Author, Author, Tell Us More
March 21, 2007 | Interviews
ST: Good morning, Mary Alice, good to have you back. Several people emailed me to reshow I think they want to drool over your awesome hunk.
ST: All set to start?
MAP: Ready, so fire away.
ST: Are there any quirks you have or do before you write?
MAP: I’m not sure if I could write without at least one muse on the back of my chair, the arm of my chair or behind my back between me and the chair. You’d have to see me to understand. There’s always one of them around. I usually listen to music while I write. Mostly classic rock and metal, but occasionally something lighter, depends on my mood I guess.
ST: Where do you get the ideas for your novels?
MAP: They just flow. I don’t know where they come from other than a few have been dreams and a few others, results of life. Mostly, I see or hear something that captures my attention and I start thinking ‘what if?’ or ‘how did that happen?’
ST: How do you research your books?
MAP: Naturally I use the Internet for general research, going to official sites. It’s really great to belong to RWA and the different special chapters because they attract experts for classes, loop chats and workshops. I take quite a few workshops on subjects like police procedures and what life might be like for a sheriff. I also like to read up on the subject, or when I can, I find someone with experience and talk to them. Nothing like talking to someone about a subject they know and feel strongly about. You get the best information.
ST: Who is your support group?
MAP: My family is my greatest support but also my state RWA Chapter has helped me tremendously with improving my writing skills and learning about the publishing world.
ST: Thank you again, Mary Alice, for being here and so open. See you tomorrow.
MAP: I’m having a good time and it’s painless!
ST: Please remember, if you have any questions feel free to post them. Mary Alice will be happy to answer. See you in the morning and until then…