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Marie Lavender – An Interview From Her Latest Release – Second Nature.

This is the first time Atime2write has offered a guest post and I am really very pleased and excited that Marie Lavendar has agreed to share an interview with Desiree Edwards, the lead character from her latest novel Second Nature.


An Interview with Desiree:

  1. Where do you live? Baltimore, Maryland
  2. What is your problem in the story? Well, I was kidnapped by a crazy man. I won’t say anymore because of spoilers.
  3. Do you run from conflict? No, I don’t. I will face it, whatever it is. I do tend to be protective of those I care about.
  4. How do you see yourself? Normal, I guess.
  5. How does the author see you? Oh, Lord. She describes me as this dynamic girl who captivates Alec.
  6. Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? Well, sure. She got my lifestyle right and all. I’m not sure I’m as brave as she depicted.
  7. Do you have a goal? I would like to start writing books. And I, of course, want peace in my life and happiness.
  8. Do you have any special strengths? Again, spoilers. In the book, I do find out that I have a gift I never knew about.
  9. What makes you sad? Leaving Alec.
  10. Who was your first love? Oh, God. I guess I would say my ex-husband. But, I was very wrong about him.
  11. Have you ever had an adventure? Yeah, sure. As soon as I got kidnapped, my entire life changed.
  12. What is your favorite food? I love anything spicy, but I will pretty much eat anything. I like cooking at home.
  13. What are the last three books you read? Manuscripts from my job.
  14. How do you envision your future? Like I said before, I just want to be happy, whatever that means. I simply want to be satisfied with my life, and I think I’m getting better at that these days. I’ve grown a lot since my ex stepped out on me.
  15. If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you rather be stranded with, a man or a woman? (Groans.) A man, of course, but I think the sunlight might be a problem for him. I’m not saying anything else! (Laughs and blushes.)

To give you a little taste of the story behind Second Nature, take a look at the blurb Marie has offered.

She never expected it…
Desiree Edwards has a problem. She’s been attacked, kidnapped and forced to get along with a vampire of all things. It’s something right out of the story books she reads, or her worst nightmare. But, sometimes he’s not the monster he appears to be. He seems so humanlike that she can’t help it when her emotions betray her, when her body betrays her. To make matters worse, she finds out more about herself than she ever wanted to know.
She was unlike any other…
Alec has a problem.The animal in him wants Desiree. But, so does the man. The more he learns about her, the harder it is to deny what he wants. But, he’s a freak, and she’s just a human. The two species don’t mix that way. Then an old enemy surfaces and Alec is forced to make a choice. His life or hers.Can Alec’s soul be saved by this unique human? Or will it be far too late?
SecondNature-final cover
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More about Marie Lavender

Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 19 other books. 2014 BTS Red Carpet Review Nominee. Finalist and Runner-up in the MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 50 Authors on Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Marie has published twenty books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance/fantasy, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. Lavender just released Second Nature, a paranormal romance/urban fantasy, in December of 2014. She released Magick & Moonlight, a romantic fantasy, back in March. Upon Your Honor, released in late April, is her second historical romance. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series and The Blood at First Sight Series. Feel free to visit her website at for further information about her books and her life. Marie is also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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Just one final question before we finish. This one is for you not Desiree.

Q: If you could give just one very important piece of advice to developing authors/writers, what would that be?

A:  Patience and persistence. I know that’s a weird answer because you’d think one would actually cancel the other out. It requires patience with yourself to start writing and to learn how to write well. It takes time to develop those skills. Patience is also required during those periods when you’re waiting to hear from agents or publishers.  And when you have a book contract, you must remember that each company has their own methods of getting things accomplished. You are an author, or at least a writer that will become an author, and you can’t let your ego run everything. Just because you’re getting published doesn’t mean that will automatically make you a bestseller. And actually being a pain in the butt will not win you any points with your publisher or agent. You have to do the job of “being” an author as well, and that means being professional.

With regards to persistence, I truly believe that is an important skill to keep in your writer’s repertoire. Of course, you don’t want to be that annoying person who says “Buy my book, buy my book!” all of the time. But, you do need to be willing to try new things in your writing, publishing and marketing journeys. Persistence will bring you through those numerous, inevitable rejections from agents and publishers. Don’t hound the same people all over again, but definitely pick yourself up after each fall and try again. You never know when persistence will save you. And maybe “resilient” would be a better term for an aspiring writer who really wants to see his or her name on a book cover. It will all happen when it’s supposed to happen.

Thanks again Marie for sharing with us on Atime2write. You have been a great encouragement to me and I am sure to other authors who have something to create and share. 

How would your character answer some of these questions? Do you have a story about persistence or patience you would like to share? Feel free to comment.

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