Featured Interview With Marie Lavender
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I grew up in a small town in the Midwest. I now live in central Indiana, but I plan to move to California or some other coastal location someday. I have three cats, and I’ll be adding six to that total when I marry my fiancé.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I think I loved books from the time I knew about them, probably from the time my mom was reading them to us at bedtime. I was pretty young then. When I could read on my own, it just opened up another world for me. I started writing at the age of nine, but stories were in my head long before that. I always had a wild imagination.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Some of my favorite authors are J.R. Ward, P.C. Cast, Chloe Neill, Catherine Coulter, Kris Tualla, Emma Wildes, Nora Roberts, Kerrelyn Sparks, and the list just goes on. My favorite genre to read is romance – really any sub-genres of romance. My main two favorites are paranormal romance and historical romance, though I’ll also read contemporary romance, romantic suspense, time travel romance or romantic fantasy.
Who inspires me? The world inspires me. The people around me, the writers I meet every day and really anyone or anything can inspire me in my work. My favorite authors inspire me because they made it despite the obstacles. I also admire their candor in approaching certain topics. I hope I can be so brave in my endeavors.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest release is Second Nature, book one of the Blood at First Sight Series. It is a paranormal romance/urban fantasy, and is my first published book about vampires, or the Other world. I wanted to create a story about a captive’s struggle with her circumstances, but I didn’t want it to get too creepy. I had a lot of fun writing the book, and the whole process from start to polished took me about four months!
Second Nature is about a young woman, Desiree Edwards, who finds herself in a different world when she is taken from her home and forced to get along with a vampire. She also learns some things about herself in the process. Alec is her captor, but he is not the monster he appears to be. He is very drawn to her, but soon realizes the dangers in keeping her with him.
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