Interview with Mary D. Brooks
It is a lovely cool day with just a bit of drizzle in the air on my back porch today. Perfect for sharing a pot of Earl Gray tea as eNovel member Mary D. Brooks and I have a chat about her fabulous career. Mary is multi-talented. Artist, actress, writer–and describes herself as an Australian of Greek origins who has too many imaginary friends and a passion to write about strong women and unbreakable love. For twenty years Mary has hosted the top-rated The Australian Xena Information Page: www.ausxip.com/xena, to showcase fandom for Xena Warrior Princess. But let’s just hear from Mary in her own words.
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Before 2000 I had written and published short stories. It wasn’t until 2000 that I sat down to write my first novel. I’ve written six novels and one companion book to the first novel delving into the history behind the novel; a radio play based on one of my novels and some non-fiction books.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My last book was “No Good Deed.” I’m currently writing the sequel to that novel called “Nor The Battle To The Strong.” It was inspired by the idea that running away from your worst fears isn’t the solution, but facing them will make you stronger.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really. I sit down and I write. I have to stop myself writing dialogue in my head because I will lose it by the time I get to a notebook.
What authors or books have influenced you?
Marietta D. Moskin, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Agatha Christie, Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Peter David.
What are you working on now?
My seventh novel and the sixth in the Intertwined Souls Series that I mentioned earlier: “Nor The Battle To The Strong”.
What is your best method when it comes to promoting your books?
Trial and error. I don’t promote on twitter. I use Twitter to showcase stuff I enjoy reading or topics other people might find interesting including books. I prefer promoters with mailing lists and ethical promoters. No shady stuff. I have a select group of promoters that I go with. I’m open to new promoters but I do research about them first.
How beneficial is networking to your success?
I’ve been involved in TV show fandom for twenty years. One thing I’ve learnt is that you have to be authentic. So being yourself and showing others there is more to you than throwing your book in their face is paramount.
Do you have any advice for new indie authors?
It looks intimidating and it is BUT! Don’t get overwhelmed by the enormity of it all. Sit down, shift through all the noise and concentrate on what you want to achieve. Then research until you have it all straight in your head.
What is the best advice you ever acted upon? You have a dream, go for it.
What are you reading now? Broken Angels by Gemma Liviero
What’s next for you as a writer?
Trying to finish Book Seven and hearing my radio play, A Widgie Knight on Sherri’s Playhouse on BlogTalkRadio.com. It’ my debut as a playwright. My characters are coming to life!
If you were stranded on a desert island name 3 books you would like to have with you. Why?
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Love the story of it’s never too late to change. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. It’s about friendship and love. I Am Rosemarie by Marietta D. Moskin, Wonderful theme about owning the power to overcome whatever life throws at you.
Name one unique thing that few people know about you. Loyalty, honesty and trust. You break them, you are no longer in my world. Life is way too short for bulldust.
That is a wonderful closing line, Mary. Can’t beat it. Thank you so much for joining me on my Cyber Porch and sharing your journey. It’s been a delight. I sense there is a greater depth to you than shared here. I need to learn how to ask keener questions. END.
Thank you all for joining Mary and I on Back Porch Cyber Chatter. We’ve enjoyed having you peek over our shoulders. Wonder of wonders, due to the light mist we were not distracted by a single bit of wildlife. (Except for Big Red, the tamest of all feral cats.) All are tucked snug into nests or stables. I’m Jackie Weger, Founder of eNovel Authors at Work a blog where indie authors can find good and useful tips about our indie craft and universe. You can find out more about Mary D. Brooks here. Or Follow Mary on Amazon so you won’t miss her newest release. Comments Welcome! Become our newest BFF’s! Share the Tweets!