Interview with Marie Kelly

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
While I am Scottish, I have lived all over the world because my father was in the forces, and we moved from country to country as I grew up. I think that this helped me to understand different cultures and to see other civilizations and how we connect on this big hunk of rock called Earth. As we moved around, starting anew from one place to the next, I would lose myself in books, devouring them, books a constant thing in my life.
I also liked to people watch and make stories about those unknown characters that passed me, creating stories telling of their lives for the amusement of my sister. I learned to pay attention and empathize with them (though given the stories I would tell her I hope that their lives were not so complex) and when I started to write I always ensured that the stories were character driven, because rich characters make for a good story that a reader can be part of.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think the greatest job of writing has to be allowing my imagination free rein to see where it takes me. I create characters that I find interesting. They have flaws, but ultimately redeem themselves, and I enjoy taking a scenario that might seem ‘wrong’ but allowing it to ‘right’ itself in a beautiful and romantic way.
What is your writing process?
When it comes to writing I am a pantser. By that I mean that I do not start with a well-laid out storyline which I follow but meander my way through seeing where the story takes me. I ‘see’ in my minds eyes a scene play out and I write that scene and that scene often holds a little clue for another scene and so forth. It is almost as though the story reveals itself to me in segments, allowing me the joy of experiencing it the way my readers will.
I write out of order and allow the characters to have a great deal of input. Many days I have found myself arguing with a character with regards to ‘whether they would or would not do that’, but ultimately, they are usually correct. Once the book is almost finished with most scenes created, the job of stitching it all together takes place, connecting the scenes. And I have always found that they join, that somehow my sub conscious has created the story the way it was meant to be, even if I envisioned it ending another way.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In ‘Lost Sister’ we meet Hayden Carmichael. Tough, determined and driven, she has just completed law school having had to fight to achieve everything she has her entire life. When she discovers that she has siblings, Diona and Daryle Dranias, married to the billionaire Dranias brothers, her life changes. But Hayden is determined to make her way in life, and not rely on her new-found fortune. Henry Grant, on the other hand, has led a privileged life, not always following the right path. However, now the head of his company he seeks to modernise and be the leader he was born to be. When he meets Hayden, she is everything he ever wanted. But what will happen when he finds out her secret? And will the feisty woman ever be interested in a reformed playboy like him?
The ‘Lost Sister’ is the follow up to ‘Kidnapped the Wrong Sister.’ I kept getting asked what happened to the brothers and sisters, and I decided to write a book that follows the sisters’ years later. However, I did not want it to be about them specifically, so decided to base it on another couple, who happen to occupy that same story stratosphere.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I never really saw myself as a writer. I enjoyed creating stories and thought perhaps others might enjoy them too. I had little expectation and just wanted to share what I had So I self-published, not even exploring the traditional route and the response was amazing. I honestly do not believe that I would have had any more success if I had followed the more traditional publishing route. But this way I have had more control over what I write and the timelines (I am not good with deadlines). My experience as an indie author has been a good one. And I would recommend this path to others
Who’s your book boyfriend or secret book crush?
From my own books I would say that the ‘baddie’ Emilio in ‘Blackmailing the Billionaire’ is my favourite character. He was such a perfect man, that what was intended to be a stand-alone book ended up being a series of 5, and all because he had to have his own story. From other books, who could not love the honorable Mr Darcy from ‘Pride and Prejudice’
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Semi-colons. There is just something about those little punctuation marks that I find evil. Not that they are, but neither are cracks on the pavement, and I will do the splits rather than step on them.
What drives you to keep on writing?
If you ask a writer what drives them to keep writing, you might as well ask what drives a fish to keep swimming. It’s in our blood, it’s our passion. Those characters and stories swirling around our head will not stop until they have poured themselves out onto paper. They will insist on their moment on the page. I don’t write for rewards, I write because to NOT write now seems so cruel. I love the beginning of a new story and the excitement of finding how it will develop and end, and when it is done, I feel satisfaction at the completion. The saying goes, ‘Do what you love, and you will never work a day in your life.’ I write because I do not want to work.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I would tell my younger self to persist. Don’t let anybody tell you that you are not good enough. You might not be the best you can be yet, but that does not mean you are not good enough. Have faith in yourself and others will follow. And I would give that advice to other fledgling authors out there. If you have a story in you trying to get out, then write it. Don’t let anybody put you off.
What do your fans mean to you?
Gosh. Everything. I write what I enjoy reading and to hear others take the time to contact me and say how much they love the story is humbling. I find that readers are the most supportive people in the world and when they enjoy what you write will become your greatest allies, helping to make you a success. Without our readers, we would be nothing. So a big shout-out to all those who have supported me. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you.
Published 2018-07-16.
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Books by This Author

The Lost Sister
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,410. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Henry Grant, CEO of one of the largest cruise line companies in the world has never had a problem getting exactly what he wants. That is until the day he meets the lovely lawyer on the Dranias Corporation team. Now he cannot get enough of Hayden Carmichael. Hayden however has a secret, and one that might well destroy what she has with Henry. Can the two find their happy ever after?
Watching Luisa
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,850. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Charles Patrice, a billionaire playboy, is still haunted by his past. Deceived by the woman he thought himself in love, and betrayed by a cruel, self-serving father, he has accepted that he is just not the settling down type. However, a chance meeting with Luisa Barrero, the small Spanish beauty still convalescing after an accident which almost cost her life has his life turned upside down.
Billionaire's Reluctant Bride
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,650. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
To ensure that her sister’s medical expenses are paid, Celeste Degrassy must agree to marry the man her father chooses. There is one REALLY big problem. He has selected the unscrupulous Anton Pirelli, the man she loved before finding out that he was cheating on and using her. Now in a bid to escape her fate, she finds herself drawn into a conspiracy of lies, family ties and betrayal.
Saving Sophie
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,630. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Adult
When Sophie Lawrence finds herself under suspicion of a vicious murder she has her already upside-down life turned inside-out. With so many changes in so short a time, she must decide who to turn to for help. Will it be her recently found brother, who might have secrets of his own, or the detective whom she just cannot seem to forget and who betrayed her in the worst possible way – or did he?
Sam, Bella and Kate Box Set
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 156,940. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » General
Discover how one simple holiday leads friends, Samantha Trey, Bella Smith and Kate Pallen on the road to meeting three men who will turn their lives inside-out and capture their hearts in three books. Blackmailed Merger - Dante and Samantha's story Billionaire's Second Chance - Philippe and Bella's story Capturing Kate - Kai and Kate's story
The Russian's Deal
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,490. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Romance » General
Vitaly Antonov has wanted Summer Bianchi from the moment he met her. However, while there is no denying the attraction the young fiery woman has for the billionaire, she is not about to become his next play thing. When circumstances take a turn and Vitaly is the only person who can help save her sister, Summer is forced to become the one thing she promised never to be – at his beck and call.
Pirate's Revenge
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,220. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Captured by pirates, innocent Lady Elizabeth Palmer is given a choice: Sleep with the captain or die along with all of the other hostages. But Alex Hunter is no ordinary pirate, and she soon comes to know that their past and possibly futures are entwined.
Capturing Kate
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,050. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
When Kate Pallen is invited to New York to meet with a father she has never known, she has no idea what lies in store for her. She must go into hiding with the one man who seems immune to her man-eating ways. Kai Conners, bodyguard to the rich and famous, is still reeling from being betrayed by the woman he thought himself in love with. Now his past is catching up with him.
Saving the Billionaire
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,340. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Sally Rodgers has a secret past, one which keeps her forever moving Emilio Muniz is still reeling from the death of the woman he loved and the knowledge that he was betrayed by someone so close to him. Can they find happiness together to create a new happier future, or will their pasts come back to destroy them both.
Substitute Starlet
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,210. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
For the sake of her sick sister, Tara James must pass herself off as the up-and-coming starlet Sunny James, however, her twin sister has been less than virtuous. Logan Callen sees the starlet as a liability and is hell bent on firing her. That is till he meets the lovely spitfire. Soon the last thing on his mind is getting rid of her. Logain however, has his own reputation to deal with.
Blackmailing the Billionaire
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,780. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Joy Reid had a plan to help save the life of her beloved nephew Ricco. To get close to the only man who could save the small boy she will blackmail the billionaire Carig Calle. However, simple plans have a tendency of falling apart, and there was nothing simple about Carig Calle. Joy soon discovers that the simplest of plans can sometime create the most complex of problems
Her Two Tycoons
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,130. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
After a whirlwind affair with playboy Mike Steele, Skyler Lane finds herself pregnant. To make matters worse, Mike is best friends with her ex-husband Tom Trent. Tom still loves Skyler and wants the two to remarry, offering her the security and loving environment he believes she needs. Mike however, wants to marry her also, because he feels that it is his duty to marry the mother of his child.
Secretary With Benefits for the Billionaire
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,410. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
With her life in free fall, Tia Trent finds herself hiding from the paparazzi after her husband, Darren, is arrested for bigamy and theft. With no money, no friends and nobody to turn to, Tia finds herself with very little money and even fewer options. Into the hell that has become her life walks Jarad King. The billionaire needs a secretary for his month-long working trip on his private islan
Billionaire's Second Chance
Series: Sam Bella and Kate, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,290. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » General
Having met Philippe, best friend to Dante Durant, Bella is stunned when her budding romance is cruelly ended before it can really begin. Hurt, she returns to her life having thought herself to be over the man who had treated her so badly. Four years later however, she is hired to organise for Samantha and Dante’s wedding and once more comes face to face with Philippe.
Billionaire's Revenge
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,820. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
“So I want you to become my mistress...to move in with me for as long as I can be bothered parading you around for public disgrace” Sara felt her mouth and eyes open in stunned shock. “Y...you want ME ... To pretend to be your mistress just so that you can humiliate my family?” her voice growing higher as he gave her a smile his head shaking softly. “I never said anything about pretending...
The Billionaire's Blackmailed Heiress
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,750. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
To give her mother her dying wish Mina Lane must deal with the enigmatic and dangerously seductive Nikos Dupris. Only he can give her access to the Villa her father and mother shared while her mother was the mistress of Nikos’ hated step-father. He however is in need of help himself, help that only Mina can provide and using her mother’s situation blackmails her to save his business. Both distrust
The Billionaire's Runaway Bride
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,440. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Six years ago Grace Leotta had fled her father and the man meant to be her husband, Alexo Manetas. Now she is back on Alexos' island, and he is out for revenge. Blackmailing her he forces her to stay with him as his mistress and convenient fiancee for his father's sake. Can she survive this domineering man and more importantly can she bear to leave when he has finally finished with her.
Millionaire's Society Mistress
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,950. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Craig Thompson is a man used to getting what he wants. The ruthless American already has the Campbell's business, but what he wants is Fiona Campbell. Making her an offer that she cannot refuse, Fiona pretends to be his mistress. However Craig has no intention of the arrangement staying as it is when he wants the beautiful Scot in his bed. Can Fiona resist his charms...and does she want to.
Blackmailed Merger
Series: Sam Bella and Kate, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 50,920. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
(3.00 from 1 review)
When Dante Durant once more appears in Samantha Trey’s life, it is again to manipulate and use her. However this time Samantha knows what is going on and is determined not to allow the charismatic and gorgeous Greek to play with her heart as he did when they first met. Blackmailed into a marriage to the one man she had ever loved she must protect her heart and also the secret she keeps
The Billionaires Mistress
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,820. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
When Jenna Long is hurt saving the life of the famous singer Tom Trudeau, she finds herself living with him and his brother, the handsome and enigmatic Ryan Trudeau. A playboy Billionaire his 'love 'em and leave 'em' philosophy towards woman is one that he is very open about, especially to the beautiful woman who has landed on his doorstep. can they really "get it out of their system"
Mia
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,980. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
After a traumatic event in her young life and threats against her, Mia Drake vows never to once more set foot in the place she grew up. However, the death of her father forces her return, only to discover that the past has not gone away, but been waiting for her, and it is only the enigmatic Paul James who saves her. Will Mia once more run or has she found someone worth staying for?
The Wedding Deal
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,180. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
Tessa Jones in a bid to save her friend Andrew is blackmailed into a loveless marriage to Alexis Demitri by her grandfather. Alexis sees marriage as any other business deal, with Tessa having to walk away from any children and his business if it fails However, is the loveless marriage one sided?
My Son
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,140. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
When Kelly Brown’s cousin and friend Trudy is killed, she is left as the guardian to the son she has looked after his whole life. However when the playboy Marc De Santo turns up declaring ignorance of his son, he offers her two choices, come with him or give up max. Can she keep her son without falling for his father, and if she does....how will she deal with the heartbreak
The Unwilling Mistress
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,280. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery
Drake Trent wants Mia Jones as his mistress, however the exotic dancer has other plans. She wants nothing to do with the billionaire, but her boss sees a way of using Mia to get to Drake, and his plan involves using her as bait. Mia has to learn who can be trusted as she sets out to help her sister and bring down the evil Jake. But she is soon asking herself if maybe she has misjudged Drake
Captured
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,030. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure
Kindra Ixar is a normal hard working resident of virtual world leading an orderly life until the day she is captured by Avatar Slavers and autioned to the highest bidder. Dark Kestrel is not exactly what she had expected in a Gor Master, true he demands absolute obedience, but there is so much more to this man, and so much that he is hiding, and soon Kindra is not so sure that she wants rescued
Kidnapped the Wrong Sister
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,000. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
(3.56 from 9 reviews)
To stop his brother from an unsuitable marriage, Nikias Dranias holds the woman he believes to be Daryle prisoner on his island. However, it is her sister Diona that Nikias has mistakenly held, not believing her story that she too had come to stop the marriage of the two siblings. Soon however, sparks are flying between the two, as they find themselves fiercely attracted to each other
Blackmailed For The Billionaires Pleasure
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,420. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
(4.00 from 1 review)
Three years ago Craig Kent and Kira Black had spent a whole summer together before, with no warning he had abandoned her, forcing her to return to the UK heartbroken. Now he was blackmailing her to be his mistress for the week, to use her as he saw fit, to be his sex toy. At a loss as to know why he would hate her so much, she had determined not to once more fall for his charms, but could she?
Blackmailed For Vengeance
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,600. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
"You are blackmailing me to sleep with you," she cried in horror, her eyes staring at him. He had frowned angrily "I didn’t say anything about you sharing my bed" he replied "I have never had to force a woman to sleep with me, and I certainly don’t intend to start with you" he said with complete contempt in his voice "Please don’t flatter yourself"