It’s time to have fun!!! We are so excited to have the talented Mari Carr today with us and share with you this interview. If you haven’t yet, then you have to read her books! Please help us welcome Mari Carr to UTC today!!
You have some experience writing with other authors. What are some challenges and some advantages of writing with someone else, and how does the process work? Is it different with each author you collaborate?
I have worked on two co-written series and both experiences have been great. Jayne Rylon and I collaborated on the Compass Brothers series and we’ve just started working on the sequel series, the Compass Girls. That’s right! The four boys grew up and had daughters! Jayne and I sat down at the Romantic Times convention to discuss the characters and the overarching plotline. We pitched it to Samhain and they bought it! This month, I’m hard at work on the first book, Winter’s Thaw. It’s tentatively scheduled for a February 2013 release.
I’m also in the midst of working with Lexxie Couper on the Foreign Affairs series. I will admit Lexxie might be one of the most hilarious gals on the planet. Writing with her is too much fun to be considered work. We’ve completed books 1 and 2. Misplaced Princess is out now, Misplaced Cowboy is coming out August 15 and we’re about to start work on the next two stories, Misplaced Lessons and Misplaced Hands. The stories seem to get hotter as we go along. Misplaced Lessons will feature a BDSM theme and Hands is ménage mania!
Of ANY book character, who would you want to have a date with?
Jamie Fraser in Outlander. That man melts my butter!
And which female character in ANY book would you take out for a drink?
Stephanie Plum in the Evanovich series. I think she’s hilarious and I’d truly love to follow her around for just one day.
Is there one particular heroine in your books that you most identify with?
Oh wow. Tough question. I think all of my heroines contain some small part of me. I’m going to cheat and choose the three Collins daughters in the Wild Irish series. I have Keira’s fantasies, the same taste in music as Teagan and I wish I had the nerve to be more like Riley.
Many authors get their ideas from everyday life. Do you have a story to share where your real-life experience has influenced your writing?
I actually have one book that could sort of get me in trouble if the guys at work ever find out I’m an erotic romance writer! Happy Hour is very closely based on a group of people I work with. We do lots of happy hours together and one night after a particularly fun party, I thought “I should write about these guys. They’re all such characters!” So…I wrote the book and let’s just say…the only fictional parts are all the sex scenes! The rest–with the singing, funny jokes, bad dancing, griping about work, throwing stuff at each other, trash talking–is true, true, true.
If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?
Caution: This woman does not take life or herself too seriously. Only sit next to her if you enjoy sarcastic humor.
If you had to pick one of your books as a favorite, which one would it be and why?
Ugh! Hardest question EVER! I’ve answered this several times before and I think my answer has changed every time. Usually my response is the last book I wrote and that’s going to hold true here. I recently finished writing a book called Fix You. It’s been contracted by Samhain and it will release *I think* in December. It’s the first in a six book series called Second Chances. I’ve watched a lot of friends reach crossroads in the past couple of years and as I’ve tried to help them through difficult times, it inspired this series of books. The first one, Fix You, is about a young woman, Zoey, who turns 35, goes in for her baseline mammogram and discovers she has breast cancer. Not only does it open her eyes to how much she’s taken for granted in life, it serves as a wake-up call for her best friend, Rob, who realizes he’s in love with her.
MISPLACED PRINCESS released just last month. Congrats! For people that haven’t read it yet, can you tell us a bit about it?
This book is the first in a series that the incredibly creative Lexxie Couper came up with. She emailed me and said “Hey. What if I write about an Aussie cowboy who comes to America to meet your princess only to discover his princess is in Oz looking for him? And what if they fall in love with other people as they try to make their way back to each other?” Who in the heck is going to say no to that??? I said what I always say to Lexxie. This is brilliant! The stories are sexy and funny and believe me, I learned a lot about Australia and their dialect while writing them. Phew! I feel like I’m now fluent in a new language!
We know they are all yummy but do you have a favorite type of hero or story to write about? Cowboys, cops, irishmen, rockstars…?
You would think with as many cowboys as I write that would be my answer, but it’s not. I really think my ultimate hero is the alpha male. His profession doesn’t matter at all. I like men who treat their heroines as equals, while putting them on a pedestal and rocking their world in bed. Oh…and they must have a sense of humor!
What are some projects you are working on now and what’s coming next for Mari Carr?
Right now…I’m starting two new series, Compass Girls and Second Chances and finishing two series, Cocktales and Foreign Affairs. My release schedule for the rest of the year as well as my writing list is set. Misplaced Cowboy will come out on August 15, Bachelor’s Bait will *hopefully* release at the end of the year as will Fix You. In terms of writing, I hope to complete Winter’s Thaw, Misplaced Lessons, Screaming Orgasm and Full Moon before the ball drops to ring in 2013!
We are asking authors participating in the event to share a favorite drink recipe with readers. Do you have one you’d like to share?
JUST ONE??? Man…I hate limitations. Hee hee. Okay…I’ll introduce you to the Dream Machine shot. It’s quite simple. Lick of salt, shot of Patron Silver tequila, chased with cotton candy. Trust me. Try it. I’ve converted lots of nay-sayers into believers.