Hi, Mary! Thanks for inviting me back. I hope it’s okay if I don’t drink my hot chocolate during the interview. Bad manners, you know… Besides, holding it will keep my fingers warm.
Mary: No problem, drink all the hot cocoa you want, that's why I have it, to warm up! Tell us a bit about Marie, the person, not the author. Your family, etc.
Marie: I’m married with two grown daughters. I have three grandchildren, although I don’t see the oldest that much. But the youngest two (Xavier & Gracelyn) are the very reason I keep smiling. I live in Utah and I work full time for the state at Dept. of Workforce Services. This is the place where we help people find jobs, and believe me, this office is always busy now! Besides my grandchildren, I don’t have anything else that occupies my time except for my hubby and my church.
Mary: What was your first book? Was it published or is it still under the bed in a shoe box?
Marie: Oh…THAT first book! lol It’s actually in the shredder. I had started writing the story, not knowing what the crap I was doing, and before I finished it, another story idea popped into my head. That’s the way it’s been since I first picked up a notebook and pencil to start writing. (we couldn’t afford a computer back then) I remember the story was about a ballerina and a detective… But for the life of me, I can’t remember what was happening besides a killer going around murdering ballerinas. A few years after I’d written it, I shredded it because it wasn’t worth saving. Maybe I should have saved it, because that’s what kick-started my writing career.
Mary: What is your favorite genre to write? And why?
Marie: HISTORICAL!! Although I’ve written a few contemporaries, I still think historicals are the best. Why? Well, because for me, writing is what gets me out of the ‘real world’. This is my stress-reliever. Some people drink, some eat, some smoke to try and deal with the things real life hands them…but me, I WRITE! I write historicals because it gets me out of this world and puts me in a world where men treated women with respect. The people of those days had morals, which is definitely something we don’t see enough of now. True, some of my historical heroes are rogues, but they change. lol Anyway, people talked better back then, they treated each other with kindness, and the world was a lot slower, less stressful, and more peaceful, in my opinion. That’s one of the main reasons I write historicals. Well, that and because the men were just too dang cute in those clothes!!! And the ball gowns the women wore were breathless!
Mary: What has been the hardest thing about writing for you? And how have you overcome it?
Marie: My writing career has been hurdling constant obstacles. At first it was learning how to write. lol Then it was developing my characters. Next, it was plotting, which meant I had to research more. Then it was hooking the readers—which I love doing now! Lately, it’s been trying to create twists in the story so that the reader doesn’t think Marie Higgins is a ‘predictable’ writer. lol There are a couple things you can predict, though… My stories WILL have a happily ever after—and you will NOT be able to guess the ending.
Mary: Tell all of your fans where they can find you. Blog, website, Facebook, Twitter and anywhere else.
Marie: You betcha! My blog/website is – http://mariehiggins84302.blogspot.com My twitter ID is – @MarieHigginsxox And here is my facebook page -facebook.com/marie.higgins.7543
Thank you for dropping by Marie. Now I’m excited to give my review on her latest book, Dreaming of you!
Katelyn Palmer never believed any harm could come from using her college crush as the hero in her first romance novel—the novel that jumpstarted her writing career. However, when Shane Hunter storms into town, demanding to meet the writer who used his identity Katelyn is confronted with more than her long, silent emotions. If Shane takes her to court for invasion of privacy, her career would be over.
Shane doesn’t know how to act when his ex sister-in-law accuses him of having an affair while he was married—and then shows him the romance book as proof. Now he wants to know who this author really is and why she used his name, and most of the events in his life for her story. Desperate to know the truth Shane befriends Katelyn but he does not expect to be attracted to her, even more unexpected is the joy he finds watching his twins fall in love with the woman who is stealing his heart, too...
Katelyn loves romance so much so, she writes best selling romance novels. And she just so happens to be in love with her hero. Shane Hunter. And he is a very real person. When he reads her book he wants to find her and sue her for using his identity. But... Well you need to read the book to find out what happens. Katelyn falls in love with him and his children and wants nothing more than to be part of his family. Shane wants to be a better person when he's around Katelyn. Very inspirational just in time for the holidays! Thank you Ms. Higgins!
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