H.C. Maree


H.C. Maree has always written, since her first job in an advertising department to her last full-time position as a corporate editor. She debuted with her first novel, “The Prodigal”, a suspense-filled murder mystery, in 2016, to be followed by her upcoming novel next year.
After several years in the Middle East H.C. now lives with her husband in Mpumalanga, South Africa, bordering the famous Kruger National Park. The area is the backdrop for “The Prodigal”. Although she was born in the city of Pretoria, she has created a fictional version of a town in her stories. She thinks towns “lend themselves to intriguing characters where everyone wants to know everyone else’s business.”
She brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and lasting friendships, inspiring her readers with universal truths, wisdoms and hope.
H.C. is a voracious reader and avid gardener and her own beautiful garden is her sanctuary. She loves communicating with her readers. She has two blogs. You can join her at www.prettyusefulblog.com or www.hcmaree.worpress.com, where she shares her gardening tips, her books and her enthusiasm for both. You can also contact her directly at hcmaree1@gmail.com to discuss her books.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
I react emotionally to a cover. Apart from the design I think I am drawn, firstly, to certain colours. A clean, clear image with legible type attracts me, while dark colours, although dramatic, often obscure or make type difficult to read. The cover must hold the promise of the book's content or I tend to feel a little cheated. When I'm in the middle of reading a book I will often turn it over to look at the cover and try to imagine what the author imagined when he chose it. Then I'll compare it to how I see the characters and content. That said, sometimes a cover with minimal colour and one beautiful image or typeface is beautiful in its simplicity.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. It was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World". It was a gift from my father, and I think it was age-perfect. I was probably about eight or so at the time and I was lost in the descriptions of dinosaurs of every kind, magnificent scenery and the sense that I was transported to a forgotten and secretive world. That book introduced me to the notion that books are capable of placing me elsewhere - in mind and senses - whether to escape the mundane, everyday happenings or to provide a means of relaxation. It turned me into a bookworm.
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The Prodigal
Price: $4.28 USD. Words: 77,020. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Betrayal seldom comes from your enemies. That's the lesson Dr Mark Foster learns when he investigates the suspicious death of his best friend, Frank Cudgill, just four months after Frank loses his beloved Lizzie to cancer. It's all too soon, too suspicious, the 'natural causes' on his death certificate just too simple. And why was their only son, Daniel, absent from the funeral?

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