Today I have an interview Marie Landry, one of my favourite author/book blogger friends.
What’s your favourite part of writing a book?
My favourite part is when I get into the zone where the words are really flowing, and I’m able to ignore the siren call of Twitter and Facebook and YouTube and all the other distractions. It’s when my characters have become real people and they’re urging me to tell their story, and I don’t even have to think about what they’d say or do because it just happens.
Do you read reviews written about your book?
I’m curious by nature, and since I consider my books my babies, I want to see what people are saying about them. When Blue Sky Days (my debut novel) came out, I read every review I could find – on GoodReads, blogs, Amazon, Smashwords, etc. The good reviews would put me on such a high – I’d be so excited that people were enjoying my characters and the world I had built. The negative reviews just about killed me at first. I respected people’s opinions and I knew not everyone would like the book, but it still hurt. Luckily, for the most part the criticism was constructive; I took what they said to heart, learned from it, and I think it helped me become a better writer. Now I try to avoid reading reviews because it’s just too much of a distraction and it can have a really negative effect on my state of mind… unless I see it’s a good review, and then I have to admit I still read a few of those. A girl needs an ego boost every now and then!
Do you write your book from page 1 to the end, or do you jump around?
It depends on the book. For Blue Sky Days I think (and I say ‘think’ because it was eight years ago and I don’t really remember!) I started with a scene in the middle. It came to me, I knew it wasn’t the beginning of the book, but I had to write it because it was so clear in my mind. I jumped around a lot with that one as scenes came to me, then pieced them together. With The Game Changer and my third book (which will be out next year), I wrote them from beginning to end without jumping around at all. They were like movies in my head and I knew what was going to happen. With my fourth book, which I’m currently writing (woohoo NaNoWriMo!), I’m jumping around a bit because I’m still not quite sure where the story is going, and if I have a scene that’s vivid in my mind, I like to write it before it starts to fade.
Do you have a writing routine?
Kind of. It consists of a lot of procrastinating – checking out Facebook and Twitter, blog surfing, and watching videos on YouTube – but when I get down to business, it’s just me and my computer, a glass of water and a cup of coffee, and my characters. I work from home, so I write in blocks of time from the time I get up until the time I go to bed, taking breaks to do other things.
Marie Landry is the author of Blue Sky Days (contemporary YA – Jan 2012), Undressed (a collection of short erotic romance stories – Oct 2012), and The Game Changer (chick lit – Nov 2012). Marie has always been a daydreamer; since early childhood, she’s had a passion for words and a desire to create imaginary worlds, so it only seemed natural for her to become a writer. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, or having grand adventures with her two precious nephews.
Melody Cartwright has never had a problem with change, but for the first time in her life the changes are beyond her control—she suddenly has a niece she never knew, but has to prove herself to; her best friend is making huge life changes of her own; and she has to deal with her ex and his crazy new girlfriend who has stalker tendencies.
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During a time of change and turmoil, it doesn’t take long for Julian to become everything Melody never knew she needed in her life. But is it possible for them to remain ‘just friends’ or will Melody be a game changer for Julian the playboy?
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