#WOTR21 #AuthorSpotlight – Marie Piper

Marie Piper

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m Marie Piper. I live in Chicago with my husband, kiddo, and three cats. I write historical romance set in America, and I’m a big history nerd.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

I find the subsequent books in a series way harder to write than the first, actually. Something about having all the wide open space in the world for the first book makes it easier than when I have to work within the confines of what exists for books to follow.

What comes first? The plot or characters

Since I write historicals, the idea usually comes from some sort of moment or image. For my Salem Witch Trials novella, A STRANGE AFFLICTION, I had been thinking about the time period and I had the idea for a woman skipping a stone over a pond…and the book was born from there.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

I’ve had the good fortune to meet a lot of my romance writing heroes at conventions and events, so I would actually choose Sarah Vowell.

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

1. How do you keep all the dates straight? 2. What time periods/events in American History would you love to write about? 3. When can we expect a NEW Book?

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series.

I. Hate. Writing. Blurbs.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Probably my first trip to RT. It was the best kind of whirlwind for a newbie author and I met so many amazing people.

What is your definition of success?

Writing my weird little books and having some people enjoy them. I don’t need to be a bestseller to be happy as a writer.

What are your social links?

https://www.facebook.com/MariePiperBooks, https://twitter.com/mariepiperbooks,
http://www.mariepiper.com/,
https://www.instagram.com/mariepiperbooks/

What are your buy links?

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