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One of the most fun things about a blog hop for we writers is meeting other writers and picking their brain, not to mention adding substantially to our To Be Read pile! Get ready to add more. It is my pleasure to introduce Marissa Farrar.
1. You have a degree in Zoology, which is really cool! But what prompted you to give up that career to pursue writing?
I always wanted to write; I’d been coming up with stories since I was a kid. However, I’ve also always had a sensible head on my shoulders and I knew how hard it would be to earn decent money through my writing. I spent most of my degree writing instead of studying, so as soon as I graduated, I made the decision to follow my heart instead of my head.
2. How is zoology similar to being a parent of two children?
It’s not! Apart from perhaps needing a lot of patience (there is a lot of sitting around in Zoology studying animals that aren’t doing anything!).
3. What is your writing process like? Plotter or pantser?
I’m a total pantser! People who intricately plot out whole novels totally intimidate me. I always have a vague idea about what I want to happen in a novel, but normally it’s the characters that are most real in my head. I let them lead the way and just write down what they do. With my latest novel, ‘Buried’, I thought the story was going to end one way, but then one of the main characters did something I totally wasn’t expecting. The good thing is, because I wasn’t expecting it, my readers won’t be either!
4. You’re a published indie author. What would you say were the greatest challenges of going indie and why did you make that choice?
I was traditionally published for a couple of years before choosing the indie route. I became very frustrated because there were so many things I wanted to try out but couldn’t because the choices were being made by the publisher. In the end I was lucky enough to get my titles back so I had new covers done, had them re-edited and then re-launched the books. I’m happy to say it’s the best decision I made.
I’d say the biggest challenge is still around people taking indie’s seriously. There’s a lot of misconception that the only reason writers go indie is because they can’t find a publisher, but that simply isn’t the case. I’ve had a publisher and have turned down several offers from other publishers. I’d have to be offered a pretty damn good deal now to ever give up my digital rights.
5. What is it about the horror genre that attracts you?
I’ve always love horror. Even as a child, I used to sneak downstairs and read my mother’s horror novels by the light of the fish tank. I think it speaks to that dark and twisty side of me I normally have to keep under wraps.
6. Sit on Santa’s lap and tell us your top five wishes for Christmas.
(Other than wishing for world peace, etc. I really only have three…)
For my family to stay happy and healthy. For next year to be easier financially. And the big one… To get to the point in my career where people are talking about my name as the next big thing in the horror and dark fantasy genre.
7. “Alone” deals with the serious issue of domestic violence. Why did you choose this theme for your book?
I never wanted for the theme to be domestic violence; it just happened to fit the theme of empowerment I was going for. I wanted to show how one person can start off broken, fragile and terrified, but draw strength from someone else. However, I also didn’t want Serenity to lean on that other person. I wanted her to learn how to be strong enough to take care of herself. I hope that’s what I did.
8. What advice would you give to new writers?
Get involved with other writers and learn, learn, learn. I’ve learned so much from the other authors I’ve met blogging and social networking. I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t, and above all, they’ve helped me learn my craft.
9. If you could sit down to tea with any author, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I’m going to be really unoriginal and say Stephen King. He’s always been a hero of mine!
10. Tell us about your upcoming projects.
I’ve got so many! At the moment I’m just finishing edits for my novel, ‘The Dark Road’, which I hope to have out by the end of the year. I’m writing the third book in my ‘Serenity’ series. I also have another two completed manuscripts which are still in need of edits and will be out next year. Finally, I’m planning a YA spin-off from my ‘Serenity’ series, featuring one of the characters. I’ve never written YA before but I’m up for the challenge!
Thanks so much for hosting me, Annetta!
Caught in a violent and abusive relationship, Serenity thinks there is no escape.
Upon meeting a stranger, Sebastian, she is shown the possibility of a different future.
Only Sebastian has a dark secret; he is a vampire.
As Serenity’s life takes a terrifying turn, she finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed; one of murder, love and immortality. She is forced to confront her own weaknesses to save both her own life and that of the vampire she has come to love. But in the end all that matters is; can she find the strength to be Alone?
Book two in the ‘Serenity’ series, ‘Buried’ is also now available to buy from your favourite eBook store!
Author bio: Marissa Farrar is a multi-published horror and paranormal author. She was born in Devon, England, loves to travel and has lived in both Australia and Spain. She now resides in Devon with her husband, two children, a crazy Spanish rescue dog and four hens. She has a degree in Zoology, but her true love has always been writing.
Her dark take on a vampire romance, Alone, was first published in 2009 and has now been re-launched by Red Hot Publishing. The second book in the series, Buried, is now available to buy. The third in the series, Captured, will be published early 2012.
Her short stories have been accepted for a number of anthologies including, Their Dark Masters, Red Skies Press, Masters of Horror: Damned If You Don’t, Triskaideka Books; and 2013: The Aftermath, Pill Hill Press. Her own collection of paranormal short stories, Where the Dead Live, is also available.
If you want to know more about Marissa, then please visit her website at www.marissa-farrar.blogspot.com. You can also find her at her facebook page, Marissa Farrar, Author or follow her on twitter @marissafarrar.
She loves to hear from readers and can be emailed at email@example.com.
Here’s the deal: At the end of the Blog Hop, on December 24th, I will give away twelve e-copies of “Athena’s Promise”, one for every day of Creepfest. But that’s not all! I will also give away one autographed print copy. WAIT! One more thing — I’m so excited about Creepfest, I will also give away one Amazon gift card in the amount of $20!
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Leave a comment on any (or all) blog posts here during Creepfest.
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