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Author Spotlight: Mari Carr

Wild Side by Mari Carr, Mari Carr romance author, Brock Grady model, Lauren Summer modelCJC: 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.

Wild Side is now available and can be purchased here.

Stay up to date with all of Mari’s latest released by liking her fan page here.


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