Saturday, November 6, 2010


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.

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


  1. Alexx, Thank you for the opportunity to share more of myself with readers! Appreciate it!

  2. Great interview Marianne! I feel like I got to know you better with this interview. :)


  3. Loved peeking into your head for a moment Marianne. Great interview!

  4. What a wonderful, personal interview. I really enjoyed it great Job, Ms Morea. The book looks awesome!

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  6. Hi Marianne,

    Very nice interview. Your book is on my TBBL [to-be-bought-list].

    Lea Ellen {night owl in IL}

  7. Fabulous interview! I love hubby's comments. :)
    From the Shadows