Interview with Marie Blue

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Wisconsin and spent most of my childhood living between Wisconsin and Florida. We moved around a lot so it was difficult to make friends. I read a lot of books, which sparked my interest in writing. It was an escape from feeling isolated and eventually became my main source of entertainment. My parents did not put limits on what I could read, so I read everything I could get my hands on. I wrote less than I read, but as a teen I did write poetry. I published one poem in a book while in middle school (alas I have neither a copy of the poem nor the book), but school took up much of my time. Eventually marriage & children came along so writing was put on the back burner.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the story precisely, but I do remember that it was a play. I was around 8 years old and I wrote a play for my sister, cousin, and me to perform. I'm pretty sure it involved a lot of singing. I also used to write down my dreams. I had a series of recurring nightmares throughout my childhood that eventually caused me to lucid dream to overcome it. That's the first full story I put down on paper. I don't have any copies of it but I could re-write it at any time as those dreams were in my life from about age 5 until I was around 12. The first full story that I still have is a horror vignette about a man and his infant sharing a nightmare.
What is your writing process?
When I read I fall into the story and it becomes an epic surround-sound internal movie. I visualize everything and it comes to life. To write, I just process that information backwards. I start with a vision and then try to write it down. The worst part is that I'm not as fast as my imagination so I have to stop my visualizations in order for my writing to keep up. I also need extra time to focus on any details. It's a slow process.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to see the vision I had in my head in tangible form, then having others read it to experience the same vision. The only thing that would be cooler is a mind-to-mind transfer of information, but we're not quite there yet.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have children, one of which will be starting school this year, so the majority of my time is spent on them. I manage our household and squeeze in writing time in the brief period between their bedtime and my bedtime. This is also the time in which I enjoy other activities. I do the majority of my reading and video game playing then too, so writing has to share that limited time.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I use BookBub, Smashwords, and Amazon to search for books. I spend most of my time reading Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Erotica, with the occasional horror thrown in.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle paperwhite and I really enjoy it. I also have a Nook but it died and I was unable to revive it. I like the access that I have with the Kindle better than the Nook and I can add my own content to it. I also like the size and portability of my Kindle.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"Swan Song" by Robert R. McCammon. Classic stand off between good and evil set in a post-apocalyptic world. Bears some resemblance to "The Stand" but "Swan Song" came first.
"Exit to Eden" by Anne Rampling (Anne Rice). This was my first exposure to erotica and it has stuck with me. Somewhat extreme for one's first venture into the genre, especially since I was so young at the time (my parents did not screen or censor my book reading). I think this book helped me develop my sexuality as well as pique my interest in erotica as a genre.
"Silver Angel" by Johanna Lindsey. I read a lot of historical romance books growing up and Johanna Lindsey's work is sort of the gold standard. I actually still have this book so I'm using it as a representative of Lindsey's work. If "Exit to Eden" developed my sexuality, historical romance introduced me to it to begin with.
"Darkfall" by Dean Koontz. One of the first horror novels I read. It gave me nightmares and I loved every second of reading it.
While not a single book, I think that the Incarnations of Immortality by Piers Anthony should count as one entry. This was really my first experience with series books as well as with fantasy. This series pretty much added fuel to my already lit fire for reading. The characters were so interesting, even just being ordinary people in extraordinary situations. An overall fun read.
Describe your desk
It's a lovely wooden desk that could be better appreciated without the accumulation of stuff that seems to be drawn to it. It has several shelves that are full of books, magazines, important paperwork and Disney-related items. I have two drawers, the top of which is full of essentials for letter writing that also somehow houses fashion jewelry, copious hair doo-dads, and miscellaneous toy parts.
What are you working on next?
I want to continue writing short stories. I have little pieces of stories all over the place, the majority of which are erotica with some fantasy and horror.
Published 2017-06-05.
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