Interview with Marie Landry

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing stories since I first learned to write, and before that I was always making up stories and telling them to my parents. The first story I remember writing was in first grade - it was about a gray cat I found and wanted to keep, but couldn't. I wrote stories all through school, and began writing short novels in high school. Writing is something I've always loved and always known I wanted to do professionally.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small city in Ontario, Canada. All my books are set in fictional towns or cities in Ontario, and I use my favourite bits and pieces of my own city to flesh out the surroundings. I always use a real city, like Toronto or Kingston or Ottawa, as a guidepost so that readers have an idea of where my fictional towns are; I've had so many Canadian readers tell me they loved seeing familiar places in my books. As a proud Canadian, that's always an amazing feeling for me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I loved the idea of being in control and making my own choices. I always assumed I'd be traditionally published, and I even spent a few months querying agents when I wrote a book with a friend several years ago. We briefly looked into self-publishing, but discovered it had a really bad name so we didn't even entertain the idea. Just a few years later when I was ready to try again with my own writing, self-publishing seemed like a much more viable option. After months of research, I realized I liked the idea of taking my future into my own hands and running with it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the actual writing process, where I'm shut away in a room and it's just me, the characters, and the computer, and everything just flows. Those moments are the best - when the characters have taken over and it's almost like you're a conduit, the person chosen to tell their story. I also love hearing from writers who have been touched in some way by my writing. Writing and reading are both such personal experiences, so when someone really GETS a story that I've poured my heart and soul into, or that story changes them or makes them think about their own life, it's an incredible feeling.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. They keep me going. Even if I didn't publish books, I'd still write them because it's part of who I am, but it wouldn't be the same. Knowing there are people who read and enjoy my books makes it all worth it. I've met so many incredible people since I became an author, and I'm thankful for all the connections and genuine friendships I've made.
How do you approach cover design?
Because I have a background in graphic design, I design all my covers myself. I usually spend weeks searching for the perfect graphic, and then I go from there. I play around with lighting and saturation, font colour, size, and placement, and any other elements that need to be added. I like covers that reflect the book, and that are simple yet eye-catching, and I hope I've achieved that with the covers I've designed so far.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a pretty unexciting life, to be perfectly honest. When I'm not writing, I'm usually reading, blogging, designing graphics, spending time with my family, listening to music, or watching TV. I'm a total TV on DVD addict - Friends, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Gilmore Girls, and Castle are just a few of the shows I watch (and rewatch) regularly. I also love to travel and go to concerts when I can.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly from fellow book bloggers when they write reviews, do spotlights, or mention books in features like Stacking the Shelves. I discover a lot of books through GoodReads, Twitter, and Facebook when friends mention sales, new books that have been released, or old favourites. I also like to simply browse my favourite genres or authors and see what's new or on sale or looks interesting.
What do you read for pleasure?
I have really eclectic tastes. I read young adult, new adult, and adult books, but I especially love young adult contemporary fiction. Coming-of-age stories with a lot of heart are my favourite, especially if they're paired with a good romance. I also enjoy fantasy, paranormal, historic fiction, the occasional dystopian or post-apocalyptic book, and some mysteries, especially cozy mysteries. There's not much I won't read.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kobo (which was a gift) and a Kindle (which I won). I use them both regularly, but I guess if I had to choose just one, it would be the Kindle. It has more features, and as a slow reader I love that it tells me how many hours and minutes are left in the book. Maybe that's a strange thing to love about an ereader, but there you have it!
Describe your desk
The words 'hot mess' come to mind. I'd love to say it's completely organized and streamlined but I'd be lying. Right now I have my coffee cup, several pencil holders full of pens, markers, etc., two or three notebooks, both my ereaders, my camera, a stuffed animal my nephew put there a few weeks ago that I haven't moved yet, three novels, my cell phone, my last credit card bill, a bunch of receipts, a pamphlet on fishing that my brother gave me when he promised he'd take me fishing this year (didn't happen), and about a dozen miscellaneous notes and lists. Every day I say I'm going to organize it, but it never happens.
Published 2013-09-20.
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Books by This Author

Mistletoe Kiss
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,620. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Bridget hasn't allowed herself to think too much about fairytales or the magic of Christmas since her dad died. Her life has been dedicated to work, her mom, and her best friend. But when her gorgeous boss, who she's secretly had a crush on for the last three years, offers her a night of fun on top of an unexpected Christmas bonus from work, Bridget starts to believe in magic and fairytales again.
Christmas in the Air: A 'Something in the Air' Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 6,530. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Christmas in the Air is a 6,000-word short story for fans of Something in the Air . Check in with Rose and Declan and see how they're preparing for their first Christmas in London!
Something in the Air
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,740. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Everything in Rose’s life is changing quickly. It’s finally her time--time to figure out what she wants and what her future holds. Time to get swept off her feet and not fight it. But when her plans might take her away from all the amazing new things in her life, including Declan, Rose has to make a choice. Is she willing to chase her dreams, even if it means letting go of love?
Take Them by Storm
Series: Angel Island. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,640. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sadie Fitzgerald is eager to leave her old life behind her when she moves away for college. Rumors have plagued her for years, but with the love of her adoptive family, Sadie has learned to embrace who she is. Now she’s not afraid to admit the rumors about her are true: she’s gay. For the first time in her life, Sadie feels free to be herself, but she still has a lot to learn about life and love.
After the Storm
Series: Angel Island, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,890. Language: Canadian English. Published: April 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
For most people, starting senior year at a new high school would be a nightmare, but for Ella O’Dell it’s the new beginning she desperately needs. Two months after her mother’s death, she’s ready to leave behind the miserable, rebellious person she became when she found out her mom was dying. But Angel Island is a small place, and she soon realizes her demons are harder to outrun than she thought.
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,330. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, right? At least that’s what Ginny's grandmother always told her, and Ginny believed it until Grama died. When Ginny finds out she’s going to be alone for the holidays this year, her Christmas spirit goes out the window, along with her luck. Can an old flame help remind Ginny why Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year?
Waiting for the Storm
Series: Angel Island, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,810. Language: Canadian English. Published: April 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
After a year of being shut away taking care of her dying mother, Charlotte O'Dell knows this summer is going to suck. Her family is falling apart, and she can't ignore the hollow ache that's developed in her heart. Can Charlotte pull what’s left of her family together, mend her broken heart, and allow herself to fall for the mysterious boy next door? Or is it all just a storm waiting to happen?
Blue Sky Days
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,120. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When 19-year-old Emma Ward leaves home in search of a fresh start, she has no idea what surprises life has in store for her. Between her slightly eccentric Aunt Daisy and free-spirited love interest Nicholas, life is an adventure, an endless string of blue sky days...until a life-changing event challenges Emma to learn if love really is enough to get you through anything.