First, if we were meeting at a coffee shop I’d be drinking a Latte with Coconut Milk 🙂 What would you order?
Thanks so much for hanging out with me today and Congratulations on your recent RITA nomination Best New Book – Altered.
Thank you for inviting me! And thank you for the congratulations! It’s been an exciting few weeks.
When you wrote this story did you know what was going to happen or did it evolve as you were writing it?
I did know what was going to happen when I started writing. I’m a pretty serious plotter. I can’t go forward without know what’s going to happen.
What was your biggest obstacle or challenge while writing this story?
As far as obstacles or challenges, I guess there are hard parts of every book, or spots that need to be adjusted. Thank goodness I’m surrounded by incredibly smart people–critique partners, agents, editors, copy-editor–and all of them helped to mold this book into its best form.
For fans who are anxiously awaiting the sequel Avenged this June can you give us a peek? What can we expect?
I love your cover design and can’t wait to see the next book – Entangled Publishing has some very creative cover designers.
Thank you again and I’m thrilled we had a chance to sit down and chat.
Thank you for having me!
1. What is your must read book and why?
Oh, good question! I would say Perfect by Judith McNaught. It was one of my gateway to romance novel books, and it hits all the feels.
2. What is one place that I should see if I visit your hometown?
My hometown is a small town in Western PA. I’d suggest visiting the local truck stop. They make salads with fries on them out there. It’s a Western PA thing…and it’s delicious.
3. Castles or Beaches?
Castles. I’m the palest person you’ll meet, so most sunny-weather activity requires SPF 2847456. But, even if that wasn’t the case, I love the history of castles and the interesting lives that live there.
4. If you had an all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world for research, where would you go?
Ireland. So much cool folklore, and the pictures are so gorgeous.
5. What is your guilty pleasure?
Godiva chocolate bars, the kind you buy at the check out at Barnes and Noble. My hubs and I aren’t big card givers, but he will pick them up for me for Valentine’s Day or anniversaries…or if he’s just feeling sweet. Now that’s a real hero, ladies.
6. What are you afraid of?
7. Organized or Free Floating?
ORGANIZED. I’m a Virgo, so my spaces have to feel calm and orderly before I can focus. I’m also a scheduler and a listmaker.
8. What is one thing your can’t live without?
Blistex. I think I’m addicted.
Thanks again for hanging out! Time for another Latte 🙂
Happy Reading Dear Readers.
Happy Writing Marnee
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Good Luck to all!
Rita® finalist and double Golden Heart® finalist Marnee Blake used to teach high school students but these days she only has to wrangle her own children. Originally from a small town in Western Pennsylvania, she now battles traffic in southern New Jersey where she lives with her hero husband and their happily-ever-after: two very energetic boys. When she isn’t writing, she can be found refereeing disputes between her children, cooking up something sweet, or hiding from encroaching dust bunnies with a book.