Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
Hello! I’m Marie Piper, I live in Chicago, and I write American Historical Romance.
When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?
I tend to think the following books in a series are harder than the first book, because you’ve got boundaries you’ve set for yourself and established things that you can’t really change.
When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?
If you can find something – an element, a character, a scene – that you’re excited about and that feels fresh and new, it can carry you through the less-inspiring times.
Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
Taking long solo walks to let your mind wander. Getting plenty of sleep. Reading books by other amazing authors.
On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
I don’t really have a daily routine – I’m a homeschool Mom, so I fit writing in whenever I can!
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.
I will always love Billie, the heroine of HIS BLUEBIRD BRIDE which is the first book in my Gilded Brides series, because I wrote her book in response to a writer’s group I was in at the time who basically all believed that a former prostitute or madam couldn’t be a heroine. I disagreed…so I wrote a series full of former prostitute/madam heroines. Billie’s book was the first time I felt really free to write what I wanted to read.
If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?
Christina Hendricks would be an amazing Billie in a movie of HIS BLUEBIRD BRIDE….though I think the Gilded Brides series could make for a good TV series, as there are plenty of characters to explore.
What is your definition of success?
Being able to write my weird little books and have some people like them. That’s enough for me.
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