Interview with Marie Green

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Right now, Nook. I have the first edition, so it's slightly out of date, but I love it.
Describe your desk
I actually sit on my couch with my Mac and a lap desk. The end table next to me, is loaded with empty Arizona cans, pens and vitamins.
When did you first start writing?
I don't remember exactly, however in the fifth grade was when I first started writing elaborate stories for writing assignments. I was eventually picked to go last because my stories were always longer than everyone else's.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I came up with "Club Erotica" (then just "Erotica") back in 1993, not long after my daughter was born. I had listened to Madonna's song "Erotica" then the Stone Temple Pilots song "Sex Type Thing," then I saw Christopher Walken on Saturday Night Live and for some reason all those elements together made me think of the story of a British journalist looking for his missing friend, but gets caught up in a murder and the tragic life of his love interest. Fast forward to November 2014 and I wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo, and I wanted to do a comedy, but Benedict Cumberbatch wouldn't get out of my head. So, I figured I could write a story with a character that resembles him, I thought that would help, and ended up picking "Club Erotica" for it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to be published, but I was never sure how to go about it. I tried going through Xlibris, but it was too expensive. In 2013, I got my Nook and started reading stuff on self publishing, and eventually read Mark Coker's book on Smashwords and several on self-publishing, and thought I would give it a shot.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating people, creating situations and worlds. I like the idea of turning an idea into something that could live and breathe.
What are you working on next?
Right now, I'm working on my Thesis project for my Masters in Creative Writing, which is a screenplay called "Sinners and Saints." It's about the brother of a priest who falls for a performer at the nightclub the priest wants to get rid of, and all the turmoil it caused between the so called "Saints" at the church and the people they feel are spiritually poor, the "Sinners" who associate with the nightclub. I plan on working on the novel version in November.
Who are your favorite authors?
James Patterson, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Anne Rice, Neil Gaiman, Irene Kampen, Kate Gallison and my Uncle, KC Herbel (Writer of "A Jester of Kindness")
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Having something to accomplish. Whether its turning in a homework assignment or writing a new chapter, as long as I know I can get something done, I get out of bed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I live a rather boring life, but I'm trying to change that. When I'm not writing, I like to play video games (mostly time management games like Diner Dash and whatnot), I play with my cat, go on walks with my kids, chat with friends on Facebook or attend church activities.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was in the fifth grade and my teacher, Mrs. Preston, gave us a writing assignment to write about a scarecrow. I wrote about a female scarecrow named Ellie, who didn't like to scare animals, she wanted to be friends with them, but the animals were afraid of her. When they saw how sad she was, they started talking to her and they all became friends.
What is your writing process?
I usually write out a detailed account of the story first; then I make a list of the main characters and create a detailed profile for them. Then I do a brief outline of the entire story - although sometimes I only do a few chapters at a time. Or I will write out a synopsis of each paragraph, usually a few at a time. Then I get on my Mac and start writing away.
How do you approach cover design?
My friend Wayne designed the cover. I told him about the story, and how I wanted something simple, but eye-catching. The design I picked was actually the fourth one he did that I ended up falling in love with.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series. They're intelligent, clever, brilliant and funny as all hell. If I want to read and I need a laugh, that series is my go-to.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have a few, just friends right now, but when I do get some fans, they will mean as much to me as my family and close circle of friends. They are the ones that make or break you.
Published 2014-04-28.
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Books by This Author

Dragon's Wing
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 55,930. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
With the kingdom of Maraquay on the brink of a devastating war with the dragons, only one woman dares speak of tolerance and peace. Can Melynda alone stand up to both sides, and stop the impending bloodshed?
Club Erotica
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 59,650. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
"British journalist Trevor Welling is on a quest to discover why his friend and strip club owner Ren White disappeared. In the process, he finds out there's much more to this story... the current owner of the club, Ren's half brother Steve Hanson, is found dead, and Ren's wife Charlene is the obvious suspect.