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Q&A Sunday: Down time

It’s the weekend. I love my weekends. I get to do whatever I want, usually! Vicki and Aliana asked…

Aside from spending time with your family, what is your favorite activity when you’re not writing?

I have a lot of things I enjoy. The short list…

Reading
Watching sports
Swimming
Drinking wine (does that count?)

But I do love my job and spending time with my family. I write frequently, and if I’m not writing, I’m usually plotting. It’s fun for me. I don’t feel like it’s work, which makes it enjoyable for me to write.

Of course, my kids are six and eight so a lot of my time is spent with them. My daughter takes gymnastics and my son is currently playing soccer. We’ve also done tee ball, ice skating (which I enjoy with them), swimming, and hockey. I’m sure more will come.

img_6173But during the rare moments that the kids are playing well together, or at school and I am not working, I love to read. It’s always been my favorite hobby. I read multiple books each week. My favorite genre is contemporary romance, but I also read a lot of books about being a better writer, marketing, finances, business, and raising kids. If you put it in a book, I’ll be willing to check it out. I’m a visual person so reading is great for me. I can re-read what I need to and it moves at my pace. I’ve never listened to audio books but I hesitate because I think my mind would wander. It’s also why I don’t like watching videos – I either get distracted or lost!

I’m also a bit of a sports junkie. Fall is great because I love football. Saturdays we watch USC Gamecocks (where both hubby and I graduated) and Sundays we cheer for the Buffalo Bills. We also watch hockey on TV, but prefer to catch other sports in person. Baseball, soccer, lacrosse, just about anything!

Every week I swim with my dad, which is a good chance to spend some time with him. I’d like to swim more than I do, but for now once a week is all I do. But wine… that’s a regular occurrence in my house! It’s also fueling my new series coming next year about a group of siblings who inherit a vineyard. What could be better than wine and romance?

Thanks so much, Vicki and Aliana, for your question! If you have a question, send me an email (mary (at) maryethompson (dot) com) with Q&A in the subject, or post it in the comments below, and I’ll answer your question right here on the blog!

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Q&A Sunday: Favorite Season

The weather finally got cool enough yesterday for me to put my flip flops away. It’s a mixed blessing for me. But I felt like it was time to answer this question from Vicki…

What is your favorite season???

Fall.

Hands down.

Why? I know you want to know why.

Summer is my least favorite season. It’s hot and I get sunburned and I don’t like it. Now, I love to swim, but I grew up spoiled with an indoor pool and don’t love swimming outdoors. In Buffalo, the weather is only good enough to swim two months, if we’re lucky, so I can’t even say swimming is a draw to summer.

fallen-yellow-leavesBut… when fall hits, I’m ready for summer to be over. I want the cooler weather and the beautiful colors of the changing leaves. I’m ready for the end of the year. I’m ready for the holidays. I’m ready for football and soccer and comfort foods and new tv shows.

After fall, I like spring. It’s still not too hot and my birthday is in spring. It’s hard to argue with that one. After spring is winter because the cold doesn’t bother me. I think if we had a backyard the kids could play in, winter might bump up to second or even first place for me. Unfortunately, we’re still in our apartment so winter requires a lot of supervision. One day…

For now though, I’m thrilled to be in fall. I’m watching football and new episodes of shows. I’m leaving my patio door open to get some fresh air. I’m enjoying the cooler weather for a change. I know it’ll be cold before long, but right now it’s pretty perfect for me!

Thanks so much, Vicki, for your question! If you have a question, send me an email (mary (at) maryethompson (dot) com) with Q&A in the subject, or post it in the comments below, and I’ll answer your question right here on the blog!

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Q&A Sunday: Fall TV 2016

Ooh, I like the question from Vicki this week…

What is your favorite TV show?

Favorite is a tough question because I watch a lot of TV. I used to think I didn’t, but I’ve learned more and more that I watch a ton of TV.

luciferMy favorite show though, right now, is Lucifer.

Shocked you, right?

I know, you thought I was going to say something sweet and funny and sexy right?

Have you ever seen Lucifer? It hits two of the three.

It’s hilarious. Seriously, one of the funniest shows I’ve seen. I love shows that have a bit of a surprising humor. That’s Lucifer. It’s also sexy. Oh, so very sexy.

I find I’m drawn to cop dramas. I love Hawaii 5-0, Bones, Castle, and Limitless. We also love Scorpion, Supergirl, The Big Bang Theory, and Two Broke Girls. I’m very interested in The Story of Us and The Great Indoors.

Yeah, I like TV.

What are you excited about this season?

Thanks so much, Vicki, for your question! If you have a question, send me an email (mary (at) maryethompson (dot) com) with Q&A in the subject, or post it in the comments below, and I’ll answer your question right here on the blog!

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Q&A Sunday: Time Flies

I sort of hate answering this question. It is one authors talk about a lot, and one I don’t usually answer. But I’m answering it here today…

Aliana asked me…

How long on average does it take you to write a book (a stand-alone story)?

I write fast. I write really fast. Part of writing, for me, is figuring out where the story is going to go. Once I know where the story is going, it’s quick and easy to write. Most of the time.

I can write 2000 words in an hour.

That means very little I know. My books range from 50,000 to 72,000 words total. Most are close to 65,000. If I can write 2000 words in an hour, that’s about 33 hours of writing.

That would be nice.

computerI’ve written a book in 10 days before. More than once. It’s not easy. I don’t like doing it. But it’s possible for me. I can write 10,000 words in a day.

Five hours of work is nothing, right?

Well, that’s five hours of solid writing. I don’t usually have those hours. I have hours where I write 1000 words. Hours where I write 2500 words. Hours where I write 100 words. Hours where I write 0 words.

My goal is to write 5000 words every day. Sometimes I hit it. Sometimes I don’t.

But that wasn’t the question, was it?

I give myself three weeks to write a book. Start to finish. Yes, then there’s editing. There’s also planning. There’s cover design. There’s formatting. Writing is not all that goes into a book. Of course. But writing is what I do.

Three weeks. It’s close. If I took longer, I’d need to space my releases out more. For this year, 2016, this is working for me. Next year, my books are going to be a bit longer. I’ll need more time to write them. That’s why I’m spreading out releases to every six weeks. For now though, three weeks to write is working for me. I hope it’s working for you, too!

Thanks so much, Aliana, for your question! If you have a question, send me an email (mary (at) maryethompson (dot) com) with Q&A in the subject, or post it in the comments below, and I’ll answer your question right here on the blog!

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Q&A Sunday: What you get

I’m answering another question today. This time it’s all about you!

Vicki wanted to know…

What do you want your readers to get out of your books???

This is an easy one for me. When I started writing, I wrote for me. I felt like I had to. I’d been floundering for a while, but when I sat down and wrote a book, I really felt like it was something I needed to do. Something I was meant to do. It was right. I finally felt like I was doing what I was meant to do.

After the first couple of books, some of you found me. I’ve always been very open to my readers and have traded emails with many of you. One thing a reader said early on was my books gave her hope. Hope for her future.

I still have that email.

It touched me. To be able to do that for someone made me cry. Honestly. She wrote it June 27, 2014. I still want that for you.

BB9 Cover 3Hope.

It’s a simple word, but it means so much. It’s what inspired my tagline – Scintillating Stories with a side of Hope. Yes, I enjoy writing spicy books. But each of them has threads of hope. That’s why I write about characters that you could meet if you wandered into Bite Me! or strolled Paradise Park. I want to share characters that are just like me, and you too. People who are real. With struggles you might have. With challenges you might face. With dreams and hopes and love that you have too.

It’s something that was on my mind a lot when I was writing Puffy & Precious. Abby and Graham are not typical, but they give me hope. They make me think anything is possible. Love is possible.

What do you think? Do my stories give you hope?

Thanks so much, Vicki, for your question! If you have a question, send me an email (mary (at) maryethompson (dot) com) with Q&A in the subject, or post it in the comments below, and I’ll answer your question right here on the blog!