I am so excited to have Marie Savage with me today. I understand you are a coffee lover. How do you drink yours? I like mine with just a little half-and-half but I’ve skipped to 2% milk to cut a few calories.
Marie: I like mine with Heavy whipping cream (part of the keto diet) My coffee addiction is pretty much in every book I write.
Sherri: I’ve confessed my aversion to tea in a few of mine. I see the shock on your face, can she really be a southern girl and not like sweet, iced tea? <sigh>I’m afraid so.
You’ve had an interesting life.
Marie: I joined the US Air Force. I was stationed at Castle AFB in Atwater California. It was there I met my soul mate and spent the next twenty-four years.
Sherri: How long have y’all been married?
Marie: My husband and I have been married for twenty-eight years now.
Sherri: It’ll be twenty-eight years for me and the mechanic, come July.
How did we meet (real or virtual)?
Marie: (me and you?) We met on Cain Raisers (virtual) If you meant me and my husband. We met in a bar. LOL
Sherri: Where are you from? Are you still in the Air Force and living in California?
Marie: I’m originally from the panhandle of Florida. Empty nester syndrome was about to hit us, so we decided to leave the west coast and move back to my southern roots. We are currently living in Hartford Alabama. I’ve always been a southern girl at heart so I’m home.
Sherri: I’m a southern girl, despite my aversion to sweet tea. I was born in Louisiana when my dad was stationed a Barksdale Air Force Base.
Have you ever been to eastern North Carolina/east coast United States?
Marie: Yes. I have cousin in North Carolina. I hope to visit them again real soon. The Carolinas are so pretty.
Sherri: Do you write full-time or do you hold down another job as well as write?
Marie: Right now, I still have a fulltime job. When I left the military, I worked my way up to a corporate job with a grocery store chain in California. After twenty years, I decided it was time for my next chapter in my life so we moved to Alabama to be closer to family and I took a job that was less stressful so I could pursue my writing. I have a five-year plan to be a full-time writer at the end of year five. Right now, I’m on year two. <Crossing fingers > three more years!
Sherri: How long have you been writing?
Marie: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I was the kid everyone hated in school (not seriously) because I loved doing essays and reports. I always loved reading romance and one day back in 2015 my husband suggested I start publishing my stories. I published my first book at the end of 2016.
Sherri: What do you enjoy about writing?
Marie: I love when the muse hits and the story just flows onto the screen. It’s my escape.
Sherri: What do you despise about writing?
Sherri: When is your best time to write?
Marie: I usually get my best writing in the mornings, (when I say morning, I mean 3am to 6am) but usually it’s just when I have time.
Sherri: What are your writing strengths and weaknesses?
Marie: Not sure on the strengths, I guess you would have to ask my readers. I like to keep them turning the page and from the reviews of my books, I seem to do that. My weakness is easy, deadlines. LOL
Sherri: Who are some of your favorite authors? What genres do you like to read?
Marie: Robyn Carr and Janet Evanovich are my two all-time favorite authors. I tend to like contemporary romance more, but I can get caught up in a historical from time to time. Unless it’s a recipe or self-help book, I tend to only read romance.
Sherri: Are you published? Indie or traditional or hybrid?
Marie: Yes. I’m Indie published but in September I will have my first published book with Sweet Promise Press. I super excited about that.
Sherri: Do you have any other hobbies or interests? Do these show up in your stories?
Marie: I love to go to thrift shops and outlets, (I’m always looking for a bargain) One of my characters in my WIP loves to thrift shop. I love gardening but I haven’t added that to my stories yet.
Sherri: Who or what has most influenced your writing?
Marie: My life. Each story I’ve written, so far, has been based on something that has happened in my life or the life of a loved one.
Sherri: What are your plans for the future (writing)?
Marie: My plan is to be a full-time writer either self (Indie) published or traditional published. I have many stories in my head left to write.
Sherri: Tell me your journey to getting published.
Marie: Once I decided to do this, I just asked some author friends and basically learned by making mistakes. I still do. It’s a lot of work to Indie publish because you not only have to write the book and get it ready to sale, but you have to promote yourself. I love it though.
Sherri: Aw, are time is running out, I do hope you’ll come back to Creekside again soon. Until then, if you want to know more about Marie Savage check out her links below. Y’all have a great day and keep reading and writing.
About the Author
Marie Savage is a self-published contemporary romance author who has a love for family, friendships, patriotic spirit, and hometown pride.
Born and raised in the Florida Panhandle, she has always had a love for reading and writing, with the romance genre being her obvious favorite. Her desire to expand her horizons, led her to join the United States Air Force and proudly serve her country for six years.
While stationed in Atwater California, she met her true love and together they have shared life’s beautiful joys and tragic losses. After spending over half her life in the Central Valley of California, she has moved back home to the Wiregrass area of Alabama, where her passion for writing first began.
Marie’s Savage Readers Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/179874162575500/?fref=nf
Arc Review Team Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/936004753236376
Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01M25CCKP
Email signup: http://eepurl.com/di_jor