Today I have Mary Ricksen, one of the talented roses in the garden at The Wild Rose Press.
Mary, I understand that you use your dog in your book? Is that true?
Yes Nita I do. My German shepherd, Junior.
Is a character in my first book, TRIPPING THROUGH TIME
. If you are not an animal lover don’t read my books. I have always felt pets were family members. There are several other animals in my book. What can I say, I love them all.
Nice pic. Junior looks like a sweetie. I heard you are a member of the blogspot The Pink Fuzzy Slipper Writers
, tell us about the blog.
We are a group of romance writers of all genres. From erotica to paranormal, or from historical to contemporary, the PFS write it all. I am going to do a blog on 3/2 about ,Heather Graham, Heather is the New York Times bestselling author, and on 3/16 I will be interviewing ,Rhonda Pollero, the USA Today bestselling author. We do everything, recipes, excerpts, interviews, we even have a deal of the day. Come see us.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Ah, there it is. Everyone asks that one. I am a pantser, plotting confuses me. I just let it flow. Now they say there is less editing for a plotter, but I am just not wired that way.
What made you decide to write a book?
I have always liked to write. But I never realized I could! I tried everything. I made stained glass, sang in a band, painted, nothing was beyond average. I could do a lot of things a little bit, but nothing really well. I had to find what it was that I had some talent at. And then I found my muse. It was there in my dreams, my imagination, my soul, just waiting to jump onto the page. Literally, I used notebooks to write the first draft. It was always quiet late at nite, and I need quiet. When I got my contract I looked at it every day for a month. Just couldn’t believe it. I will have to pinch myself when I hold the book in my hand in March. I love writing, it makes me feel so good about myself.
Do you pattern your characters after people you know?
I will admit to having a persons characteristics in mind when I use them. Maybe Aunt Jane is fussy and smells like wintergreen. Know what I mean? People give me characters characteristics, but I make up the stories and the problems for them.
So you give your characters a hard time?
Yes! As soon as I get them out of one problem. I push them into another conflict, hopefully they will have character growth along the way. I pity the poor girl in my next book, a work in progress, I am going to put her in a fire and she just might get burned. The sister of mine whose characteristics I will not like that. Ha!
Thanks for the interview, Mary, and good luck with your book, TRIPPING THROUGH TIME, and your next book, BURNED INTO TIME.
Look for an excerpt and more info about Mary and her books at her web site.