Author M.J. Marstens #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author M.J. Marstens

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am a homeschooling mom of three wonderful kids. I used to teach foreign languages at the collegiate level, but now own a private practice in a yoga studio called Bright Light Therapy where I am a holistic psychotherapist. In my free time, I write, lol.

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Have you always wanted to become a writer?

Yes and no. I have always loved to write and I might have thought about it as a kid, but not really as an adult.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Actually, it was a dream, haha. A very inappropriate dream that evolved into something more.

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What are you working on now?

Total Lunar Eclipse is the third and final book in The Afflicted Zodiac series and will come out the end of August. I am also working on a dark menage standalone and an RH retake of Swan Lake called the Swan Empress, both to come out this year.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

My youngest is just 2 and still breastfeeds, so I have a lot of time holding him and just thinking. . . I get a lot of ideas and keep my iPod next to me to record anything. Sometimes this happens 2 or 3 in the morning and I have to whisper. When I listen to myself the next day, I sound like someone from the Blair Witch Project, lol.

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What are your hopes for the future?

To be happy. I’m a really simple gal.

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

I’m really glad you asked this question because I definitely came into this business blind. Firstly, I did not have FB of any kind, so I was behind the ball in this regard. Since most people already have FB, use this to grow your readers. Make a FB page and reading group and join similar genre groups to add friends and meet other like-minded authors and readers. Do Take-overs at release parties and offer giveaways and interesting posts to keep members engaged in your author group/page. Next: get your cover professionally done! And make sure your book is edited. I was so excited to publish my book, I did my own cover and self-edited. I am very well-spoken, but I missed A LOT. I finally had my cover redone and my book edited professionally and since then, my sales have soared. The truth is, you are going to have put a little money out up-front in self-promotions and polishing if you really want a well-done product. Learn from my mistakes because I probably wasted a lot of money I could have been putting towards my book instead, lol.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Yes: THANK YOU! If it weren’t for you guys, I really wouldn’t be much of an author. You inspire me to keep writing. And that means the world to me.

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Buy links

Virgo Rising

Retrograde

Author links

Amazon

BookBub

Facebook

Goodreads

M.J. Marstens Naughty Readers

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Virgo Rising review

Retrograde review

One comment on “Author M.J. Marstens #interview

  1. Pingback: #Preorder Total Lunar Eclipse by MJ Marstens | Helle Gade

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