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Author Marissa Clarke talks about writing...
Whenever I go to book events or am on a panel… heck, sometimes even when I'm in the grocery store, I get asked if I have always wanted to be a writer.
The answer is simple. No.
Like most kids, I composed stories, but I never wanted to be a writer. I was (and am) first and foremost a reader.
I majored in English with a focus on the classics and great works. A majority of my writing in college was literary analysis; in law school, it was technical writing and briefs. I avoided creative writing like the plague. I thought I was terrible at it. It was too hard to come up with stuff that wasn't lame (It still is).
I started writing several years ago by accident. My daughter had just discovered teen literature and had burned through several popular series. She was lamenting the fact that most male heroes in paranormal books were demons, vampires or some type of inherently evil creature fighting their wicked impulses. She asked me why the hero couldn't be a “normal” guy who has some kind of special/magical power, but wasn't evil or didn't believe himself evil.
I told her that for her birthday, I’d write her a book like that. (To this day, I have no idea why I would offer such a crazy thing. I’d never written fiction and had no desire to do so).
True to my word, I gave her a chapter a day for a month. The result was a 700-page young adult time-travel novel.
It had a cool premise, but was awful—truly awful with respect to craft. Reading a book and knowing what works is one thing; writing one is entirely another.
After spending a month writing 8-12 hours a day, I decided I’d found the perfect job.
Sleeping with the Boss is my fourth published novel and my first foray into adult romance. It is not the first adult romance I've written, though. I turned in Love Me to Death, a paranormal series starter before I even began this book. It comes out onin print and ebook.
Writing Sleeping with the Boss was probably the most fun I've ever had writing. I hope it is fun for the reader as well.
Thank you, Tabatha, for having me on your blog today.
Seducing the enemy has never been so tempting...
For the last five years, bookish Claire Williams has been living for the dying. Now that her stint as caretaker is over, she’s off to see the world. She needs quick cash first, so a temp job at Anderson Auctions seems perfect, especially with the unexpected benefits, including the hottest man she’s ever laid eyes—or hands—on.
Former Marine William Anderson has been burned one time too many. His military training makes him the perfect man to flush out the spy undercutting his family business, but no amount of training can prepare him for the kind of undercover work he’ll have to do when the sexy new temp is implicated. Desire lands them in bed...but duty may cost him his heart.
What others are saying:
"Will Anderson can be my boss any day. Marissa Clarke is a master at mixing sexy and mystery." - Jennifer L. Armentrout, # 1 New York Times bestselling author
"Sexy, smart, fun! A fabulous new voice in contemporary romance!" - Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author
“Every negotiation should be launched with a heavy make-out session in the back of the company limousine. Don’t you agree?” Will held up his glass and clinked it against hers.
“Well.” She tilted her head and pretended to consider his question seriously. “It would depend who was on the project team, because if you’re talking about that big guy from accounting who wears the bow ties, that’s a deal-killer for me.”
“For me, too. He’s not my type.”
Giggling, and feeling as bubbly as the champagne, she leaned so close their noses bumped. “I believe we should read back the minutes from our meeting so far.”
With a grin, he put both of their glasses in the cup holders in his door. “You have the floor, Miss Maddox.”
“It began something like this,” she said against his lips.
About the Author:
Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where everything is bigger, especially the mosquitoes.
When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, husband, and a Cairn Terrier named Annabel, who rules the house (and Marissa's heart) with an iron paw.
She is the author of Sleeping with the Boss (contemporary 8/2014) and Love Me to Death (Paranormal 10/2014)
Marissa Clarke is a pseudonym. Her real name is Mary Lindsey and she also writes young adult novels for Penguin USA.www.marylindsey.com
She loves to connect with readers and can be found at www.marissaclarke.com and on Twitter at @MaryL_MarissaC
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Book Title: Sleeping with the Boss
Author: Marissa Clarke
Release Date: August 11, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLP
Genre: Contemporary Romance
ISBN: 1622664256 (ISBN13: 9781622664252)
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