Interview with Mari Ann Caudill

How do you approach cover design?
I use Daz Studio 3D for all of my book covers. I am grateful for the wonderful artist in the Daz Studio community who provide art to the digital word. I have designed covers before I have started writing. However, I normally wait until the story is completed to design the cover as well as the choosing a title.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote my first novel in high school, which remains unpublished (Razor). I have reviewed the novel several times to attempt to modify it but time seems to get away from me. At this time, I am unsure if I will ever publish the novel.
Who are your favorite authors?
I do not have a favorite author, but most of the books I have in my collection are from Dean Koontz, John Saul and Lisa Jackson.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I enjoy rending the Odd Thomas and Frankenstein series by Dean Koontz. I also like the Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya characters from the New Orleans book series by Lisa Jackson. Taking the journey with the character into their world in the pages of a book is intriguing. I have not finished all of the books in each series but I have most of them in my collection.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My first e-reading device was a nextbook. I recently started using my LG Tablet since it has a larger screen for my reading.
Describe your desk
My desk is an antique library table. I don't know how old it is but its an heirloom in my family going back at least four generations. Its the perfect length, width and height for me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The motivation to become an indie author is based on my entrepreneurship. I love the flexibility of being your own boss. I enjoy writing and bringing your work to others is a wonderful feeling. There are challenges of being an indie author. Ensuring you have a good proofreader, great marketing skills, good turnaround on new books, great cover and many more challenges.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
There are so many self-publishing options available. Smashwords provides great resource to indie authors, such as a variety of platforms available, Smashwords Style Guide, tips on marketing, etc.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is being able to create a story that can engulf you into a world of imagination.
What are you working on next?
I am working on revising a novel in a fantasy series. I have enjoyed working on the novel and designing the characters that hopefully my readers will love. I hope my readers will enjoy the journey with each character as they face challenges, find love, lose faith, connect with new friends, and fight for their lives. I look forward to receiving feedback on a teaser of a few chapters before my novel is released. I will post further details on social media when the chapters will be available.
Published 2017-08-19.
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Books by This Author

Riveting Tales (Two Novelettes)
Series: Riveting Tales (Two Novelettes). Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 23,020. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
This collection includes: Allison's Secret and Lost Identity. Allison returns home after six years to get her father's estate in order before he dies and uncovers a web of lies, blackmail, and betrayal. Maddie joins a local detective Mike as he helps her through her amnesia and searches for the truth about the murders at her childhood home, just shortly before she turned up in his life.
Guardian of Souls: Trilogy
Series: Guardian of Souls. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,760. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Guardian of Souls: Trilogy includes three short stories: Beginning, Unraveling, and Redemption. Join Alise as she battles with betrayal, love, secrets, and temptation, all of which force her to join forces with her mortal enemy Danes—a powerful vampire. Alise’ fights to be reunited with her daughter, but tragedy is in the midst and hope seems so far away.
Guardian of Souls: Redemption
Series: Guardian of Souls, Book#3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,400. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Guardian of Souls: Redemption. This is the final installment in the Guardian of Souls series. Skylar learns the truth about her parents when she turns eighteen. Skylar defies her father by partnering with Danes to find her mother. Alise joins Danes once final time to bring down the Guardian of Souls organization and to find her daughter no matter the cost. Stark is determine to destroy everyone.
Guardian of Souls: Unraveling
Series: Guardian of Souls, Book#2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
This is the second installment in the Guardian of Souls series. Alise has been held captive by Stark since her rescue from Danes. Alise partners up with Danes once again as Luke helps her escape Stark's imprisonment. Her world unravels as she hunts for Danes to find the truth about her daughter, not knowing Stark has had her the whole time.
Raveling Tales: A Short Story Collection
Series: Raveling Tales: A Short Story Collection. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,310. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This short story collection includes four epic tales: Alana’s Demise, Caitlin and the Mirror Witch, Dreams of a Past Life, and Secrets of a Kingdom. Take a journey with Alana, Caitlin, Arabella, and Zenna as they face their own trials of love, betrayal, tragedy, and much more. The gripping tales will draw you into a world of fantasy full of suspense and beckoning you to want more.
Guardian of Souls
Series: Guardian of Souls, Book #1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,440. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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Alise became a Guardian to rescue her sister from the vampires. The Guardian of Souls organization was built to protect mortals from the government and vampires after the bombs hammered against the earth. Alise joins her former fiancé to decipher the rumors of her sister's whereabouts. Little did Alise know the truth was always in her reach, she was just blinded by Danes a powerful vampire.
Lost Identity
Series: Riveting Tales (Two Novelettes). Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,310. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Maddie's clothes are torn and covered in traces of blood, when Mike finds her hiding in an alley. Her memories of death start to reinvent themselves after her amnesia. Mike searches for the truth and discovers murders at her childhood home, just shortly before she turned up in his life. Fear starts to engulf Maddie as they drive closer to her childhood home, knowing death awaits her.
Allison's Secret
Series: Riveting Tales (Two Novelettes). Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,970. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A past locked away, a present before her, and a future unrealistic. Allison returns home after six years, to get her fathers estate in order before he dies. Little did she know, she would uncover a web of lies, blackmail, and betrayal. An old love enters her life once again, as she fights off the demons of the past. Allison discovers someone else knew the truth about her pregnancy six years ago.
Dreams of a Past Life
Series: Raveling Tales: A Short Story Collection. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,720. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Laura discovers the journals of her grandmother Alexia, which opens to a world of dreams about another life or delusions from a derange woman. Alexia writes of Arabella as herself in a world of lies and deceit. Arabella escapes from the dungeon and her execution with help from her love Milar. Everything unravels before Arabella, as she discovers everyone around her holds a secret, including her.
Secrets of a Kingdom
Series: Raveling Tales: A Short Story Collection. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,120. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
One dark night Zenna's village is attacked and destroyed. Luca dishonored his father's orders to kill everyone and let her go. Little did Luca know that she was the daughter of Zander an elder witch. Luca and Zenna's love flourishes, as his father hears rumors of their meetings. Zenna and Luca struggle to keep their relationship hidden, as they both hold secrets from one another.
Alana's Demise
Series: Raveling Tales: A Short Story Collection. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,320. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Alana joins an unseemly accomplice stealing goods from the wagons traveling to the castle. Alana's village is starving, for their livestock stolen and their crops refuse to grow. A tragedy unfolds on the final night they remove the gold from the castle treasury room. Alana refusal to stay away from Mitchell has caused destruction at many levels and now she has to deal with her mistakes.
Caitlin and the Mirror Witch
Series: Raveling Tales: A Short Story Collection. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,760. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Rumors of the young elf prince visiting the castle at night, has brought distrust to Caitlin's father as he watches Zayden closely. Caitlin stumbles upon a mirror hidden deep within the castle walls and destruction is upon the kingdom as she releases a Witch. The only hope is for the treaty to stay unbroken between their fathers, and to reveal the truth about their love.