|Author Markie Madden|
Here's the interview!
Tell me a little bit about yourself! Where do you live, do you have a "real" job, do you ahve any children/pets, and so on?
I was born August 19, 1975 in Midland, Texas, though I grew up in Flushing, Michigan. I went to high school there, and was on the staff for the school paper. I won a National Quill and Scroll Society award for best picture in a school newspaper. I've been married for 10 years, and have two teenage daughters, three rescue dogs, and a horse. We now live in the small country town of Fisk, Missouri.
Tell me about your latest book! What inspired you to write it? Where did you get the ideas for your plot and characters?
When did your book come out, adn where can readers find it?
All my books came out in Sept 2014, except for Western Way which was originally published digitally only at Smashwords in 2012. They can all be found at CreateSpace, Amazon, Barnes and Noble (print versions), as well as several other retailers, and for Kindle digitally, though their enrollement period is almost up so they'll be back at Smashwords for Nook and iPhone soon.
What distinguishes your book/plot/characters from others? Don't give away any spoilers, but what's the "hook" that you think will draw the readers to your book?
Western Way is a romantic fantasy about epic love surviving all obstacles, and full of adventure, princes, ad preincesses in a world that's a far simpler time than our own. The main characters hae to fight an evil foe (and you'll never guess who that is, but NO spoilers!) and live to escape his clutches.
Waht would you like your readers to take away from your book? What emotions and thoughts do you hope to invoke?
This book was intended to entertain, to let the reader escape their own world and lose themselves in a other for a time.
Are you planning a sequel, or another book?
I'm not planning a sequel for Western Way, but I am currently working on a series called The Undead Unit Series. Book One is called Fang and Claw, and we meet Lacey, who's a detective with the Dallas police department. She's also a vampire. Her partner, Colton, is a werewolf with anger management issues. They're a part of an elite new squad dedicated to solving crimes involving other members of the Undead.
What genre do you place your book in?
Western Way is a romantic fantasy with a touch of paranormal. I also have two non-fiction books: a memoir and a self-help guide to horse care.
how did you publish? Are you independent or do you have a publisher? How did you decide to publish?
I'm independently published. I tried for years submitting Western Way to publishers, first on my own, then using my income tax refund to hire an agent for a year. And still, I was unsuccessful. So I went at it on my own.
What's your marketing plan? Do you use social media to help you market, and if so, which ones? Do you have any new ideas for marketing that you'd like to share?
I use all social media to help promote my books, as well as swapping blog interviews with other authors, and I'm planning book signings for next year.
Are you a member of any writing/reading groups (i.e. Shelfari, Goodreads, Scribophile, etc.)?
You can find me at Shelfari, Goodreads, and Scribophile, as well as several writing roups on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Thanks for the time, Markie! Looking forward to more of your news.
Marguerite Madden's books can be found here on Amazon and Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble.
Other sites where you can follow Markie Madden are her blog, her Tumblr, her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
~Elora Carmen Shore