MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MARY ABSHIRE
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Mary Abshire, PNR and UF mostly. I have a few in Contemporary Romance from a pen name I had years ago.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I’m re-releasing the Project Eve series: The Awakening and The Quest in November. They are UF. I wrote them back in 2011 or 2012. I’m not sure how I came up with the stories. Sometimes they just come to me in the shower, in a dream, on the way to work, while I’m walking to work, or when I’m driving.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
By reading other UF books and watching shows.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Project Eve series is about a young woman who doesn’t have memories and she learns her name and what she is. After she discovers who was responsible for having her memories erased, she wants retribution.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I enjoyed writing both books, but I believe my favorite scene was in The Awakening. It’s when she meets Jackson, a werewolf.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Gosh, I can’t remember. It’s been such a long time since I wrote the books.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
None. I didn’t have to. The series set in Indianapolis, mostly where I work.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes, I knew from the beginning how the series would play out. I have considered adding another book. Over the years, I received emails asking if I would continue it.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
A typical working day for me is getting up before 5 am to catch up on emails and do a few marketing things before I go to my day job. After work, I may go to the gym before I come home to write. I usually get an average of 3 hours a night of writing done during the week. If I’m home on the weekends, I can write around 10k words written. If I’m busy, I probably get 7-8k. I write in my office. I don’t set writing goals. I used to and I got burned out on writing. Now, I don’t really think about goals other than when I want to finish what I’m working on.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Yes, I actually have 2. I have a PNR called The Dragon I Fell In Love With. I should have cover art by the end of October. I plan to release it in February. I also finished an urban fantasy book in a new series. I need to work on edits before I start on the 2nd book in the series. I haven’t given the book a title, but I’m tentative title to the series is The Reckoning.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Names are important, but there is no special meaning. I like for the names to work well together. I try to keep character names simple, but once in a while I’ll look for something different if the character is ancient or from a specific part of the world.
Where do your ideas come from?
Books and shows. Sometimes talking to people.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The most difficult part is when I’m overthinking something. I do it a lot. I don’t like to quit, so I’ll keep trying to work on something when I really should just take a break for a day or so to clear my mind.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
They’re okay. I don’t have any
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
In terms of writing, I’d say my best accomplishment is my Heaven Sent and Soul Catcher series. I’m going to re-release the Soul Catcher series in 2019. It was my first series, written 2009-2010. I was surprised to see how many readers enjoyed that series. As for the Heaven Sent series, I totally loved writing those books. I was in deep with the characters. The last book had me in tears. Apparently it makes everyone sad, too. I think that series has the best overall reviews.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Sharing stories and hearing that readers enjoy them.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still working, writing, and traveling. Not much different from what I do now, but I’ll be closer to retirement. I keep hoping I can retire and write full time one day. We’ll see.
Have you always liked to write?
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write every day, even if only a little. Read, too! Join several FB groups about marketing and promotion. Don’t go to a publisher. It’s not worth it and you can’t control the pricing of your books.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I’d still work my day job. If people disliked my books, I’d stop writing. I’d spend my money on traveling more.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes, I read them. No, I don’t respond. With the bad ones… Well, I can’t please everyone. Life goes on. Each person has certain expectations and they may not be the same as mine.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Marketing and promotion, but I guess that’s after the process. Right? I’d say the editing process is my least favorite, but I also like it because I like to learn about my mistakes and what I can improve on, or what I missed in the book.
What are you working on now?
I’m going to edit my urban fantasy book before I start an outline for the next book in the series.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Not really. It’s very raw right now.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I’ve always been a fan of the supernatural and the fight with good versus evil. I also like strong female characters, mystery, and suspense. It seemed fitting that I should write what I enjoy reading and watching.
Where did your love of books come from?
I think I was 16 when I was turned on to reading. A friend of mine told me about Anne Rice. I read one book and was hooked.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Authors… I have many favorites. Darynda Jones, Pippa DaCosta, Kelley Armstrong, K. Sparks, Lyndsay Sands, and J. Frost to name a few.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Andrew and Emily in the Heaven Sent series. They make such a great team and are so different!!
Jeremy in the Soul Catcher series. He’s a naughty demon and such a bad ass.
Jackson in the Project Eve series. He’s a hottie werewolf cop.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
They each have their moment when I’m writing.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️