MC: Knight: Book One – an interview with the author, L. Ann Marie

Natashia Thewes

Tell us something unexpected about yourself!

I don’t read the genre I write in. I’m a horror, sci-fyish reader. King and Rice are favorites.

 

How did you get into writing?

I needed a job. At the time, I was a graphic designer for an ad agency. My bosses were crazy. Stories filling my head kept me busy while doing the mind numbing political propaganda art. I started writing the stories down and published them on Smashwords. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I fell in love with the process, characters and job. And it is a job now.

 

What are your top 3 books of all time?

IT, Angela’s Ashes and Queen of the Damned

 

Where did you get the inspiration for your current book?

The news. My books are about people working together for a greater good. Overcoming horrific situations to make it to happy, then turn around and put their hands out for the person behind them. Whether it’s domestic abuse, homelessness or PTSD. We all have something; we all need a hand. The news shows us every day that there is a need. In my stories, I supply the hand.

 

How long did it take you to write this book?

I have written 25 books. Most take a month to a month and a half. The characters and stories connect making background easy.

 

Have you got any writing rituals?

The characters play in my head. I write until they stop. No rituals, no outlines.

 

How important is marketing and social media for you?

Very, that’s how I started. I was picked up by a publisher very early on, but they have since closed. I don’t know the ‘how’ to market so other people have that job.

 

Do you read your book reviews?

Yes. When I first started, I would write down their points like it was advice. Now I like them in Amazon, about once a month, for the rating.

 

What advice would you have for other writers?

Keep writing. Always move forward and accept help if it’s offered.

 

What are you reading now?

Mr. Mercedes by King

 

What’s your next step?

I’m finishing the Protectors Series and have a character that is trying to get some attention. I think I’ll give it to him. A new place, new characters to work with and new job to explore sounds fun.

 

 

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