I’m really pleased to announce that today’s author interview is the fabulous Marie Lavender!
Marie is a multi-genre author, with 21 books, spanning romance to fantasy to children’s books. Marie is well known amongst writing circles for running a fantastically supportive blog, showcasing many of her fellow authors.
I hope you enjoy her interview where you can find out what Marie likes to read, why she writes and which of the many genres she writes in is her favourite!
Hi Marie, so what was your favorite children’s book growing up, and why?
Hmm…that’s hard to narrow down. I’ve always loved reading books. I guess it could’ve been a cross between The Bobbysey Twins series and The Boxcar Children book series.
What is your favorite children’s book to read to children, and why?
I don’t have children, per se, just fur babies! 😉 But I took a children’s literature class in college, and I discovered a fantastic series that I’d fully recommend to kids. Just start with Mo Willem’s Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and go from there. The book is easy to read, yet the illustrations are fun, and the moral lesson is so helpful for that age group.
This looks great – thanks for the recommendation! What are your hobbies and interests (outside of reading and writing)?
I love shopping, doing various artistic projects, playing word and puzzle games on my phone, and finding a new series to watch on television.
You are a particularly interesting author, because you write in so many genres. Do you have a favorite genre to write in – and why?
Thanks! As a writer, I favor different subgenres of romance. I just have a soft spot for it. LOL. At the same, I’ve learned not to box myself into one type of book. That open-mindedness is how I stumbled across writing this children’s fantasy. I’ve also tried my hand at writing science fiction, comedies, psychological thrillers, and horror stories.
It’s great that you have such wide ranging interests – I’m jealous! Your children’s books, particularly The Magick Series, will be of great interest to our readers. Can you give a brief outline and tell us what to expect from them?
The Magick Series is a bit complex, but bear with me. This series was designed for parents and children to enjoy together. While kids can read A Little Magick on their own, a guardian may also read them the book. Outside of that, at least once the story is finished, parents may be tempted to read the adult tales for themselves. That way, they have something fun to talk about with their children, and yet they can keep the iffy parts to themselves and enjoy the fact that this was a unique, shareable experience.
The Magick Series began in 2014 with the romantic fantasy novella, Magick & Moonlight, then A Little Magick – released in 2015 – is a standalone children’s fantasy story, and I’m gearing up to finish book three of the series – Magick Sunrise. M&M just got a cover redesign and the second edition was released on April 2nd. Once book three comes out, I can move the adult tales to a box set duology, thereby separating A Little Magick a bit more easily from the other two. Still, my goal is always to keep this series lighthearted, instead of the often-darker elements you might see with some fantasy novels.
Here is a look at the full series, with a sneak peek at the book cover for book three:
Excellent, exciting stuff! Where can we get your books?
A Little Magick universal reader link: https://books2read.com/u/mg0eMv
For parents – Magick & Moonlight universal reader link: https://books2read.com/magickmoonlight
Readers can locate my other books on the books page of my website or here: https://books2read.com/rl/marielavendersbooks
And finally, have you any tips for anyone who is thinking about writing or illustrating a children’s book?
Have fun with it! And always try to remember yourself as a child, how you thought and felt about certain aspects of life then. Approach the sensory details as if you’ve never seen those objects before. We often overlook the wonder of innocence.
Excellent advice from Marie there! I hope you enjoyed the interview. Please find below an excerpt from one of her children’s books (A Little Magick) and a set of links so that you can find out more!
Brief Excerpt from A LITTLE MAGICK:
Through the rain streaming down the car windows, the gloomy sky could still be seen. It did little to improve nine-year-old Rosanna Hamilton’s mood. “How long will I be there?” she asked her mother from the back seat of the red SUV. “How long are you making me stay with him?”
Rosie was supposed to stay with her Uncle Adam for a few weeks. It was summer so she didn’t have to worry about missing schoolwork, not that she cared much for it anyway. She was an active type; she preferred playing with her friends or participating in sports to sitting in class, learning about fractions and other silliness. What did she need that for? She just wanted to be outdoors, in Mother Nature, as Mama called it. Rosanna didn’t mind reading for fun, however.
“No more than a month, baby. I’m not quite sure how long the festival runs in Portland. I’d have you stay at home, but Daddy can’t watch you while he’s training for his new job as Sheriff. There may be some late nights. But, we’re happy for him, right?”
She nodded and gazed out the window while cars sped by them, throwing water up into the air. She sighed. She couldn’t wait to grow up so she could see things better, reach things easier. She was short like Mama, and she often struggled while other kids didn’t seem to have a problem.
Her mother went on. “We’re going to have to come up with another option soon. Mrs. Waters moved to Florida to be with her daughter so we can’t ask her. I wonder if Lisa’s mom would be willing to watch you for a few hours after school…” Lisa was her best friend and neighbor; they were practically like sisters. They had sleepovers and everything.
She glanced at her mother as she continued to talk; her full concentration was on the road, but she had a tendency to chatter when Rosie got silent. It was nothing against her mother. Rosanna had a vivid imagination. She often daydreamed of fantasy worlds with castles and dragons and warriors. She thought of them when she was in her post in the nearest tree after she’d climbed it. It wasn’t her fault if she found life lacking the excitement she craved. Except for a few family vacations, she hadn’t been outside of Yachats for very long. This trip would be the exception and she dreaded it for a very good reason.
“What if he doesn’t like me?” she complained.
“Oh, honey. Uncle Adam adores you, you know that.”
She wasn’t so sure. She had only seen him a few times in her life and though he’d been warm towards her, she often caught the suspicious looks sent towards her mother. It was almost as if he knew something about her that he didn’t like. And she wasn’t sure if she should trust him.
Mama was a witch, a good witch, she was assured, not a bad one. Rosie was frequently curious about the craft and though she’d accidentally seen some spells now and then, she sensed her mother hid a lot from her. She was drawn to Mama’s practice room, a place in the back of the cottage which led into the greenhouse. There her mother stored her things and had a long table to do witchcraft.
Mama also had a store in town, and Rosie helped her do what she called inventory sometimes. Some part of her knew that what was in the store was for customers. It wasn’t real magick. If she could understand Mama’s spell book better, she would have tried to cast one long ago.
Multi-genre author of Victorian maritime romance/family saga, Heiresses in Love, and 18 other books. Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and two cats. She has been writing
for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 21 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, romantic comedy, dramatic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. An avid blogger on the side, she writes adult fiction, as well as occasional stories for children, and has recently started some young adult fiction. She also contributed to several anthologies. Though she has some standalone titles on the market, her current published series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Eternal Hearts Series, The Magick Series, The Code of Endhivar Series, The Misfits Series and The Blood at First Sight Series, but she has many others planned. Discover more about her and her work at marielavender.com.
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