Author Spotlight: Mari Carr
January 26, 2020 • News
CJC: How did you get started as an author and what made you want to pursue that field?
MC: I think like most authors, writing a book was ALWAYS in the back of my mind. On my 34th birthday, I sort of fell apart. Cried the whole day. My husband finally asked “what is so hard about this birthday?” Don’t ask me why that was the age, but I told him I just really thought I would have had my house decorated and my book written. His response was perfect. He said, “So do it.” And I did.
CJC: What do you find to be the most rewarding and challenging part of being an author and what hurdles have your overcome while striving towards your goals?
MC: I still work a day job as a high school librarian (shhh), so for me, the challenge is finding enough time to do everything I want to do. Writing is truly my dream job. I joke that it’s what I want to do when I grow up. It’s been extremely rewarding to be able to pursue it, to find success, to be able to do something that I love so very much.
CJC: Which novel has been your favorite to write and why?
MC: Oh my–that’s like asking a mother which child is her favorite. Hmmm…I’m going to cheat a little. I’m most proud of my Wild/Wilder Irish series and the Trinity Masters series I cowrite with Lila Dubois.
CJC: For first time readers of your work, which book would you recommend?
MC: I have several. I call them my “test drive books” Come Monday, Wild Passion, and Elemental Pleasure are the first books in three of my series and they are perma-free. It’s a great way to see if you like my writing!
CJC: If one of your books were made into a movie, which would you select and who would you like to star in it?
MC: I would LOVE to see the Masters Admiralty series turned into an HBO series, like Game of Thrones or True Blood. And I always envision Alexander Skarsgård as the Fleet Admiral.
CJC: If you could co-write a book with any author, who would it be and why?
MC: Honestly–I’m already doing it. Cowriting is very, very difficult. I have been blessed to find Lila Dubois. We’re very different people, yet somehow, we’ve managed to make it work for six years. We’re about to start writing book sixteen and I hope we can keep going forever!
CJC: Favorite motto?
MC: Don’t sweat the small stuff.
CJC: What do you do to over come writer’s block?
MC I listen to music. It never fails to inspire me.
CJC: In one word, how would you describe your writing style?
MC: Fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants. 🙂
CJC: Which do you find harder to do… writing the blurb for your story or select the cover?
MC: The blurb. Always the blurb.
CJC: What is your writing process like?
MC: I’m a weekend, summer break, snow day writer. I’m also an early bird, so typically I’m up by 5 a.m. when my house is quiet.
CJC: What new projects are you currently working on and what are your goals for the remainder of the year?
MC: I have two series I am currently writing. In addition to the Wilder Irish series, I also write the Trinity Masters series with Lila Dubois. It has a secret society, arranged menage marriages, romantic suspense, sexy times–something for everyone! In addition to the release of Wild Side, I plan to release another book in the Wilder Irish series as well as a holiday box set. Oh–and I’m jumping into the Kindle Unlimited world with some of my backlist books.
CJC: Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers?
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you, Chris, for your amazing photography. The cover to Wild Side is probably one of my all-time favorites and it’s because you share your talent with us!
CJC: Thank you so much Mari for taking the time to partake in this interview. And an even bigger thank you for picking Taylor, Brock, Lauren and I for the cover of Wild Side.
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