Marie Higgins stopped by to share some details about her life as a writer and to celebrate the release of her latest novel. Her book, ONCE ENCHANTED is a historical fairy tale romance and was released on April 24, 2016. Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.
Marie- ONCE ENCHANTED is a historical fairy tale romance about Rapunzel…sort of. I say this lightly because although this story shares some of the things the fairy tale Rapunzel (or Disney’s Tangled) has, I have twisted some of the aspects to make this my story. For instance, although my heroine, Clarissa, has long hair, she doesn’t use it to have anyone use it as a rope. Also, my heroine isn’t the one who is locked in the tower—it’s the hero. My story has romance and suspense, with humor on the side—just the way I like to write.
Nancy- The hero? what a neat twist! Describe the genre of this particular title, and is it the only genre you write in?
Marie- My story has three different genres, really—historical, fairy tale, and clean romance. All of my published stories are clean romance, and most of them are historical, but this year (2016) I’ve decided to venture into the world of fairy tales. I’ve written five fairy tale stories so far, and I’m loving it! I’m taking the popular fairy tales and twisting them just enough to make them mine!
I think I’ve written / published stories that are all over the board. Obviously, every reader has different likes, and that’s why I like writing so many different genres. Historical is my favorite, but in the historical category, I’ve written Colonial, Regency, Victorian, and the end of the Edwardian era. I’ve also written historical westerns. Some of my others are: time-travel, paranormal, romantic comedy, and contemporary.
Nancy- Did you have several manuscripts finished before you sold? If so, did you send them out yourself?
Marie- Oh, yes. When I first started sending my stories out to publishers, I had about ten written. I was with a few publishers in my early writing career, but now I’m a full-fledged indie-author, and I’m enjoying the freedom! Of course now I write a new story as it comes to my mind. I don’t have to rely on my older manuscripts.
Nancy- What sort of promo do you do? Do you have help?
Marie- I post my work on Facebook quite a bit, and I Twitter. I also blog. The only help I get is when my friends or fellow authors spread the word. Word-of-mouth is really the best promo out there!
Nancy- Having achieved your goal to be a published author, what is the most rewarding thing?
Marie- Believe it or not, the most rewarding thing for me is getting emails from readers, or having them stop me in the store (or church) and tell me how my story kept them up all night reading. My heart melts when a reader confesses they connected so well with my characters that they cried toward the end of the story.
Nancy- Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract?
Marie- DON’T GIVE UP! If writing is what you love to do, keep writing and trying to get your book (or books) out there. Always study the art of writing (and publishing), and definitely do your research before writing a story.
Nancy- Please Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know.
1) I love music (mainly the 80’s).
2) I played the clarinet in high school.
3) I was born deaf in one ear.
Nancy- What’s next for you?
Marie- I plan on writing/publishing more fairy tale stories this year (six more): Cloak of Red (Red Riding Hood), Bella’s Beast (Beauty & the Beast), To Love a Mermaid (Little Mermaid), Saving Snow (Snow White), Golden Heart (Rumpelstiltskin), Beyond Imagination (Sleeping Beauty).
I will also have a Regency Romance short story in a boxed set with other authors. That is still in the works. My story will be titled “The Sweetest Challenge”, and will be a continuation in my Sons of Worthington Series.
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MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marie Higgins is a best-selling, multi-published author of Christian and sweet romance novels; from refined bad-boy heroes who make your heart melt to the feisty heroines who somehow manage to love them regardless of their faults. She’s published 32 heartwarming, on-the-edge-of-your-seat stories. She broadens her readership by writing mystery/suspense, humor, time-travel, paranormal, along with her love for historical romances. Her readers have dubbed her "Queen of Tease", because of all her twists and turns and unexpected endings.
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