Marianne Rice writes contemporary romances set in small New England towns. Her heroes are big and strong, yet value family and humor, while her heroines her smart, sexy, sometimes a little bit sassy, and are often battling a strong internal conflict. Together, they deal with real life issues and always, always, find everlasting love. When she’s not writing, Marianne spends her time buying shoes, eating chocolate, chauffeuring her herd of children to their varying sporting events, and when there’s time, relaxing with fancy drinks and romance books. Connect with her on Facebook or visit her website at http://www.mariannerice.com
1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something?I was reading 4-5 romance books a week while home on maternity leave with my newborn son, and 2 and 4 year-old daughters, and story ideas kept me awake at night. Well, that and my son. Within months I was writing my first book. I’d never planned on writing. I think it came from Mommy insomnia and insanity. 2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured?In my world there is no “usual”. I’ll write every day for a month and then not write for months and months (which is my current status). My kiddos are 14, 12 and 9 and their schedules (and my day job) pretty much dictate when I can write.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it?Because my writing time is so limited, I have yet to have writer’s block. By the time I sit down at my laptop, the words flow pretty quickly.
4.Are you a plotter or pantser when it comes to writing a story?I’m a cooker. Just because I don’t have time to sit down and write doesn’t mean I can’t be thinking about my stories. I plan them out in my head and purge out high word counts when I can.
5.Are you traditionally or self-published?I am traditionally published through two different small presses.
6. What was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors?I wrote for years and years before actually pursuing the publishing world. By the time I actively started querying and entering contests, I had six books under my belt. My advice: when you’re finished with the first book, start the next. Don’t get so bogged down with queries and synopsis that you forget to write.
7.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author?Seeing my name on a print book!!!
8.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us, including genre and targeted audience?Sweet on You came out on January 26th. It’s a contemporary romance set in Maine. I write about families, small towns, and real life issues. This is book 1 (each book is a stand alone) in the Wilde Sisters books. Each sister has her own…quirk J and super sexy hero.
9.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.)I’m presenting a workshop on this in March at the Maine Romance Writers’ meeting and in April at the Let Your Imagination Take Flight conference in Boston offered through NECRWA. Basically you want to get your name out there by interacting with others. Comment on posts, attend Facebook parties, promote authors’ new releases. Sure, we all do our share of talking about the big names, but most likely they’re not going to reach out to us newbies (no offense to my favorite best selling authors). It’s the newer authors who will remember you so when it’s your time to push your book, we’ll reciprocate.
10.How long on average does it take you to write a book?I don’t usually start a book until I know I’ll have a few months of writing time. I write at least one in the summer and one in the winter/spring months. Last year I somehow managed three books. I hope to keep up with that pace but life kinda gets in the way.
11.Tell us about the book cover/s, how the designing came about, whether you had much input etc. For my newest release, the team at Limitless Publishing was awesome. They asked about my characters, if I had any ideas and for links to covers I like. I didn’t do any tweaking to their design other than the title color. They’re very good listeners.
12.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time?Ha! Spare time. You’re funny. I have three children who each have their collection of sports and hobbies, and I am a full time teacher. There is no spare time.