Q&A with Marly Mathews!


Welcome Marly Mathews to the blog!
She writes a variety of romance for both
The Wild Rose Press and New Concepts Publishing. (click the links to reach her author pages at both sites)


First off, we are going to learn a little bit about Marly, and then you have a chance to ask her questions and she'll respond. Remember, you get a chance to be entered twice in a contest to win a print copy of her book DO OR DIE, just out from The Wild Rose Press.

Tell us about your newest release.

Do Or Die is my newest release. It's a futuristic paranormal set ten years after a catastrophic war with a intergalactic race of telepathic humans. This book was a lot of fun to write because the story was unlimited in what could happen to the hero and heroine. My hero is corporeally challenged, so he gets into quite a few interesting situations as a spirit. Shylah was a really fun character to craft because she can do almost anything and yet, because of her experiences she is a very vulnerable person, even with her steel backbone. I think one reviewer nailed it when she said Shylah was a character that kicked butt first and asked questions later if she felt like it.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?


I've wanted to be a writer for as long as I can recall. I've been telling stories since I could talk and writing them as soon as I could put pencil or pen to paper. When I was a child, I was a voracious reader. I used to read books so quickly it made my mother's head spin. LOL I definitely wasn't a child that needed to be coaxed into reading a book. People would always comment on my wild imagination so I thought why not make a career out of using that wild imagination?

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

I have various research books that I use for my books, and I sometimes use sources on the web. As for ideas, they sometimes come out of the blue or they gestate as I'm thinking about something entirely different, or they can even come while watching or reading a news article. I like to take various 'what if' scenarios and twist them so that the story is full of surprise. Hopefully. ;)

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I'm not sure if I have an interesting writing quirk. I like to write listening to music or the television, I don't know if that really constitutes as quirk worthy. Oh, and I do most of my writing during the night and early morning hours.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That sometimes your characters can surprise you. They have a sneaky way of taking over the plot and leading it into another direction. I guess that's why I don't outline. ;)

What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

There are so many authors that influenced my writing. Barbara Michaels, Victoria Holt, Johanna Lindsey, Jude Deveraux, Teresa Medeiros just to name a few of the romance authors that influenced my writing. I think the writers that really got me hooked into becoming a writer, would have to be the likes of L.M. Montgomery, Janet Lunn, Kit Pearson, Louisa May Alcott, and so many more. They all knew how to paint pictures with their inspiring words.

What does your family think about your career as a published author?

They are very supportive and very happy for me. My mother has always encouraged my writing so she's probably my biggest fan.

What’s coming up next for you writing wise?

You can look for several more releases from me in 2009 or late 2008. My Lady Knight of Avalon which is an Arthurian Time Travel romance is set to be released soon at The Wild Rose Press. His Lady's Keeper which is the sequel to I'll Be Yours will be releasing in January 2009 at New Concepts Publishing this one is a historical romantic suspense, and Psychic Chains, which is a futuristic fantasy will be releasing at NCP in March of 2009. I've also been offered a contract on Rogue Fairy which is a futuristic fantasy with NCP. And I'm finishing up the sequel to Doorway to the Stars, and working on a few other projects.

Thank you, Marly! Be sure to visit her website by clicking here.


Post away readers with any questions you have for Marly.

Comments

Estella said…
Hi Marly,
Who are your favorite authors to read?
Cherie J said…
If you could choose any writer to collaborate with on a book who would you choose to be your co-writer?
Patti said…
That's interesting about writing while listening to music or TV. For me it depends on my mood, but definitely not television for me or it distracts me and rarely do I turn music on for the same reason. However, I have been known to write while online and in IM with people. LOL, ask Mo. Not that she bores me... ;)

Btw, Marly, you inspire me when I realize how much you do and how much you write. Keep it up!
Fedora said…
Great interview, Marly! Thank you for taking the time to do it. Do you write full time? Do you set yourself a writing schedule/goal each week?
Hi Marly, it's a pleasure to see you here. Do or Dies sounds like a fantastic read. I have this one on my wish/want list. Love the cover for it :-)

Great Q&A.

What is your favorite part of a book to write?

What book is currently on your nightstand?

Hugssss
LindaH
Unknown said…
Great interview! How do you pick your character's names?
Tamsyn said…
Hi Marly, love the interview. How do you divide your time between writing and your personal life?
Marly Mathews said…
Hi Estella!

Wow, tough question! I have so many authors that I love to read, it's hard to single out any of them! :) I've always had a hard time playing favorites! LOL
Thanks for commenting!

~Marly
Marly Mathews said…
Hi Cherie,

Yet another thought provoking question! I'd have to say that I probably wouldn't be a good writer in a collaborative effort. i think I tend to go off on my own tangent too much with a story, and because of my need to be in the driver's seat so to speak, when it comes to writing, it just wouldn't work out.
Thanks for making me think!

Best,
~Marly
Marly Mathews said…
Thanks so much, Patti!

~Marly
Marly Mathews said…
flchen1 said...
Great interview, Marly! Thank you for taking the time to do it. Do you write full time? Do you set yourself a writing schedule/goal each week?
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I try to do something related to writing every day, whether it be brainstorming, writing up a synopsis or a query, or actually writing new words.
So, i guess I'm not on a set schedule, I just write when I can!
Thanks for the comment!
Best,
~Marly
Marly Mathews said…
Great Q&A.

What is your favorite part of a book to write?

What book is currently on your nightstand?

Hugssss
LindaH
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I have to say that I like writing each part of the book. Sometimes it's the beginning, sometimes the middle because the middle is when some interesting things usually start happening.
Other times, I like writing the end because it gives you that sense of accomplishment that is quite thrilling!
I have Rowena Cherry's Knight's Fork currently on my night stand.

Best,
~Marly
Marly Mathews said…
How do you pick your character's names?
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My names usually come to me out of thin air. But if I need a little inspiration or if I want to make sure the meaning of my name fits the character I go to a few useful baby name sites on the web. There's one I like to use that lists names from different cultures with their meanings.
I tend to favor Celtic and Old English names.

~Marly
Marly Mathews said…
Hi Marly, love the interview. How do you divide your time between writing and your personal life?
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I write late at night and in the early morning hours. I try to balance out the two and I think so far it's working!

Best,
~Marly
Jane said…
Hi Marly,
Are you a comic book fan? Some of your characters remind of the mutants from the X-Men comics.
Patti said…
Shylah is Celtic....
It's a pretty name.
Btw, for anyone wondering about Do or Die, I'm reading the ebook version of it and it's good!

I think of it as a futuristic with a superheroine and the ghost who rarely leaves her side. Ah, yes, romance. You can feel the love between Shylah and Grayson, even if she can't see him as her HEA. He does have a slight problem with his being a ghost.
Thank you Marly for answering my questions :-)

Grr Patti I am so jealous. This one does sound really good :)

Hugssss
LindaH
Caffey said…
Hi Marly!! Huge congrats on the print of DO OR DIE! It just sounds so unique, that its exciting hearing about it. I love that you have a wide variety of genres out. Was there a particular place that you got the inspiration for this story?

I too enjoyed Victoria Holt. Do you plan to write something Gothic related in romance? With all you written in genres, is there any genres you'd yet like to write and any that you wouldn't probably write?
Caffey said…
Marly, didn't want to make a huge post so separating it into two! I'm finally reading and its so worth the wait, dragon shifters and wizard!!! Too I wanted to say I'm so looking forward to the Arthurian books and too the sequel to I'LL BE YOURS. I'm awed and still wonder how you write all you do!

I wanted to check if there will be more Faery Rose books (as the setting like TWILIGHT KISS, I believe it was your first book (or it was the first I read of yours)? I shouldn't be asking you about more with all you write, but TWILIGHT KISS and the theme of the Fey Royalty and Vampire was just so unique and I hated to leave that 'world' you created for this book.
Anonymous said…
Hi, Marly! I just ordered DO OR DIE in print from Borders. It's not listed online at the website. If you go into the store, they can find it in their database. ;) I can't think of a better way to spend my Borders giftcard!!! And I love the title PSYCHIC CHAINS. Skhye
Marly Mathews said…
jane said...
Hi Marly,
Are you a comic book fan? Some of your characters remind of the mutants from the X-Men comics.
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Hi Jane,
Thanks for the compliment. But the characters in this story were not inspired by the X-Men characters, as they are not mutants. I did watch the nineties cartoon of the X-Men though when I was a young teen.
Certain God and Goddess Mythology from different cultures influenced the way I wrote their characters.
You'll have to read the book though to figure out which God and Goddess Mythologies inspired the characters in Do Or Die.
And if you read the color of their uniforms, you'll be able to figure out what my favorite color is... LOL

~Marly
Marly Mathews said…
pattif said...
Shylah is Celtic....
It's a pretty name.
Btw, for anyone wondering about Do or Die, I'm reading the ebook version of it and it's good!

I think of it as a futuristic with a superheroine and the ghost who rarely leaves her side. Ah, yes, romance. You can feel the love between Shylah and Grayson, even if she can't see him as her HEA. He does have a slight problem with his being a ghost.
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Patti, what kind words! I think you're really getting into Do or Die!! Thank you so much!
Grayson is always there for Shylah. I'm glad you're feeling their bond. I think they are one of the most bonded couples I've written about. They were such a fun pair to create and let them come alive in their own distinct ways.
Yes, Shylah is a Celtic name. When I looked it up it meant loyal to God, though several sites will give various other meanings along the same vein. But how could you not like the meaning of Shylah's name? It was a keeper for me once I researched it.
Best,
~Marly
Marly Mathews said…
readingissomuchfun said...
Thank you Marly for answering my questions :-)

Grr Patti I am so jealous. This one does sound really good :)

Hugssss
LindaH
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You're welcome, Linda!

Best,
~Marly
Marly Mathews said…
caffey said...
Hi Marly!! Huge congrats on the print of DO OR DIE! It just sounds so unique, that its exciting hearing about it. I love that you have a wide variety of genres out. Was there a particular place that you got the inspiration for this story?

I too enjoyed Victoria Holt. Do you plan to write something Gothic related in romance? With all you written in genres, is there any genres you'd yet like to write and any that you wouldn't probably write?
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Hi Cathy! Thank you for the congrats and the comments!
The story just sort of crystalized in my mind, but the title came from the classic love song, As Times Goes By, and it fits the story like a glove.
I would love to write a Victorian Gothic someday, so far that's something I haven't tried yet, *grin* but His Lady's Keeper has a definite gothic tone to it, or at least that's what I was trying to convey when I wrote it. Hopefully, readers will feel it like I did.
I wouldn't want to write horror, simply because I can't read or watch it. I guess in a genre that I'd like to write, I'd have to say a Gothic. For me horror means the stories that are full of bloody gore, anything that's sort of spooky or edgy I could write, but not the sort of stuff that's too dark and bloody. That's just not me.
Best,
~Marly
Marly Mathews said…
caffey said...
Marly, didn't want to make a huge post so separating it into two! I'm finally reading and its so worth the wait, dragon shifters and wizard!!! Too I wanted to say I'm so looking forward to the Arthurian books and too the sequel to I'LL BE YOURS. I'm awed and still wonder how you write all you do!

I wanted to check if there will be more Faery Rose books (as the setting like TWILIGHT KISS, I believe it was your first book (or it was the first I read of yours)? I shouldn't be asking you about more with all you write, but TWILIGHT KISS and the theme of the Fey Royalty and Vampire was just so unique and I hated to leave that 'world' you created for this book.
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Hello Again, Cathy! :)
Thank you so much for your comments!
I'm so happy that you are enjoying Dragon's Heart and that you like the dynamic of the dragon shifters and the wizards in one book! I have to say writing about the two in this story really made me think, since they aren't exactly best friends.
If you enjoyed I'll Be Yours you will definitely enjoy His Lady's Keeper as I think that this book surpasses it's predecessor. It's quite the adventure!
The Arthurian book should be coming out soon. My Lady Knight of Avalon is a story close to my heart, it's truly one that I hated to leave when I ended it. If you liked Twilight's Kiss, you'll want to visit the world I've created in My Lady Knight of Avalon.
I think Twilight's Kiss was the first book you read of mine since I'll Be Yours was actually released before Twilight's Kiss and as such it's my first full length published work. They released within a month of each other. I think I wrote Twilight's Kiss first so that could be why you thought it was my first one. You must be psychic! LOL
Do Or Die and My Lady Knight of Avalon are both contracted with the Faery Rose line at TWRP.
But I do want to write sequels to Twilight's Kiss, I have a hankering to get back to theme of the Fey Royalty and Vampires that I created in Twilight's Kiss with a few extra surprises. So, it's planned, I just have to get my current projects finished so I can start working on it!
Thanks again for your comments!
Best,
~Marly
Marly Mathews said…
skhye said...
Hi, Marly! I just ordered DO OR DIE in print from Borders. It's not listed online at the website. If you go into the store, they can find it in their database. ;) I can't think of a better way to spend my Borders giftcard!!! And I love the title PSYCHIC CHAINS. Skhye
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Hi Skhye!
Thanks so much for ordering Do Or Die. I don't buy my books from Borders as we don't have Borders here in Canada, but I'm sure some of the readers here will find your advice helpful! Now, if someone asks me I'll be able to tell them what you've told me! Thank you! I'm so happy to hear that people can get Do Or Die at Borders!!!
Thank you for the lovely compliment on my title, PSYCHIC CHAINS. The title really gels with the story, so I think readers will be pleased. :)

Best,
~Marly
Anonymous said…
Marly,

As the panster I assume you are... :-) ...when you sometimes find your characters taking the story in a direction you hadn't intended, do you ever rethink your idea and consider theirs?

~Debbie
Marly Mathews said…
deboradale said...
Marly,

As the panster I assume you are... :-) ...when you sometimes find your characters taking the story in a direction you hadn't intended, do you ever rethink your idea and consider theirs?

~Debbie
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Hi Debbie!
Yes, I always consider my characters wants and needs. ;)
For a panster sometimes the greatest eureka moments come from your plot suddenly twisting in another direction. As a panster, I always know the beginning and the end of my story, so if the maze the characters are leading me through will still get me to my intended destination then they get their way.
I think as a writer you should listen to your characters because they are usually right. :)
And for the non writers here trying to figure out what panster means, it means we are writers that write by the seat of our pants.
Thanks so much for the comment, Debbie! :)
Best,
~Marly
Rowena Cherry said…
Marly,

I just happened to stop by and wanted to comment on your fascinating interview. I love the idea of a hero being corporeally challenged!!!

Thank you so much for mentioning that you have Knight's Fork on your nightstand.

Here's a question for you. If I were checking out Do Or Die on the Amazon page, and I wanted to do you a favor before I left that page, which four tags would you like me to check or add so readers who might not know you, but might be searching for something of the sort would have a better chance of finding Do Or Die?

best wishes

Rowena Cherry
Marly Mathews said…
Hi Rowena,

Thanks so much for commenting!
If you were checking out Do Or Die on Amazon and you wanted to do me a favor before you left it's page, I would ask that you would check the following tags,
futuristic romance, paranormal romance, telepathy and telekinesis.
Thank you!
Best,
~Marly
Patti said…
I always think of a panster writer much in the same way a reader who doesn't know which book she or he will read next. It all depends on the mood we are in and sometimes we are in for a surprise.

Marly, do you have a favorite character out of one of your stories?
Marly Mathews said…
Patti,

That's another question that forces me to play favorites. LOL
Okay, I'm going to say I like them all, each for different reasons. I just CAN'T pick!!!
I guess it's because the only characters I reserve any judgment for are the bad guys. Obviously, I revile them just as much as the reader does. ;)

~Marly
Hi Marly,
I enjoyed your interview. I love how you said your hero was corporeally challenged. best of luck with your releases!

Maggie Toussaint
www.maggietoussaint.com
Caffey said…
Marly, I will check out the lyrics for As Times Goes By. Thats how I get to know about the song. Yep I do get those 'Gothic feels' when reading historicals and I think thats why too that I always enjoy that genre to read. I had the feeling when reading about ENCHANTED BEAUTY that there may be some Gothic overtones there based on the excerpt and blurb a bit. I do like the last name for that heroine :D

Right, I can't tolerate the gore. We can both be 'wimps' :). I love the 'joy' with the romance, as they grow through the story and knowing there is a HEA. I notice when I often ask what authors are reading, they aren't reading the genres they write. Is that to avoid getting into it and writing your book at the same time making it confusing? Do you miss reading these genres?
Caffey said…
I will be looking forward to that sequel of TWILIGHT KISS! Thanks!!

Yes, I really recommend DRAGON'S HEART. I just fell into the story and the action in the first few sentences. Its a 'world' you develop that is in depth, but so easy to follow, feels very real! But I did get mad when the battery died on the reader, LOL. It happens every time!

Thanks for your time chatting this weekend. And congrats on all your success and so much more to come.
Anonymous said…
Good interview, Marly! The relationship between the ghost and kick-butt woman sounds intriguing!
Patti said…
Marly, do you wish you could be one of your characters?
Nightingale said…
Pattif, I either wish I could be one of my characters or be the heroine. They get nice toys like Aston Martins.
Karen H said…
Hi Marly,

Just wanted to stop in to say 'HI' and let you know that I enjoyed the excerpt of 'Do or Die'. I've never read your work, but I believe I'll add you to my BTB list.
Marly Mathews said…
maggie toussaint said...
Hi Marly,
I enjoyed your interview. I love how you said your hero was corporeally challenged. best of luck with your releases!

Maggie Toussaint
www.maggietoussaint.com
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Thank you so much, Maggie! :)
Best,
~Marly
Marly Mathews said…
caffey said...
Marly, I will check out the lyrics for As Times Goes By. Thats how I get to know about the song. Yep I do get those 'Gothic feels' when reading historicals and I think thats why too that I always enjoy that genre to read. I had the feeling when reading about ENCHANTED BEAUTY that there may be some Gothic overtones there based on the excerpt and blurb a bit. I do like the last name for that heroine :D

Right, I can't tolerate the gore. We can both be 'wimps' :). I love the 'joy' with the romance, as they grow through the story and knowing there is a HEA. I notice when I often ask what authors are reading, they aren't reading the genres they write. Is that to avoid getting into it and writing your book at the same time making it confusing? Do you miss reading these genres?
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Hi Cathy,
For me I don't read when I'm writing. I keep myself totally cut off from other author's works just because I find that's the best way for me to write.
But in between my writing, I do dive into books, and they can be in the genre that I write, or not. :)
I agree with you, I love the joy of romance, even if the book gets dark at times, you always know you can look forward to the HEA. :)
Best,
~Marly
Marly Mathews said…
caffey said...
I will be looking forward to that sequel of TWILIGHT KISS! Thanks!!

Yes, I really recommend DRAGON'S HEART. I just fell into the story and the action in the first few sentences. Its a 'world' you develop that is in depth, but so easy to follow, feels very real! But I did get mad when the battery died on the reader, LOL. It happens every time!

Thanks for your time chatting this weekend. And congrats on all your success and so much more to come.
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Thank you so much, Cathy. I'm delighted that you're enjoying the world building in Dragon's Heart.
Sorry to hear your battery died at a pivotal spot! Isn't that just Murphy's Law? LOL
Thanks for dropping by my interview and posting such lovely comments for me!

Best,
~marly
Marly Mathews said…
gerri bowen said...
Good interview, Marly! The relationship between the ghost and kick-butt woman sounds intriguing!
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Hi Gerri!
Thanks for reading my interview! :)

Best,
~Marly
Marly Mathews said…
pattif said...
Marly, do you wish you could be one of your characters?
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I think I wish I could be any of my heroine's. :) Great question! Thanks, Patti!

Best,
~Marly
Marly Mathews said…
nightingale said...
Pattif, I either wish I could be one of my characters or be the heroine. They get nice toys like Aston Martins.
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Yes, the Aston Martins are nice toys! :)

Best,
~Marly
Marly Mathews said…
karen h in nc said...
Hi Marly,

Just wanted to stop in to say 'HI' and let you know that I enjoyed the excerpt of 'Do or Die'. I've never read your work, but I believe I'll add you to my BTB list.
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Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping by to say Hi!
So happy to hear that you enjoyed the excerpt of 'Do Or Die'.
I hope you enjoy reading my books! :)
Best,
~Marly

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