One question you wish an interviewer would ask.
This week an interviewer asked a very interesting question. She asked, “What is one question that you wish an interviewer would ask, but hasn’t?”
I thought about it, and the question that came to mind was: “Has anyone ever tried to make you feel embarrassed or self-conscious about the genre you choose to write?”
My answer to that is, “Yes. Quite often, in fact.”
When people find out I’m a writer, the next question usually begs, “Oh…what do you write?” It’s at that point I pause, bracing myself for their reaction. Now, I should preface that I live in New York…the self-proclaimed publishing capital of the world…so it goes without say that there are more than just a few literary snobs trolling the cracked sidewalks of the city that never sleeps, and they have no problem letting my words, “I write paranormal romance/urban fantasy–vampires and werewolves, etc.” hang in the air between us like fumes from toxic waste.
Noses wrinkled and a ‘you’ve got to be kidding me’ look usually accompanies the standard, “Oh,” response, immediately followed by, “I guess some people like ‘white noise’ after a busy day.”
At this point I smile politely and reply, “Yes, romance and fantasy are fun to read, and that’s why it’s a billion dollar a year industry.” …and then, I walk away leaving them speechless.
I used to commute into Manhattan everyday for work, and before the age of ebooks, I would read my romances on the train ride into Grand Central Station. I can’t tell you how many times I’d catch people stealthily craning their necks to read over my shoulder…many times the same snotty women that looked down at my choice of book while in earshot of their gaggle of friends.
CJ Ellisson, a friend and fellow author says she just cuts people off at the pass, using humor to offset the reaction. She just answers the loaded question with the words, “Vampires and Sex.” According to her, that either shuts people up or makes them laugh. Good either way.
I recently tried CJ’s approach at the post office. The gal working the counter sees me weekly, mailing out book giveaways and swag to contest winners and such. When she asked what it was I kept mailing out, I responded, “My books.” Of course, she asked what kind of books, so I replied, “paranormal smut.” The gal laughed so hard, she actually snorted! So, there you have it! Now, every time she sees me walk into the post office, she smiles! Maybe I’ll surprise her and give her a copy of Twice Cursed. Her smile may be accompanied by a blush the next time I see her, though! LOL!
I LOVE what I write. I’ve always loved the dreamy fantasies that follow a well written romance or urban fantasy, regardless if it’s paranormal, contemporary or historical. It’s escapist, and brings an element of ‘what if’ to the mundane of everyday life. Reading the genre, as well as writing it, brings a smile to my face,and keeps me coming back for more everyday. I’m sure you feel the same way, or you wouldn’t be reading this blog…So the next time you’re at the beach, or sitting on a bench at the park, or on a train, plane or bus, and someone says, “What are you reading?” Answer with pride and remember my words.
“Because it’s fun!”
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CURSED BY BLOOD SAGA BOOK TWO
Genre: URBAN FANTASY
Publisher: COVENTRY PRESS LTD.
Number of pages: 310
Word Count: 111,000
Psychic investigator, Lily Saburi is no stranger to the supernatural. Tough as nails, she’s a hunter in her own right, a once self-proclaimed vigilante that has joined forces with the man she once sought to kill, and now can’t live without. Sexy, Sean Leighton, Alpha of the Brethren of Weres. Their passion surpassed every obstacle set in front of them, yet in the wake of a mysterious virus threatening everyone they love, they are embroiled in an unforgiving scheme of political double dealing, hidden agendas and assassination, with Lily and Sean as primary targets. To stay together, they are forced apart.
But treachery follows hard on Lily’s heels when she returns home to find New York City bathed in a series of bloodbaths. Baffled, the police have no leads, so they call in their last line of defense to work the case. Lily.
Thrown together with homicide detective, Ryan Martinez, dangerous sparks fly as the two uncover the undead truth behind the killings. Long hidden secrets are revealed, as are truths too unbelievable to accept when Lily is kidnapped and Sean and Ryan have to work together to find her.
Revenge and the struggle for power all play a part in this urban fantasy suspense, taking you from the rocky coast of Maine to the heart of New York City, the NYPD and the vampire underground, where Weres and Vampires are forced to work together to solve the mystery of what’s tearing their veiled world apart from the inside out.
About the Author:
Marianne Morea is a New Yorker, born and bred, and for the most part her stories and characters embody the grit and complexity of the city. An avid traveler, she uses her experiences from around the world in all her books. There isn’t a place her characters live or travel that she haven’t been herself, and through her words, tries to transport my readers. Like most authors, her love affair with the written word started as a child with the books she read. Even today, she loves to read almost as much as she loves to write. Marianne’s favorite stories are the ones that transport her, that bring her to places and introduces her to characters that leave readers breathless…the ones that spark the fire of her imagination, allowing her to dream in the world of ‘what if?’ She’s always been a scribbler, and from the time she could write her name, Marianne has been making up stories. So it was no surprise to family and friends when she earned degrees in both Journalism and Fine Art, but after working in the trenches of Madison Avenue as a Graphic Artist, she decided to do what she loves most fulltime. Write.
Her dark paranormal romance, Blood Legacy, is the first book in her Legacy Series, and takes you from New York City to the Costa del la Luz in Spain, to foggy London and the romance of Rome. The story also takes you back in time 300 years to a place rife with conflict and brutality, bringing an historical edge to my vampires, their lives, a love that spanned the centuries and the search for absolution and redemption that carries death in its wake. Hunter’s Blood and Twice Cursed are books one and two in Marianne Morea’s contemporary shifter series, Cursed by Blood. The story is set on the east coast of the U.S., taking you from the rocky coast of Maine to the heart of New York City, the NYPD and the vampire underground. Revenge and the struggle for power all play a part in this urban fantasy suspense, where Weres and Vampires are forced to work together to solve the mystery of what’s tearing their veiled world apart from the inside out.
In the meantime Marianne is also a founding member as well as a former President of The Paranormal Romance Guild, a not-for-profit organization for readers and authors of the genre. She’s now a PRG Board Member and Co-Chair of the PRG Event/Marketing Team. She is still writing, and when not sitting ‘bichok’ (but in a chair hands on keyboard), she’s spending time with her husband and three kids, traveling to exciting, romantic places …for inspiration, of course! Who says dreams can’t come true?