Saturday, November 6, 2010

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MARIANNE MOREA

Tell us a little about yourself.
 
I once asked my husband of seventeen years, what it was like to be married to me. His answer was polite and succinct… “An adventure,” he said. “Really, how so?” I shot back. He didn’t say a word, but smirked instead. “Oh come on…” I brazened, “Like a ‘roller-coaster ride’ or more like a ‘run screaming from the house’ adventure?” He put down his coffee cup and leaned over to kiss me. “A little of both, babe…a little of both.”

That little scenario speaks volumes about me. I’m a strong, independent 40-something woman who loves anything romance…movies, books, etc…especially if it’s got a paranormal twist and some humor. I love to travel and enjoy going to restaurants and trying new foods. I’ve been training in the martial arts for past seven years, which adds certain realism to all my fight scenes. I have three children that I’d die for, and a terrific husband who learned early on the key to a happy life is a happy wife…

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?
 
I’ve always been in love with words. From as far back as middle school, I found that painting with words was what felt natural and right. I had journals upon journals of dreams and thoughts and snippets of stories, but I never thought it would become a career. I always thought I’d go to law school…especially since I have a flare for the dramatic! As it turned out I became a journalist and then got my masters in fine art for graphic design. But as everything in life, things come full circle and now I’m writing. But that’s karma for you…

What was the first fiction you ever wrote? Was it for publication? What reaction did you receive? 
 
The first real fiction I ever wrote was a short story in a creative writing class I took as a freshman in college. My professor loved it and told me then that she thought I had a talent. But like most college freshman, my short term goals weren’t focused on a career path but rather the path to the nearest dorm party.

Tell us about your current release?


Hunter’s Blood is about a psychic, Lily Saburi, who loses her best friend and partner to an attack by a rabid werewolf. She’s devastated, and wants nothing more than to avenge her death. Using her talents, she sets out to do just that. But what she doesn’t count on is being saved in the process by someone else hunting the same beast—were-hunter, Sean Leighton.  The two collide, and the sparks fly! Sean is charged with killing anything infected with the pathogen causing his kind to go rabid, and that includes Lily. The Problem is he’s fallen for her. The question is can he kill her? 
 
Where do you research your books?

The places and events in my stories are always born of personal experience. (Paranormal relationships notwithstanding!) My usual haunts—New York, New Orleans, Montreal—are featured heavily since they are the places I love the most. I also love to travel, and many of the places I’ve been lend their flavor to the stories as well. But if it’s something unfamiliar, a topic or procedure, etc., I will contact experts in the field and pepper them with questions, or scour books on the subject. I just completed interviews with retired New York City homicide detectives in preparation for Twice Cursed, the sequel to Hunter’s Blood.

What author or book influenced your writing?
 
I can’t say there is one single author that influenced my writing. I have so many favorite authors and read voraciously, that it would be too hard to narrow the list. But I have to say I started writing seriously when Twilight came out…the book, not the movie. I thought if Stephenie Meyer could do it, then why not me? It’s been quite a journey so far, with more than one epiphany along the way and it’s just the beginning.
 
What is your most and least favorite part of writing?
 
I’d have to say my favorite part of writing is falling in love with my characters. They inspire me in so many ways. And while I know that each one of them is just an extension of me, it’s great to be able to live a hidden part of myself out loud through them. It’s truly their gift. But, on the flip side, what I enjoy least about writing is the mechanics of it…all the editing and fact checking and so on. Necessary…absolutely. Fun…not so much.

Do you have a ritual you use to get you ready to write?
 
I make myself a large cup of tea with honey and light a scented candle. Some people play music, but I find it too distracting. I really need quiet. My kids know, if I’m still writing when they come in from school, no one bothers me unless one of them is hurt or bleeding, they smell smoke, or see a stranger at the door. My office is on the main floor of the house, has glass doors so they can see me and I can see them, but other than that… I do try to stop writing when they first come in so I can say hello and see how their day was, but when I’m on deadline it’s ‘leave mom alone and you’re having cheerios and milk for dinner tonight.’ Thank God for my mother-in-law. She’s every deadline facing author’s dream!

After writing for hours at a time what do you do to relax?
 
I usually stretch and then spend some much needed time with my family. If it’s late and everyone’s asleep, I watch a favorite DVD or believe it or not, reality TV. I especially like ‘The Real Housewives of NY and NJ.’ It’s like watching a train wreck…I’m both horrified, yet compelled to look.

Does your environment color what you write?
 
Sometimes. So many of the places we’ve been to are featured in what I write.

What does a typical writing day look like for you?
 
I get my kids off to school; I take a shower and think about my current storyline. (There’s something about the sound of the spray and the feel of the water always inspires me). By the time I’m toweled off and dressed I am in full story mode. I go downstairs, get my tea and sit BICHOK, (butt in chair hands on keyboard), until I hear the squealing breaks of the school bus pulling down the street.


How do you describe your writing style?


Hmmmm. The only thing I can say is that I write the way I speak. My style is very conversational. It shows in the way my characters interact with each other, and the way I interact through them with the reader. If you were to spend some time with me, and then read one of my books you’d say, “Wow, that is so her!”

Are you a Plotter or a Pantster?


That’s a good question. I’d have to say I’m a pantster who’d like to be a plotter. I try to outline and plan out my stories, but my characters have a funny habit of taking on a life of their own. The story goes where it wants to, and ‘what ifs’, can and do, pop up at any time.

What is your opinion of writer's groups? Do you find them helpful? And how did you find yours?

I love them. They’re great for camaraderie, and for bouncing ideas around. I have found terrific authors and fabulous readers that have become friends, beta readers and some of the best cheerleaders around…and I happened to stumble upon each group. Lucky I guess.

What are some of your pet peeves in life?
 
I can’t stand snarky humor. It’s the one thing that really gets up my nose. Some people like nothing better, than to puff themselves up by spewing mean-spirited comments under the guise of being clever and funny. For me all it really showcases is immaturity and a deep-rooted insecurity. Too many people confuse clever with snarky. There’s a difference. Clever showcases a classy wit, while snarky just seeks laughter at someone else’s expense.

What is your advice to aspiring writers?
 
Write every day. Write, write and then write some more. Talk to other writers, do your research, find a critique partner, and never, ever be afraid to submit your work.

Thank you so much Marianne for being with us today. I for one can't wait for the sequel to Hunter's Blood.  Please see the review of Hunter's Blood below.


You can contact me at my website, http://www.mariannemorea.com or blog with me at http://alldayallnightromancedivas.blogspot.com/.

Marianne Morea is also affiliated with the Paranormal Romance Guild, Romance Writers of America and the Amazon Paranormal Romance Forum.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

WOW 5 of 5 Meows From the MOM CAT!


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HUNTER'S BLOOD
 BY MARIANNE MOREA


Revenge...it's a way of life for psychic, Lily Saburi. Haunted since the brutal murder of her best friend and partner, she's obsessed with retribution-a vigilante bent on striking a blow for humanity against the shadowed world of the supernatural. Prey turned predator she aims to even the score-one bullet at a time starting with the beast that changed her life forever. Prepared for Armageddon she's in for the fight of her life. But when mortally wounded by a diseased and insane Were, Lily is rescued by a most unlikely savior-Were-hunter, Sean Leighton. Sexy and powerful, Leighton is charged with destroying anything infected with the deadly pathogen threatening the survival of his pack, and that includes Lily. But their immediate attraction leaves them both breathless and confused. As Lily grapples with truth about herself, Leighton is faced with the looming reality that he will most likely have to kill the woman he's falling in love with. Only time will tell if they are destined to be together or if they'll fall victim to the Hunter's Blood.

Publisher: kNight Romance Publishing (August 24, 2010) 
ISBN-10: 0982918615 
ISBN-13: 978-0982918616

REVIEW BY ALEXX  MOM CAT

What can I say about this authors debut novella?  How many ways, and in how many languages, can I say "awesome"?  Well, I can only say it in one (unless I can use a translation program). Awesome! I was truly blown away by the writing of this author.  Ms. Morea truly has a passion for what she is writing.  The writing is fast paced, well written and well edited. 

The characters in
Hunter's Blood  take on lives of their own.  They come alive on the pages as Ms. Morea crafts her spell upon the reader. Each one of the main characters speaks with a unique voice that does not get lost.  Lily is a very determined and pissed off woman, hell bent on revenge.  I felt the energy and anger in the way she walks through the early pages of the story.  I felt for Lily, over her loss of someone she thought of and felt was family. Lily changes through the course of the story, becoming more self-aware. and perhaps less vengeful as she meets some of the secondary characters in the story.  Her growth manifests itself in her interactions with other people, as she realizes that maybe revenge is not what she wants anymore.  Lily has attributes that most women would die to have, all in one place. She is beautiful, soft and graceful, yet strong and capable of defending herself and those she loves.  


EXCERPT From HUNTER'S BLOOD
 
“No. You look great. But who are you and what have you done with Lily?”
    Without batting an eye Lily pivoted, landing a perfect spinning back kick to his solar plexus. Pivoting back around she stood, head cocked to one side and her hands on her hips watching him recover his breath.
     “Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?” She teased.
    Sean’s hand shot out like lightening. Grabbing her wrist in one fluid motion, he pulled her down catching her around her waist. Dipping her back he growled low, licking her throat from her cleavage to her ear. “You should be.”
     Lily shivered at the feel, but gritted her teeth. “Don’t presume there’s no fist in the glove just because it’s made of something soft.”


Sean:  What can I say about Sean?  Predatory. Sexy. Alpha male. Protector of his species. Sean has no choice, but to be the protector, even though it means hunting one of his own.  He meets Lily while doing that very thing.  Sean's voice is strong. I put myself right where he was, and understood why he was doing it.  I put myself into the story.  Sean does not have it easy in his position. Wealthy though he may be, he has opposition to his goals.  Sean does not want to fall for Lily, but can't seem to help himself.  The chemistry flies when these two headstrong delightful characters come together.


Terry:  Wow! How do you turn a ghost into a focus?  Terry, Lily's former partner, is a shade.  Try as she might, she can't convince Lily to give up seeking revenge.  Terry is absent for a portion of the book, which was a shame because I want to know her better. What she was like when she was alive?  Was she as headstrong then as she is as a ghost?  Terry adds humanity to Lily's quest for revenge against all weres, triggered by her death under the claws of a were.


Some people do not like cliff hanger endings. I am decidedly one of those people. The cliff that Ms. Morea left me hanging on is pretty damn high so all I can say is GET ME THE NEXT ONE SOON!  And make it longer next time so I can savor the deliciousness of the story for a while longer.

This one gets 5 out of 5 meows from the MOM CAT

Keep them coming


You can find out more about Marianne at
http://www.knightromancepublishing.com/apps/webstore/  or check her out at http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4228374.Marianne_Morea