Through a Dragon’s Eyes
With a Dragon’s Heart
I had the pleasure to ask Marissa some probing interview questions and her answers are fascinating.
Marissa Farrar has always been in love with being in love. But since she’s been married for many years and has three young daughters, she’s conducted her love affairs with multiple gorgeous men of the fictional persuasion.
The author of more than thirty novels and numerous short stories, she has been a full time author for the last six years. She predominantly writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but has branched into contemporary fiction as well.
Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a child, but I only started to take it seriously after I’d finished my Zoology degree and realized I’d spent most of my degree writing stories.
If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
I’d probably want to be a vet or do something else with animals – hence my Zoology degree.
Does your family support your career as a writer?
Yes, very much so. It was a little rocky at first as I was putting so much time into it, but my family know that if I don’t get the time to work, I tend to get snappy!
Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
A gift, without doubt. It’s incredible to live so many lives through my writing.
What was an early experience where you learned that words had power?
When I published my first book, Alone, almost ten years ago now, a reader wrote to me to tell me that the book had given her the strength to leave her abusive relationship. That was pretty incredible.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want, write to market so to speak? What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
I probably do half and half. This is my full-time job, so I have to give the readers what they want, but I like to think I throw my own spin on things. I started writing as a horror/dark fantasy author, and so most of my work has a tinge of darkness to it. The hardest part for me is not getting distracted by shiny new projects. I have so many ideas and I want to write them all!
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Well I write romance and fantasy, so as little as possible! Most of my research tends to be around the locations the books are set.
Tell me about your new release or WIP.
My current project is a RH fantasy series called Chronicles of the Four. It’s a swords and sorcery type fantasy about a girl who can communicate with dragons. Book two, With a Dragon’s Heart, will be out June 28th.
What was your hardest scene to write?
I can’t answer that as it gives a plot point away!
Do your characters talk to you?
Yes, all the time.
Do you plot out your stories or do your character’s voices drive your storyline?
I’m not a plotter. I have a vague idea of things I want to happen, but otherwise the character’s drive the story.
What character in your book is least likely to get along with you?
Probably Warsgra, because he always thinks he’s right.
What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
That I shouldn’t drink so much gin while I’m writing about her!
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
No, I don’t think so. I like to reveal everything by the end.
What one thing would you give up if you could become a better writer?
My facebook time!
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Energize! I love to write!
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Anything bad going on in my personal life. I struggle to connect with the imaginary world if the real world is demanding my attention.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I try to avoid them, but sometimes it’s hard to do that. The bad ones always stick to me longer than the good ones, but over the years it’s got easier to shrug them off.
Do you Google yourself?
What’s the best way to market your books?
It’s been facebook ads for me. Some people say they do nothing, but I swear by them.
How many hours a day to you spend writing verses marketing your books?
Probably six hours writing, versus one or two hours marketing.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Without them, I wouldn’t be able to write full time, which has always been my dream, so I’m eternally grateful.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Thinking they need to employ ‘vanity presses’ in order to self publish.
Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
Hurt. Confidence is good, but an ego is only going to be damaged in the end.
Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Stephen King at a book signing in London years ago.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they inspire you to become a better writer?
I have too many to mention (and I daren’t name names as I’ll end up missing someone out).
Read any good books lately?
I just finished The Toy Makers, which was wonderful.
Do you ever sleep?
Absolutely! I need my sleep, or I’m a cranky bitch!
What is your ideal harem? Slow burn or give it to me now baby?
It depends what mood I’m in. I can do either or both!
Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
The lovely Lily Harlem, who I’ve known for years, and who is the author of the Castaways series – check it out, if you haven’t already!
Thanks for having me!
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