Today we welcome Mary Anne Edwards.
Book ‘Em: Tell us about you and your life outside of writing.
Mary Anne Edwards: I’ve been married for 36+ years to a practically perfect man. We have a Tuxedo cat named Gertrude. I have a wide range of experiences. Some I’d rather not discuss. LOL. I wish I had more time to do things I love like reading and watching movies at home. My husband and I love travel. Now that take time and money.
Book ‘Em: Which books have you written?
Mary Anne Edwards: I have five books published in The Charlie McClung Mystery Series. I’m currently working on the sixth one with four more to follow.
My Favorite Work of Art is a collection short stories that is no longer available. But, my plan is to polish them and re-release them within the next year. I have a finished stand-alone women’s fiction manuscript titled Useless Beauty. I plan to publish it.
Book ‘Em: What are they about and why did you choose to write them?
The Charlie McClung Mysteries are set during the early 1980s in a small Georgia town. The first book, Brilliant Disguise, is loosely based on a personal event.
The books center around Detective Charlie McClung and his love interest, Marian. What’s different about my two protagonist, is they’re both in their late 40s but young at heart. They are a perfect match for murder, mystery, and romance.
The series are clean traditional mysteries. I write what I like to read. My stories are close to real as I can get them. They’re drawn from my personal experiences.
Book ‘Em: Do your books have a message?
Mary Anne Edwards: Yes. You never truly know a person. You don’t know what is churning in their mind, their soul. People wear masks, rarely revealing their true self, always holding something back. It may not be earth shattering or horrible but there’s usually something we withhold.
Book ‘Em: Are they fiction or nonfiction?
Mary Anne Edwards: My books are 100% fiction. Based on true events but pure fiction. They’re figments of my warped imagination.
Book ‘Em: Do you have a work in progress?
Mary Anne Edwards: Yes. The sixth book in The Charlie McClung Mystery series, Good To Be King.
Book ‘Em: What was the most difficult section/piece you ever wrote?
Mary Anne Edwards: The female protagonist, Marian is a widow of 12 years. Because of her intense love for her dead husband, Marian can’t let go and love someone else. Charlie McClung. In one scene, Marian has a realistic dream of her dead husband, Lee. Lee tells her she needs to let go him and it’s okay to love Charlie.
Book ‘Em: What made it difficult?
Mary Anne Edwards: While writing it, all I could think about was my husband. Losing him will be gut wrenching. Thinking about it now brings tears to my eyes.
Book ‘Em: What sort of research do you do for your work?
Mary Anne Edwards: I do tons of research. My stories are accurate down to the weather. Luckily, I have great resources. Such as, a forensic pathologist, a doctor specializing in poison, a FBI agent, a retired chief of police, to name a few. And of course the internet is a wealth of information. Since my books are set in the early 1980s, I have to make sure things actually existed during that time.
Book ‘Em: Which books and authors do you read for pleasure?
Mary Anne Edwards: I love the William Monk Series by Anne Perry and The Davis Way Crime Capers by Gretchen Archer. I also read Hank Phillippi Ryan, Caroline Graham, Elizabeth Peters, and Wilbur Smith. These are a few of the authors on my bookshelves.
Book ‘Em: Is there an author that inspires you?
Mary Anne Edwards: I have to say Anne Perry and Caroline Graham.
Book ‘Em: Was there a person who encouraged you to write?
Mary Anne Edwards: My husband.
Book ‘Em: What would you say are your strengths as an author?
Mary Anne Edwards: I’m not afraid to approach a subject specialist for help. I mean the worse they can say is get lost. Never had one to do that, yet. Most are eager to help.
I love to interact with my readers! I wish I could meet each one of them.
Plus, I have a great imagination. Well, at least I think I do or is it the voices in my head. Seriously, no voices in my head. But then again, you’ll never know.
Book ‘Em: How often do you write, and do you write using a strict routine? I write almost every day even if it’s a few sentences. I don’t have a strict routine. Sometimes that pesky little thing called life has other plans for me.
Book ‘Em: Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a writer?
Mary Anne Edwards: A much better writer with at least ten books on the shelf. Not that I’m the brightest bulb in the package, but I’d like to help new indie authors. Not sure how, maybe conference panels?
Book ‘Em: If you could offer one piece of advice to a novice writer, what would it be?
Mary Anne Edwards: Start networking before your book is released. Build up excitement for yourself and your book. Get a website, set up your social media accounts, now. Learn all you can about your craft. Hmm, that more than one piece of advice isn’t it.
Book ‘Em: What would you consider the best compliment a reader could give your book? One reader said I have a devious mind. Love it! It makes my heart swell when readers beg for the next book.
Mary Anne Edwards: The best compliment – “You’re my all-time favorite author. I’m so glad I found you.”
Social Media Links
Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/edwardsmary
Buy Links Amazon
“Brilliant Disguise” – http://goo.gl/OaJGwc
“A Good Girl” – http://goo.gl/CBW00b
“Criminal Kind” – http://goo.gl/7EzXn8
“Sins of My Youth” – goo.gl/1QqMBV
“Flirting With Time” – goo.gl/MPaGHH
Buy Links Amazon UK
Brilliant Disguise – http://amzn.to/2wV9NAg
A Good Girl – http://amzn.to/2wkZC6E
Criminal Kind – http://amzn.to/2x9wznl
Sins of My Youth – http://amzn.to/2vMO2Ol
Flirting With Time – http://amzn.to/2wMiz3f