JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Mary Dean
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:
I am first a book lover. Been reading since a young age and haven’t put books down. Don’t we all start as readers? I started blogging for Rabid Readers Book Blog in 2017. Since I was a child I had been writing stories. A friend encouraged me to submit my favorite story I wrote to Kingston Publishing Company in 2019 and they accepted it and published it. That was The Secrets Within. That started my author journey. I now have 4 of my own books, one coauthor book, and three anthologies. And there are 4 more to come out this year! Book promo to me is a hobby. I love to blog about books, I always post a review. I also love supporting other authors. I don’t believe we are competition. I just love all things books! Outside of reading and writing, I am a step mother to the raddest 12 year old girl, married to amazing man who is a hazmat truck driver, and a full time medicial biller, and part time author PA for a few great authors. I love being outside and true California girl. You’ll always fine me reading, writing, watching a movie, hanging out with my dogs and cat, rocking out to music, or listening to an audiobook.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?
Life to be honest. Which is funny because my books are paranormal romance. But there is also real life to them. There is a part of me in every story. And ideas just hit me and they grow from there. My love for stories is my true inspiration. Sometimes the ideas are so loud in my head I just have to get them out.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?
Stephanie Nichole, K Bromberg, Lisa Jackson, Jenn D Young, Luna James, Ariana Rose, Tegan Hunter, Amanda Siegrist, Catherine Cowles… As you can tell that’s a pretty mixed group. I love all things romance from paranormal romance to rom com to contemporary to mystery. I respect and love their different writing styles. I can jump from a vampire romance to a romance that could happen full of epic emotion.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?
What a loaded question. My favorite book changes every week, no lie! You can pretty much choose a book from my favorite authors and I’ll talk your ear off.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?
I love strong characters. That doesn’t mean they can’t be flawed. Sure they can frustrate me with their choices. But that’s real. None of us are perfect. I do love the alpha bad boys, but I also like the sweet good guys. I love a character who surprises you. I love a female who takes charge of her life. The more strong, the better. I also love when a character starts out as one I can’t stand and at the end of the story I love them.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?
Write! Just do it. Ignore the negative thoughts in your head. Just write it out. Then give it to someone you trust for their feedback. And don’t be afraid to grow. Put your story out there is scary, but so worth it!
IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?
I would love Witch House (written with Stephanie Nichole) to be a movie. I think it would be really fun since it’s a young adult paranormal mystery. But I’ll be honest I wouldn’t want famous actors and actresses to play the characters. Also I wouldn’t want famous musicians to make the soundtrack. I would want up and coming indie actors and actresses to be casted. I also would want to smaller bands still playing the local scenes to make the soundtrack. I love supporting local. Nothing against those in the entertainment industry signed, but I also want to make room for those who need to be seen too.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?
Hit me up! I love to talk about my books and other books with others. If you like stories with romance, magic, plenty of drama, and humor then you’ll love my stories.
WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?
My books are on Kindle Unlimited https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Dean/e/B07NVYVPJ9