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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

5 Secrets (What No One Knows About My Book)


Our guest author today is Mary Marvella, who is going to share some tidbits  about the writing of her book that no one knows--until today.
Mary Marvella must be a late bloomer, since she didn't try her hand at novel writing until she retired from teaching.  She did, however, make up tales for the other children, and, according to her mama,  she stood in the front  of buses when she rode them to town and sang Jesus Loves Me and told stories at the ripe old age of three.  Mama was prone to make up stories or change them to make them more interesting, soooo.
Mary has always loved red and she has loved to read from the time her first grade teacher read The Boxcar Children to the class! Mary found a copy and read the book herself!  She considers her daughter her best work, though the 41 year old won't read Mama's romance novels.
Mary writes romance, paranormal, and women's fiction stories and would love to hear from readers.
                                                         
 
1. Protective Instincts began in 1991 as Teacher, Teacher, (Really, that was the original title. )
2. Version One was so purple even writers of purple prose choked on it.  I had flying body parts and used more ways to describe eye color than anyone should! And that was in Chapter One.
3. Writing that contemporary romance taught me that I can't read historical romance when I am writing contemporary romance.  My tone and style become more like the literature I taught as a high school language arts teacher. I really worked to learn to write for more modern readers.
4. When I wrote Protective Instincts I pictured my hero as a version of Adrian Paul.  I tried watching television and looking through magazines for Sam's face. I considered a calmer, more mature version of Mel Gibson, but he wasn't my Sam. Finally I saw the television series Highlander: The Series.  
 5. Douglas, my villain was my first and maybe creepiest one so far! After my parents died within a year of each other I couldn't write, but I needed to write!  I edited and printed and sent pages from that book to my new critique partners.  As I was skimming and changing a word here and there Douglas, my villain, spoke up and told me the book was boring.  Since when does a bad guy do such a thing? Sam, my hero , was fine with the book and so was Brit, the heroine.  But I needed inspiration, so I let him have his head. After all, I could hit the delete key if he was full of crap.  My critique partners weren't happy with the rules I broke for Douglas, but I couldn't wait to see what he would do next. 
6. Protective Instincts was the first book I contracted after I had Indie-published three novels and two novellas!
After mourning the loss of her husband, Brit Roberts manages to pick up her life as a teacher for a rural Georgia High school. Things are fine until anonymous phone calls turn creepy and her life is endangered. It's not until Sam Samuels, shows up to check on her that she finds a little peace, if not a slight attraction to the handsome yet meddling security specialist.

Sam Samuels isn't just the father of one of Ms. Robert's students, he's a man with premonitions so strong, they make him ill. So when he meets his son's teacher and pain kicks in, he knows something's awry but can't put his finger on it until he interrupts an attempt to kill the teacher. Sam makes it his personal goal to protect her, only he didn't count on falling for her.

Someone wants Brit, and now Sam, dead too. Could the death of her ex husband be part of the reason? Can Brit and Sam navigate a relationship despite both of their headstrong natures?
 
To Buy Protective Instincts go to http://amzn.to/1gzMH1w 
And you can find Mary at www.MaryMarvella.com; www.PinkFuzzySlipperWriters.blogspot.com
Twitter:  Mary Marvella@mmarvellab; http://on.fb.me/1anqdxk  and https://www.facebook.com/mmbarfield
 
Thanks for checking on Mary Marvella and her secrets. If you have any comments or questions let us know. Mary will be around to answer your comments.
And don’t forget to check back next Thursday to find out even more Secrets.
                                                                                       
   

16 comments:

  1. Great interview. I loving learning the story behind the story. I've read this particular book and I happen to think the bad guy is just as interesting and the hero. A little quirky perhaps, but I believe he would make a good hero with a little work. How about it?

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  2. Only if a professional liller could be allowed to live. In his mind he is the hero of his own story.

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  3. Ah, so yours won't read either! I thought I was the only one whose children roll their eyes and walk away. That first book over, and over, and over again - I consider it part of our paying our dues in this industry! Wishing you the very best with this book, and that the new year brings great things your way.

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    1. Thanks, E.Ayers! My daughter is now 41 and she doesn't mind if her friends read my books, she just doesn't want to think about her mama writing about sex! (grin) She, of course, was the result of immaculate conception. She has no idea I also write about creepy bad guys!

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  4. Interesting tidbits! I love hearing these kinds of facts about a book or an author's process. Protective Instincts sounds fantastic. Congrats!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Alicia! I'm proud of Protective Instincts!

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  5. Great interview, Bev and Mary. I enjoyed reading your blurb, Mary. The book is a must read for me. I did read a book where the killer ended out to be the hero...loved it!
    My daughters won't read my books either but they do a great job of promoting momma's books.

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    1. Rose, as long as your kids promote your books ... I'm glad you found the premise interesting! I hope you enjoy Protective Instincts and Douglas!

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  6. Wonderful cover and I love the story idea! As a teacher, I don't think it ever leaves us. My hubby always laughs when I go into teacher mode! I wish you all the best!

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    1. A teacher I was and a teacher will always be! Someone had a problem with a certain classroom scene in which Douglas meets the teacher. grin

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  7. Sounds like a great read. What made you decide to have the premonitions make Sam sick?

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    1. Good question, Linda! His premonitions start with the usual hairs on the back of his neck reaction. Then his head hurts and then pain stabs at his gut. He doesn't want to own the premonitions, so he hasn't learned to control them.

      And I wanted them to be difficult for him to ignore! And he told me they make him sick if he responds too slowly.

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  8. She won't read your books, cause who wants to think sex and mom in the same thought!
    You're amazing!

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    1. Grinning, Mary R. You are a fabulous person and writer, yourself!

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