February Romance/Erotica Author Interview: Author #7 Marie Lavender


Marie Lavender

Multi-genre author of Victorian romance, UPON YOUR RETURN, and 23 other books. Reached the Top 10 Authors list on AuthorsDB.com for the last 4 years. Featured interview in the January 2018 issue of Womelle Magazine. The Heiresses in Love Trilogy made the TOP 10 on the Anthology category on the 2018 P&E Readers’ Poll, and BLOOD INSTINCTS reached TOP 10 status in the Romance category. Voted TOP BLOGGER for 2018 on the Romance Lives Forever Blog. TOP 20 Authors of 2018 on Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews blog. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART was nominated and made it past the first round in the 2018 Author Academy Awards.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and two cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. Since 2010, Marie has published 24 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, dramatic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several anthologies. Her current published series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Eternal Hearts Series, The Magick Series, The Code of Endhivar Series and The Blood at First Sight Series.

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MARSocial Special Interview: Question & Answers #11

Hello everyone! So, finally we received all answers from our participants from MARSocial author network. Are you excited to read the answers yet? This is our last post for this interview series! Question #11 is “What is your writing process like?  Is it spontaneous or do you do a lot of planning in advance before you begin writing? ” by Marie Lavender.

Let’s check out the answers from all 11 author participants !

1) Coleman Weeks

My process is spontaneous, I will forget something if I wait for the scheduled time to write.

2) Viv Drewa

I do a lot of research for my novels, even interviewed some people (an archaeologist and a medical examiner). Then plan the story and characters. Sometimes I get spontaneous from there on and add or remove characters or change the direction of the story.

3) K. J. Rollinson

I am at the computer every morning at 5 am and write the next chapter of the book, which I have already got in my mind.(see my answer to question 10). Then I edit the chapter I have written the day before.

4) Sam Reese

Very spontaneous. I just sort of sit down and write, with some music in the background. Nothing special really.

5) Neil McGowan

I find that, if I do too much plotting, my characters and story feel wooden and one-dimensional. I’m much happier throwing a bunch of characters into a situation and seeing how they get out of it. I know I’m on a roll when my characters refuse to do what I ask them and insist on doing things their own way. Although I usually have a pretty good idea of how a story will end, how it gets there often surprises me. I’ve even had a book go off on a completely different path to what I originally envisaged. I always enjoy the journey though, seeing how things work out. Having said all that, I do keep some notes – mainly lists of characters and the key events in their lives – although I stay clear of being too definitive about things. Even things like how my characters look – I have a mental picture of them, but try not to be too descriptive as I want the reader to imbue them with their vision. If I do my job right, then this makes the character come alive in the mind of the reader and makes it so much easier to make an emotional investment in. I recently read a book where there was a shock ending to some of the characters. On the whole, I enjoyed it, but what happened to these characters jumped out at me as a plot device that had been thrown in to help resolve a couple of plot lines. As these characters were pinned down to the page too rigidly my emotional investment was small in them – after I read what happened to them, my thoughts were more focussed on the main character (who was well written) and not on their fate – it barely registered with me. It’s not that they were likeable or unlikeable; rather, they were little more than cardboard cut-outs, and bland. I was more frustrated with the fact that the author had spent time and care crafting a believable heroine whilst neglecting some of the other characters. I try and get feedback from alpha and beta readers and, if I get comments about wooden characters, then it’s back to the rewrite stage to either cut them out or make them more realistic.

6) Marion Lovato

My writing process is very spontaneous.  Something will just hit me when I least expect it.

7) Jaro Berce

I plan in advance and carefully made a structure and main points. Then later (most of the times) I write spontaneously and sometimes do not care about my previous preparation. So I would say I build a structure – “bones”, then in the process of writing I “put meat to the bones”.

8) Marie Lavender

A bit of both.  It is pretty spontaneous until I get heavily involved in a project.  At that point, I start doing a detailed outline.  Then I do some research.  I also look at what I have written already and decide what needs to be done for each chapter.  Of course, the story will still surprise me with certain twists.  Then I get to the heavy writing and I will stop and research something if I am blocked.

9) LaRae Parry

Some of my writing is spontaneous. When I write fiction, I make an outline and loosely follow it–sometimes the characters don’t want to do what I planned, so they do what they want. But . . . I ALWAYS know the end from the beginning. How I get there is a mystery.

10) Theresa Moretimer

Most os my writing is spontaneous. I do do a lot of planning when I am writing horror or having my characters go to a place I am unfamiliar with. I have to do a lot of research and in that I incorporate the help of my friends and doctors for things I really need to know about. usually when I begin to write, I am blessed with the ability to sit down when the thought provokes me and write until it’s done. Sometimes that’s a few days straight and sometimes it’s a few weeks.  Of course sometimes I can’t always get to my computer when I have an idea so I keep a personal recorder with me so i can speak mt thoughts as I drive and translate them later.

11) Annie Edmonds

Hi Marie I will usually write a short outline about the main characters. Once I have that I  just start writing. I don’t know where it all comes from but I am more of a spontaneous writer. 
 
I do stop writing for research. For me research can be to look up a street name or a landmark in the town I’m writing about. Or it can be about a certain subject.  
 
My stories tend to have at least one villain or bad guy. With book 2 I’m at the point where the research is imperative. I need to get it right. 
 
There’s not just one crazy real life scenario going on but many.  And they all need to be accurate. I need to know what I’m talking about so that the character doesn’t look stupid. Its all very exciting as I know where it’s going to end up. But sometimes I surprise myself and the plot will change in mid sentence. My brain takes me somewhere I didn’t think I was going. If I like it then it stays. If I don’t I re-write the entire scene or chapter. 
 
I have no doubt that as writers keep writing they get better. So I look forward to seeing this book through to the end. This story is different then Sammy’s story. And I can’t wait to finish and get it out there. I have a feeling about this one. 
 
Right now I’m looking for Beta readers that edit erotic romance. If anyone is interested please don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail.aedmonds315@gmail.com
 
Thanks to Jas and all the authors for sending making this group interview a great success. I look forward to reading your answers to these same questions. And I hope the readers like this interview as much as I liked being able to participate.  
 

Thank you Annie and of course all the other MARSocial participants! I look forward to interviewing you next time! 

Jas from IBP ! 

MARSocial Special Interview: Author #8 Marie Lavender

Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 18 other books. Finalist and Runner-up in the MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 50 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands.

At the tender age of nine, she began writing stories. She majored in Creative Writing in college because that was all she ever wanted – to be a writer. While there, she published two works in a university publication, and was a copy editor on the staff of an online student journal. After graduating from college, she sought out her dream to publish a book.

Since then, Marie has published nineteen books. She has published books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. Lavender just released Magick & Moonlight, a paranormal romance, in March. Upon Your Honor, released in late April, is her second historical romance. 

A list of her books and pen names are as follows:

Marie Lavender: Upon Your Return; Magick & Moonlight; Upon Your Honor

Erica Sutherhome: Hard to Get; Memories; A Hint of Scandal; Without You; Strange Heat; Terror in the Night;Haunted; Pursuit; Perfect Game; A Touch of Dawn; Ransom; Leather and Lace

Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life

Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other Ramblings; Ramblings, Musings and Other Things; Soulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things

http://www.amazon.com/Marie-Lavender/e/B00C10Q94I/

Marie Lavender: April Author Interview Participant #2

Author Bio
Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 17 other books. Finalist and Runner-up in the MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013. Top 50 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands.

At the tender age of nine, she began writing stories. Her imagination fueled a lot of her early child’s play. Even growing up, she entered writing contests and received a certificate for achieving the second round in one. She majored in Creative Writing in college because that was all she ever wanted – to be a writer. While there, she published two works in a university publication, and was a copy editor on the staff of an online student journal. After graduating from college, she sought out her dream to publish a book.

Since then, Marie has published eighteen books. Marie Lavender’s real love is writing romances, but she has also written mysteries, literary fiction and dabbled a little in paranormal stories. Most of her works have a romantic element involved in them. Upon Your Return is her first historical romance novel. She just released Magick & Moonlight, a paranormal romance. Feel free to visit her website at http://marielavender.webs.com/ for further information about her books and her life. Marie is also on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

A list of her books and pen names are as follows:

Marie Lavender: Upon Your Return; Magick & Moonlight; Upon Your Honor (coming soon)
Erica Sutherhome: Hard to Get; Memories; A Hint of Scandal; Without You; Strange Heat; Terror in the Night; Haunted; Pursuit; Perfect Game; A Touch of Dawn; Ransom; Leather and Lace

Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life

Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other Ramblings; Ramblings, Musings and Other Things; Soulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things

Author Links

http://www.marielavender.webs.com/
http://marielavenderbooks.blogspot.com/

On the Reader Show with Jessie from Magick & Moonlight

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            I was prepping for the next interview when my assistant signaled me.  Jennifer was in rare form today, always the comedienne.  I know she was mouthing the word “witch”.  Not one to stereotype, I ignored her and did my introduction for our guest.

            “Today we have Jessie Anderson from Yachats, Oregon.  She is the star of the new release Magick & Moonlight.”  I waited as a slender yet slightly curvy woman a bit less than 5’5”, my own height, came onto stage.  She was dressed in a long, flowing blue dress with symbols embroidered on it.  She wore dress sandals and her long black, wavy hair shone in the stage lamps.

            I reached out and shook her hand.  “It’s such a pleasure to meet you, Jessie.  Will you sit with me?”

            She nodded and sat on the plush red sofa nearby.  I took a seat next to her.  “I want to thank you for visiting us on the show today.” 

            Jessie smiled.  “It was the least I could do.  Your show is very popular.  Thank you for inviting me here.”

            “You’re welcome.” I took a deep breath and organized my thoughts.  “The term ‘witch’ is flying around the studio this morning.  Is there any truth to that?”

            She winced.  “We don’t exactly like that term.”

            “So, you aren’t a witch?”

            She lifted a shoulder.  “Not in the way you mean.  Pop culture views witches as evil or devil worshippers.  There is also the misconception that they fly around on broomsticks.  That just isn’t the case.  Wicca is a very natural religion where we observe nature in its glory and appreciate the Goddess for the gifts she has given us.”

            I leaned forward.  “Do you deny you have certain talents?”

            Jessie shook her head.  “No.  I was born with gifts.  But, I never abuse them or use them to get something I want.”

            “You do spells though.”

            “Of course.  But, a spell is like a blessing.  You can call it a prayer even.  There are spells for healing or protection, spells to rid yourself of bad habits or to help you sleep better.  It is simply a wish or a prayer to the Goddess and the elements to help us in our daily lives.  It doesn’t have to be supernatural.  Magick is a way to recognize the world around us.”

            “I noticed you mentioned devil worship.  Can you explain the difference between that and Wicca?”

            “Of course.  Wicca is often confused with Satanism because of symbols or rituals.  But, that’s simply not the case.  In fact, it is the complete opposite.  For example, blood rituals are avoided because not only is blood a powerful element, it would be wrong to do it.  Wiccans have laws too.  And we oppose the use of negative or harmful magick.  The Rule of Three must always be taken into consideration.”

            “What is the Rule of Three?”

            “Whenever you wish harm to come to another person, that could come back to you three times over.”

            “I see.”  Sensing I wouldn’t get much from Jessie by pursuing the argument, I switched tactics.  “Tell me about the new man in town.  Ethan, is it?” I had to stifle a giggle as she clearly blushed.

            “Well, Ethan is a cop, a former cop.  He was looking for a change of pace so he came to Yachats.”

            “Yes.  I watched the book trailer.  It seems he found a lot more than peace and quiet.”

            Jessie laughed.  “It got a little out of hand.”

            “Oh?  Tell me more.”

            She shook her head.  “I did what I had to do.”

            Oh, there was a definite story there, but the girl wasn’t going to talk.

            “How long have you been a practicing Wiccan, Jessie?”

            “All my life.”

            “Well, our time is almost up.  At least give me a juicy tidbit about Ethan.  I had the chance to read a couple of pages before you came today.  So, tell me…can the man kiss?”

            She ducked her head.  “Oh, yes.”  Her voice was breathless now. 

            “Well, judging by his looks, he’d make me blush too.  And I don’t blush easily!” I laughed, then turned back to the audience.  “That’s all the time we have for today.  Jessie has certainly made me want to finish reading the story to see what happens.  You can find Magick & Moonlight on Amazon and at Solstice Publishing.”

            I turned back to Jessie and stood.  When she stood too, I shook her hand again.  “It was an honor to meet a Wiccan.  You’ve certainly opened my mind to the religion.  I hope to have you back here on the show.  Or maybe you can convince that hunk Ethan to visit us?”  I laughed as the woman blushed again.

            “Thank you.  I enjoyed the show.”

            I watched her walk off the stage, then turned to the audience.  “It was fun having Jessie on, wasn’t it?  I hope you get a chance to check out Magick & Moonlight.  As always, viewers, stay safe and read to your heart’s content.” 

            When the cameras stopped rolling, I retired to my dressing room to rest.  I picked up my Kindle and flipped to the next page of the story.  The heroine was describing Ethan’s kiss.  I propped my feet up where I sat and got comfortable.  This was going to be good.

Author Spotlight #1 Romance Writer Marie Lavender

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Hello readers,
IBP is taking a new initiative to showcase authors each week and this week is going to be author Marie Lavender, our very first guest author! She writes romance novels and her newest release is the Magick & Moonlight. Before getting to know about her book, let’s read something interesting about Marie!
 
Author Bio

Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 17 other books. Finalist and Runner-up in the MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013. Top 50 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands.

At the tender age of nine, she began writing stories. Her imagination fueled a lot of her early child’s play. Even growing up, she entered writing contests and received a certificate for achieving the second round in one. She majored in Creative Writing in college because that was all she ever wanted – to be a writer. While there, she published two works in a university publication, and was a copy editor on the staff of an online student journal. After graduating from college, she sought out her dream to publish a book.

Since then, Marie has published eighteen books. Marie Lavender’s real love is writing romances, but she has also written mysteries, literary fiction and dabbled a little in paranormal stories. Most of her works have a romantic element involved in them. Upon Your Return is her first historical romance novel. She just released Magick & Moonlight, a paranormal romance. Feel free to visit her website at http://marielavender.webs.com/ for further information about her books and her life. Marie is also on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

A list of her books and pen names are as follows:

Marie Lavender: Upon Your ReturnMagick & MoonlightUpon Your Honor (coming soon)

Erica Sutherhome: Hard to GetMemoriesA Hint of ScandalWithout YouStrange HeatTerror in the Night;HauntedPursuitPerfect GameA Touch of DawnRansomLeather and Lace

Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life

Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other RamblingsRamblings, Musings and Other ThingsSoulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things

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Book Blurb

Messing with free will is always a bad idea… 

Ethan Hamilton moves to a lazy little town in Oregon, hoping to escape his demons. But, instead he discovers a woman dancing nude in the moonlight. This woman who claims she is a witch dazzles him with her sensual presence. He thinks she’s crazy, but what if she’s not? 

Jessie Anderson has been taught that her kind hides who they really are. And she has a problem on her hands. Someone knows her secret and she has to do all she can to protect herself. What other choice does she have? Jessie casts a love spell on a good man, a man with whom she can’t fight her attraction. The spell doesn’t work quite as planned – she ends up falling for Ethan. 

To top it off, Ethan’s treatment of her, his “love”, is so addictive. Deep down, she knows the spell will wear off, and yet his feelings seem genuine. It’s just a spell…right?

 
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