Interview with Marcia Colette

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Upstate NY. And considering there wasn't much to do up there other than watch movies, that's pretty much all I did. That fueled my imagination.
When did you first start writing?
May 2002. I had finished reading all of the Laurell K. Hamilton that I could get my hands on at the time and was pretty pissed. So, I decided to write my own books to pass the time until she came out with another one.
What's the story behind your latest book?
If I Should Die is about a single mother with almost enough kids to start her own basketball team. I also wanted to try my hand at writing a vampire romance. This is the result.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had had enough with one of my publishers. They not only released my book without telling me, but they slapped on some ridiculous cover with a stamped cheetah on the front. Even worse, I never received my advance when they put that book out. To add fuel to the fire, I had an agent (who had sold to NY multiple times prior) who was more interested in getting her Avon business started and soliciting me for that, than she was with submitting my latest manuscript out. Whenever I tried to get a status check from her, she claimed she didn't get my manuscript. Then, one time she said she had sent it off, but she never gave me any edits or any plan of who she was going to submit it to. Sadly, I contacted her a month later for another update and guess what? She didn't get my manuscript. After six months of wasting my time, I severed our relationship and went indie like a few of my other friends. If this was what publishing was about, I could do better all by myself. At least I trusted myself to be more accountable than the people I had dealt with up to this point.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean I get to enjoy what I'm doing even more. Whether their words are kind or harsh, it doesn't matter. Knowing that I've contributed to their reading experience in some way it worth every word I put on the page. I've had the chance to contribute to their escapism, and to me, that's a cool thing.
What are you working on next?
A secret project. Also, I have two short stories that I actually sold to a new publisher, one that I trust.
Who are your favorite authors?
Laurell K. Hamilton (pre-Obsidian Butterfly), Kelly Armstrong, Richelle Mead, John Saul, Bentley Little, Suzanne Collins, Sherrilyn Kenyon.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I have to pay the bills. Unfortunately, writing hasn't made it possible for me to quit my day job yet.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing with my daughter and indulging in her imagination. Little kids rock!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was 250,000 words long. I've managed to shorten it by 190,000 words and had it published through an e-book publisher. It's called Half Breed.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a specific image in my head or think about all of the things that are pertinent to the story. From there, I start searching stock art for ideas. When I find that perfect image, I start playing with how I want the title and my name to look. One thing I try not to do is put multiple images on a cover. I feel the more images you use, the increased likelihood that your cover will look photoshopped and take away from the pivotal point of the story that you're trying to convey.
Published 2013-09-14.
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Books by This Author

If I Should Die
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,080. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
She was once a vampire and is now human in more ways than one. Well, somewhat human, anyway. He is a vampire who wants to know the secret behind her research and will even resort to seduction to find out. What he doesn't know is that he'll have to move fast because someone else has been coveting her for more sinister reasons.
Hazardous Environment
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,610. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
The sequel to Unstable Environment. Root woman Donna Tucker needs to know who's responsible for tainting her roots. Werecheetah Ronan McCleary wants her to pay for her deadly mistake. Both need to get over their hatred of each other, if they're to defeat the monsters who want to drain their souls...and survive the growing desire in their hearts.
Deadlier by the Dozen
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,220. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
People swear they've seen doppelgangers all of the time. It's when more than a dozen decide they want you dead that you have to worry. Mackenzie Lawson knows because that's her predicament. Unless she can find a way to stop the curse that's driving them to kill, she's going to have a hard time explaining the massacre they're planning for her family reunion.
The Spider Inside Her
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,490. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
A curse turns Loreal Ingram, the manager of a domestic abuse shelter, into an arachnid, a creature who thrives on vengeance. Too bad for those who prey victims. Even worse for Loreal's detective boyfriend who doesn't know the killing machine inside her will do whatever it takes to protect her.
Bittersweet
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,860. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(3.33 from 3 reviews)
Life wouldn't be so bad for seventeen-year-old Phaedra Thorne if schizophrenia and psychokinesis didn't run in the family. With her supernaturally insane mother locked away in the attic and Phae left to take care of her six-year-old sister, things couldn't get any worse, right? Tell that to her estranged, older brother who decides to return home with an incubus for a cure.