Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Blog Tour: Back in My Life by @Mariecrauthor #interview

Romance / Erotica
Date Published: February 27, 2016

Back in my Life is a story set in the beautiful cities of New York and Chicago. This story is not the typical and simple "boy meets girl, boy and girl get marry story." This story is a powerful story that shows how real and unselfish love truly looks like. The love between Ruby and Clyde is an amazing and genuine love that survived everything that came in between them—even the most painful experiences that destiny had planned for them.

During a college internship at a prestigious New York magazine, Ruby Sparks (a journalist graduate student from Chicago) meets Clyde Holt, (a fellow intern and a creative photography student from a London based college) whom from day one became Ruby's obsession and the new reason for her existence. After developing strong feelings for her emotionally unavailable friend, Ruby finds herself trapped in a whirlpool of emotions while trying to earn her friend's love. What Ruby doesn't know is that while she is looking for true love, Clyde's presence in her life came with a different purpose.

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Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

Definitely! I think the main message is that no matter how difficult things are in love, if that love was meant to be, it will always find its way back. True love always finds its way back.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I have to be honest and say that the main challenge I have in my writing is the fact that English is not my first language. I love to write and, as a romance addict, I have all these love scenes running through my mind, but when I try to put them in writing, I struggle a little to find the right words to use. But, with Back in my Life, I realized that I am getting to that stage where I want to be˗˗where I can put in paper all the ideas I have without having to struggle so much with the language barrier.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

As of today, I have written three novels. My first novel is called Pamela's Confessions. My second novel is a novel I wrote in Spanish called Confesiones del Alma. And the third novel, which is my newly published novel, called Back in my Life.

Out of all the novels I have written, the one that I love the most is definitely Back in my Life. This novel took me twice the time to get it published than the other ones, but is the one that gives me goose bumps every time I read it. I just love it! 

If You had the chance to cast your main characters from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

WOW! What a great question. I actually thought about this not too long ago when I received the first paperback copy of my last novel Back in my Life. While I was holding the book, I imagined Hollywood calling me because they wanted to make my novel into a movie and, in my mind, I immediately started the casting for my main characters. For Ruby, I chose Canadian actress Kristin Kreuk. When I saw a picture of Kristin in a magazine while I was still writing the novel, I immediately felt a connection between her and Ruby. Ruby is a simple girl with a breath-taking beauty, and there was no one who could fill that requirement better than Kristin. She is just stunning, and she could be the perfect Ruby. As far as Clyde goes, I didn't have to think too hard. For Clyde, I chose "Boy Next Door" Ryan Guzman. I know in the novel, Clyde is supposed to be a British gal, but I wouldn't mind twisting the story a little to make Clyde a Latin guy if I ever get Ryan to accept to play Clyde's part. Why did I pick Ryan? Well, that's obvious, guys; because he is freaking hot. hahaha!             
When did you begin writing?

When I started writing my first book, I had no idea of what I was doing. At that time, it never occurred to me that I was going to write a book. Seven years before that day, I had experienced one of the most heart-breaking experiences a person could face in life, and that experience, literally, made me hit rock bottom. That experienced, at the same time, helped me built an outline for the writing that I wanted to do-a writing that, at that time, was supposed to help me close that wound that seven years later, I still had open. Once I started writing, I didn't have a set time to finish the "writing" I was doing, but six months later, I had completed the novel that, today, is called Pamela's Confessions.

How long did it take to complete your first book?

As I mentioned on the question before this one, it took me six months to complete my first novel, but, knowing what I know now about novel writing, I realize that that was kind of fast and maybe not my best work so now-a-days, I take my time writing and try not to rush through the process, so that I can offer the best to my readers.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

I have couple. To mention few, I love Colleen Hoover, Brooke Cumberland, Nicholas Sparks, and recently, Jamie McGuire. Each one of these authors has inspired me in a different way. But, if I have to choose the one I love the most, I will have to say that Colleen Hoover is my favorite. I totally love her novels.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

The outline process is my favorite of all the processes involved in the writing of a book. Definitely that's my favorite part because it's basically the part where I gathered all my thoughts and put them together to create the base of the novel I want to write. Without that process, I probably wouldn't even know where to start.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

Intense, heart-breaking, nerve-wracking, pure-passion

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

Of course! I am currently working on my fourth romance novel... Happiness, Interrupted. With this novel, I intend to reach out to a wider group of readers. This novel will still be a romance novel, but I am trying to move away from the Erotica genre a little bit so that my kids can actually read one of my books. With the first three novels, I experimented with the erotica genre, which I love, but with that came the issue of my kids not being able to read the novels. With this new novel, I want to be able to create a great story for my readers, but also giving my children the opportunity to read what mama writes. With the Erotica genre, I couldn't do that. 

I have been writing for pleasure for the past couple of years, but this is the first time I do a book tour so I am very excited for it. Writing is my passion, and I enjoy using real-life stories as the basis for my novels, but giving them a little twist to make them more melodramatic and breath-taking. I am also the author of Pamela's Confessions and Confesiones del Alma. I currently live in Florida with my husband and three children.

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