MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MARY E. PALMERIN!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hi, there! First, I just want to say thank you for the chance to be interviewed. I’ve never thought I was a very exciting person, but hopefully my books, stories, and characters will interest you. My name is Mary E. Palmerin and I dabble in a little bit of everything. Labeling my books is the hard part because they have so many different elements within each tale. My first series (The Sorrow Saga, consists of 6 books), is more contemporary romance. There are elements of darkness, but that is definitely the most vanilla tale I have written. I did tell Lyla’s back-story in Broken, the first book, so there is a bit of YA in there too.
My next series, The Monster Series, consists of Gwendolyn vs. the Band of Barren Hearts (1) and The Emancipation of Love (2). There is romance within this series, however it is not conventional. There are unconventional practices, dark elements weaved heavily in both stories, and content warnings. Both are labeled under the erotic horror category. My standalone, Redeeming Rhys, is also erotic horror as well as the series I co-wrote with Ashleigh Giannoccaro, The Red Market Series. (The Goodbye Man #1 and The Goodbye Girl #2). Heed the warnings.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
It’s always hard to answer this question. I started my first series, The Sorrow Saga, six years ago after my youngest was born. I knew I wanted to tell a story about a less-than-perfect woman capable and worthy of redemption and most importantly, love. There’s a little action and tension in it as well as one of the worst villains I have ever written!
The Monster Series was an idea I had when I was listening to Pandora Radio while doing laundry. The song, Cool Kids by Echosmith came on. I didn’t necessarily know that I was going to tell Gwen and Welch’s story, but I opened up my laptop and the words wouldn’t stop.
With Rhys, I always wanted to incorporate religion. I knew that it would be risky, but I am not a writer who decides to play it safe. This is and will be a standalone. People have asked me for more, and for now, I do not have plans for that. When I have a story to tell, I write until I am done.
My favorite story is The Red Market Series. NYC is my favorite city. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting twice for amazing book signings. I remember being on one of the subways (we ended up in Harlem, that is a LONG story LOL), anyway, the subway ride was long. There were dirty white five-gallon buckets that lines the tunnels. My sister was with me during on the signings and we started to talk about the homeless people in NYC. It changed me. NYC is full of people and I love to people watch, because everyone has a story. It is truly the most amazing place to gain inspiration for me. Well, time passed and passed, then one night I had a dream about a homeless girl being watched on a subway. I knew the title, which I usually do before I write a story. It’s my favorite part of the process because titles mean so much. I knew the story I wanted to tell would be dark and I couldn’t do it alone. One of my favorite dark authors, Ashleigh Giannoccaro, had released a few books that I loved and read. I messaged her and we talked on the phone. I asked her to write this story with me. The rest is history. She is the one who created Caesar, and together we broke the glass ceiling.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I love reading all types of books. I am the type of writer that attempts to convey the idea of “nothing is ever what it seems” to my readers. Not only does it peak excitement, it makes for a hell of a “wtf moment!”. My characters are flawed, damaged, and I try my best to make my readers fall in love with them as they question how they possibly can. While vanilla is a fun flavor, it is not usually a category I write.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
For The Red Market, Ashleigh and I spent so much time researching Hunts Point, a part of the Bronx infamous for prostitutes and drugs. There is Russian and Spanish within this book as well. We did have a Spanish translator for the Spanish parts of the book!
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Sorrow Saga is the lightest of my books, but don’t kid yourself. There is trigger warnings in all my books. I have a love/hate relationship with this series. I love it because it is my first series. I have grown so much as a writer since releasing this first book, (first book was actually Succumbing to Scars and Sorrow, now just Succumbing book 2, was traditionally published. i have since pulled it to own the rights to self-publish because I want to write what I want without needing to change the content.)
The Monster Series starts with Gwen after her parents die in a car accident. She is thrust into a foster home and her world is torn apart. There, she meets Welch and they learn to survive. This is probably one of the most heart-wrenching books I have created. The second book takes place ten years after book 1 and follows the characters and they try to overcome their past demons.
Redeeming Rhys, I don’t even know how to explain him! This book is dysfunction at its finest. It is definitely a tale where I convey that nothing is what it seems. He’s bad, but can you blame him? Read it to find out 🙂 Nothing is what you think it is, just remember that!
The Red Market Series, wow. I don’t even know where to start. There are so many dysfunctional characters in this series. It starts out with Svetlana, aka Lettie, as a teenager. Her father, Pavel is horrible. She is pimped out on the streets of Hunts Point in an ill-attempt to survive.
Then you meet Caesar… oh, my heart. His nephew, Mateo, is also in the book. They run a shady business and help girls like Svetlana. Have a read, but please leave your morals at the door.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I love every book I have written in a different way. I love my Sorrow Saga because it was my first and opened the doors for me. The Monster Series really allowed my readers to know what kind of writer I am, and both hit #1 in their genre on Amazon. I love Redeeming Rhys because he is my only stand-alone, and yet, my reader’s still want more! I wrote that one in third person, so I was able to utilize my poetic flare as much as I wanted without affecting the characters. The Red Market Series changed me. I will be honest here, I had to take quite a bit of time off after completing this series with Ashleigh. It was exhilarating, telling a story so different, tragic, and happy. Yes, I said happy. So many people loved to hate us after we released this, but more hated to love us. It was truly remarkable, being able to break that glass ceiling to tell a tale full of horror and love. I did take quite a bit of time off after this. I tried writing several times, but I was broken. I couldn’t finish anything. I took two years off to re-group, recenter, and find myself as a writer again.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I have a full-time career and I am also a very busy mom, so I don’t have as much time as I’d like to write. I took two years off after writing The Red Market Series to find myself as a writer again. I am taking it slow, writing what I feel when I can. I always had a problem with balance, and now that my life is in all areas, I do not want to rock the boat. So, to answer your question, many late nights!
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I am nearly done with an upcoming novel, however I am surprising my readers until it is in the hands of my editor. All I can say is it is a genre I have never written in before :).
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I LOVE different names. I usually look them up and I just know if it is meant to be in my story. Ashleigh and I decided several characters together, but she picked Caesar and I picked Svetlana.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Vanilla! I’m not sure if that will ever happen LOL.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Finding time and balancing.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I have several 🙂 They are posted on my YouTube Channel!
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
All 11 books I have published <3. Five of them it #1 on Amazon in their genre.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Sharing my stories and building relationships with amazing readers.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Being a mom, wife, and writer!
Have you always liked to write?
Since I was a kid. My dream was to go to college to major in journalism, but things happened and I didn’t get that chance. I continued to write. Despite what life threw at me, I went to college and obtained a more “practical degree”. I have a career that I enjoy, but writing is in my blood. After my sister’s first husband died, I knew that life was too short. About a year later after my second son was born is when I decided to live by his mantra, carpe diem. He was a writer and obtained his degree in journalism. He worked for the newspaper, loved literature, and was a big part of my life from the time I was twelve until he died when I 22. It was hard, but it opened up my eyes that life is too short not to be happy, not to take chances. Write the book. Say I love you. Smile. Be kind. Now I have 11 books out there.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Never give up.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I used to read them, but with over 500 reviews for The Goodbye Man, I decided I won’t go there. It’s scary. People can be cruel, and I know that is part of putting yourself out there. I guess I always thought it would be easy to move on if you don’t like or agree with something, but that isn’t the case. Some people have said some horrible things to the dark duo (Ashleigh and I), but we just ignore it and persist.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Reading through the manuscript before giving it my editor. That’s when I feel most vulnerable.
What are you working on now?
A secret project 🙂
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Edgar Allan Poe has been my favorite since I’ve been 12. I have a quote of his tattooed on my arm, “WORDS HAVE NO POWER TO IMPRESS THE MIND WITHOUT THE EXQUISITE HORROR OF THEIR REALITY”.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Original. What’s the line, Life is too short for boring shoes? I think the same goes for books. It is too short for boring books.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Ashleigh Giannoccaro, my writing soul sister. I have a small ground of people who have been with me since the beginning, several devoted readers and bloggers. It means so much to me that they have stayed with me since the beginning and through my two year sabbatical.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
I am on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/marypalmerinauthor/. This is the best way to follow me. I will admit I do have a flaw, and that is social media. I am terrible at following it all. It does overwhelm me! I will occasionally post videos on my YouTube channel, but have’t done one in some time. My assist will be helping me get everything ironed out next month. My website is currently under construction!
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Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️