What was the first book you ever wrote and what inspired you?
Emma’s Home. I had read a story that included a group of friends (couples) getting together at a local bar and I loved the idea of creating my own group of friends in a small town and the romances that could take place. From that musing came the idea of Emma’s Home and the early scene where they are paired up for a disastrous blind date.
Can you tell us about your work including titles and share your amazon links?
The Fairfield Series
Carol’s Image (book 3)http://goo.gl/ZouoY4
Laurie’s Time (book 2) http://goo.gl/PNSepu
Emma’s Home (book 1) http://goo.gl/jYdHcY
What drew you in to the romance genre? Is romance your favorite genre to read as well as write?
I have been reading romance novels since the late 1970’s!!! I joke that I cut my teeth on the old bodice rippers. I love romance, both contemporary and historical.
Can you tell me something about yourself that may surprise your readers?
I am usually a very private person so there are probably lots of things that might surprise the readers. I am proud of my age, but was reluctant at first to let people know (fearing that some would think me too “old” to write romance). But with three books out that have done very well, I wear my age as a badge of honor. I am 53 years old.
Are you excited to be a part of the upcoming Ropin Romance event?
I am very excited to be part of such a huge group of indie authors and honored to be invited!
What do you do to help with writers block?
Most authors seem to have playlists for their novels. I do not, although I will occasionally hear a song after I write a book that seems to fit. For writers block, I listen to instrumental music (mood music, but I don’t want to hear words or I will be distracted). This type of music will get my ideas flowing.
If you had to choose three words to describe what type of writer you are what would they be?
Classical (alpha male paired with independent female)
Growing (each book is better written, better edited, and better in my ability to find my comfort zone as a writer)
Experienced (I use my life experiences to make the characters real)
What is your author pen name and do you have more than one?
Maryann Jordan is my only pen name
If you had to pick a favorite author who would it be?
I am going to cheat:
historical romance – Kathryn LeVeque; Alphas – Kristen Ashley; Pulling heart strings – Amy Harmon
Classical – Jane Austen
Since many of the readers that will be seeing this interview and participating in the takeover will be new fans. If you had to describe your writing style and books in a single sentence what would it be?
I write about alpha males who have heart, the independent women they fall in love with, and surround them with strong secondary characters that flow from book to book in my series.