Hello, Everyone! Thanks for joining me and my guest today. Martha is new to my blog and I look forward to getting to know her. Before we get started a bit of housekeeping. Did you take advantage of the free sample copy of The Mortar & Pestle? No, well here's the link
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Who is your network or support system?
My husband has been very supportive of my writing over the years. It can be a lot of work and investment with little reward. My girls are proud of me and that means the world to me. My friends and extended family have also been great. I’ve learned so much from online author groups. Authors are incredibly generous and patient.
So, true. When people ask what I do and I tell them I'm an author, may think I'm rolling in the dough, and not think about the hours of work involved in each book to sell for pennies on the dollar. But I do love writing, so here we are talking about our passion. Who or what books or authors lit your passion and inspired you?
The first romance novel I ever read was Heartbeat by Danielle Steel. I still have it. I used to check out her paperbacks at the library when I was in high school. Her books definitely got me thinking about writing romance. But Nora Roberts is my all-time favorite author. She’s an incredible storyteller.
I'm listening to Nora Roberts Awakening currently. It's very good. Do you have any fun or outrageous talent?
What is your neighborhood like? Are there any places you frequent? What makes them special?
As I mentioned, I’m a midwestern transplant who lives in Florida and sometimes I still pinch myself even after all these years. It’s such a beautiful place to live. I love the weather and the lifestyle. Too many favorites to choose!
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. It’s all-consuming, satisfying and electrifying all at once. Some days I’m so mentally and physically drained and other days I can’t stop. It’s also fickle and unpredictable. I’ve had to adjust to that.
I hear you. Yesterday I pulled up a chair next to my neighbor and said, "I can't look at the computer for one more minute." Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
My first book, Second Chance, took on a mind of its own and became a trilogy-Second Chance, Chance Encounter and Last Chance. All three books are standalones but each features a couple with the other two couples as supporting characters so everyone gets a happily ever after ending. Christmas in Tahoe is not part of the Chances Trilogy but mentions one of the characters in passing. All my books are set in Lake Tahoe.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
This is going to one of the most draining yet most rewarding things you’ve ever done. Second only to motherhood. And it’s going to take a lot longer than you think. Bring your moxie and grow some thicker skin.
I hope someone reading this understands that. Many say, "Oh, I should write a book." And maybe they should, but not think it's a piece of cake, and should be aware of the time and angst. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
None. I know that’s unusual. I have some ideas in my head if that counts.
What is your favorite childhood book?
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Christmas in Tahoe, which came out in December 2022, took me just under a year.
Years ago, there was a commercial that talked about a “Kodak Moment.” It’s a moment in time you catch in a picture. One you never want to forget. What is yours?
The first time we went to Lake Tahoe on vacation. My girls were five and three. I was immediately smitten. Thus, the setting for all my books.
It's been a pleasure getting to meet you, Martha. I wish you the best with all your books. Before you head out to the pool for laps could you leave us with some information about your latest book and where to get more information about it and you?
Moira Brody knows Paul Webster better than he knows himself. But neither one of them know that he is as desperately in love with her as she is with him. Still, she isn't going to wait around forever, especially on Valentine's Day. When Paul learns that the hard way, he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. He can't lose her. Or let the past dictate the future. These friends turned lovers will have to look at each other with fresh eyes and brave hearts. But not everybody is on their side. And Paul will have to choose between following his head and listening to his heart. Or risk losing Moira forever.
About the Author
Martha O'Sullivan has loved reading romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing her own books is the realization of a lifelong dream. She is a graduate of Illinois State University where she wrote for the school newspaper and was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. She is also a former Acquisitions Editor at MacMillan Computer Publishing. Martha writes contemporary romances with M/F couples and happy endings. A native Chicagoan, she lives her own happy ending in Florida with her husband and two daughters.
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1/18/2023 09:12:40 am
Great post! Thanks for having me!
1/18/2023 09:51:52 am
It was a pleasure getting to know you. D.
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