Interview on Indie Author Land

*This interview was originally posted on the Indie Author Land website here, but I will go ahead and post it for you.

Interview with Marie Lavender, author of Upon Your Return

My new book, Upon Your Return, is about a girl who has always dreamed of having adventures and finding love.  Her uncle promises her to a complete stranger, which is obviously disheartening.
However, Fara Bellamont, the main character, gets into a bit of trouble when she finds herself at the harbor at night.  She becomes utterly captivated by the man who rescues her.  His name is Captain Grant Hill.  Of course, they are unsuitable socially.  But, who can listen to society when true love comes into the picture?

What genre is it?

It is a historical romance.

Tell us a little more about Fara.

Fara Bellamont is hardly a typical lady of society.  She is outspoken and daring,  both traits that Captain Hill finds very interesting.  She knows her place in society, and yet she finds ways to push against those boundaries.  She is a likeable character, I believe.

She definitely sounds it. What kind of readers will this book appeal to?

Obviously, readers of historical romance will love it.  I hope that readers of contemporary romance will give it a try as well.  And even though romance is, for the most part, read by women, I have had some men express interest in it as well.

Complete this sentence for us: if you like _________________, you’ll love Upon Your Return.

Catherine Coulter.

How would you like the reader to feel as they read the last word of this book?

Happy, of course!  And fulfilled.  I don’t like to leave stories hanging, even though I’ll clue you in here.  There are going to be sequels.

That is great news.

Well, I’m currently writing the sequels for the Heiresses in Love Series (Upon Your Return is book one).  I’m focusing on book two right now.  It will be called Upon Your Honor. 

I am also doing a collaboration with another writer, and it’s a romantic suspense.  At the same time, I am considering self-publishing another contemporary romance book, but I’m not sure which one it will be yet.

You sound really busy. Have you written any other books that we should read next?

I have self-published fifteen books.  The links can be found on my website.
A Touch of Dawn, penned under Erica Sutherhome, is a particularly sensual yet touching story about two people who have come from abusive backgrounds and somehow have the courage to find love.  And another book, A Misplaced Life, released under the name Kathryn Layne, is about a girl who finds herself in the afterlife.  She works to try to bring her killer to justice with all the disadvantages of being a spirit.  These are only two examples, but the rest are good as well.

Fifteen books!

I have been writing since I was a kid.  I always wanted to be an author, to see my name in print.  I always dreamed of going into a bookstore and seeing my book.  Well, I’m not there yet.  But, I hope to be someday!

You said something about having a website. What is it?

What about social media?


  1. Hi,
    I like historical romance and this book sounds interesting. It is a book I will think about investing in, if it is in ebook format.

    Thanks for the enjoyable interview.


  2. Of course it's in e-book format.

    Thanks so much for your interest, Patricia!


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