Monday, November 20, 2017

Interview with mystery author Mary Maurice

Today’s special guest is mystery author Mary Maurice. We’re chatting about her new suspense, Burtrum Lee.

Welcome, Mary. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
After attending Western Michigan University for two party filled years, I decided to leave academia and explore the real world to learn what life is truly about. For fifteen years I've traveled the country working in restaurants, writing and doing readings wherever I was welcome.

While living in Minneapolis during my twenties, I was fortunate enough to be tutored by Dr. Jonis Agee, who was at the time head of the creative writing department at St. Catherine's College in St. Paul. Her lessons were imprinted in me for all of these years, and have influenced my writing ever since.

My adventures landed me in San Diego, Chicago, San Francisco, and Oregon, finally leading me to the Land of Enchantment where I've resided since 1994. Living in Santa Fe, and the beauty and isolation that surrounds me, has inspire my creative muse in ways that no other place has. While still working in the hospitality industry, my passion for the craft of writing has never been stronger. And I know with each sentence I write, and every paragraph I compose, my ultimate goal is to find the perfect word.

Please tell us about your current release.
It’s a story about a woman, Burtrum Lee Conner, who finds out that the life she’s been leading is a lie, and that her family has been deceiving her since the day she was born.

What inspired you to write this book?
The desire to tell this story.

Excerpt from Burtrum Lee Burtrum Lee:
As Katie Lee floats out of her seat, a sensation of being in space surrounds her. Glancing over, she watches as her husband catapults through the windshield. She, following right behind into the white darkness.

What exciting story are you working on next?
The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe, is my next novel. Jack Monroe tries to save a woman, Susan Jordan, from committing suicide by writing letters to her in hopes of giving her strength and courage so she’ll change her mind. It’s a twister!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Since I first learned how to write. And then when I wrote my first poem in the ninth grade, which set fire to the simmering embers, I knew there was no going back.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
That is my ultimate dream, to write full-time, but since I do have to support my simple life-style, I wait on tables, and work on my writing daily. No matter if it’s for fifteen minutes, a half hour, or three, I work on my writing every day. One might say I have a writing problem!

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I have a recording on an old answering machine of my cat, Emily, who’s been dead for nine years now, meowing. And every time I sit down to work I listen to her, because she would always make such a fuss when I sat down to write.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
First, as I’m sure most kids do, I wanted to be a doctor. Then, I believe it was a cowgirl, after that, it was Dorothy Hamel, then I think, Chris Everett, and finally I was happy with being just Mary Maurice.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Let’s not allow one of the most ancient art forms, writing, to be discarded by the waste-side. Not everybody can play music, not everyone can paint a picture, or sculpt a David. But everybody, in some form, can write. And the one thing that keeps the writers writing, are the readers. So, thank-you, and keep on bookin!


Thanks for being here today, Mary!

Feel free to visit Mary's other stops to learn more about her and her writing.

Monday November 13th @ WOW! Women on Writing
Interview and Giveaway.

Tuesday, November 14th @ Create Write Now
Mary Maurice is today's guest author at Mari McCarthy's Create Write Now Blog - don't miss this intriguing guest post titled "Moving Beyond Writer's Block " and learn more about Maurice's scientific mystery "Burtrum Lee".

Wednesday, November 15th @ Beverley A. Baird
Beverley A. Baird reads and reviews Mary Maurice's scientific mystery "Burtrum Lee" and shares her thoughts on this page turning novel!

Thursday, November 16th @ CMash Loves to Read
Today's guest blogger at CMash Loves to Read is none other than Mary Maurice. Hear from her on the topic of "Finding My Muse." and learn more about her scientific mystery "Burtrum Lee".

Friday, November 17th @ Bring on Lemons
Crystal Otto reviews Mary Maurice's Scientific Mystery "Burtrum Lee"! – don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about Mary Maurice and find out more about this page turning novel "Burtrum Lee".

Tuesday, November 21st @ Margo Dill
Mary Maurice visits the blog of fellow author Margo Dill. Hear from Mary on the topic of: "What's So Hard About Being Nice?" and learn more about Mary's scientific mystery "Burtrum Lee".

 Wednesday, November 22nd @ World of My Imagination
Nicole Pyles reviews "Burtrum Lee" - the Scientific Mystery by Mary Maurice.

 Thursday, November 23rd @ Writers Pay it Forward
"Who Left the Skunk on the Side of the Road" is today's topic at Writers Pay it Forward as Mary Maurice pens today's guest post and discusses her book "Burtrum Lee - A Scientific Mystery".

Tuesday, November 28th @ Choices with Madeline Sharples
Mary Maurice writes an intriguing guest post at Choices today. She talks about "Keeping Readers Engaged". Don’t miss this post and opportunity to learn about "Burtrum Lee - A Scientific Mystery".

Thursday, November 30th @ Women of Wonder
Ginny at Women of Wonder reviews "Burtrum Lee - A Scientific Mystery" by Mary Maurice and shares her thoughts with readers. Don't miss this exciting blog stop!

1 comment:

Mary Maurice said...

Dear Lisa, thank-you for the wonderful interview, it was fun! I appreciate you hosting me on your blog, and I look forward to working with you in the future.