AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: MARIE ROCHELLE
Author Marie Rochelle has dropped by Bunny Land to let me interview her…
My latest book out is Dante’s Way (Bikers and Bars Series Book#1) through Phaze Books.
Tell us a little about Dante’s Way:
Dante Braden first made an appearance in the final book of my The Men of CCD Series called Help Wanted and my female fans fell in love with him. It got numerous emails requesting a book about the sexy and charismatic bar owner, so I couldn’t turn them down and now here he is with his own book.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
Good question. Sometimes I do already have the story plotted out in my head like I did with Dante’s Way. I wanted the way Dante first met Amara to be a little different than my other books, so I ran with it.
However, on the other hand with my book Closer to you: Lee (Drace Brother Series, Phaze Books). He came as a total surprise with the way he pursued Cherise until he won her over. He completely made me follow his direction.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I have always thought about being a writer in the very back of my mind. However, after I finished reading my first interracial romance, it spoke to me. I knew I wanted to write a book like the one I just put down. It was so good that I had to go back and reread it. Yes, interracial romance was my first choice.
Now, I have started writing more paranormal romances. My first vampire book was Alpha Male Inc. Under your protection, Phaze Books and I have fallen in love with this genre so much I wrote a second book in the series called Alpha Male Inc. Access Granted. A third book in the series is being written, Take Control.
I also have two more vampires books published through Cobblestone Press called Curiosity and Satisfaction. All of them have gotten an amazing feedback from my long time fans and even given me some new ones as well.
Do you have a favorite character you have written?
This is such a tough question for me to answer because I am so fond of Storm Hyde from Taken by Storm. He was my first hero that I wrote about. But, I also love Jim Russell (The Men of CCD : Help Wanted), Christian Troy ( Dangerous Bet, Troy’s Revenge, Red Rose Publishing) and Jacob Powers ( Roadside Strangers, Cobblestone Press). I honestly just can’t have one man to choose from.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
I believe hands down that was Hayward Campbell from The Men of CCD: Loving True. He had so many barriers for his love interest True to get through. He came off so rough around the edges when all he was looking for was an honest woman, he could fall in love with. Yet, he didn’t realize how his own lies where going to push her away from him. He was a lot tougher for me to write than Storm Hyde.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
I can admit that some of my characters best friends ‘might’ have been inspired by some of my own family members, but I can’t tell you which ones because they would know. J
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
For me the hardest part of writing is typing ‘The End’ after I finish up a new book because I have spent so many weeks falling in love with the characters. They become such a part of me that it hard to let go sometimes, but I always have new characters and HEA’s in the back of my mind to move on to get done for my fans.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
I think they would be surprise to find out that I love Hello Kitty.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Rice Krispy Treats, I love them but only eat them once in a while.
What TV Shows are you addicted to?
I never miss Scandal, Swamp People and Chopped. Oh, Gordon Ramsey is at the top of my list as well with Hell’s Kitchen and Master Chef.
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
I usually try to have something to drink while I write like Green Tea or a Smoothie. I hate to be involved in a juicy love scene then stop to get something to drink. No, I don’t have a must have when I write. Sometimes, I can run into a difficult hero and the juices won’t flow, but I try to take a quick ten minute break and get right back into it.
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
No, I wouldn’t say that music influences my writing. I like listening to it when I write and that’s about it.
Where were you when you got your first contract? Who did you tell first?
I was at home working on another book and my mama was the first person I told. The second person I told was my grandmama.
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
I was thirteen years old.
If you still have one of those pesky non writing jobs what is it?
Right now, writing is my main focus.
Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and/or an all time favorite?
I really like the Fast and Furious moves; however, I like horrors as well.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
I’m working on the next book in the Bikers and Bars series; along with outlining the first book in the Braden Brothers.
How do you pick your characters names?
Oh, I think that is the hardest part for me to do. Sometimes, I don’t ever think they will come to me but in the end they always do. One or two of my characters have been named after family members.
Do you prefer the love at first sight approach or a steady growth throughout?
Sometimes, I like for my characters to have attraction at first sight and then others time I like for them to be surprised by their feelings. So, I guess it can be a mixture of both. It all depends on the characters and what they want to do when it comes to each other. I might want to go left, but they are determined to turn to the right.
What is your reaction to people who say one of the following…”Oh you write romance, I thought you were a real writer”, “Romance isn’t a real writing career” or the ever popular “Oh, one of those books”.
I usually don’t let them get to me because reading “One of those books” isn’t their guilty pleasure. They aren’t my fans and I just let them think what they want and move on. Because when it comes to most of them nothing I tell them will change their opinions about my passion, which is writing.
Where can readers find you?
I want to thank my Joyfully Reviewed for interviewing me. I had a blast answering all of the questions. If you want to know about any of my new books coming out, you can find me at the following places.
And for the silly side –
What is your favorite type of chocolate?