Interview with Mary M. Bauer

When did you first start writing?
I think I came out of the womb taking notes, but my first paid gig was as a columnist for a local newspaper. For twenty-five dollars a week, I wrote about simple, everyday things such as what motivates Wisconsin motorists to wave at EVERYONE? The job taught me about deadlines, story structure, and how to craft articles someone would want to read.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have a great relationship with my traditional nonfiction publishers, but my latest book, STEP ONE, is a fictional spiritual adventure and doesn't fit into their lists. I researched other authors who write similar fiction and learned they self-published. For those writers interested in going the indie route, I found BEAUTIFUL DISASTER author Jamie McGuire's website has solid, in-depth information that's helped me a lot.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'm a curious person. I'm also a creative person. Writing is the safest way for me to unleash this Dynamic Duo, or who knows what would happen....bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha! But truthfully, writing isn't always a joy. It's a lot of work with some occasional crying... and maybe some weight gain due to the Dairy Queen trips I bribe myself with if I complete a chapter. And yet there's nothing like it. I can't stop. I write something every day.
What are you working on next?
My main character in STEP ONE is an angelic *cough* guardian who will continue "helping" others who do not want his help. In fact, he just got a job at an online dating service, and already has his eye on an unsuspecting couple.
What is your writing process?
I tend to vacuum and bake a lot of cookies when I'm writing. My husband will come home from work to sparkling clean toilets and a nice supper and say, "So you're writing, I see."
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read by myself (that no one made me read) was the Boxcar Children series. Oh man, I wanted to live in a cool abandoned railroad car and forage for berries and eat on broken dishes just like those kids did. They were out there solving mysteries and without adult supervision! They had it made...

The story I read annually is A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Charles Dickens. This classic always makes me re-evaluate my priorities, and helps me set the bar for the New Year. I still smile like a lunatic when poor old Scrooge finally wakes to the richness of life.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'll read anything--cereal boxes, tattoos, gum wrappers, but my e-reader is Kindle. It's easy on my eyes.
Describe your desk
When I'm researching, it's a disaster that takes over the desk and several feet of floor space around it. I've lost my phone in the research stacks and had to call to find it. On the flip side, when I'm writing the actual draft my desk is fairly organized with very little extra "stuff" floating around. I think the extra stuff ends up everywhere else in the house.
Published 2017-06-05.
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Books by This Author

Step One
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,940. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Inspirational
Clare Davis has no idea she's a powerful healer with a coldblooded enemy. Ransom Mayes is Clare's guardian, but protecting her will take a miracle. As Clare learns about the mysterious energy system that creates everything around her, the men on her trail close in. When Ransom can't protect her, she must use the powerful force within to save herself. STEP ONE--a spiritual adventure.