Please welcome best selling author Mia Marlowe. Her work has been featured in the Best of 2010 issue of PEOPLE magazine. One of her books is on display at the Museum of London Docklands next to Johnny Depp memorabilia. The RITA nominated author has over 25 books in print with more on the way! Learn more at MiaMarlowe.com.
1. Any quirky writer’s habits you want to share?
Mia: The idea of sitting at a desk makes me shudder. It makes writing seem too much like work. To me, it’s playtime. When else am I in complete control of every situation? In my books, I decide who wins, who loses, who lives, & who dies (insert maniacal laughter here!). Anyway, instead of having an office, I have a writing chair. I put my feet up in a recliner before the window where I can look out on a lovely pastoral view. My 10 year old terrier Mack makes himself comfy under the pillow my laptop rests on and we write together for hours.
2. Please share your research process for your books/series.
Mia: The Regency period is done so often and so well by so many authors, it’s hard to discover something new. But I think I’ve done it in THE CURSE OF LORD STANSTEAD. It’s not unusual to have scenes in Almack’s or at Vauxhall, but I haven’t run across any other story that uses the Royal Pavilion at Brighton as part of its setting. The Pavilion was an architectural mishmash of Georgian sensibilities and the exotic East. The design was roundly criticized in its day, but “Prinny” loved his seaside palace. The rest of the aristocracy quickly built pleasure houses of their own near it, the better to be seen by all the right people when they took their leisure. Much of THE CURSE OF LORD STANSTEAD takes place in London, but my team of psychics venture out to several places in the countryside during the course of the story.
“Fast Five Questions”
1. If you had to live in another country, where would you go? Why there?
Mia: No doubt about it, I’d go to England. We may be divided by a common language, but I’d get the hang of it soon.
2. What’s your favorite food? What do you like about it?
Mia: To my sorrow, it’s Peanut Butter Fudge Core ice cream. Decadent, delicious, ridiculously fattening. Drat you, Ben & Jerry!
3. Please share a few things from your ‘Bucket List.’
Mia: Cross the equator and see the Southern Cross.
4. Morning Glory? Or Night Owl?
Mia: Morning Glory. I’d rather see a sunrise than watch the moon set.
5. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 18 year old self?
Mia: Never pick up that first pint of Ben & Jerry’s.
Thanks for stopping by Embracing Romance, Mia!
Mia: Thanks so much for having me today! I’d like to offer a giveaway to your readers.
One lucky commenter will win a copy of THE CURSE OF LORD STANSTEAD, in her/his choice of Kindle or Nook format (limited to US only). The topic of discussion is this: My heroine Cassandra is a fire mage, able to pull flames from the air. My hero, Garret, can implant a thought in someone else’s mind with such subtlety, they cannot distinguish the stray thought from their own.
The giveaway question: Which ability would you rather have and why? Or if you could snap your fingers and have some other secret power, what would it be?
Wherever Cassandra Darkin goes, fire is sure to follow. It’s not until she’s swept into the arms of a handsome, infuriating stranger that she learns she’s responsible for the fires. As it turns out, Cassandra is a fire mage…and with her gift comes a blazing desire for sins of the flesh.
With his preternatural ability to influence the thoughts of others, Garrett Sterling is sent to gather Cassandra for the Order of the M.U.SE. He’s entirely unprepared for his immediate attraction to the comely little fire starter. But it’s an attraction that he must quell, even as his body craves her touch and her fiery, sensual hunger.
For Garrett’s gift has a dark side…and the moment he begins to care too much for Cassandra, he knows he will doom her to an inescapable fate.
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