Author Interview: J. S. Marlo

J. S. Marlo

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In the face of insurmountable odds and overwhelming obstacles, they will need all the strength and endurance they can muster to prevail and find love within turmoil.

  • Which book of yours should someone reading this buy first?
    • I have eight published novels. Some have more romance, some more suspense, some are a combination of contemporary & sport romance, some are first love, some are second chance, some are series, some are standalone… they all have a dead body somewhere in there… I’ll go with “Heart & Endurance vols 1-2”, which combines Cold Sweat and Thin Ice (the first two novels of the Heart & Endurance Series).
  • Describe your perfect day.
    • My perfect day would start with a massage, then an afternoon cuddled with my little granddaughter watching a Disney movie, and would end with a chocolate cake.
  • Coffee or Tea?
    • Both. Black coffee and flavored tea.
  • Describe your writing routine.
    • I write in bed for a few hours in the morning, then I move in front of the fireplace downstairs and write most afternoons and early evenings. In the summer, it’s cooler downstairs, and in the winter it’s warmer.
  • Name 5 books that aren’t yours but people should read.
    • Right now I’m reading the Canadian Historical Brides Series, and it’s very interesting. I’m currently in the Yukon with gold fever.
  • How many books do you try and read a year?
    • I try to read a few books every time I’m between writing books.
  • What genre do you write in?
    • Romantic Suspense
  • What genre would you like to write in one day?
    • Paranormal, like ghost and time travel. That’s what I’m trying with my new series-in-progress.
  • Do you read your book reviews? How do you process them, good vs. bad. Do you give some more weight than others? Like Amazon vs. Goodreads reviews.
    • Yes, I do read them, bad or good. I like to see what my readers like and don’t like as much, or where I might have gone wrong, and I try to learn from those reviews.
  • Does your family support your career as a writer?
    • Yes, my husband has always stood beside me, and I even managed to impress my three kids.
  • What is your favorite Character you’ve written?
    • Good question…can I say I love all of them, even the ones I love to hate? No? Okay…I think I would say “Maxime, the heroine of Hot Water. She’s a spunky and fierce swimmer who won’t let a serial killer stand in her way.
  • How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
    • I’ve been writing on and off (mostly “on”) for the past thirteen years. Some weeks are full-time and some are not. I have a little granddaughter that I love to visit, and that’s my “off” time.
  • What does literary success look like to you?
    • It’s an email saying “I loved your story” or “You kept me awake all night and I had to go to work at 6am.”
  • How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
    • I just published my eighth novel a few days ago. Now I’m left with two work-in-progress. One is the fourth book of my Duty Bound Series, and the other is the first book of new series. It’ll be interesting to see which one I finish first.
  • Advice for new Authors: What’s the best way to market your books?
    • Friends and social media…one reader at a time
  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
    • Probably a medical examiner
  • Do you Indie Publish or Traditional Publish? Explain if you’d like.
    • I cannot see myself publishing a book without the support of my editor, publisher, and fellow authors. To me it’s too much of a team effort to do it alone.

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