Interview with Marie Hall

Published 2018-08-13.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Panama. My grandfather was the town's local witch doctor. Because we were so far removed from the city everyone came to him for whatever ailed them. My grandfather's exploits did inspire my love for fantasy. Seeing the things that he would do, things that traditional science might scoff at, it definitely created a magic and wonder within me that helped me to see the world in a non-traditional way. One where fairies were real, and magic sacred.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing back when I was in high school, 20 years ago. But it wasn't until 10 years ago that I actively began to pursue publishing my works.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm currently working on a book called Forge King and it heavily features Greek mythology. It's a romance between Hephaestus and Aphrodite and I'm having a blast working on it. It's part of my Dark Kings Series written under my new pen name of Jovee Winters.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted the ability to control every aspect of my career and not be at the whim and mercy of NY.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting to let my mind wander and explore all the many nuances of mythology and fairy tales that I love so much and creating my own genesis story from tales we already thought we knew and loved.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. My fans literally mean everything to me. I would always write, because at my core I'm a writer, but it's my fans who encourage me during the times when writing is just downright hard and frustrating. Knowing that I can be an inspiration to someone getting chemo, or someone coming out of a horrible divorce. It buoys me and lets me know I'm doing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing.
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm currently binge reading anything by Robyn Peterman. I'm also a huge fan of Deanna Chase. Laura Thalassa. Anne Bishop. Karen Marie Moning. The list is just endless.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My life. I love my life. Through all the crazy ups and downs, writing, my family, all of it, it's what inspires me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a huge Disney fanatic, as anyone who knows me even the slightest bit knows, so you're guaranteed to find me planning my next yearly Disney trip to somewhere. But in between my vacations, I love to garden, and I'm an avid home cook who really likes getting creative in the kitchen.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually word of mouth at this point. I trust my fans and fellow writers since we've developed a relationship through the years and they know my likes so well.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was called The Highlander's Curse and was a twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast tale. It's terrible. Absolutely awful, at almost 600 pages long I definitely didn't have a clue when it came to pacing, but it's special to me because it's the first book I ever completed. And it was that book that created a love in me for wordsmithing.
What is your writing process?
I write. I sit down. Stare at a blank page and write whatever the heck I want. I don't worry about if it makes sense, or whether I've jumped the shark until edits. The first draft of a book is always the most fun one for me because I can just let go and get as crazy as I want with it. I'm a total panster and don't plot a thing. Which means edits are rarely fun, but I can't write any other way.
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