I'm so excited that Marni Mann has, once again, agreed to share with us about her journey as an author. Multiple books and another few layers of success later, she's the same open, driven, inspired and genuine person! This girl's talent ripens with age and yet she's as down to earth and humble as it gets. Mrs. Mann's latest book, Seductive Shadows, has been a little bit of a departure from her traditional approach. That's not to say that it is any less captivating. In fact, I think you'll find yourself as captivated as ever in what is perhaps a little more racey than your traditional nightly read. I always love reading her account of what makes up the life of a writer in such simple, yet inspiring manner. She doesn't beat around the bush and I can vouch for the fact that she's genuine and happy to be Marni Mann, a lover of friends and family and most importantly, a proud wife. That's not always easy to find. We all struggle with being content with who we are from time to time. Marni has always had an exceptional ability to put a person at ease with those beautiful, sincere eyes and smile or a laugh that keeps you remembering why she truly is as passionate, real, talented and engaged in following her dream as a writer as it appears. Simply put, she's comfortable in her own skin and as such, quite comfortable taking you on a ride to explore that of others! Let's let her words do the talking. Enjoy!
How did you make the switch to erotic writing?
It started with Charlie, my protagonist. For me, books always start with the characters. Certain images had triggered the story - a lace mask, a broken mirrored floor, several pieces of art, a psychic, etc. - and sex, organically, weaved them all together. I can’t say the switch was intentional, but I was aware that it was happening.
How long does it take you to write a book in general?
My first book took almost three years to complete. This last one I finished in about a month. It’s also my sixth book so the process has become much easier and much more streamlined.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Everywhere. Literally. Waiting in line at Starbucks, eavesdropping, movies, television, family, friends. I once read a quote that said, “I’m a writer. Anything you say or do may be used in a story.” It’s very true. (With permission, usually, of course.)
What helped you loosen up about writing on the racey side?
Practice, really. Besides the sex, this book was actually really challenging because it’s a very complex story with multiple layers. With each pass and draft it began to get easier. Oh, and wine. Lots of wine. ;)
What can you tell us about this book?
Charlie is a passionate, sensually-inspired art student, desperately seeking an escape from the abusive past that haunts her and a tragic accident that emptied her heart. Scarred and unable to love, her yearning for physical pleasure leads her into a tantalizing, dangerous world of power and seduction. The anonymity of the deal offers security; the money brings financial freedom and the madam is the mother figure she longs for.
But the thrill of the mansion and its arousing dominance quickly fades when she meets renowned-yet-mysterious Cameron Hardy, whose intense baby blue eyes send a nervous flutter through her core. Cameron is sexy, and not in a subtle way. He stimulates Charlie's art, her intellect and her desires. Just as he begins to break through her emotional boundaries, she discovers a devastating connection between her past and her scandalous work at the mansion, shattering everything she thought to be true.
Provocative, intoxicating and erotic, Seductive Shadows is the unforgettable tale of a young woman's self-discovery as she learns to forgive, to love and be loved, and to find redemption amidst a remarkable journey that will captivate your mind and stimulate your soul.
Is there anything about your writing (particularly in this book), that makes you nervous?
I used to get really nervous when discussing my novels in person, especially when meeting someone for the first time, because my writing is so dark. My books are honest and blunt, they’re very descriptive, and the topics I address are usually quite taboo. Now I embrace those conversations and I look forward to all the different reactions I get.
What has provided you the most confidence?
My readers. They’re truly AMAZING and loyal, so kind and complimentary. I save every note I receive and I read them all the time, especially on the days when I can’t get the words to click.
Where do you do most of your writing/thinking?
It depends on the weather. On really hot or cold days, I write in my office, but for the most part I write outside on my lanai. That’s one of the many reasons I love living in Florida. As for brainstorming/thinking, that’s constant: in the shower, walking the dogs, eating, basically every moment that I’m not writing or sleeping.
Who do you credit with inspiring you/supporting you with writing?
My husband, Brian, is tremendously supportive and I couldn’t do any of this without him. My creative team, my manager, editor and publisher, are just as inspiring and supportive. I’m so fortunate and grateful to have such a talented and caring force behind me.
What do you consider to be the best tools for learning to write?
Practice. Practice. Practice. Everyone says it, but it’s true. Every writer has their own unique voice and it’s impossible to find that voice unless you experiment. With practice, you’ll hone your craft. My other piece of advice is read everything you can get your hands on because behind every great writer is a great reader.
Looking forward, what gets your motor running/is exciting in terms of writing?
Preparing for new releases is always an exciting time. I’ve spent so much time writing this little nugget and watching it turn into a book - getting a face and a name, being put into layout, the marketing - is a pretty incredible experience. Starting a new project is just as exhilarating, especially when I have new characters to meet and speak for.
Can you give us a little something to look forward to or guess about for Marni's next project?
My next project is going to be a three-book series that’s set in Bar Harbor, Maine. The first book is tentatively titled Burned Betrayal, it’s in the New Adult genre, and it will be released in October. It’s about a young girl named Drew who loses her parents in a fire and the secrets and lies she uncovers after their death. It’s an emotional exploration, really, about family, friendship, and love.
So, there you have it. That's what makes her tick, feeds her love of writing and reading and keeps her mind running. You can also learn more about Marni by clicking here.
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