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Marni MacRae and I met on Goodreads through a mutual friend of ours, JD Park. After reading her book Nameless back in February, I knew I wanted to know more about her and her amazing works. Nameless was such a beautifully written love story about a woman who (literally) lost her identity and strives to get it back - check out my review of it here http://shannaswenson.com/my-blog/february-03rd-2019 - that I had to know more about what inspired her to write it and why.
Here’s what she had to say:
Me: Hi Marni, tell me a little about yourself? When did you know you were going to be a writer?
Marni: Hi Shanna! Well, I’m a mom of 7, wife of a terrific man and like you, an author. I always wanted to write. When I was little my mother would spin tales out of thin air and I thought it was the most powerful magic. I’ve been writing for decades, but didn’t get the nerve to publish until my early forties.
Me: Wow! 7! You are one busy lady! What inspired you to write Nameless?
Marni: I wanted the challenge of something unfamiliar to me. To write a character that I had nothing in common with but could love. Eve was born of an afternoon inspiration.
Me: Which character is your favorite? Why?
Marni: I have to say Ezra. I fell in love with him and his story, it snuck up on me and I wished I had written a whole book about him.
Me: I loved Ezra too. What a great side story. Did anyone in real life inspire your character, Eve? Nick?
Marni: Not Eve, she created herself, but Nick, I have to say my husband had a bit of influence there. He is my hero, I think he is in every hero I write in some way.
Me: Aww, I would tend to agree ;-) Although, Jack and Nathan were born in my mind long before I met my husband. I used to tease him and tell him that I created him into existence LOL! What are you working on now?
Marni: Right now I’m working on a completely different genre. Young adult, a speculative fiction set in America’s future. But Treasure is being tweaked for publishing!
Me: Now, as a wife and mother, how do you get any writing done?
Marni: That’s a great question! How do I? It amazes me when any quiet moment happens. I sneak off and squeeze every drop out of it I can. Also, having been born in a large family I’m highly adept at blocking out the world. It’s one of my super powers.
Me: Haha, I wish I could do that, but I need radio silence to write or read :-/ It’s a curse I would say LOL! Now, tell us a little about your next book, Treasure! When is its debut?
Marni: Treasure was a funny thought late at night. The next day I wrote down the first line, and the pages begin to flow. It’s about a young woman who comes into a very large inheritance and a treasure hunt her benefactor left behind. It’s fun and interesting, I keep getting drug into the details of the treasure and lose track of the characters! I am excited to see it in print this summer!
Me: Oohh, sounds like fun! I can’t wait to check it out! So, what drew you to the romance genre?
Marni: Love, love, love. I’m a romantic and I feed off the build and excitement of a burgeoning relationship. But I love writing numerous genres. I have a passion for YA as well as mystery and adventure. I hope my readers enjoy the new works I will be publishing as much as they have enjoyed my romance novels.
Me: Yes, I believe most of us authors have interests in other genres as well. Now, who are your favorite authors/books?
Marni: I love Jodi Picoult, Hugh Howey, and hundreds more. My first true love was C.S. Lewis, but anyone who puts pen to paper has my respect.
Me: What do you love about writing?
Marni: I love the surprise the most. Of growing an idea and watching the characters come to life. I love when I lose myself in the writing and it transports me through no effort of my own, it grows like a child and the characters say things that make me laugh, make me cry just like my own kids. It’s an amazing blessing to do what I love.
Me: Watching the characters come into their own is what I love too. They just seem to take you away. What are you looking forward to this year?
Marni: Sunshine! It has been snowing for so long I’m afraid I will never truly thaw out. But aside from weather I am looking forward to wrapping up the three projects I have in the works and discovering how each story ends.
Thank you for having me, Shanna, and may your future be bright. I look forward to your next book!
Me: And thank you, Marni. It’s been a pleasure. I can’t wait to read more of your work as well. Lady Sun sounds like the perfect beach read for my May vacation ;-)
You can find Marni MacRae’s, Nameless, on Amazon in Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and paperback formats. It’s an intriguing tale of mystery, suspense and of course, romance ;-) Also check out her awarding winning debut novel, Lady Sun. (Click on the pictures below to open the Amazon Buy links)
Marni MacRae is an International Award winning author, who spends most of her time creating her own life story. Although writing has always been her dream, being a mother, a wife and a pioneer of mostly finished projects, she frequently writes in the dark of night whilst children/husband/animals sleep.
Raised in the woods of Idaho and gypsied about the majority of America, Marni has settled in the beautiful Northwest with the love of her life and their passel of children. Summers are spent weeding the garden and wondering where that darn cow got off to this time. Winters are spent curled up with a book in front the fire. Old school.
She is currently working on Treasure set to debut this summer. Visit her website below to learn more.
Shanna Swenson, Author of the Abundance series
Shanna loves a good book that thrills, chills and warms her heart. She also loves supporting her fellow indies