Name Marlowe Fox
Where are you from
I was born and raised in Oregon but now live in Eastern Washington.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I have a BS in Psychology but discovered about midway through the bachelors program that I didn’t really want to make a career out of it. This was the same time that I was taking some extracurricular English classes. I have always loved to write and create stories but in three years of gruelling I hadn’t done much of it. Taking the English classes renewed my love for writing and I started a YA paranormal story that has sense been shelved, maybe I’ll finished it someday.
My family is wonderful, it’s just my fiancé, our almost 3 year old son, me, and a couple dogs. Moving to Washington has been trying as we moved away from our family and friends, and Eastern Washington is very different from the free and weird Portland area that we are used to.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Well with Manage Me finally being done and out, I am kind of laying low. I’m contemplating how the next book is going to go and what I want to do with it. I know who it’s going to be and the basic outline but I am still working on all the little details. I have started writing it though. I think this story is going to be a lot of the past. Readers are going to see Jaden, Ashton, Finn, and Ryker as kids growing up together and starting Toven’s Circus.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing in school originally. I had a wonderful English teacher in high school, Ms. Moffitt, who really pushed us and dug into the reading material that she taught. To this day Shakespeare’s Richard III, is the one bit of Shakespeare that I know inside out and backwards that way, and I remember it all! She was very encouraging with me, in high school I wanted to be a screen writer/director. I still have several graded papers from her and we are friends on facebook. I haven’t told her or sent her the book though. Not sure I want to share my smutty book with my former high school English teacher. Hahaha!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
It still comes and goes, haha. But it really hit me when I held the proof in my hands. Jumping up and down and crying may have happened.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve always been a dreamer and Manage Me is just that. I’ve always loved music and when I was in my late teens and early twenties, I was always going to rock shows. I had my crushes on different people and always hoped that I would meet them, we would fall in love, and have this whorl wind romance. Sadly while I met many of my crushes over the years we never fell in love, okay maybe I did but I was usually too shy to talk to them past getting an autograph and maybe a picture.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t think so because all of the characters are different and I write in their voice. They all have different ways of saying things and I try hard to stay true to their voice. I actually argued with my aunt, who is also an editor for a magazine, about it as she wanted me to make many changes to put the writing in proper context. My argument was that this is them telling the story in their voice and no one walks around talking in proper context all the time, it’s not essay on behaviorisms in childhood development but their lives.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Nell becomes the tour manage for the band…Manage Me. Lol! It did go through several title changes though and was called Jaden’s Sin for the first 6 months. But when I started thinking of the rest of the series, I knew I wanted to have the titles go together. So there is, Manage Me, See Me, Capture Me….and maybe Marry Me, which will be a novella and I have fully decided on it yet or not.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I really want readers to see that communication is important. It seems that in most romance stories, the couple keeps secrets or hide things from one another and then when those secrets are exposed, things explode. That type of dynamic isn’t going to work out in the long run. Trust is broken and when it is, its very hard to get back no matter how huge the gesture. Jaden and Nell communicate like a real couple would that is trying to make their relationship work, yes there is conflict that tries their relationship but they work together like adults need to build a healthy long lasting relationship.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
There are a few scenes here and there that are based on real life. Nell is a bit like me and Jaden is a mix of different men from my life. Kinda like if you take things from this guy and this one, and this one, you would have the perfect guy. That’s Jaden.
The cough drop scene is from my best friend and her innate need to always give me way too much information.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
A little of both. A couple of the funny scenes are things that a friend told me about. The one where Nell and Jaden are in talking in the kitchen area on the bus, and Jaden can’t find the Snickers because they are in the fridge, is a conversation my fiancé and I’ve had. I like throwing in those real moments because it adds to the flow of the story.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
SC Stephens was the first indie author that I read and her Thoughtless series is still one of my favorites today. Carmen Jenner is another favorite, as well as, Toni Aleo, Mandi Beck, Corinne Michaels, Jordan Marie, Michelle Valentine, Kylie Scott, Tillie Cole, Kendall Grey and Cassandra Clare. There are so many and I know I am forgetting some. Mandi is so amazing and always answers but annoy questions, in trade I send her sexy pictures of men, usually Franggy.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m actually just now reading Thoughtful. I know so late!! But it’s so fantastic, I love Kellan and his side is so heart wrenching. Up next is Pucked Up, I love me some hockey and Helena Hunting knows how to do hockey boys right.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Tracy Champion is a newbie, her book is coming out soon. Arie Payton is a paranormal writer that just released her first book, Entrusted, it’s fantastic. Danielle Rose is another paranormal author and wonderful too.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Currently I am working on See Me. Which is book two in the Toven’s Circus series. If you have read Manage Me then you know who it is about but I don’t want to let that out if you haven’t. I have several other stories that I would like to start but I only let myself work on one at a time, otherwise nothing would get finished. haha
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My PA Rachel and good friend Sue are both a huge huge help and support to me. They both have help get Manage Me to where it is from being my CP’s to pimping. They always help pull me out of my head when I’m feeling mope.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I love to see writing as a career. I am lucky that I get to be a stay at home mom with my son but it’s a hard industry and you never know where it will take you.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
The editing has been a constant pain in the ass. It’s no wonder the major publishing companies send them through 7-10 different editors before the final comes out because this has been a trial of error. I don’t know if it just bad luck or if my computer has something against me and isn’t saving things properly but it’s been a battle.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Not specifically. My brother is 9 years old than me, and my sister is 8 years younger. We always lived out in the country so I spent a lot of time playing alone developing a very vivid imagination. One day I just started writing them down.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
As its all hand written out and a mess at the moment, I am going to have to say No. Sorry. Its starts out with a copy of Playboy and a treehouse though. Hahaha!
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes, Having inspiration, motivation, and the time to work, all land at the same time.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My favorite changes all the time and the list just grows but the list above are all favorites, as well as authors like JK Rowling, Jenny Lowry, Chelsea Handler, Nora Roberts, Keri Arthur, I really love autobiographies too. As for what strikes me about their work, well obviously these are all different but I love how they all are able to pull you into their worlds. Whether it’s a totally made up world or just another state they have the ability to pull you into their lives.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Nope, so far I haven’t traveled anywhere but I would really love to do some book signings in 2016. Love N Vegas would be a dream.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I did with the help of my fiancé when I got stuck on something as he is the Photoshop master. Darren Birks is the model and shot both covers also, I didn’t have to do much to them as they were stunning on their own. I did give Darren some new tattoos on his arms and a kiss on his hip for the limited edition cover.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Making choices for where the book will go is hard because you want to please your readers. Sure you write the story how is needs to be but at the same time it’s hard not to worry is the readers are going to hate you for it or not.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Sometimes things happens that are 100% not planned out even thought of until the word are pouring out of your fingers. It must be what possession feels like because it’s that weirdest thing ever.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Try not to let the bad comments in reviews get to you. Its going to happen even when they love the story people will still find something to say. It hurts because you pour your soul into the book but try to use the information as fuel for the next one and more forward.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading and loving out books, but thank you for the support you give us long after the last page because your faith in us is what keeps us going.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I don’t remember the name of the book but it was a Goosebumps book and I was in the 6th grade. I hated reading for many many years as I struggled reading aloud. It wasn’t until we started reading silently in class that I realized that I didn’t have any problems reading in my head.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I am pretty easy to make laugh. Tell me a dick joke and I’ll laugh. But I don’t cry easily at all. There are a few books out there that have done it though, Ugly Love got me good. However Nicolas Spark’s movies get me every damn time. The Last Ride has me bawling like a baby.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
My Mom-Mom passed a month before I was born. I’ve always been told I am so much like her and there’s this huge mystery about her passing. One that I actually have been researching for a book idea. So I would love love love to meet her and hear her story from her.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Ha!! I’ve never thought of this one.
Best Mom and Authie ever!
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Art…. drawing, painting, coloring, tattooing, sewing, baking, cooking, gardening, movies, and lots of reading.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m obsessed with Scream Queens at the moment, and American Horror. I have always been a movie lover, even before books, so I usually will put on a movie as background noise while writing. My go to movies are ones that have a strong soundtrack, where the music is just as important as the characters themselves. Empire Records is my top favorite movie of all times. I can’t say how many times I have seen it now and know every line. Dazed and Confused is another favorite along with Almost Famous.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Pizza or anything Italian
90’s Alternative is my favorite but I listen to a bit of everything.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’ve dabbled in a bit of everything. I have done cake decorating and photography. Our son still has a couple years until school starts but I might have gone into some kind of Psychology field.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Amazon Authors page http://www.amazon.com/Marlowe-Fox/e/B015NTNC7K/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1