Alexis: Today we are chatting with Contemporary/ Time Travel Romance author Mary Maxie.
Hi Mary and welcome. What was the strangest thing that inspired a story for you?
Mary: The Calgary Stampede is an internationally known event in Calgary Alberta Canada. It is the largest rodeo in the world, & has the highest payouts for winners. Yet, it’s sometimes not well known. Every year, everyone in the city & surrounding towns dresses western, decorates their home & business in a western cowboy theme, & yet still people arrive during Stampede week with no idea what’s going on. I started Sophie’s Calgary Stampede with a Washington lawyer arriving in the city wearing high heels & a power suit while everyone else is dressed in cowboy gear. That happens a lot, so it’s a fun way to initiate the meeting between Sophie & her ‘cowboy’.
Alexis: That sounds like fun. I bet the rodeo was pretty fun too ;-) How long did it take you to write your most recent release A Teacher of Time: Berlin Wall?
Mary: I’m a very fast & prolific writer. I am an avowed pantser, & suffer somewhat from ADD. I write the way I read, working on several books at once. When I get stuck on a scene or direction for one, I just start working on another book for a while till I get stuck on that one. I’m usually working on 3-5 books at a time. I publish 5-6 books a year, between my two names. The shortest time I have worked on a book is 48 hours, when I wrote my book on 9/11, & the longest maybe a year, working sporadically elapsed time is different, as I have a full time job, so have to fit writing in when I can. If I could work on a book every day, I think it would only take me a couple of weeks to finish.
Alexis: Wow that is fast. Everyone has their own writing process…how they come up with ideas, how they name their characters, how they choose the setting. Can you describe your writing process?
Alexis: That is a very unique process. Good for you! When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Mary: I’ve been writing since I was a kid. News & sports stories, newspaper columns, essays, speeches for politicians, editorials, textbooks, blogs, grant proposals, you name it. However, I only started writing fiction about five years ago. I wish I had done this years ago.
Alexis: I know. It’s so much fun! How do you decide on titles for all those books?
Mary: Most of my titles have a woman’s name in them. Sophie’s Calgary Stampede, Riona’s Holiday Romance, Elisabeth’s Christmas Gifts. That’s for continuity between the books, although all are Stand-alone. There are other titles, but the majority have my heroines’ names.
Alexis: Mary, thank you so much for visiting.
Check out the blurb from Mary’s latest A Teacher of Time: Berlin Wall
This is the second novel in the Teacher of Time series. Following on the success of the Theresenstadt Concentration Camp story where Peter and Laurena left present day Phoenix and travelled to 1943 Germany, the story of the Berlin Wall takes their son Friedrich back in time to 1973. Using the Phoenix Musical Instrument Museum as a portal, Friedrich goes back to 1973 East Berlin, where he meets Mari, a violin student who shows promise, but can’t go to the West to study because of the Wall.
Friedrich wants to take Mari back to the present day with him to fulfill the promise of her talent, but can he convince her parents that his time travel is real, and that they can safely let their beloved daughter leave with him to who knows what uncertain future?