Welcome back to another Trendy Tuesday!
Today I have the pleasure of hosting the Author, Marie Silk!
She is the author of the Davenport saga - which, I'll actually be reviewing the first novel
this Friday for my "Fun-Treat Friday" event (Be sure to stay tuned on June 10th)
Without further ado, I can't wait to present this author to you ! (This has been a long time coming!)
Thank you for joining me today, and answering all of the questions I provided to you! I can't wait to hear and share your answers with your readers!
So, Marie . . .
If you could go back and re-write a novel, or re-experience writing a novel of yours, which one would it be and why?:
I enjoyed the rush of new ideas when writing my first novel. It was exciting to believe that it could be a real book someday. I would re- experience those feelings of excitement.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?:
I wrote for a hobby but did not think of it for a career. I wanted to be a surgeon.
If you were a donut, what kind of donut would you be? Maple bar. (ooh! yum!)
If you could take a character from your novel on a date, where would you go and what would you both do? My novels are set in 1915, so we would sit on a bench in the gardens and talk about how we wish we did not have to be chaperoned.
What was the publishing process like for you? If you self-published, what obstacles have you come across in the process of publishing? I am self-published. Learning the process from scratch was intimidating at first. I had never heard of trim sizes, epubs, ISBNs, or mobis before.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say? Davenport House: A Mother's Love. It is the third book to the Davenport House family saga set in the summer of 1915.
If you type into Google “Your Name” – what is the first thing that comes up? Linked In profiles.
Do you have any future books planned or in mind? Yes, I have 3 more books planned for this series.
If you could be any part of a happy meal, which part would you be? (i.e hamburger? French fries? The free sundae?) French fries.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? Why?:
The town doctor. His personality is based on my late brother.
If we were to go to a book store together, where would I find you?: Paranormal Section
What is your favorite character’s “favorites”? Give us a list!
The town doctor is thrilled to establish his own clinic in town. His favorite things to do are help people and eat.
How long have you been writing and who or what inspired you to write? I have written since childhood. I wrote plays for fun and enjoyed entertaining people.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing?
I write “Chapter 1”, and keep writing.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books? – Why or Why not? Can you remember your first great one and the worst one? Yes, I read and remember each one. It is important to me to know what people like or don't like about my books.
How did you feel knowing more than just yourself would be reading your work? Anxious, because it was the first time I wrote in the historical fiction genre.
Who was the first person to ever read a story/poem of yours? My parents.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?: I look up the census of names at the time that my book is set in and pick my favorite ones.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?: A little of both.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?: The Hiding
Place. It is so raw and intense. I have read it at least a dozen times. Your favorite food is?: Fried chicken
Your favorite singer/group is?: Charlotte Church
Your favorite color is?: Green
What sparked the idea for this book?
I am a fan of Jane Austen and Downton Abbey. I wanted to present the American counterpart for this time frame.
Which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel? Idea for the novel. What was the hardest part to write in this book? The scenes of grief.
How do you hope this book affects its readers? I hope to entertain others.
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer? The feeling of holding your own book in your hands for the first time is worth the effort to get there. Listen to others and listen to yourself.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose? Flight.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published: Meeting other authors. Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book: I write to explore the
human condition, showing that there is really no difference between young and old, rich and poor.
What’s your favorite season/weather? Autumn
What is your favorite and least favorite thing about writing? Favorite is seeing my stories in writing. Least favorite is figuring out whether a sentence looks better with or without a comma.
If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why? I would be
Hanz Zimmer so I could conduct an amazing instrumental.
If you could meet any famous person, who would it be? What would be the first thing you say to them? Pope Francis. “Where would you like to have pizza?”
Favorite Superhero ? Or if you could be a superhero, who would you be or what super power would you have and why? I like Bruce Wayne, because his house is amazing and Alfred is cool.
If you'd like more information about Marie and the Davenport Saga - please be sure to check her out here at these links!
Remember - stay tuned for Friday's "Fun Treat" - where I'll be giving my review on the first FANTASTIC novel ! :)
Thank you for joining me today Marie - and you, the readers! I hope you enjoyed the insight on a new favorite author!