Today I welcome in mystery writer Marian Lanouette to Writer Wednesday. Enjoy the interview!
CA: Marian, what made you decide to write a novel?
ML: I’ve written most of my life but recently after open heart surgery I had the opportunity to write full-time while recovering. So instead of short stories or poems, I put the story down on paper I had in my head for years. In two short years I got it published.
CA: Why mystery?
ML: I write mysteries with romantic elements. It’s the puzzle and the steps required to solve a mystery that intrigues me. I love reading a good mystery but I love my romance too. So, both together is a home run.
CA: Ah! Gotcha. I love me the romantic suspense, too. How many books/short stories do you have planned for this series?
ML: So far, I have five books plotted out and started. If they continued to be as well received as If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery, I’ll write as many as my readers want. And as long as I feel I can maintain the integrity of the series.
CA: Where would you live, if you could live anywhere in the world?
ML: I would love to live on a Caribbean Island with a house overlooking the water. I think it would be a great place to write.
CA: Name 3 simple joys in your life.
ML: 1.) My husband and family 2.) Walking outside 3.)Reading
CA: Those are three of my simple joys, too. Well, MY husband and family, of course, not yours. ANYway…If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead or fictional, who would it be and where would you go to eat?
ML: Maxine’s in Paris, since I saw a movie with Audrey Hepburn. I’d love to have dinner with her. Not only did I enjoy her movies but she was a great humanitarian.
CA: I’m an Audrey fan, too. If you could give just one piece of advice to a writer starting out, what would it be?
ML: Ah, it would be research. Research your genre. There are rules. And research the publishers, agents and readers in your genre. I’d also make sure to take some grammar refresher courses and ones on POV. I did both after many rejections. If I did them first I would have saved myself a lot of heartache.
CA: What do you do when you’re not writing?
ML: I walk with my sister, visit with friends, attend writing groups, and last but not least I love to read.
CA: Do you have a Day Job?
CA: Lucky girl! Name one thing your fans would be surprised to learn about you.
ML: In my latest novel, Burn In Hell, A Jake Carrington Mystery, the woman Jake dates works in a crematory. I too worked in a crematory/cemetery for over ten years.
CA: Wow. You must have a million stories to tell! Is there anything else you’d like to talk about?
ML: I just want to let everyone know the Burn in Hell, A Jake Carrington Mystery released on January 18, 2013 from Muse It Up Publishing.
CA: Let’s take a look at the cover.
A botched missing person’s case. A nervous mob boss.
Lt. Jake Carrington’s gut tells him Phil Lucci is being cagey—with good reason. Jake can see this case has been mishandled from the beginning. Sloppy police work? Or does Lucci’s hand reach as far as the WPD? It’s Jake’s job to find the answers.
Then Jake meets Kyra Russell, a woman with an unusual job—she runs the local crematory. Despite the heated attraction between them, Jake becomes more and more suspicious of Kyra. Her gambling problem has already cost her a marriage and custody of her son. More than that, she also happens to be friends with Phil Lucci. Kyra assures Jake that it’s just coincidence, but Jake’s experience and his instincts warn him not to believe in chance. Can Kyra be burning bodies for the mob? If she is, what will Jake do about it?
Marian Lanouette Bio:
One of ten children, Marian took to writing to explore new and adventurous places. While her friends traveled on planes for vacation, Marian traveled in books. With an overactive imagination, it didn’t take long for her to start creating her own characters and stories. If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery that released in 2012, is the first book in the series.
As an avid reader, she discovered mysteries by reading the Daily News as a youngster. Intrigued by the real life crimes, and how the police worked and eventually solved them, ignited her imagination beyond the ordinary.
An English professor marked her final paper with an A, but wrote a note that said, “Well done, though you’re not Virginia Woolf yet, so add a little action to the story.” That one line had her punching up the action in stories to come.
Marian has many plans (books) for Jake Carrington and his crew. She invites you to discover these wonderful characters and share your impressions at: email@example.com or www.marianl.com .
You can also find Marian here:
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/DnmqRl-J0co
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The book sounds way cool! Thanks for stopping by, Marian. So folks, what do you think? Do you have any questions for Marian? Let ’em fly! You know I LOVE hearing from you!
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Thank you, Christine, for hosting me today.
It was totally my pleasure, Marian! Thanks so much for being here.
I really loved the crematorium aspect of the novel, plus Kyra’s all too human gambling problem.
I bet you have some interesting stories to tell from your experiences!
In a recent TV show I watched, a distraught doctor was sending the body of the nun he loved into the crematorium, and before he did, he climbed onto the conveyor belt and consigned himself to the flames along with her. Is this something that could conceivably actually happen (if someone were twisted enough to wish it to).
Great blog post for a great writer! 🙂
Where I worked there wasn’t a conveyer belt. It is a chamber, (now I know this is gross) but think pizza oven but just a tad bigger.
Marian, I’m finding out more and more about you as I follow some of your tour stops:) Heart surgery and you worked in a cremetory (sp) – I totally agree with your advice for upcoming authors (I learned the hard way as well).
Great interview – I’m so glad I stopped in.
I’m glad you stopped by too, Kay Dee. I like to share. I struggled until I found a great writing group CTRWA with some wonderful advice. It really paid off.
Hi Christine and Marian! Loved reading this interview! It’s great to meet new-to-me authors and Burn in Hell sounds terrific! Congrats on the release, Marian, and best wishes!
Thank you, Robin. I hope you check it out and let me know what you think.
Thanks, Marion, for the shoutout for correct grammar in genre fiction — English teachers everywhere applaud you!!
Wishing you much success with Jack,
Nice interview! I like romantic mysteries, too!
Great interview! The writing experts always say, “Write what you know,” but I’m guessing the result is a whole lot more interesting when what you know is an insider’s view of a crematorium, versus, say, generally accepted accounting principles. 🙂 Come to think of it, I don’t have to guess…I can check out “Burn in Hell.” Good luck with the series!
From everything I’m hearing, Sam, this is an AWESOME book. Gotta add it to my TBR pile!
Nice interview Marian and outstanding book.
I liked Burn In Hell even more than I enjoyed If I Fail. The story line was riveting. I was fascinated with Kyra’s story. She was a train wreck of a character, not likeable, but, I kept finding myself having sympathy for her. Your villian gave me goosebumbs-pure evil and of course Jake Love him lol! Combined with a wonderful, engrossing story, this was a great read and one I finished in two days.