Good Morning my dear readers. Today I am proud to introduce you to J.S. Marlo; her first novel (book review was posted yesterday) “Unscripted” introduced me to this wonderful author and lady. Over the last few months she and I have gotten to know each other a bit and I was excited when she agreed to let me interview her for my blog. After reading her interview answers, I now know that J.S. I would quite the pair if we went to Starbucks together, I could order for her with ease. I hope you enjoy our interview as much as I had reading it.
Please tell me about your first novel. What or who inspired you to write it?
The first novel I published with Breathless Press is titled “Unscripted: Duty bound Book One”, but the first novel I ever wrote is “Salvaged”.
“Salvaged” is the story of a young female scuba diver who investigates underwater wrecks for a living. Her life changes when she’s hired by a handsome captain to explore a Model T sunk in the middle of a lake.
My daughter is a scuba diver. When she’s not doing research, she likes to explore shipwrecks. Her many underwater tales unleashed my imagination and inspired me to write Salvaged. Little did she know I would call her at weird times to inquire about lake depth, oxygen intake, or belt weight. One day, she unpacked her diving gear on her living floor, told me to put the vest on, and proceeded to explain how every piece of equipment worked. To thank her for her technical assistance, I gave her a cameo appearance in the book, which will be released on August 3, 2012.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What was the biggest complement? Did those change how or what you did in your next novel?
My readers have always been incredibly supportive. The biggest complement I received started like “I hate you this morning. This is all your fault…”
The dear woman had a day job for which she had to get up at 6am. To relax, she’d picked up my book the previous evening and started reading. She went on in her note telling me she didn’t finish it until 2am, and that she was dead tired at work because she just couldn’t put my book down until the end. She was such a sweetheart.
My toughest criticisms came from a former editor (as you can see, there’s a “s” at the end of criticism LOL). I can’t remember exactly the details, just that my editor was brutally honest and showed no mercy. We sure had some interesting discussions, but in the end I followed her advises, and she made me a better writer.
This or That – Chocolate or Vanilla?? Coffee or Tea?? TV or Movies??
Chocolate is my downfall. I’d do “almost” anything for chocolate LOL
I don’t drink coffee or tea, but once in a while, I’ll enjoy an iced tea on a hot summer day.
And I equally like television series and movies, though I prefer to watch them at home cuddled in front of the television with hubby than to go out to a movie theater.
When you sit down to write, are you at a computer or do you do it, the ‘old fashioned’ way with pen and paper? Do you prefer one way or another?
Definitely computer. I make too many mistakes. If I were to use a pen and paper, I’d make a mess of my draft in no time.
What do you do in your down time? Do you pick up something from your ‘to be read’ stack?
I read, I knit, I exercise, and I bake… which is why I need to exercise.
If your protagonist was a real person, what would they think about you? Would they want to hang out with you?
I doubt my protagonists would find me as fascinating as I find them, but I sure would love to meet them and see them interact with others.
What do you look for in a book when you sit down to read for fun?
Fast-paced action, suspense, romance… and a happy ending.
When you go to Starbucks or Jamba Juice, what do you order? Do they know you by name or drink?
Starbucks: Hot chocolate with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and chocolate powder on top. Unfortunately, I don’t go often enough for them to know me.
What has been your favorite part of being an author? What has been your least favorite?
My favourite part is to see my characters come to life in front of my eyes, and to see them touch someone else’s heart.
My least favourite part is probably to have to deal with the marketing aspect of the books. Some people can sell ice cream at the North Pole. Me, I can’t sell a popsicle on a hot summer day.
When you walk into a book store, where do you head first?
The e-reader section.
Did you get to quit your ‘day job’ and become an author, or do you have a ‘day job’ and writing is something you do for fun?
I started writing for fun while I was in convalescence. I never expected it would turn into a passionate full-time affair. Good thing I have a supportive hubby to pay the bills.
What has been the strangest thing a reader has asked you?
If my shower scenes are based from experience LOL
Is their any movie you have seen that was based on a novel, which you think lived up to the novel?? What made it live up to the novel?
I have to say the Harry Potter Series. I love the books, but when I learned they were making them into movies, I was skeptical. The world that J.K. Rowling had created was so amazing, so multi-dimensional, that I couldn’t see how they could re-create it on the screen, but when I watched, it was as I had imagined it in my mind. I’m glad they proved me wrong.
If you could step into the shoes of your protagonist for one day, would you? What would you like to experience or see during that day?
For one day, I would trade place with Riley in Unscripted. She’s a scriptwriter on a popular television show, and she lives on a ranch in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. I’d love to watch a scene I wrote being shot on a set, and I’d love to go horse-riding in the mountains.
Did you have any teacher(s) in high school or college that encouraged you to write? Did you take their advice?
In school, I was a math and science girl, and I didn’t start writing until later in life. My family and friends are the ones who encouraged me to write, and over the years, they provided the support I needed to keep writing.
What type of ice cream could I find you eating on a hot summer day?
Soft chocolate ice cream dipped in dark chocolate.
If we snuck a peek in your purse right now, what would we find?
Passport (I got back from vacations less than 48 hoyrs ago). Boarding passes. Lots of receipts. Wallet. Keys. Sunglasses. Pens. Memory stick. Cell phone. IPod. And an Epipen… I need to empty that purse.
We all have our little ‘things’ when it comes to reading or writing; is their anything that bugs you when you read a novel?
Loose ends or ambiguous ends. I don’t like to be left guessing. I remember reading a book in which the woman had to choose between two men. It ended with “she left with him”, except it wasn’t clear which man was the HIM. My friends and I had lengthy discussions about the woman’s choice and we could never ascertain his identity.
In 4 words, describe yourself.
I enjoy simple pleasures.
Is their anything else you would like to share or say to those who will read this?
I published two books so far this year: Unscripted (Duty Bound Book One) and Unearthed (Duty Bound Book Two). They are available on Amazon, Kobo, and many other online sites.
Salvaged is coming soon. And I’m working on Untamed (Duty Bound Book Three).
For more information, please visit my website at https://sites.google.com/site/jsmarloauthor
Or my publisher’s website at www.breathlesspress.com/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=55
I enjoy chatting with readers, so feel free to contact me. I will answer you.
Stephanie, thank you for inviting me. It was a pleasure to be here today!