I know it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted an interview for All Things Romantic Suspense, but today I have a dear friend with me, Marie-Nicole Ryan. Welcome, Marie-Nicole and can I just say how hot your cover is!
Let’s get to the first question. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Marie-Nicole: Apparently I always wanted to be a writer, but I was easily discouraged by early criticism and put it off until I couldn’t put it off any longer.
Jerri: I can so relate to that. How long does it take you to write a book?
Marie-Nicole: Man, that’s a loaded question. My first book took eighteen months and my second took six. Since then it’s taken anywhere from three months to three years to write a book, depending on what was going on in my life.
Jerri: Right, mine have varied as well. How did you come up with the titles of your books?
Marie-Nicole: In general I usually get the title from a line in the book. Sometimes it just “comes” to me. For my latest release, LOVE ME IF YOU CAN set in Nashville, one of my writer pals suggested I use the title of a country song.
Jerri: Really? That’s great. Is there a message in your novel/s that you want readers to grasp?
Marie-Nicole: Nah, I’m not that thoughtful. I’ve discovered there is a theme that runs through all my novels and that is one of family. Whether the family background is good, bad or even ugly, the hero and heroine’s coming together is the start of a new family and a new beginning.
Jerri: Most of my characters have no family or family that isn’t the best influences. I wonder if there’s something to that? What does your family think of your writing?
Marie-Nicole: That would depend on which one of them you ask. My mom is very proud but wishes I wouldn’t write so many love scenes. I pulled a sneaky on her and slipped an erotic author’s book in a stack of books I gave her. It opened her eyes that there were a lot more earthy books out there. My sister is proud, but wishes I wouldn’t write romance at all since it’s not realistic.
Jerri: Unrealistic, hum…I guess to a point she may be right. Let’s take at look our couples years later when the in-love wears off. So, how many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Marie-Nicole: I have eight books published and two short stories. As for my favorite, I’ll have to say the one it took me eighteen months to write—the first, SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS. It is truly the book of my heart, the one I always wanted to write ever since reading Anya Seton’s GREEN DARKNESS.
Jerri: I imagine spending that much time with a couple would have you favoring them. Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
Marie-Nicole: Yeah, I still read ’em. After all I need something to put on my website under the review section. LOL. Do I pay any attention to them? I try not to be too elated over the good ones and not too depressed over the bad ones. For the most part, people either love me or hate me.
Jerri: Me too. What’s with that? Can you give us a look at what you are working on now?
Marie-Nicole: You mean what I’m supposed to be working on now? That would be the follow-up to one of my short stories, PILLOW TALK. Both of my short stories are sort of open-ended, so PROMISES UNKEPT is my current nearly completed WIP. It’s a contemporary romantic suspense set in upstate NY, a place I’ve visited several times. It takes FBI Special Agent Alex MacGregor, a secondary character from HOLDING HER OWN, on a journey back home where his older sister has been kidnapped. He meets up with Bette from PILLOW TALK and together they work to find her. He has to relive the worst time of his life, the kidnapping and death of his twin brother fourteen years earlier.
LOVE ME IF YOU CAN
Nashville sizzles in the summer. No wonder Tess and Scott combust.
Nashville Homicide Detective Tess O’Malley has a lot to prove. She comes from a long line of police officers, including her father and older brothers. First she and her partner are taken off a high profile case and sidelined with a cold case instead. After reviewing the files, she’s certain her cold case is connected to the current one, and she sets out to prove it. Too bad it means locking horns with a handsome PI who could win her heart and derail her career.
Scott Holt is all business when it comes to running his family’s PI firm. When the lovely Detective O’Malley comes to question him about his possible involvement in her cold case, he has everything but business on his mind. Like locking lips with the fiery redhead.
Tess took another bite of pizza, her silver gaze never leaving his. “You going to help me out or not? Forbes is your client, after all.” Her voice rose and, again, heads turned in their direction.
“Calm down. I’d like to live long enough to walk you home…and maybe get a good-night kiss.”
Taking a deep breath, she leaned back and signaled everything was cool. “You want to walk me home and kiss me good-night? How sweet.”
Her soft tone mocked him, but he didn’t care.
“Like we’re high school sweethearts.” She wrinkled her nose, but her eyes shone with moderate good humor.
“Would you rather I said what I was really thinking?”
Her lashes fluttered briefly, then she eyeballed him directly. “Maybe. Depends on what you were really thinking.”
He lowered his tone a notch. “About pressing you up against the wall and having my way with you.”
For a second, her gray eyes flashed silver.
Damn. He was a goner—as in, he’d gone too far. Said too much. Too soon.
She leaned forward. “I’ll have you know I don’t engage in up-against-the-wall, wild animal sex on the first date, not that this is even a date.” Her tone was matter-of-fact, but her cheeks flushed a pretty pink. Maybe he could still pull his nuts out of the fire before they went up in smoke.
“A guy can always hope,” he said, without a chance in the world she wouldn’t kick him to the curb. Or have one of her fellow officers do the honors.
“A guy can hold his breath…until he turns purple.”
“I can see I’ve put my foot in it. I’m sorry… But damn, the sight of your mouth. Your skin. Your eyes. Dammit. You’re driving me up a wall.”
“Another reference to the wall? Would that be the same wall?”
“Bad choice of words.”
Thanks for coming by, Marie-Nicole. Your current WIP sounds fascinating.