Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I grew up in Utah. Back then it wasn’t that important to go to college for a women because she was expected to be a stay at home mom. It’s my biggest regret not getting a degree. Through work over the years though I’ve taken several courses and have completed approx. three years of subjects that have helped me with my working career.
I have wanted to write my entire life and kept putting it off. When my kids were in high school I started writing at night. I published my first book in 2004 with a small publisher. I was a hybrid, published with traditional publishers and Indie published. At the moment, I am only Indie Published. My next project I plan to shop around to traditional publishers.
I have an amazing family. We have Papa and Nana night once a month, this year we are doing healthy country foods. This month is healthy Spanish Tapas. I also have the best friends in the world.
I love to travel especially to places with good wine! LOL.
How do you make time to write?
I write for about 45 min to an hour (depending how long it takes me to get ready) in the mornings before work. And every other month or so I spend the day writing at Barnes and Noble with my critique partner. Every April I go for a three day writing retreat with two author friends.
What genre are your books?
Romance, romantic suspense, women’s fiction, one young adult and I’m working on my first fantasy.
What draws you to this genre?
As you can see from my other answer I write more than one genre. I am drawn to a good book. If it’s well written and the topic is interesting, I do not care what genre. So I write the same way. If I have an idea that is interesting I’ll go with it.
What are your current projects?
It’s a saga that spans from ancient Ireland before time was measured, there are faeries, druids, witches, wizards, and dragons. And it ends in modern day Ireland. Celtic Myst is the working title.
Are you an Introvert or Extrovert? How does this affect your work?
Oh, I’m an extrovert. I’m not sure it affects it one way or another. I have no problem promoting myself, I just forget to hand out my cards and things when I’m out and about.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Research. I go to research one small thing and hours later I realize I’m not writing.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Join a writing group for help with everything you need to know. I didn’t even know there was such a thing when I started. It would have saved me a LOT of mistakes.
Join a book club. Nothing better than to hear what readers like and don’t like.
Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
Web site: MaryMartinez.com
Mary’s Garden Blog: http://marysbooksblogger.blogspot.com/
The After Work Cook: http://theafterworkcook.blogspot.com/
Very fun interview, thank you for having me on your blog!