I have another creative romance author to introduce you all to today! Please help me welcome Marie Dry to the guest chair. First a peek at her bio and then we’ll get right into the questions.
Ever since she can remember Marie Dry wanted to travel. She lived in Zambia, Morocco, and Spain and did short stints in Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Rome, Brazil, Portugal, Botswana, and Mozambique. Through all the travelling reading romance has been a constant.
She read romances since she was nine and was fairly young when she decided she would write a story that had all the elements she looked for in a romance.
There are several wonderful moments in her life that she would never trade for anything. One of them is meeting President Nelson Mandela and the second being published.
Betty: When did you become a writer?
Marie: I’ve written stories since I was seven, but I was published first in 2014
Betty: How long did you work on your writing skills before you became published?
Marie: At least seven years of taking courses and trying to apply what I’ve learned to my manuscripts. I am still working on my craft.
Betty: What authors or stories do you feel influenced your writing style?
Marie: Jayne Ann Krentz, Georgette Heyer, Linda Howard, the romances of Iris Johansen and so many more.
Betty: What prompted you to start writing?
Marie: I’ve always had stories in my head and I’ve always scribbled them down.
Betty: What type of writing did you start with?
Marie: Romance. I knew it was the genre for me by age ten when I read my first romance.
Betty: What do you most enjoy writing? Why?
Marie: Seeing the characters in my head coming alive on the page. It takes a lot of frustration and working and reworking a manuscript, but that moment when it comes alive and the story in your head is finally on the page is like magic.
Betty: How did you learn to write? A mentor, classes, conferences, craft books, or something else?
Marie: All of the above plus writing and struggling with my stories.
Betty: What do you wish you knew before you started writing/publishing?
Marie: How important it is to write and finish book after book. Even if they are never published. Writing is the best way to learn your craft.
Betty: What other authors inspired you (either directly or through their writing) to try your hand at writing?
Marie: Mary Buckham, Kate Walker, Lori Wilde to name a few.
Betty: What inspired you to write the book you’re sharing with us today?
Marie: My sister gave me an article about a couple whose paternity test came back negative. They were one hundred percent sure of who the father was and they started digging. That had me wondering. What if a couple had a test done and it came back the man was not the father? What if he believed the science and not her? The four-year-old twins in the story have been in my head for years now. The moment my sister gave me this article I knew this was their story as much as their mother’s and Rafe’s.
About Love Me, Trust Me
Five years ago, when Rafe demanded a paternity test, Lindi was devastated. When the test came back negative and Rafe believed science over her word, Lindi realized the man she’d loved with all of her heart had never loved her. Now Rafe is back in her life, he claimed he still wanted her, but he still refused to admit her twin boys were his.
“We learned lawyers,” the one on the left said at last. In a tone he probably thought was threatening. Well, actually it was, even coming from such a small person. Those identical blue gazes had The Shining going on big time.
“That’s interesting.” He didn’t know much about kids, but weren’t they supposed to ask you for candy or cry for their parents? These two looked like they could kill him and ensure that no one ever found the body. Again, he marveled at the intelligence that shone in those eyes. He shrugged off that foolish thought. They were only kids, almost babies. “Are your parents working in this building?” He’d never had any occasion to interact with his employees’ children. He owned the building, but four of the twelve floors were hired by lawyers, accountants, and other businesses.
“We learnt sewing,” the talkative twin on the left continued, ignoring the reference to their parents.
“Sewing?” Rafe leaned back in his black leather chair and folded his arms across his chest, suppressing his amusement. He’d send his PA, Abbey, to look for their parents in a moment, when this conversation wasn’t strangely amusing anymore.
The silent one bumped the talkative one and mumbled something.
“S-u-i-n-g,” the child spelled out as if he spoke to a moron. Rafe had to grind his teeth together not to laugh. “We are sewing you and you will pay us.”
Hugely entertained, he relaxed back in his leather chair.
Buy link: Amazon
You made some good points about how long it can take to really hone your writing skills, Marie. Thanks for stopping in and sharing your inspiration and writing process with us!
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