Interview with Mary Adair

Question: You write Romance. Do you think of yourself as a Romantic?
I am a romantic. I do not believe that romance is an extravagant story or account that has no basis in fact. A story can be written in such a way as to be totally unbelievable…and I love those stories too. But as for Romance, I think romance is the best part of mankind. It sees what is possible and gives us the courage to reach out. It gives us empathy. It gives us the strength to forgive and to encourage others. I don’t see romance as only soft. I see it as strong, forgiving, and hopeful. I see it as morality and the strength to live by it.
What was the first book you read?
Mary: The first Romance novel I ever read was The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I was hooked! I loved the characters, the setting, the time in history, her style of writing, just everything about the story. I enjoy writing stories that are set in history and are as historically correct to the time period as I can get. I don’t want my story to be unbelievable; I want it to be moving and inspiring. I love a strong male character that is not afraid to admit what he feels at least to himself. I also enjoy strong female characters. Never have I believed women to be weak.
Readers love to get to know authors. Please tell us about growing up.
Mary: I was actually raised by foster parents. My first set, the only parents I called Mom and Dad, raised me from the age of about 18 months to 8 years old. Mom was a full blood Native American, and Dad was Chief of Police in the small town where we lived. When I was 8 years old, Mom died from cancer. Daddy died from a broken heart the next year. I actually found out not too many years ago that Mom and I are actually related; though I don't know how and no one is now living that can help me find that connection. I am searching on my own though.
After my parents died I went to live with Mom’s grown up and married son, his beautiful wife and their two younger girls. I grew up in a rural area just outside of the small town where Mom, Dad, and I had lived. When I wasn't enjoying playing with my two younger sisters, I was riding my horse or helping out with the many chores that go along with country living. I stayed in this family until I grew up and married my very own Prince Charming.
When you're not writing, what’s your favorite way to relax and recharge?
Mary: I love to read and I love movies. I also enjoy walking in the woods, so I guess it is a good thing I live in the country.
Would you like to share any guilty pleasures that feed your muse?
Mary: I don't think this would fall under “guilty,” but I love to sit on the porch with my husband and just talk about my stories, the characters, and my plot. He has such an imagination and it always amazes me how much history he knows. On second thought, maybe I should feel guilty. My husband is wonderfully patient with the time I spend with my characters.
How long have you been writing?
I think my joy of writing started when I was very young. I remember writing little stories and reading them to my mom. She always made a big deal of each story. When I went to live with her adult son, I would write stories for the girls.
Where do you prefer to write? Do you need quiet, music, solitude; PC or laptop?
I do not need music, quite or solitude, though all those are nice. When I’m planning a book, I write on paper napkins, gum wrappers, the edge of a newspaper, the palm of my hand, any surface I can find. This all while sitting in a movie, eating at a restaurant, or pretending to be listening or paying attention to whatever I am supposed to be doing at the time. I use both a PC and laptop.
Are you a plotter or a panzer?
Mary: Great question! I love to plot, but it has to work with my title, which I choose first. Then of course, there are those many wonderful scenes that came to me while standing in the grocery check out or while I am feeding the chickens or pretending to listen to the news. Of course, none of them work with the plot, so you just have to change it or add to it. I think that makes me a plotting panzer.
I think they call that being a plotzer. Tell us about the research you did for this series. Do you use real events or persons in your stories or as an inspiration for stories?
Mary: I love to write stories that are historically correct. My first book was very loosely based on an ancestor of my husband’s. Some of the things I read about him would put Indiana Jones to shame! When I wrote about my main female character, I thought about my biological sister and how I think she would react or what she would do in that spot. I knew my sister growing up, but we were not raised together and did not see each other often. After we grew up, we have made it a point to get to know each other. She has told me a lot about her life when we were apart, and I can see how she has become the brave and self-reliant person that she is. I wanted New Moon to have her spirit and her beauty. I also looked back at the love shared by my Mom and Dad and drew on that as well. Oh my, does all this make me a Romantic Plotzer?
What do you hope your writing brings to readers?
Shear enjoyment. I want to bring joy, excitement, a bit of fantasy, adventure, mystery and always a happy ending.
Would you like to tell us what you’re working on now?
I am working on book three of the Passion series as well as book 2 of my YA Fantasy series. There is also an inspirational story tugging at my heartstrings, so I may have to bring it up on the list.
What advice would you give to unpublished authors?
Mary: Never, never, never give up.
Published 2013-09-16.
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Books by This Author

Captive Spirits Book 1 in the Legends of Aztar Series
Series: Legends Of Aztar, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,570. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Aztar is a planet where no one remembers a time of peace. Fear of those who wield a mystical cruelty holds people as CAPTIVE SPIRITS. All that remains is the waning belief in a savior who will someday come to restore peace to a blood soaked land. From his love and chosen path, the Saga of Aztar begins with the legend of her first King, Si Volcum. “Reclaim Aztar,” will be their battle cry.
Passion's Price
Series: Passion's, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,900. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
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Dawn has inherited her mother’s gift of visions that sometimes promise happiness, but all too often hint of grave danger. This story opens with just such a vision.In the grips of the most fearful vision she has ever had, Dawn sees darkness and smoke. Flames erupt and a gunshot pierces the night. Pain hits her chest and Dawn knows what she must do, even if it means her own death.
Passion's Vision
Series: Passion's, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,730. Language: American English. Published: September 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
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Readers’ Favorite: 2014 Finalist: Two warriors, different worlds, different culture. Destine to clash, Destine to love. New Moon is a warrior. Her visions tell her a warrior comes from across the waters.Two warriors’, different worlds, meet and clash. Soon it is revealed their survival depends on their ability to overcome their differences and defeat those who seek to destroy them both.