Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?
Marie-Nicole: I’m a retired RN case manager who always wanted to write. I lived in Nashville, TN, for about four decades but I moved back to Western Kentucky a couple years ago to be closer to my aging mom. The love of my life is a Shetland Sheepdog by the name of Cassie, who, as far as I can tell, is a rock ‘n’ roll diva in disguise.
Marie: What books or authors have inspired your writing?
Marie-Nicole: Anya Seton wrote on wonderful book called THE GREEN DARKNESS back in the 70s, I think. It dealt with past and present lives and how what happened in a previous life could affect the present life. My first completed novel, SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, had a similar premise. Also, Annie Solomon is one of my idols when I want to pick up a romantic suspense novel.
Vanessa: What is one thing about you that your readers would find surprising or never guess about you?
Marie-Nicole: I have a severe addiction to watching British TV series on Netflix.
Vanessa: Can you tell us about your current work in progress, perhaps you could share a favorite fact or piece of fascinating information it?
Marie-Nicole: My current work in progress is a romantic suspense novel, BECAUSE OF YOU. It’s set in Nashville where I lived for forty years. It’s the second book in my Music City Heat series. LOVE ME IF YOU CAN was the first book in the series which involves a blended family of six siblings who run a P.I. agency. BECAUSE OF YOU features Alison, the only sibling not directly involved in the family business. She’s a nurse case manager which is a position I held for ten years before retiring. The hero, Nick Vitelli, is a P.I. who works for the family agency. In a story we see all too often in the headlines, Allison’s best friend, another case manager who is five months pregnant, has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. They, along with Detective Tess O’Malley (from LOVE ME IFYOU CAN) work together to find the mom-to-be before it’s too late.
Marie-Nicole: That’s tricky because I can’t imagine being someone other than who I am, but if it were possible to switch places, I’d choose my friend and wonderful author Cindy Nord, who has an outgoing personality and never meets a stranger. I’m more the introverted, reclusive type of writer. I’d love to have her easy-going manner. It’s impossible to be depressed around her. She’s just FUN.
Gaele: Where do your ideas come from? Do you set out to ‘outline’ a plot and situations, or do you let the characters take you along for the ride, and clean it up later?
Marie-Nicole: Ideas come from everywhere, TV, newspaper, etc. I’m more of a character-oriented writer. I don’t outline. I outlined a story once and couldn’t work on it for several weeks because I felt like I’d already written it. Eventually, I did go back and write the book.
Gaele: Best advice you have ever been given about writing?
Marie-Nicole: LOL, an author pal of mine once told me always to remember that a review is only one person’s opinion. Comes in handy when I get one of those I-hated-this-book reviews.
Gaele: What do you do to relax, when you aren’t writing or thinking about it?
Rachel: If you could visit any time period and location (past or future) when and where would you go?
Marie-Nicole: Given I’m also addicted to the comings and goings of Downton Abbey, I’d love to visit Highclere Castle during its heyday. Of course, I’d probably end up as the scullery maid as opposed to a wealthy, highborn beauty.
Vanessa: I’m a bit of an author stalker and I love going to signings and conventions. Do you have any upcoming appearances?
Marie-Nicole: I’ll be at the Indie Romance Conference being held in Lebanon, TN, in October 2013. Hope to see y’all there.
Marie-Nicole is giving away a $10 giftcard to either Amazon or B&N–winner’s choice. Please comment below with email address. I will notify the winner by email on 3-7-12