Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Reawakened Secrets Tour! Author Interview with Mari Denae

Reawakened Secrets by Mari Denae
(Reawakened #1)
Publication date: October 26th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Some secrets should never be kept…

Growing up in the servants’ quarters at Haven Hill, Claire Brown was a poor outcast, living in a world of money and privilege. Her only solace was best friend, Alice Sinclair, and secret desire, Jackson Montgomery. Rich and connected, they were perfect in every way and perfect for each other.

Still, Claire was foolish enough to fall in love with Jackson, and desperate enough to hide it. When Alice found out, there was a terrible accident that left her in a coma. Jackson disappeared, leaving New Haven without even saying good-bye.

Ten years later, Claire has managed to build a life without them. So when Jackson calls out of nowhere to say Alice is awake, Claire’s first thought is Thank God. Her second? I’m screwed. Lusting after Jackson destroyed her. It’s nothing compared to what she’s hiding now.

But nothing stays hidden forever.

Reawakened Secrets is part one of Jackson and Claire’s story.

Part 2, Reawakened Sins and Part 3, Reawakened Seduction will be released early next year.  To be the first to get information on deals, teasers, excerpts, bonus scenes and release dates, connect with the author on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.
1. What inspired the story for Reawakened Secrets?
Writing a romance novel is something that I’ve always wanted to do.  After learning how many of the Indie authors I love to read got started, I decided to give it a try.  Apparently, some people can sit down and bang out master piece in a matter of weeks.  Me, nah, I can’t do that.  Then I saw a GQ Cover photo of Robert Pattinson and it was like Jackson Montgomery came alive.  His story became a living, breathing thing inside my head.

2. Who was your favorite character to write about?
Surprisingly, a secondary character, Adam was my favorite to write about.  I initially planned to only have him in one scene in chapter 2, but he kind of took on a life of his own.

3. Were you aware of how Reawakened Secrets would end when you started writing?
I had only a vague idea when I first started writing Reawakened.  The first draft is vastly different from the finished product.  It started off as more YA, but as I became more comfortable with the characters, I was able to incorporate more of the elements I love to read in Adult romance.

4. Do you have any writing rituals?
I like to lay in bed and write on my laptop, usually with a glass of wine, once my kids have gone to bed.

5. Did you always want to write as a child?
Yes, I’ve been writing things for as long as I can remember – poems, short stories.  Reading and writing are my best method of relaxation.

6. Is there a message in Reawakened Secrets that you want the readers to grasp?
The best message in Reawakened is that all of the things you may not like about yourself are exactly what the right person will love most about you.

7. What are your current projects?
I am currently working on the spin-off story called Reawakened Beauty, which is Adam and Alice’s story!  I’m so excited to share my version of Beauty and the Beast and I hope after reading Reawakened Secrets, you will be too.

8. What is the best advice you can give to aspiring authors?
I have three tips for aspiring writers:
1. Reading makes you a better writer. 
2. Don’t let insecurity and doubt stop you from writing what you love.
3. Don’t rush it – write, edit, read, wait and then edit again.

9. Do you have a dream cast for any of the characters in Reawakened Secrets?
Here is my dream cast:  
1. Robert Pattinson as Jackson Montgomery: aloof, old money, hot
2. Phoebe Tonkin as Claire Brown:  strong, fiery, sexy
3. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as Alice Sinclaire:  beautiful, fragile, rich
4. Scott Eastwood as Dr. Adam Shaw: manly, handsome, damaged

10. What do you think makes a strong female character?
My favorite female characters don’t shy away from their problems.  Even when they’re scared or overwhelmed, they don’t back down from a sexy alpha male, crazy Ex or past trauma.

My name is Mari Denae

I am a married mother of three and publishing my first novel is a dream come true. As the nerd that went to bed with a flash light to read the books I swiped from my mom’s room, I have always been an avid book lover. My favorites are hot, alpha male heroes (think Kristen Ashley), suspenseful, romantic thrillers (think Sandra Brown) and poignant, sweet love stories (think Abbi Glines or Colleen Hoover). My plan was always to be a writer of some sort, but somehow real life responsibilities got in the way. Now, I am an accountant with a night time writing obsession.

One Saturday afternoon, I took my girls to see the latest teenage movie. Four days later, I had read all four Twilight books. I was inspired by the innocent romance and ‘Edward Cullen’ (don’t judge).

Once I found my way to Fifty Shades of Grey, I was a complete goner. All my spare time was spent reading, writing or blogging. After version one million, five hundred and fifty five of my series Reawakened , I’m finally ready to share it and hope that someone enjoys reading the story as much as I have enjoyed writing it. This one’s for my mother. I hope she’s looking down proud because I finally finished what I started.

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1 comment:

  1. I love finding new authors to read this book looks good.