Interview with Mary Zetina

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't recall the very first one because I just read everything and anything that fell on my hands but I strongly remember Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery when I was a little girl. I read both books again as a teenager. Another book that brings back fond memories is Little Wu And the Watermelons by Bea Exner Liu. I was really young when I read it but the story captivated me and it was the very first time that I understood what if felt like to be really moved by a character.
Who are your favorite authors?
I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by books and although I've read many of the classics my favorite authors are mostly contemporary. I love Amanda Quick, the unique leading ladies in her romantic novels and the attractive, intelligent men that fall for them have been part of my life for more than two decades now. I greatly admire Stephen King's descriptive narrative and his creativity. Anne Rice writes beautiful stories and seductive characters. I'm obsessed with the genius of Christopher Moore and the sharp sense of humor of Kurt Vonnegut, his brilliancy shines in every single page of his books.
What is your writing process?
I have to confess that I don't actually have the discipline to program a time of the day to sit down and write. I usually get all sorts of ideas and inspiration for passages or stories in everything that surrounds me and I keep that information stored in my head until I feel the drive to write. My writing process has a mind of its own, sometimes I don't feel like writing because I'm overwhelmed by everyday problems and sometimes I feel like writing is just what I need to lower my level of stress. I don't question my impulse to write I just flow with it and that's why sometimes I go several weeks without touching my unfinished manuscripts and then spend days completely devoted to my writing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Mexico city. I spent my childhood there so I had the opportunity to grow up in a place with plenty of bookstores which was really important because back in those days we couldn't buy books online or discover new authors as easily as we can today. Everyone in my family is an avid reader so I never had a shortage of reading material around the house. Growing up in a big city, surrounded by culture and being exposed to different ways of thinking, helped me expand my mind. I spent my teenage years in a small town where reading was not a big part of the culture but I was already too much in love with books and the notion of someday writing one so I never really fit there and I left as soon as I finished College.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I have been writing stories in my mind since I was a little girl so I don't really remember the very first one but I recall bits and pieces. The first story that I actually took seriously and wrote down was "Destiny, Come Back To Me". It took me about three months to finish it and a whole year to read it over and over again, writing and rewriting it until I felt it was ready to be published.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Writing was not something I took seriously, I just enjoyed reading and imagining all sorts of stories that I never intended to publish. When I actually sat down and started to write my first book I did so without any expectations but as soon as it was finished I wanted to share it with someone else, not only with a member of my family or a close friend. I didn't even know where to start so I tried sending my manuscript to a few publishers only to receive e-mails saying they weren't interested. I eventually came across a web page that helps unknown authors and publishes their work for a brief period of time as promotion. Another website that saw my work there invited me to publish my manuscript with them and actually earn money with it. Some of the other authors in that website were also selling their e-books through Smashwords and were completely satisfied with their decision. I decided to chek it out and it didn't take me long to realize that becoming an indie author is one of the best decisions I've ever made.
How do you approach cover design?
I´m a graphic designer so it should be easy for me but in this case it's quite the opposite. It's not as drastic as a surgeon operating on a family member or a lawyer representing himself but it comes close. I'm usually more demanding when it comes to my book covers and I become a nightmare of a client, changing this and that, liking something one day and hating it the other. I design images that appeal both to the costumer and the client for a living but when it comes to my book covers it's harder. I usually just try to calm down, focus and try to create something that represents my book keeping in mind that the cover must stand out to attract possible costumers to read the description and hope that they find it interesting enough to buy it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life itself. Even when it is raining outside or I know I have a specially difficult day ahead of me I remind myself how lucky I am and I am ready to go. It also helps that I love what I do for a living and I work from my home, this allows me to be creative and manage my time better so I can keep my clients satisfied and pursue my other passion: writing books.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My business keeps me busy during the week but I always find time to go to the movies and dine out. I also read, watch tv and play video games.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romantic and horror novels, I find both genres extremely entertaining. Whenever I read a romantic novel I take small pauses to breathe deeply and dream about the characters and their outcome, it's the same with horror novels but I take pauses to look around and wonder what that sound outside my window was.
What are you working on next?
I've been working for a while now on a romantic novel set in the Renaissance in Florence. It's a story about the forbidden love between two young lovers torn apart by family, religion, social conventions and ambition.
Published 2013-10-11.
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Books by This Author

Cuentoscuros
Price: Free! Words: 10,190. Language: Spanish. Published: October 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Dos cuentos cortos que se quedarán con el lector después de apagar las luces.
Deseo en las profundidades
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,520. Language: Spanish. Published: September 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Kriszta intenta dejar atrás un pasado difícil pero la sospecha de que su familia guarda un terrible secreto la atormenta. Cuando conoce a Talio teme que las revelaciones lo alejen de ella pero no imagina que lo que él oculta no sólo pondrá a prueba su amor sino que la hará cuestionar todo en lo que siempre ha creído.
Armonía Inesperada
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 138,770. Language: Spanish. Published: December 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Cuando Jennifer dejó Norteamérica nunca esperó terminar en una zona afectada por la recién terminada Segunda Guerra Mundial. Su nuevo jefe, un hombre apuesto pero estricto y distante, la intriga. Decidida a conocerlo mejor, va descubriendo aspectos sobre ella misma que ignoraba. Ahora tiene una nueva pasión que la consume y sabe que debe entregarse a ella aunque el precio pueda ser su corazón.
Encantamiento Prohibido
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 112,500. Language: Spanish. Published: January 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Aradia, una joven florentina del siglo XVI, se enamora de un hombre que pertenece a un mundo muy diferente al de ella. La intensa pasión de su amor los impulsa a enfrentar las implicaciones políticas y religiosas de su relación. En una época de intolerancia y persecución, Aradia oculta un secreto que puede costarle la vida. ¿Renunciará al hombre que ama o arriesgará todo por él?
Destiny, Come Back To Me
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 125,550. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Mariz could have never imagined that on her trip to Paris she would find a connection between the recurrent dreams that have haunted her since childhood and a mysterious man in a cafe. Suddenly, she finds herself traveling with that enigmatic stranger in search for the truth while trying to sort out her feelings for him. Could it be she has always been in love with a man she never met before?
Envuelto para regalo
Price: Free! Words: 4,000. Language: Spanish. Published: October 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Un romántico relato navideño para disfrutar en cualquier época del año.
Sentimientos Varados
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 146,520. Language: Spanish. Published: October 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Rebeca es una joven del siglo XVIII que debe abandonar su hogar para vivir en una colonia inglesa en medio del Atlántico con el hombre que sus padres eligieron para ella. Resignada a su nueva vida, nunca imaginó que allí conocería a Guillaume, un apuesto francés del que se enamoraría perdidamente. Ahora se debate entre el honor y el deseo ¿Podrá sobrevivir su amor en un mar de dificultades?
El regreso del destino
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 125,930. Language: Spanish. Published: October 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Cuando Mariz viajó a París nunca imaginó que encontraría una conexión entre un misterioso hombre que conoció en un café y los sueños recurrentes que la atormentan desde niña. Ahora debe emprender un mágico recorrido en compañía de aquel enigmático extraño en busca de la verdad mientras intenta descifrar sus sentimientos ¿será posible que siempre estuvo enamorada de un hombre que aún no conocía?