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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!

Q&A Sunday: The Male POV

I’m really enjoying the questions you guys have for me. You’re all very insightful people! Today’s question, from Aliana, is all about that exact subject…

Would you consider writing a book strictly from the male character’s perspective?

The male point of view! I sometimes struggle with this, I’ll be honest.

The first book I read from exclusively the male point of view was Mr. O by Lauren Blakely. It was a fabulous book! I loved it, but being in his head the entire time… I’m not sure I could do it.

Male POV Blog Post 8 28 2016Most of the time, I like showing both sides. Showing what each character is thinking. For the Big & Beautiful series I stuck to female only because I really wanted you in her head. Writing only in his head is a little scary for me! Not because men are scary, but let’s face it, the men in romance novels are usually the men we want them to be (only being honest here). They’re not always the way they are in real life.

That said, you’re making me think. I have been asked to share the male view for the Big & Beautiful series. It’s something I’m looking at doing for boxed sets (a little extra something to add). But doing a whole book, or whole series, from his point of view… interesting.

I am looking at a spin off series when Big & Beautiful ends. Maybe it’ll be a male point of view series. What do you think? Could I pull it off? Would you want to see that? I’m always looking for a challenge and a way to push myself. Maybe this is the next push!

As always, I’m open to anything. I have a while to get ready for writing that series in the male POV exclusively. Hmm, now you’ve got me thinking!

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: Other Careers

Welcome back for Q&A Sunday! I have a very interesting question from Vicki today!

If you weren’t an author, what would you do for a career????

This question is interesting to me because it really made me examine myself. Growing up, I always loved to read, but being a writer was never a thought. When I was in high school I decided I wanted to be a chemical engineer. My dream was to work for a pharmaceutical company and help cure horrible things like cancer.

Me as an engineer!
Me as an engineer!

A day late and a dollar short was never more true for me than my junior year of college. The job I wanted for an internship (at a pharmaceutical company) never called. I interviewed for another job and was offered it on the spot. I loved the woman I’d be working for and decided to accept the job. The next day, the job I hoped for called to offer me a spot. Since I’d already accepted another one, I had no choice. I had to turn down my dream internship.

I stayed at that job for almost thirteen years. After a few years, I started to dislike it and looked for something else. I wanted to be a wedding planner, an advocate for working moms, a book reviewer, and even considered working in a day care.

None of them were right for me. Being a writer is.

But if I had to choose something else, I’d have to do something with books. I’d love to open a book store. I’ve considered working in a book store or a library. Teaching is something that’s always interested me, but targeted subjects like writing, entrepreneurship, or business.

My problem now is I don’t think I could go back to working for someone else. I love making my own hours, being available for field trips and sick days with my kids. I like not answering to anyone.

Is that bad?

I’d have to work for myself. I’d create courses to teach. I’d find a job working from home. Worst case scenario, I’d work in a book store. But it would be impossible to walk away from writing!

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: A Precious Giveaway

It’s Q&A Sunday, but I have a special announcement that I couldn’t wait to share with you!

On Tuesday, September 6, Puffy & Precious will finally by available. How excited are you?!?

BB9 Cover 3I can’t wait for it! I know you loved the Big & Beautiful series and wanted more, so more is coming. Abby is such a great character and the story is wonderful and I’m so excited to share it with you.

But I’m doing something different this time around.

I’m celebrating with a giveaway!

Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Buy Puffy & Precious – Preorder it now so you don’t miss out!
  2. During release week (September 6-11) email me (mary (at) maryethompson (dot) com) the 9th word in Chapter 9 (because we’re dealing with the 9th book in the series).
  3. Sit back and wait to win!

What do you win?

One of every one hundred correct entries will win a $25 gift card to one ebook retailer! That works, right?

Do go grab your copy, then sign up for my newsletter and I’ll email you on release day to remind you to enter! Don’t miss your chance!

Full contest rules:
Contest is open worldwide to entrants over the age of 18. Winners will select Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, or Kobo gift card. Prizes will be mailed to physical address to winners in the United States and Canada, others will receive an electronic gift card. Winners will be notified on Monday, September 12, 2016 and will be given 48 hours to claim prize. In order to enter the contest, you must enter via email to address given above. Purchase will not improve odds of winning. 1 winner will be chosen of 100 correct entries.