Interview with Mary Fremont Schoenecker

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. It was Heidi. It was a beautiful story about a girl my age living in the alps of a foreign land. It inspired me to read about other people,cultures and other countries. I also had the desire to write poems and stories.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I take tips from Bookpage, Facebook,and Goodreads groups I belong to, from author friends on MMA and Five Stargroups on the internet.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a YA book called THE RED COCKADE.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small village famous for its Revolutionary War history. It had a strong influence in that I became very interested in American history.
What is your writing process?
I usually write on my laptop after all the morning chores are done.
How do you approach cover design?
When my first edition books were published by Five Star, their cover design artists used input from the author. I hoped their interpretation illustrated the theme of my stories. When it didn't, I had a second chance to get my view across.
When I epublished my books I hired a graphic artist to design my covers and worked closely with her until the design was right.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Emails to my reader list, invitations to Book Talks, newspaper ads, Library talks, postings on Goodreads, Redbook, and my Facebook page.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read mostly historicals, mysteries and romantic suspense novels.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My kindle or my Ipad tablet.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read, walk the beach, do Yoga, play mahjongg, answer Email, dialog on Goodreads and Facebook.
What's the story behind your latest book?
At the same time that I discovered my grandmother's French Canadian roots in a New England mill town I saw a mural of a young woman tending a spinning frame in a cotton mill. In my mind that woman metamorphosed into my Grandmother, who actually came to a Maine milltown from Canada in 1890. It inspired me to write a series about characters with a mix of my heritage in a real place on Maine's coast.
Published 2013-10-13.
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Books by This Author

The Red Cockade
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,460. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical, Fiction » Educational
Joseph Onderdonk, a dutch teenaged patriot, lived on a farm when the British occupied Long Island during the American Revolution. Unable to join Washington's army, joseph was forced to be a waggoner for the British barracks. His uncle involved him in a daring scheme as a patriot spy for the "Friends of Freedom". Joseph's spying adventures bring real people and events to life during the year 1776
Boxed Set Trilogy Maine Shore Chronicles
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 193,660. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
The Romantic Suspense novels in this contemporary series feature characters from the Fontaine and Chamberlaine families.Linked in a chain forged by strong ethnicities and stregthened by enduring love, their stories setting is a mill town and coastal village in southern Maine. The three novels are tales of mercy, mystery, love and redemption.
Four Summers Waiting
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,380. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
This Civil War epic describes a young woman's determination to help causes she believes in.Caught up in a nation at war,Maria strives to balance her love for a Union surgeon with her father's opposition to the war. Authentic diary excerpts and letters chronicle the struggles and hopes of Maria and Henry. Fiction based on fact, readers learn much about restrictions placed on women of the 1800's.