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Author Interview with Marie Lavender on her newest release, Upon Your Return

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maria2_smallAuthor Interview with Marie Lavenderon USA on her newest release,
Upon Your Return
* Tell us a little about your background/country etc
I came from a small town. I was the youngest of three children. When I went to college, I studied Creative Writing. I published my first book about five years after I graduated.
* What gave you the idea to start writing?
I pretty much always wrote stories. I remember having a wild imagination as a child. I started writing at the age of nine. I don’t think it was anything in particular that gave me the idea, but I do remember writing one story for my third grade class. It was a mystery set in Italy.
* Is this a one off book or do you have more in mind?
Upon Your Return, my newest release, is part of a series. It is the first book of the Heiresses in Love trilogy.
* Do you do anything special to attract readers to your book/s?
I try to do everything I can. I do posts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+. I also have tried to list my book on many websites. I run two blogs and I have a website. More than anything, I just want people to enjoy my books.
* What is your favourite thing about your writings?
I think the best thing is that I try not to hold back. Life isn’t easy or predictable so why should it be that way in fiction? I don’t intentionally “make” things happen to my characters, but things happen anyway. The stories just naturally flow that way. Certain issues might be approached in my books, issues that might seem delicate. I think it’s necessary for us to see ourselves in all ways. Strife can only make us stronger. That is the human condition. I hope I am able to convey that in my works.
* Have there been any unexpected challenges?
Research, however necessary in mastering fiction, is a definite challenge. I think that there is a lot of information out there on the internet that any writer can use, but we should be careful about what we use too. When you are dealing with limited resources, a lower budget for instance, it is harder to find the correct information. I say this in regards to historical research, of course. I haven’t been able to travel to the places I write about. In lieu of that, I have done everything I can to make the hard facts I found about those locales seem like a living place.

* What are your future goals?
I plan to have an anthology out before the end of the year. I am polishing the sequel to Upon Your Return right now. I hope to have that out in 2014. I also have a romantic suspense I am working on with another writer. Beyond that, I plan to do a series about a coven of six witches. It will be set in the 1700s. At this point, I have only just started writing on that series so it could be some time before it is ready. I need to finish the Heiresses in Love series first.
* Tell us a random fact about your book that the readers might find
Despite the fact that the time period of Upon Your Return is Victorian, there is a definite feminist perspective coming from the main character, which I think has been refreshing to some readers.
* What’s your favorite book genre?
I have a weakness for paranormal romance, especially romances about vampires.
* Do you have any favorite authors?
I have a lot of favorite authors. Some of them are Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter, J.R. Ward, P.C. Cast, Kerrelyn Sparks, Emma Wildes, Tessa Dare and Chloe Neill. The list goes on, of course.


  1. Great interview, Marie! Thank you for liking my Facebook page. I appreciate your kindness. Just followed you via GFC. Mina @ Mina's Bookshelf


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