Mara Oudenes


Mara Oudenes is an indie romance writer, illustrator and graphic designer. She was born and brought up in Puerto Rico, where its surfing culture inspired her first romance novel "Tides". Her experiences as a visual arts student and designer, are the base for her second romance novel "Love In Design". Her novels feature mainly the points of view of the male characters, and a recurring theme is the importance and support of all types of family. Mara received the Portico Medal to Leadership, one of the highest distinctions by the University of the Sacred Heart, for her article collaborations and work on the establishment of the students' newspaper. Mara lives in Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands and enjoys spending time with her husband and their little daughter. She likes attending craft workshops, reading chick lit and romance novels, and traveling with her whole family.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started writing a romance story when I was in high school. I used each of my friends back then as a character and every week I would come to school with a new typed chapter that they were eager to read. I never took it seriously. It was something that I did for fun back then.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story that I ever read what Sleeping Beauty, from there I progressed to other fairy tales. I still love them. It impacted me in the sense that there is a difficult quest and how the determined characters work to solve it. The villains are brilliant! So bad, pompous with a hint of hilarity sometimes. And of course, the romance part, sealed with a kiss with the promise of a happy ever after. All these topics keep coming back in my stories.
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