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 Today begins a series of posts and interviews with authors with whom I've shared a publisher. In Marie Lavender's case, it was Solstice Publishing. She has a new publisher and a new novel out, so lets get acquainted now with the book and the author...

 Multi-genre author of Victorian maritime romance/family saga, Heiresses in Love, and 19 other books. Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and two cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 22 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, romantic comedy, dramatic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. An avid blogger on the side, she writes adult fiction, as well as occasional stories for children, and has recently started some young adult fiction. She also contributed to several anthologies. Though Marie has standalone titles on the market, her current published series are The Eternal Hearts Series, The Magick Series, The Code of Endhivar Series, The Misfits Series and The Blood at First Sight Series, but she has many others planned. Her Victorian maritime romance series is returning, and the second editions of the trilogy will be released soon under her new publisher, Foundations Books.

 Here's a quote from the cover blurb-

 Award-winning Author Marie Lavender brings excitement and passion to two coastal France towns in this captivating love story about a young heiress and a devilishly charming ship captain.

After being raised to believe that love is just a frivolous endeavor, French heiress Fara Bellamont has always kept her dreams of adventure and discovering a soul-searing passion to herself. So, when Captain Grant Hill makes his grand entrance into her life by way of rescuing her one fateful night, she knows she’s in trouble. He completely steals her heart.

But, as far as society is concerned, he’s also not a suitable husband.

Grant Hill, a beguiling, rugged ship captain, is just as enthralled with Fara as she is with him, but he too knows such things aren’t so simple. Not only must they overcome social expectations to be together, but wars, and lies, as well. And with a long-time yearning neither has managed to achieve, the pair must fight to attain their deepest desire:



Here's our recent conversation with Marie Lavender:  

hm. Tell us a little bit about your latest book.

ML. My latest release is a historical romance set in France during the second empire. The premise is simply that a young heiress and a handsome captain are irrevocably drawn to one another through no fault of their own. His protective tendencies only cause scandal to ensue, and they must decide whether to succumb to the wills of society, or to toss them aside for the sake of happiness. Too many obstacles stand in their way, however. 

hm. What has drawn you to write in this particular genre?

ML. I’ve been writing various romance stories off and on for years. But I always had a soft spot for historical tales, having read multiple historical romances since I was a teenager. To this day, I still find myself watching historical drama TV shows. There’s just something about times of old that I love. Plus, I can’t resist a good romance.

hm. When did you decide you were a writer? What awakened you to your calling?

ML. It was early on in life. I knew it just as soon as I could write a legible sentence. Stories always teased my imagination, but at least then I had somewhere to put them – on paper. But what ‘awakened’ me to it came much earlier. From the time my mother read books to me before bedtime, and then once I could read on my own, I fell in love with the written word. It was only natural to combine my love of books with the story ideas that wouldn’t leave me alone.

hm. Who are the writers that have most influenced your work?

ML. Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter, Tessa Dare, Barbara Delinsky, Rosemary Rogers, Chloe Neill, J.R. Ward, P.C. Cast, Susan Mallery, Philippa Gregory, and the list goes on and on.

hm. What books are you reading right now?

ML. A dystopian urban fantasy, The Sight by Chloe Neill. I was also reading a supernatural horror before, Haunting in Hartley by Janice Tremayne, but I got distracted a while back with a big family emergency.

hm. What is your favorite book? Why?

Anything by J.R. Ward or Nora Roberts. As writers, they both tend to tell it like it is, even if the subject matter at hand might be a tad uncomfortable for the reader. I can respect that. Sometimes you must dig deep enough to achieve authenticity. 

hm. Who is your favorite character in your own books?

ML. One of my favorites is still Fara Bellamont in Upon Your Return. She’s a dreamer, a romantic at heart, and still knows when to fight back…I identify so much with her.

hm. Are you working on any new projects?

ML. Yes. I’m doing final proofreads on the second edition of my paranormal romance, Second Nature. I am also at work on a romantic mystery collection.

hm. Do you have a regular writing routine?

ML. Only when I’m focused on a specific project. When I am ready to go full force on a book, I try to do a little each day, whether I am writing chapters, outlining the story, or doing research.

hm. Any advice for new writers?

ML. Patience and perseverance, of course! Be patient with yourself and with the writing/publishing journey. It takes as long as necessary to meet your goals, to get the book published. Have the courage to try new experiences and to be stubborn when roadblocks come up. That inner strength will help you overcome many hurdles along your way. Listen to advice from those who have been there before, but also know when to trust your instincts. We all have intuition about events that happen in life. You know when something doesn’t feel quite right. Your gut instinct will also let you know when someone is trying to scam you. Yeah, it happens, so be careful too.

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