Please welcome today’s guest, Marie Harte!!
MBA&M: What or who inspired you to write Contemporary Romance?
I’m a huge reader, and I’ve always loved romances in general. I lean toward paranormal and futuristic when writing, but my muse doesn’t like me to get bored, so I switch genres to keep myself happy. I love the stories written by Jayne Ann Krentz and Nora Roberts in particular, because many of those revolve around family as well as romance. I write about families I’d like to be a part of.
MBA&M: Is there a story behind why you chose this particular setting, if so, please tell our readers?
My mother was living in Seattle at the time I wrote The Troublemaker Next Door (the first McCauley Brothers book), while I called Grovetown, Georgia (Augusta, GA) home. I loathe heat and humidity. Not saying Seattle’s not humid, but when I visited, it wasn’t hot. I loved the Pacific Northwest. I thought, if I could live anywhere, it would be the Pacific Northwest. And what better city than Seattle? Thus my story was set in the city I’d visit when seeing my mother.
MBA&M: Who would you say most influenced your writing and why?
The many, many authors I read growing up. From Madeline L’ Engle to Johanna Lindsey to Stephen King and Dean Koontz, David Eddings and Nora Roberts, and… There are so many more I can’t name without running out of room! I’m an avid reader, and I’ve always told myself stories. But I wanted to share those stories. I wanted to give other readers the same joy I received when reading my favorite authors. I lean toward romance, and though historicals aren’t my bag when writing, I’ll always credit Johanna Lindsey with getting me hooked. A Gentle Feuding was the very first romance I ever read, but certainly not the last.
MBA&M: What is the one thing that’s really makes you “cringe” where you hear or see it and why?
Poor spelling and grammar in a published book. Whether it be by traditional, small print or self-published authors, poor grammar is a no-no. It drives me nuts when authors don’t pay attention to their craft. There, their and they’re are three DIFFERENT WORDS. Note, this isn’t about stylistic choices, putting fragments or commas in where they sound right. I’m talking basic grammar. To is not a number—it’s a preposition! And yeah, I’m a grammar nazi. I admit it.
MBA&M: As a child, were you an avid reader, or did you start reading later in life?
I read out of the womb. LOL I’ve always been a big-time reader. Fantasies and horror when I was younger, then I gravitated to romances and westerns, science fiction, and then back to romance. Fiction first. I’m not a huge nonfiction reader, but I’ll read anything. Books are my life.
Thanks so much for having me, My Book Addiction. I loved the questions.
Thanks for stopping by today~ We loved having you visit with us and our readers!!
Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte has over 100 books published with more constantly on the way. She’s a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after.
Visit http://marieharte.com and fall in love.
HE CAN’T GET HER OUT OF HIS HEAD
It’s lust at first sight when Brody Singer first lays eyes on Abby Dunn. The dark-haired beauty looks a lot like a woman he once knew, who died years ago. At first, Brody fears his attraction is a holdover from that secret crush, but Abby’s definitely different. She’s a lot shyer, a lot sexier, and despite her attempts to dissuade his interest, absolutely mesmerizing.
SHE CAN’T GET HIM OUT OF HER BOOKS
Abby isn’t having it. She’s still trying to put her last disastrous relationship behind her and overcome the flaws her ex wouldn’t let her forget. But somehow Brody isn’t getting the hint. It doesn’t help that when writing her steamy novels, she keeps casting Brody as the hero.
Brody is more than happy to serve as her muse and eager to help make sure her “research” is authentic. But when their research turns into something real…will she choose her own happily ever after?
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