Thank you to Marie Treanor, author of the recently released book Blood Chills, for answering a few questions about herself and her writing. 🙂
1. What books have influenced your life most?
Goodness, that’s surprisingly hard to answer! There are loads of books I’ve loved and lost myself in, from classics to contemporary romances and thrillers, and I know they must influence my writing and my outlook on life to some extent. However, trying to narrow it down… I suppose I first got hooked on reading by Enid Blyton’s children’s books and by Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women! A children’s biography of Mary Queen of Scots I read when I was 9 – I can’t even remember its name since it belonged to a friend – made me want to study history – which I went on to do at university. Then The Masqueraders and The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer introduced me to the idea of humour and romance in writing. Jane Eyre and Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca began my love affair with Gothic romance, while Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and later Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire sold me on the undead for life 🙂
2. What inspired you to write your first book?
The discovery of ebook romances and the birth of my daughter :). I’d been writing historical novels, which were very time-consuming in terms of research and sheer length, and while investigating the possibilities of e-publishing, I discovered the wealth of imagination and talent in the romance genres. With less time on my hands, but determined to keep writing, I decided to try a novella – a paranormal romance called Ghost Unlaid. I was lucky enough to sell it right away to an epublisher (and in fact it’s available now at The Wild Rose Press :).
3. Did you know you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes, I did – almost as soon as I could hold a pencil I was scribbling stories and plays for my friends to perform in 🙂
4. What advice would you give to a new author?
To read as well as write constantly, to take account of constructive criticism, and never to give up!
5. Do you have a specific writing style?
I suppose I must have, but it isn’t conscious – I just write! I like humour and intensity of emotion and I hope those come through in my writing.
6. If you could be any character from one of your books, who would you be?
Yikes, they all have much more exciting lives than me! Not sure I could handle it in reality :). I would like to be someone much more capable and decisive – like Cyn in Blood Chills… Or maybe Elizabeth Silk, who grew from someone a little bit like me into a self-confident, capable, kick-ass-when-necessary kind of a woman – and of course she does have the most powerful of vampire of all time as her lover 🙂
Many thanks for interviewing me!
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