana Alas
Booksonline : Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Marie Lavender : I see myself married with maybe a kid, and, of course, I'd like to be well into the Witches of Moonhaven Series, a future series of six books that I have planned.
Booksonline : What advice would you give to your younger self?
Marie Lavender : Be patient. Everything happens when it's supposed to. Also, enjoy the journey!
- See more at: http://booksonline.directory/interviewfulldetails.php?ID=22#sthash.JAOc1GA8.dpuf
Marie Lavender,

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  1. Nice interview! Good luck on that journey where everything happens when it's supposed to happen.

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