new adult and romance author
About Marie's book Be All: Sent away every summer after her father is taken hostage, while deployed in Afghanistan, Breesan Maxwell is allowed to spend her first summer in thirteen years at home on Willow Island. Invited to a welcome home party for Morgan Walker, playboy and future heir to Walker Corporation, Breesan’s self made world of exile begins to fall away. An introduction to Morgan only initiates the downfall of her self-contained world. His brother, undercover Drug Task Force Enforcer, Marcus Walker’s return adds to the chaos by uncovering family secrets, lies and evil plans to destroy her that will make protecting her heart and those around her extra difficult. Family responsibilities, deceits and the criminal behavior twist these three lives together threatening their meager existences. One brother could offer her a love that will be all worth the downfall.
About Marie: New Adult Author of the All Series, book one Be All expected release date of September 2013. I am the mom of two beautiful & intelligent daughters; Kaitie and Kayla (Kyle), and wife to the most loving man I’ve ever met, Barry. He supports me and encourages all of my dreams no matter how neurotic. I recently became a grandmother and have special instruction for all to call me Lola. I'm too cool for a name like Memaw or Mawmaw, not that there's anything wrong with those sweet names. My first grandson RJ owns my heart and I can't wait to spoil him beyond rotten. I’m a proud Italian-American, Alabama girl born and raised but my heart resides in cities all over this great country. Barry & I have a love for travel by car, and have visited over half the country in our ten years together. I adore reading, Japanese food, and have a warped addiction to the reality show Big Brother. I love Facebook but hate to overload the news feed with posts about me so you’ll see more shares than original posts. I recently started a blog and hope to find time to connect and use it as an outlet for my insane ramblings. If you follow me on my fan page at Marie Wathen Author Page I will do my best to keep you updated on where my books are as well as sharing teasers. Thanks for all the love!
FMM: While you were growing up, did you excel in English?
MW: I loved English throughout high school and college. I’ve been an avid reader all of my life, my tastes vary between suspense to romance, both contemporary and paranormal. Like most authors, reading propelled my writing interest. After self-publishing and living the ups and downs of the Indie world, I have a much deeper appreciation for authors who blazed the path.
FMM: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
MW: When I was twelve, my grandmother gave me my first journal. I began writing immediately, creating hundreds of characters and storylines. Most will never be published, but there are some that just need a bit of tweaking and then they will be great.
FMM: How do you come up with your characters?
MW: I’ve noticed that the storyline always comes first and then my characters are created. When I wrote Be All, I knew the main character, Breesan, would be closed off from all relationships after I pictured the disparaging storyline. Her world is lonely after losing her parents as a child, therefore she needed to be vigilant, suspicious and damaged, but deep down she wanted and craved love in any form.
FMM: What is the hardest part about being an author?
MW: Constantly editing, correcting, rewriting, deleting every scene to death and then waiting for someone to tell you that they like it are the hardest parts of writing. The process itself is great, therapeutic even and I love it.
FMM: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
MW: I adore several Indie, as well as many Traditional authors. My favorites are Rachel Higginson, Lindy Zart, Jasinda Wilder, Abbi Glines, Danielle Taylor, Lizzy Ford and C.L. Stone. Every day I come across new writers and when I have down time, I contact them to offer my support and friendship. It is the best thing any author can do for a new self-pub author. That is exactly how it happened to me, so I like to think that I’m paying it forward.
FMM: Is there anything in your book that comes from your own life?
MW: This made me laugh. I will never reveal details, but to answer your question, yes, there are many things from all of my books that reflect my personal flaws and odd and/or unpleasant incidents. Writing is my way of self-medicating, correcting, or learning to accept those issues.
FMM: Do you have any current projects?
MW: I recently submitted a short story as a part of an anthology that is set to become a full length novel, and my current work in progress is the fourth book in my breakout series, The All series.