Name –Marianne Rice
Age-Too old to reveal 😉
Where are you from-
I’m from southern California but have lived in southern Maine for the past twenty years.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I graduated from the University of Maine, where I met my husband, and now reside in southern Maine where I teach high school English and try to keep up with my three active kids.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Then Came You, the second book in my contemporary romance Wilde Sisters series, is now out and I’m super excited to share it with you!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing when I was home on maternity leave with my newborn son and two and four year-old daughters. I needed the escape!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Not until I had a few manuscripts under my belt. I never queried or submitted until had three books completed and that was when I said, “Yeah, this is real!”
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Gosh, it was so long ago. I was home with three children under the age of four and reading contemporary romance novels every second I wasn’t needed. The books sparked stories in my head that I simply had to tell.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I love writing dialogue. Especially male banter. I’m not a “long-winded” writer…yet I tend to be long-winded in speech.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Titles are hard. The first book in the series was easy, Sweet on You. The hero is a baker…so it fit. The second book was harder. I wanted a word to be in common throughout the series and came up with Then Came you and Wilde For You for book three.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I love to write about real life issues that readers have faced or may be facing, but with a lighthearted flare. In Then Came You it’s about two people who never felt they belonged anywhere realizing they had a place all along, with their families and with each other.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
One hundred percent fiction. The hero is named after my nephew, Grayson. The rest is all made up.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I can’t say anyone book has influenced me, but the contemporary romance genre has.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I’ve always been a fangirl of Susan Mallery, Jill Shalvis and Kristan Higgin’s. Some of my favorite new authors are Susan Behon, Rebecca Barber and Samantha Chase.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
The Maine Romance Writers has been a wonderful group; I’ve been a member for nine years and have learned so much.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I hope so. Right now we have bills to pay so I need to keep up with the day job. One day I’d love to write full time.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead
I have a fascination with the Hemsworth brothers. I pictured Chris Hemsworth to play Connor McKay in my football romance, False Start and his brother Liam Hemsworth to play Grayson Montgomery in Then Came You. I have book boards on my Pinterest account where you can see all my hero inspirations. https://www.pinterest.com/mariannericeaut
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
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