As some of you may remember, I used to interview fellow authors once or twice a week and post their interviews here on my blog. Well, I’ve decided to start that up again on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I’ve got a whole new group of fabulous authors for you to meet! Today, let’s welcome Marie Hampton to the blog!
Hi Marie! Thanks for joining us today! So how does your real life interact/play a role in/interfere with your writing life?
As far as interaction goes, I do study martial arts and I think it helps me visualize fight scenes. Sometimes I do have to stop myself from getting too detailed, though.
I teach English in real life so my “real life” job goes hand in hand with my writing.
I have two sons. One is five and the other is 2 1/2 months. They keep me very busy, but when I think about bringing the love of words to them I can’t help smiling. Also, they keep me on my toes and multi-tasking. I write while watching cartoons, and I can keep a scene flowing even if I have to stop for a dirty diaper. It is a distraction, but it keeps me flexible.
It sounds like you do an awesome job juggling everything in your life. What genres have you written?
I have done romance, fantasy, and also I have written and directed my own one-act play. I hope to continue doing each genre.Are you a plotter or a pantser?
A little of both. I pants it until around page fifty. For some reason it is then that I realize I need to figure out where the book is going. I do a very basic outline from there, and I often change it while I work (or should I say my characters often change it).
How many books have you written?
I have written three on my own. I tried writing with a co-author for a while, but even with five and a half books finished we couldn’t make things work. It was great experience, though, and I wouldn’t trade the investment for anything.
What are a few interesting things you’ve studied/researched for your latest novel?
Lots of fun things. The Japanese Yakuza is part of my series, and I spend time researching their workings, the tattoos, and watching mafia movies. Also, I have been researching weapons and different sword makers. The setting is something I researched a bit on my last vacation. Las Vegas is a vibrant place to visit that is like nowhere I’ve ever been.
Who is your favorite character in your books? Why?
Hmm. I probably should say Kas, but really it’s Hak. He’s a light-hearted guy who’s usually cheerful even through some pretty horrible situations. I guess out of everyone he is the comic relief.
You’ve gotta love comic relief! Is there any part of writing that you don’t like?
Editing. Isn’t that everyone’s answer? No, I think the part I don’t like is the end. At least five times I think, “Is this finished?” until I finally get to the end of a book.
What’s your outlook on fan fiction?
Fan fiction is writing, and I think any form of writing is great. I wrote it at one point. I also read it and shared my comments. It is a safe platform to get basic storytelling down, and it also exposes new writers to criticism. Some fan fiction writers are amazing.
I totally agree! So when you read, what is your favorite genre?
That is hard. I think the answer would change depending on my mood the day you ask me. Lately I have been reading historical fiction that has a good romantic twist.
Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
I guess writing and reading are a given. I love to take Taekwondo and Krav Maga classes. I’m trying to get back into playing my flute, and I enjoy swimming.
Indie publishing or traditional publishing?
I went with a traditional company (Vanilla Heart Publishing) and I love them. They are very supportive.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
I love teaching. I would have to say being a college professor.
If you gave one or two of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
“Save me!” I like putting my characters through hell and seeing the story that unfolds from it.
If you could have time travel abilities and could meet anyone from any time, who would you like to meet?
Socrates. Ever since my first exposure to Greek philosophy I’ve imagined having a great conversation with him.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled?
Searching “yakuza tattoo” showed some strange and somewhat frightening images, but I think the weirdest thing I have googled for my books is: Pedophile victims as adults.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write the way you think is best. Grow a tough skin. Take all advice and mull it over. Only you can decide if it is the right advice for you. Don’t be afraid to talk about your writing to others. Enjoy your writing.
Where can readers stalk you?
Also, add me to your Goodreads list. I might have some giveaways coming soon!
Hunting Heartbreak is available through Smashwords, Kindle, Allromance, Payloadz, and iBooks. Also you can now get it on Audible! If you download on Payloadz, you can get a free reader’s guide.