Interview with Marie Tayse

What motivated you to become an indie author?
One of my dreams since I was ten years old has been to have a book published in print. I decided in indie publish when I friend of mine recommended it. She said it would be a good way to get my books circulated and in the hands of readers. So, I tried it and here I am.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is my first time publishing with Smashwords, but I like the idea of being able to publish to different devices without having to go through several different sites. KDP just does Kindle, Barnes & Noble just does Nook. Here there is a wider range of possibilities and I hope that helps add to my success.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me would have to be being able to turn these thoughts that are always going on in my mind into something that may bring a bit of joy or happiness to someone else. I have so many ideas and it seems like my thoughts are always running through a storyline. Sometimes it's hard to shut off my mind to sleep because of the overwhelming desire to write the next page or chapter. I love the writing process. I always have at least three books in the works at all times; I'm always thinking up another story while I'm working on those three. It's a unending cycle.
What do your fans mean to you?
The fans are what make or break a book. Lots of books are in print, but only a few are bestsellers. I never really imagined I'd have 'fans', only readers. But for me, my fans are great. They encourage me to write different genres and to try different aspects in the storylines. I like getting feedback from my fans, good or bad. If it's good then I feel proud; if it's bad then I'll do my best to make improvements in the future. You can't possibly please everyone, but if a few of my fans (readers) enjoy my books then I've accomplished what I was trying to do.
What are you working on next?
I currently have three more books in the works. The next one that will be published is Volume #2 of The Adventures of Miracle children's book series. I plan on having it available by the first or second week of May, if not before. The second and third books I'm working on are contemporary romances. I'm also contemplating writing a memoir in the near future about living with Meniere's Disease.
Who are your favorite authors?
Nicholas Sparks is author to my favorite romance novels. Heather Graham is my favorite paranormal romance author. I love her Krewe of Hunters series and Harrison Investigations series. For the true crime genre, Ann Rule is my favorite. Hans Holzer is my favorite true paranormal author.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing a spend my time attending my daughter's dance classes and recitals and my son's basketball and soccer practices and games. I also enjoy being outdoors when it's nice weather with my children and our animals. I absolutely love music. Anything from country to hip hop, gospel to rap. I always tell people, 'If you want to know how I feel listen to what I've got on repeat.' Music speaks for me when I can't find the words. I'm also a huge animal lover. We rescued all three of our dogs and five of our twelve cats. It's my dream to one day be able to own and operate a rescue for abused and neglected pets and farm animals.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was about a family who lived in haunted house. I was ten years old and it had originally been a writing assignment for school. The assignment only had to be one page, so I made it fit to a page and then when I got home I wrote the rest of it. In all, it consisted of twelve pages.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember the first book I ever read about the paranormal. It was Betty Ren Wright's Christina's Ghost. I got it at a book fair at school in 3rd grade. My mom would have never bought me anything relating to ghosts and such, so I was tickled pink with my purchase. Up until I read that book, I didn't know there were such things as ghosts (I led a very sheltered life as a child). That book started a lifelong fascination with any and all things paranormal. I still have that same book somewhere. I'm hoping one day, my children will enjoy it as much as I did.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks is my all time favorite, because of the true love between Noah and Allie. In Quest of Ghosts by Hans Holzer is another of my favorites. I read it in 5th grade and it helped to fuel my desire to eventually seek answers pertaining to my own as well as other's experiences with the paranormal. Heather Graham's Phantom Evil (Krewe of Hunters #1) is one of my favorites because it's the first in the series and really lays the groundwork for the following books. Heather Graham's Haunted (Harrison Investigation series #1) is also my favorite because it tells the store behind the man who eventually sets into motion the 'Krewe of Hunters'. I guess my fifth favorite would have to be Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson's book Seeking Spirits. I really enjoyed reading this one because it broke down some of their cases and made them seem more personable and easier to relate to.
What do you read for pleasure?
Honestly, anything and everything. I love to read as much as I love to write. I read all different genres from western to history, to romance to true crime, and anything in between. If my daughter finds a series she really likes, I read it. I'm currently reading The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks and Psychic Abilities for Beginners by Melanie Barnum.
Published 2016-03-08.
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Books by This Author

Haunted In Alabama (Truly Paranormal)
Series: Truly Paranormal. Price: Free! Words: 5,260. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » The Paranormal, Nonfiction » New Age » Supernatural
Ghostly voices, barking from an unseen dog, laughter from long ago children at play. These and more are true occurrences of the paranormal happening in some of the most ordinary places.
The First Case
Series: Colt Investigations. Price: Free! Words: 38,590. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Billy Colt doesn’t believe in the paranormal. While he accepts that some people have extraordinary abilities, any talk of the possibility that ghosts or demons may be responsible for the unexplainable events plaguing his family is totally absurd in his opinion. But when a horrific murder takes place, leaving even the local police at a loss, he is forced to rethink his beliefs.
The Greatest Gift
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,880. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
He has autism and she has never felt good enough. Together they set out on a daring adventure where they discover unconditional love in the most surprising of places.