Hello and welcome! Today, I have the honor of bringing you an interview with author Marie Landry! Marie is an experienced writer that I have known for many years. If you were to ask her, Marie would say she has the best job in the world; one where she gets to make stuff up for a living and shamelessly eavesdrop on everyone around her. She writes happily ever afters while dreaming about the day she’ll have her own epic love story to tell. *
Shall we begin the interview?
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Well, I’m a big nerd and an unapologetic fangirl. I love to write, and I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I wrote many stories and even a few short novels, and then I wrote what would become my debut novel, Blue Sky Days. After a lot of deliberation and research, I decided to self-publish in January 2012. Since then I’ve published seven more books, and I have several projects on the go. Besides writing, I love to read, travel, take pictures, and occasionally blog. One of my current passions is bookstagram – the book community on Instagram – and I also love music, TV, and movies.
2. How do you come up with your story ideas?
Honestly, they just come to me. Sometimes an idea will pop into my head and an entire story will unravel. Other times I’ll get bits and pieces of ideas and have to tie them together. That’s what happened with my current work in progress; a comment a cashier at Walmart made sparked an idea, and then a friend’s kind of odd seasonal job sparked another idea, and when I put them together, a story unfolded.
3. How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
I’ve tried so many things over the years. Because I started out as a book blogger, I already had a platform and a decent amount of followers. A lot of them were supportive of my writing endeavors, and were interested in reading and reviewing Blue Sky Days. I also did blog tours for that book, and have done a few since with varying degrees of success. Social media is my main avenue of advertising these days – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I haven’t played around much with paid advertisements in the last couple of years, but I keep hearing that’s the way to go, so I’ll be doing some research and figuring out where to invest for my next release.
4. Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
My next book – currently untitled – features Ivy Sima, who was a side character in my 2017 Christmas novella, Mistletoe Kiss. A few readers told me how much they loved Ivy, so I knew she had to have her own story. It’s set a little less than a year after Mistletoe Kiss, and it’s a romantic comedy with an emphasis on Ivy’s self-discovery and personal growth. I was hoping to make it pure romcom, but I can never seem to do that; I love exploring characters in depth, and my novels end up being very character driven. That being said, I think it’s still pretty funny, and the hero is a super yummy Scotsman, who’s been a lot of fun to write!
5. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Never give up. You’ll likely hit some (or a lot of) resistance along the way, but if you’re a writer who really, truly wants to and needs to write, you won’t let anything stop you. You might not get much support from family and friends, there might be people who tell you it’s foolish to pursue writing as a career, you might worry you need special training or a certain type of education (which is so not true), and writers are known for being hard on themselves and full of self-doubt, but keep going. Believe in yourself, and don’t stop believing in yourself.
6. Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
I write romance because it’s what I love to read. It’s so much fun to explore relationships, hit on an adorable meet-cute, and watch people – even fictional ones – fall in love. You can do so much with romance too, which is part of why I hate that it doesn’t get the respect it deserves or that some people consider it ‘frivolous’. I’ve written and read stories that have ripped me to shreds emotionally. I’ve also read and written stories that are pure, escapist fun. Both are valid and meaningful. Romance can range from angsty and dramatic to hilarious to sexy to suspenseful, or sometimes all those things combined. The possibilities are endless, and it’s those endless possibilities that appeal to me most.
7. What’s the best thing about being an author?
Getting to tell stories for a living. I love that I get to be creative every day and dive into fictional worlds. I love that I can touch people with my words, entertain them, show them they’re not alone. It’s an amazing feeling.
8. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I love to read, and I’m an avid reader. It’s rare for a day to go by without my nose being stuck in a book for at least part of it. Like I said, I love romance. Romcoms are currently my go-to, and for those my favourites are Brenda St John Brown and RS Grey. I also love contemporary young adult, and I’m a big fan of cozy mysteries too (Maddy Hunter’s Passport to Peril series is a must-read if you’re a fellow cozy mystery fan).
Blog: Ramblings of a Daydreamer (http://sweetmarie-83.blogspot.ca)
*Taken from Marie Landry’s Amazon profile page
Wow! What an amazing interview! Thank you so much, Marie!
Did you all enjoy this interview as much as I did? I hope you will check out some of Marie’s books because they are fun and amazing reads!
Thank you again, Marie!
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