The book girl is very happy to have Marie Force guest blogging today. I absolutely love her new release, FATAL AFFAIR and can’t wait for the next book in the Fatal series. Marie has been nice enough to offer up a copy of FATAL AFFAIR to one lucky commenter. She will be answering questions all day today. Believe me you want to read this book!! Thank you so much, Marie!
Frequently Asked Questions
By: Marie Force
Thanks for having me over to talk about the release of my new book, FATAL AFFAIR, which hit the digital book shelves this past Monday. In honor of the release of FATAL AFFAIR, I thought I’d share some of the questions I’m most often asked as an author.
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: I used to be afraid I’d eventually run out of ideas. I don’t worry about that anymore. I’ve found that once you open your mind to the sea of possibilities that surround you daily, the ideas come faster and more furiously than I could ever write them.
Q: Are your characters based on real people?
In some cases, real people inspire my characters, but most of them are figments of my imagination—with one exception. I once wrote about a cast of senior citizens, who were loosely based on my dad and his friends. When you have characters like that in your real life, why would you ever try to make up better ones?
Q: How do you research your love scenes?
A: I love this question! I tell people all the time that I research my love scenes the same way Steven King researches his murders. 🙂 Seriously, I don’t spend a lot of time “researching” love scenes. I just write them, and I suspect most authors would say the same thing. I used to get really wound up about having to write the juicy bits. Now it’s just another day in the office. LOL!
Q: Do you know ahead of time what’s going to happen in your books?
A: Nope! I am what is known in the writing world as a “pantser.” In other words, I write by the seat of my pants and don’t follow an outline. However, when writing FATAL JUSTICE, book 2 of the Fatal Series, I discovered I really need to do more plotting when writing romantic suspense. When following the details of a murder mystery, it’s just too much to keep straight in my head. I’ve already written a synopsis for book 3, tentatively called FATAL CONSEQUENCES, so I’m hoping that one will be easier to write than book 2 was!
Do you have other questions? I’m here all day and happy to chat. I’ll give a copy of FATAL AFFAIR to one respondent. Thanks again for having me, and I hope you’ll enjoy FATAL AFFAIR. Buy it here! (http://ebooks.carinapress.com)
About the book:
On the morning of the most important vote of Senator John O’Connor’s career he is late—again. His best friend andchief of staff, Nick Cappuano sets off to O’Connor’s apartment expecting to roust him from bed and hoping he is alone. But what Nick finds is that O’Connor, the handsome, amiable Senator from Virginia, has been brutally murdered, and Nick’s world comes crashing down around him. Complicating the disaster, the detective assigned to the case is none other than Sam Holland, Nick’s one-night stand from six years earlier, the woman who broke his heart and haunts his dreams. With six years worth of unfinished business hanging between them and more than a few scores to settle personally and professionally, Nick and Sam set out to find the senator’s killer while trying—and failing—to resist the overwhelming attraction between them that seems to have only grown over the years.
It soon becomes clear that the senator’s past holds secrets that not only led to his death but now endanger Nick and Sam as well. Working together to find a killer and to rediscover the love they thought they lost long ago, they must put the past behind them and build a future that offers a world of new opportunities for both of them—including an offer from the Virginia Democrats for Nick to finish the last year of John’s term.
Marie Force’s first romantic suspense, FATAL AFFAIR, will be out June 21, 2010 from Carina Press. Book 2 in the Fatal Series, FATAL JUSTICE, is coming soon from Carina. She is also the author of LINE OF SCRIMMAGE and LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT. Of LINE OF SCRIMMAGE, Booklist said, “With its humor and endearing characters, Force’s charming novel will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, reaching far beyond sports fans.” Wild on Books said, “LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT by Marie Force is most definitely a keeper. It is an astounding book. I loved every single word!” A third contemporary, EVERYBODY LOVES A HERO, is due out Feb. 1, 2011. Since 1996, Marie has been the communications director for a national organization similar to the Romance Writers of America. She is a member of RWA’s New England, From the Heart and Published Author Special Interest Chapters. While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two children and a feisty dog named Brandy. Find her at www.mariesullivanforce.com, on her blog at http://mariesullivanforce.blogspot.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Marie-Force/248130827909 and on Twitter at twitter.com/MarieForce. Marie loves to hear from readers. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.