Marianne is the author of sweet, sassy romance!
Hi, Marianne, and welcome. I’m glad you’re here today! I hope the weather in New Hampshire is warmer today. It’s chilly here this morning but our weather forecast is for 55 degrees this afternoon.
Tell us a little about yourself and what makes you tick?
I’m a bit of a control freak. I’m also totally into routine and don’t much care for surprises. I plan my days, and am not terrifically spontaneous. In a way, that can be really good for folks I hang out with—you know where I am, when I’m there and you know you can count on me to do what I say I’ll do (barring a disaster).
I’m a wife of almost twelve years, a mom of an almost 9 y.o. daughter who I homeschool, I write, I dream, I wish…
I love to be alone, though I seldom get to be. I wonder if that’s a writers trait? I enjoy gardening (even weeding!) and wish I lived somewhere with a longer growing season. I am a mostly vegetarian with a coffee and chocolate addiction. And, I think that pizza and PB&J sandwiches are my favorite foods.
Name the one item in your closet that is a constant favorite…the one that always gets worn even though you might have something newer or better?
Jeans, for certain. And, in the winter I have a “Monterey” sweatshirt that I love. In the summer, I have a particular t-shirt that is my fave (it’s what I’m wearing in the picture on my website), but it’s about worn out and I’m distraught about it. I wish I’d bought a dozen when I first got the thing!
How does the writing process work for you? Do your stories come to you all at once or page by page?
I typically know the ending before I know the middle. And, my beginnings will change constantly, as I try to start where the action begins. In “One Love for Liv” I originally started with her on a date with Geoff, and he brings her home and forgets his coat, and she finds the incriminating receipts. But, it was dull and not where the action was. The story really begins with her deciding to take steps to see if he’s cheating…so that’s where I bumped the beginning.
The ending is written by the time I have the first couple of chapters completed. It’s the middle I am consistently surprised by! I know where the H/H are headed…I’m just never sure how they’ll get there, by what means, or how many detours they’ll take along the way. It makes writing interesting for me.
If you could bring one character to life who would it be and why?
One of mine? Hmmm…maybe Camilla in one of my WIPs, because I’m certain she and I would be BFF. But, if I wasn’t married, I’d choose Duncan from “Now That We’ve Found You”. He makes my heart go pitty-pat.
Since you are published with several short stories plus two books, do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Sure! Write. Learn. Join a crit group. Write. Write. Write. and Submit.
Seriously, I know a dozen people who want to be published authors—but never take the time to actually write or submit. I’m the worlds biggest nag with my friends when I know they want to pursue publication. I like to think of it as constant encouragement
But, the fact is: you’ll never be published if you don’t write, polish and submit.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us?
I’d love for the folks reading this to share with me what they think is the most romantic hero of all time for them—either in a book or a movie, and why. I’m always intrigued by the differences of opinion in what people think makes the perfect hero.
Mine? Hmmm… In a book? Probably Roarke from the “In Death” series. A movie? I love the hero, Jack, in “While You Were Sleeping” and Prince Henry in “Ever After”. I fall in love with them each time I watch the movies.
I wonder… are they both beta heroes? I mean, they’re strong and solid guys, but I don’t think I’d consider them alpha males. I wonder what that says about me.
Marianne, thanks so much for being here today - best of luck with “One Love for Liv” and for your upcoming May release, “Change of Heart”! Readers visit her website and blog. And I’m looking forward to reading your comments to Marianne’s question about romantic heroes.
BLURB FOR ONE LOVE FOR LIV:
Olivia “Liv” Leigh, wealthy socialite and spa owner, suspects her fiancé of cheating on her, so she takes drastic steps to discover whether appearances are deceiving. And if those steps require a bit of stalking, a change of appearance, a hippo-sized dog named Spike, and sacrificing her manicure to clean house for a sexy but sloppy man whose neighbor is determined to break several of the strangest Guinness Book of World Records, why should that be a problem?
Mike, a happily single auto mechanic, is more than content sharing his bachelor pad with piles of laundry, dirty dishes, and a sneaky ferret. But when a half-crazed woman in a bad wig shows up on his doorstep, what’s a nice guy to do? Why, invite her in, unknowingly help her in her search for the truth and, in the process, fall head over heels for a woman who’s never been less his type.
Review: “One Love for Liv” is the kind of book that you never tire of reading and re-reading. This fast-paced and witty read actually made me laugh ‘til I cried in several parts. I can guarantee that I can’t even think about pizzas without my eyes misting over after I read the story. Ms. Arkins’ fresh and interesting writing style will attract fans of offbeat romantic romps. “One Love for Liv” can easily become your much needed break from life’s harried pace. Ms. Arkins is definitely an author to look out for!
- Bramble Nymph, Literary Nymphs reviews - Rated: 5 Nymphs