1: Thank you so much for being here, Marsha, First up is the obligatory question. When did you first begin writing?
Thanks lots for inviting me to be your guest today.
I began writing as an English minor in college. For many years following, I wrote music reviews. About five years ago, I began writing fiction, short stories and novels.
2: What inspired you to write?
Writing for me has always been a creative release, necessary for me to feel balanced. I also paint and draw for the same reason.
3: What do you like the most and least about writing?
What I like most about writing fiction is being able to breathe life into an imaginary world. I write fantasy romance/soft erotica. Word building is pure joy for me. I see fantasy settings everywhere in nature and love spending hours doing research for details to enrich those worlds. Then, bringing three-dimensional characters into those new worlds never fails to amaze me.
What I like least would be not having enough hours in the day to complete all I want to accomplish with my writing. Also, writing keeps me indoors more than I’d like, so I’m working on ways to be more mobile. I still hand write an occasional chapter in order to be outside. I just purchased a netbook to get out onto our patio/lanai more often.
4: What do you for fun and relaxation when not writing?
I do yoga or cycling daily. I also enjoy painting, drawing, knitting, reading, hiking, and rock/metal music.
5: Which authors do you like to read?
I read a lot of classics. My favorites include Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas Hardy, James Fenimore Cooper, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. I also confess to being a JK Rowling fan.
6: What’s the one thing you’d most like people to know about you?
Being able to share my writing fulfills a tremendous personal goal. Having others enjoy what I’ve shared is simply a wonder.
7: Tell me about your current novel, where I can find it and your website/blog.
My next book to be released, February 1st from MuseItHot Publishing, is entitled Tears on a Tranquil Lake.
Ciel’s first thought – track down the merman who changed her and make him reverse his magic. Unable to find him, survival in her new world becomes paramount. She eagerly accepts help from a dashing pirate captain who takes a fancy to her, lavishing her with finery.
When her merman does show up, he competes for her affection. One look into his eyes makes her life more complex -- he is her soul mate.
Which man will she choose – pirate captain or merman? Which life – human or mermaid? Caribbean adventures and dangers chase Ciel as she searches for decisions and the key to her happiness.
Warning: This book contains Haitian vodou, sultry wenches, foul-mouthed scalliwag pirates, overindulgence of fine Caribbean rum, and amorous encounters on deserted beaches.
You can find more information on my website at http://www.marshaamoore.com/ and at http://museithotpublishing.com/
8: Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
Have all your social media operating before you attempt to publish a novel length piece of fiction. You won’t have time after.
9: Do you base your characters on real-life people?
Absolutely, but most often a combination of several personalities. Physical appearances of characters usually are more imaginary, although my heroes tend to look a lot like Johnny Depp!
10: Where do you get your ideas and what inspired you to write this book?
Tears on a Tranquil Lake was based upon my initial impressions of living in Florida. I helped my mother get settled the year before I moved my own household there. Staying with her, those months were filled with much exploration, reacting to exotic tropical wonders, and lots of daydreaming. Especially here in Tampa, with the yearly Gasparilla festival focused on the legend of the famed pirate Jose Gaspar, I indulged in learning the local legends. My book is about a love triangle between a mermaid, a merman, and a pirate captain – certainly a Floridian fantasy.
11: What are you currently working on?
I am currently working hard on the first book of a five-part fantasy erotic romance series called The Enchanted Bookstore: Seeking a Scribe.
On deck, a conga drummer joined the musicians from two nights ago, entertaining us with some lively salsa tunes. The deck hands sang and shouted, rhythmically pulling at the rigging on the halyards, raising and lowering sails that propelled the ship out of the Bay.
With so many distractions onboard I failed to pay attention to sights the ship passed. Only when a large rock formation came astern on the portside did I see Meris seated on its peak, level with the schooner’s deck. He looked regal with his muscular flipper draped across the rocks and his emerald green tail fin fanned out wide, glistening in the sunlight.
I held out an arm and he lifted his open palm up to me. I bent far over the gunwale, wanting desperately to bridge the short distance. Forgetting everything except my desire to be with him I leaned farther, somehow believing I could swim through the air to reach him.
“No, Ciel! Stop!” Meris shouted.
Immediately, arms grasped me tight at my waist and pulled me back behind the railing, and then I perceived the dangers below. I would have fallen perilously near the hull, or crashed upon rocks in the narrow passageway. I glanced behind to see Black Sam holding me.
“No, lass, ye can’t dive here.”
Undaunted, I turned my attention back to Meris, whose position passed away from me as the schooner progressed. I squirmed free from Sam, and moved aft as quickly as I could, using the gunwale for support. Our bond throbbed within my heart.