Welcome Mary, thanks for visiting my blog today! I love to get a little inside information from visiting authors. Fill us in on what you like to do when you’re not writing.
My husband and I love concert’s. We’re pretty much concert ‘ho’s’. We want to do them all. We have an outdoor amphitheater at our Botanical Red Butte Garden’s. As soon as their summer list is up, we start checking out which ones we’re seeing. We have a circle of friends who we go to concerts with on a regular basis. Currently we have seven must-see’s concerts and five maybe concerts, if the dollars are available we’ll most likely see them all. The first one—Sheryl Crow!
Then we’re both University of Utah (UTES) fans, we have season tickets to Football and the Lady’s basketball. We love to tailgate also.
I also, have a small hobby of making up new recipes. Some turn out great, some okay and some we will not talk about!
Ooooh. I love Sheryl Crow too. What I find really intriguing is what writers read in their spare time. Which genre are you drawn to as a reader? Do you mix it up?
I love to read suspense, but I’m usually reading a different genre than what I’m currently writing. And when I write, I do not stick to Mystery/Suspense. I write what my characters want. I have absolutely no control.
What scares you in a mystery or suspense story?
When I don’t know what’s going to happen. I want to be surprised. Most of all I don’t want to figure out who the killer or whatever is after the good guys until the last minute. And what’s the best? When I can sit back at the end and shake my head and say, “I didn’t see that coming.” Then you’ve got a reader for life.
I’m going to ask you to don your writer’s cap now. I already know you have great taste in music. 🙂 Do you have a writing soundtrack?
Music is my muse. I have to have it, the louder the better. However, now that my husband is retired, the earphones have come out. And yes it does change. When I wrote Watching Jenny I listened to No Doubt and Alanis Morissette.
As I predicted. Great taste. How did you choose your setting?
I love NYC and as soon as I came up with the idea for the first book, before I’d gone more than a chapter or two, I knew it would be a series. I think the setting and the characters, picked me. If that makes sense.
What about the not so fun part of writing? I’m talking about rejection letters. How do you deal with them?
I have a folder both physical—in my drawer—and cyber in my outlook. I keep them all, even the form ones. But sometimes I get very good feedback from agents or editors, those I treasure.
Has any of that feedback led you to make big changes in your story? Maybe the feedback was from someone – your crit partner, a friend, or beta reader – who really didn’t like it? Are you glad you made changes?
Yes, in fact, Disappear now starts on the fourth or fifth chapter from the original draft. And the heroine went to stay with an aunt in Venice—now she doesn’t. Then I brainstormed with some writers at Romance of America Nationals and added some paranormal that after I reread it, just didn’t work. But the genre is so popular, I thought I’d try it. So it’s been through the gambit of changes. But I think it’s actually better for it.
We’re nearing the end of our time here. I’ve enjoyed learing about you and your creative process. What do you hope readers will take from your writing?
I want the reader to lose themselves in my story. Be there, forget what’s going on in their day life. I want them to be on the edge of their seats to see what is on the next page. Or if it’s one of my more contemporary stories, I want them to smile and enjoy.
Before you leave, can you share with us whar you’re working on now?
What am I working on? Currently I’m editing my next release which will be in July and the second book in The Beckett Series Innocent.
Also, I’m writing something with my three oldest grandsons. It’s a middle Grade/YA. We came up with a fictional town of Cliffdale, on the northern coast of California. Then we did a ‘walk about’ our little town taking pictures of the Pizza Stop, stores, and houses. We came home and made a map of our town, complete with pictures. I could go on and on, but each of the boys have been doing their own character, each with a ‘power’. We’re having a blast. So stay tuned!
Thank you for hosting me on my Bewitching blog tour!
At the end of the tour on June 4th I will have a drawing.
Oooh! Prizes. I love prizes. Please tell us more.
There will be four winners and they will have their choice of a download or print book of any of my books. Anyone who ‘friends’ me on Facebook, or Follow’s me on twitter, RT any announcement I send out. Or pass the word about the blog tour between the dates of May 7th and June 4th will be entered.
That’s awesome! Thanks so much, Mary! Read on for a bit more on the book and the author!
By Mary Martinez
After two years undercover as an FBI agent to infiltrate a crime organization and discover the identity of a hit man, Tyler Beckett’s cover is blown. Tyler’s new assignment is to protect the only witness who can identify the mysterious killer. If only he didn’t find her so attractive. Each day it becomes harder to keep his objective, especially since he knows the interest is mutual.
Keira Cavanaugh is the only witness to a hit ordered by a crime boss. The safe house is compromised and the same hit man shoots Tyler. Fearing Tyler is dead, Keira plans revenge on the crime organization. She must fake her own suicide in order to survive.
When Tyler discovers what Keira plans, he realizes he must stop her before he loses her for good.
About the Author:
Mary lives in Magna, a little town west of Salt Lake City, Utah. Together with her husband, she has six grown children, and five wonderful grandsons and 2 beautiful granddaughters.
Mary and her husband love to travel, especially to the Caribbean for relaxing and Italy for the wine. With the experience from the exotic places she has visited, she is able to fill her books with colorful descriptions of cities, painting a colorful backdrop for her characters.
Mary and her husband are avid college football fans. They have season tickets to the UTES, University of Utah Football and they tailgate every game. They love tailgating so much, that they were married at a tailgating in 1999.
Mary is a member of the Romance Writers of America and several sister chapters. She has published several articles for her local Utah RWA newsletter. They have appeared in several other chapters’ newsletters.
Connect with Mary!
Don’t forget! Anyone who “Friends” or “Follows” Mary on Facebook or Twitter, or RTs any announcements Mary sends out is eligible for the draw. Also, all who spread the word about the blog tour between the dates of May 7th and June 4th,, will get an entry. Good Luck!!