MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MARISSA HONEYCUTT!!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Marissa Honeycutt. I tend to cross genres and write romance, paranormal, political conspiracy, thriller all in one.
Can you tell me about your Series?
Finding Sabrina is a new series that takes place about 10 years after The Life of Anna. It’s about a girl who goes to Boston when she’s sixteen and falls in love with a handsome soldier. But when she comes home, her life is torn apart when her parents are murdered in front of her and she’s kidnapped and taken to be a sex slave.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Not yet. I’ve only written two of the books, though I know what’s going to happen in book 3 and most of book 4.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
My own sick, twisted mind. Lol. I get inspiration from all sorts of places. I can’t really say just from one place. I’ll hear something in passing on the radio, or hear a song, or hear someone saying something and I’ll just know I have to use the idea in the book.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Not a whole lot because I already had the world planned out from The Life of Anna. I did have to do some psychological research to figure out the proper responses for some characters. But mostly, the story was already there and I just had to figure out how to put it all together.
Was it always meant to become a series?
The story is too long to tell just in one book. It will be like Anna in that it’s one long story told in separate parts.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Oh, I set goals but I don’t always meet them. I have to be “in the mood” to write, so sometimes days will go by when I don’t write. But when I do start writing, I’ll write far more than my goals state. I stay pretty busy and don’t always get to write when I feel inspired. I volunteer at my kids’ school, I’m in school for graphic design, and then I have a household to run. But my husband is pretty supportive so when I say I need to write, he’s usually okay with that.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Right now I’m starting the editing process for Book Two of Finding Sabrina, called Master of My Heart. I’m also trying to get the first draft done of Book Three, called Master of My Life.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Very important. I have to find their names before I can write them. I almost always check the meaning of the names, and they have to have the right rhythm to them. If they don’t sound right in my head, I can’t use them. Sabrina has had three or four different names. As has Chase. My big baddie only had one name though.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Feeling inspired. Writing when I need to but I’m not feeling it. It’s really frustrated to want to write but having my fingers feel like lead.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I’ve recently become a fan of them. I made one for Master of My Body (Book One) and I think it went over really well. I honestly don’t know if it helped with sales, but I had fun making it.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
My boys. They’re really good boys and they’re my pride and joy.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Knowing that others love my characters and stories as much as I do. Having people email or message me telling me that I made them feel…something…anything. it’s so wonderful getting into and sticking in people’s minds for years.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still writing, I hope. Maybe thinner? lol
Have you always liked to write?
Not especially, though my parents told me I did. I remember writing in middle school because I was lonely and my characters kept me company.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write what you love. Be passionate and proud of what you write. Also, remember you can’t edit what isn’t written.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Probably an accountant.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I don’t respond to bad ones. Sometimes I’ll post an especially good one to share on my Facebook page. Sometimes I laugh at the bad ones, sometimes I cry, sometimes I just shake my head and wonder what the heck they’re talking about. It depends on how I’m feeling that day.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Waiting for inspiration. I know a lot of authors just say write whether you’re inspired or not, but my mind doesn’t work that way. I can’t do it.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Here’s a teaser:
Sabrina closed the bedroom door and continued getting ready, which only took a few minutes. Voices carried from the living room. Male voices. Jayson hadn’t mentioned anyone coming over tonight. Who was here?
She opened the door and heard a voice that she didn’t recognize. She crept out of her room toward the kitchen. When she saw the man sitting on the couch talking to Jayson, she froze. When he looked up at her, she lost her ability to breathe. When he stood, time stopped.
He was tall and broad, with closely cropped dark brown hair and intense gray eyes. High cheekbones, sensuous lips and a slight dimple in his left cheek make her heart thunder in her chest. He wore a black polo shirt which stretched oh-so-nicely across his chest and biceps. A scar ran down the right side of his face from temple to mid-cheek. His gray eyes showed maturity and when he smiled the corners of his eyes crinkled.
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
I’m very active on Facebook and I have a website.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
If it’s a good session, I’m both.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Always. But I do try an anticipate what the readers will ask in their heads, so I do think of them while I’m writing.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Book + Main Bites: https://bookandmainbites.com à @MarissaHoneycutt
Website: http://www.marissahoneycutt.com/ (Recently redesigned! And I have an open forum to interact with my readers there!)
Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/marissahoneycutt
Newsletter Signup: http://www.marissahoneycutt.com/subscribe-to-newsletter
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️