My Author of the Month for July is a woman that I admire. She’s kind, driven, and such an inspiration to many. She’s a true light in the book world and I’m so happy that she agreed to be my featured Author. Please enjoy this inside look at Author Marie Savage!
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Marie Savage is a self-published contemporary southern romance author who has a love for family, friendships, patriotic spirit, and hometown pride.
Born and raised in the Florida Panhandle, she has always had a love for reading and writing, with the romance genre being her obvious favorite. Her desire to expand her horizons led her to join the United States Air Force and proudly serve her country for six years.
While stationed in California, she met her true love and together they have shared life’s beautiful joys and tragic losses. After spending over half her life in the Central Valley of California, she has moved back home to the Wiregrass area of Alabama, where her passion for writing first began.
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Do you currently have any works in progress?
Yes. I am finishing up a book for Sweet Promise Press. It’s book series with five other others about an all-girl country music band. After that, I will be working on a novella for veterans day that will feature a sexy navy seal along with working on book three of the Asphalt Cowboy series.
What do you like to do in your downtime?
What’s that? I’m just kidding. I like to catch up on tv shows that I miss when I’m writing and spend time with the family, especially the grandbabies. I also like to hang with my sister and daughters and go shopping. We love to go to the outlet stores!!!
What do you most enjoy about writing?
I love when the muse hits and the words start flowing. When that happens I’m just the person jotting down the story while the characters in my head are acting out their lives. It’s great to be able to daydream and make it look like your busy working.
Your Husband is a Truck Driver, how do you handle the separation? Is your novel Asphalt Cowboy’s Girl inspired by him?
I hated it when he first started out. We were still living in California and he had to leave for a month for training. He would come home and then leave again for weeks. My job kept me busy and at the time I wasn’t writing, I was a reader and I will go through a book a day, while he was gone.
When we moved to Alabama, he only did long haul for a brief few months before he found a job with a local carrier. Now he works Monday through Friday and is home by at least 8pm. I like having my cowboy of almost thirty years now, home every night.
My novel is inspired by him but not about him. It’s also inspired by the song Asphalt Cowboy. I’m a country music fan and when I heard that song, I sat down and immediately started writing.
When writing, do you have your plot in mind first or your characters?
Usually, I have the plot first. I like to watch movies or tv shows and then vision something like, for example. What if a truck driver who is a loner, pickups a beautiful hitchhiker. Would he fall in love with her? After that, I plan out the characters.
Although I do have a couple of characters on my project list that I’m hoping to one day soon have the time to create a story for. It would be a paranormal romance so I’m holding off for a while until I’m ready to tackle a different romance genre.
A good Merlot or a good Whiskey?
Cowboy likes whiskey. I like a good Merlot.
What is your dream vacation spot?
Hawaii. It’s on the bucket list and if I make NY Times Bestseller one day, I will be buying tickets to go.
How do you handle negative reviews?
Believe it or not, I read them and I can usually tell from the tone if they are being constructive or just being a jerk. I thankfully don’t have a lot of negative reviews but I knew, in the beginning, you have to have a tough skin if you are going to put your stories out there.
I concentrate on the positive reviews and the messages from those who reach out to me personally and tell me how much they like my stories. That means more to me than anything.
What is it like to hit “publish” after you’ve poured everything into a book?
PARTY TIME!!! And then I can go watch all the shows I had to record because I was in the writing cave.
A nice romantic dinner at home or a night on the town with dinner and dancing?
I like to travel, even just local so I enjoy a nice dinner out. I don’t go out dancing anymore, usually, after the meal is done, I’m tired. LOL It sucks getting old.
What do you want Readers to take away from your writing?
I just want them to enjoy it. I want them to get caught up in the story and enjoy it.
Did you always want to be a writer and who’s your favorite author?
I’ve always loved writing but I didn’t dream of being a writer when I was younger. The writing bug didn’t actually hit me until six years ago when I found myself saying goodbye to my corporate job and California.
My kids were grown and writing was my escape from my midlife crisis. My all-time favorite author is Janet Evanovich. I love the Stephanie Plum series. Meeting her one day is definitely on the bucket list.
How much of you are in your book characters?
Depends on the character. I’ve only written nine books so far. I think each of the heroines have certain character traits of mine. You will have to read my books and get to know me to figure out which ones.
Between you and me, I would say that Julie from Tidings of Comfort and Joy (my very first book) is the most like me.
Finally, what message do you have for your Supporters?
I LOVE YOU. plain and simple. YOU are the reason I keep writing and hitting publish.