September 9, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
Author Interview with Marianne Petit
Author Interview with Marianne Petit
When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
I have been writing short stories and poems since the beginning of high school, but after joining a romance book club, where they send you four books every month, I thought, how hard can this be? Well, it’s a lot harder than I thought.
How many books have you written?
Written? Many. Finished is another thing! Four published and working on my fifth.
How long does it usually take you to write a book?
Depending on my schedule, about six months.
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
My last book, Behind the mask, was inspired by stories told to me by friends and family who lived in France during WWII
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite type of story is Native America/ Westerns, so…Janelle Taylor, and Catherine Anderson are a few authors I like.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Well, since all my energy is on the mystery I am currently working on, and this is my first sleuthing type of book, I am struggling with the balance between the romance and what my characters are doing to find a murderer.
Where is your favorite place to write?
In my office/library
When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
I start by making a character chart so I have good sense of who they are, but they always surprise me with traits I hadn’t written down.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
What is the hardest thing about writing?
For me it’s the editing. I will spell check and go over grammar several times and I still miss something.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
Coming up with story ideas, plots.
Do you use images to develop your character’s looks?
Are your characters based on people you know?
In Behind the mask, yes.
Do you use your experiences in your books?
Do you ever get writer’s block?
Occasionally, but if I just start jotting down ideas, dialogue, anything that pops into my head, even if I don’t have a scene developed yet, ideas begin to flow.
What do you think makes a good story?
Characters that come to life on the pages, a plot that keeps you turning the pages and a story that sticks with you after you finish the last page.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing definitely energizes me.
What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?
Finishing a book and holding the finished product in my hands. Looking down at the cover with my name on it is such a high.
What do your friends and family think about you being a writer?
My husband is my biggest advocate. Friends might be a little intrigued.. I think deep down many people wished they could write.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I am very involved with my charity organization the Lions Club so if I am not at a meetings, I am doing vision screenings on children or some kind of fundraiser. I sing in a church choir, travel quite often, like to garden, white water raft and horseback ride.
Do you like music or silence when your write?
Music sets the mood for the time period I am writing in.
Do you outline or do you just write?
I am a big outliner. I also have pages of research, sometimes dialogue, lots of descriptive landscapes, or descriptive facial, body features, etc.
Do you prefer pen and paper or computer?
Computer. The words flow fast and if I had to write by hand I probably wouldn’t be able to read my hand writing.
Do you write as routine or do you write when you feel like it?
When I feel like it. But than it’s an all day process.
What do you love best about your current book?
The current manuscript I am working on called, Timeless River, is a time travel I had started and put aside. I never thought I would finish it. But, the story is finally coming to life and going in the right direction, so I’m loving that everything’s coming together and I am looking forward to finishing it, especially since I already designed the cover.
What is your next project?
The sequel to Timeless River, a ghost story.
Thanks for giving me this opportunity to chat about my stories and give you all a small insight into my world. If you’d like to stop by my website www.mariannepetitbooks.com I have some great research links.
Have a great day….
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