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Susana: Welcome to Susana’s Morning Room, Marisa!
Marisa: Thanks so much for having me on your blog! I’m so jealous you were able to travel around England, but I live in hope that I will get to visit there someday!
Susana: How long have you been writing?
Marisa: I’ve been writing stories since I was in elementary school. I remember sneaking downstairs to the computer and typing late into the night.
Susana: What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
Marisa: I’ve always thought that advice was a funny thing, because you never know how the other person will interpret it. But I have definite opinions and for writers just starting out I think the best advice to tell them is if they can find a way to enjoy each part of the journey, then they should do that. There is so much in the publishing industry the writers can’t control, and most writers become writers because they have a story to tell. So that’s my advice. Enjoy the journey.
Susana: What comes first: the plot or the characters?
Marisa: What a great question! Sometimes a situation sparks an idea for a plot, but for my first novel they just released the characters definitely came first.
Susana: What is your work schedule like when writing?
Marisa: A typical writing day for me includes French pressed coffee, splits and bridges, and forty-five minute writing sprints. If it’s in the morning, I will stand at my café table and type. In the afternoon, I preferred to use Dragon, because I can walk around or lie on the floor or sit down. The afternoons are usually when I reread, revise, and edit.
Susana: What is your favorite food? Least favorite? Why?
Marisa: My favorite food has changed many times over the years. Right now it’s a tie between strawberries and watermelon, though I’m not sure why. My least favorite food is a scallop. I only know this because I recently tried one at Morton’s, and no matter how delicious other people think scallops are, I think they’re wrong.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by and read my interview! One question I skipped is what inspired you to start writing? I’d love to hear your answers!
About Reforming the Cowboy
Country singer Billy Hardy needs to get back on the charts. His manager assures him headlining the opening of a cafe in South Beach is his best chance at getting back to the big time. If he fails, his career is over for good this time.
Lacey Durant can’t believe opening night includes the country singer she crushed on through college. And her customers agree he’s dreamy. But his playboy reputation threatens her cafe’s image and she can’t afford that. She insists Billy stay with her so she can keep an eye on him, and thwart overenthusiastic fans.
Billy’s charms and Lacey’s sexy curves prove more than either can resist, but she refuses to be just another lyric in his well-known songs of heartbreak.
He stepped back, his eyes regarding her with unreadable scrutiny. “Do you have to control everything?”
A shiver of fear slid in her stomach. She was a private person. She didn’t want the whole world to know how close she’d come to failure. “Just promise me.”
Flashing her a sardonic smile, he drawled, “Honey, I don’t make promises I can’t keep.”
Her hands fisted at her sides. “You are so insensitive! For just once in your life, why can’t you be reliable and make a promise and keep it?”
Her eyes widened as she realized what she’d said.
He advanced forward, and she shuffled back until her back hit the refrigerator, even though nothing but the ferocity of his gaze pinned her in place. “Honey, in Country, in order for a song to be good, it has to be honest. This is me being honest.”
About the Author
Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often. As a writer, she writes. Every day. Perhaps because she married her best friend, her adult romance novels focus on relationships developed through friendship and family-oriented values. She loves to connect with other writers and readers.