Monday 11 January 2016

Q & A with Marsha Cornelius

A Tale of Moral Corruption
by Marsha Cornelius


Mason can’t wait to be a loving father and supportive husband. He’s especially looking forward to wearing the new artificial womb that so many men have strapped on their bellies. But first, he must be chosen from the Approved Partner Registry, a website that profiles men and their qualifications. It’s used by businesswomen who don’t have the time or inclination to date. When he is dropped from the registry, his life begins to unravel and it doesn’t look like anything can stop his fall from grace.

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Read It & Reap: January 12, 2016

M. R. Cornelius lives in the suburbs north of Atlanta with her husband and two spoiled cats who refuse to wear socks and dust the furniture. Her two college-aged sons visit regularly for clean clothes, food and money.

Q & A with Marsha Cornelius

1. Tell us a little bit about your main characters. 
My main character is Mason, a 28 year-old man living in a world where women control business and politics. He has no objections to being an underling, a ‘second-class’ citizen. All he wants to do is get married, take care of a home, and raise children.

Sound familiar, ladies?

He meets several different women who lead him into some deep doo-doo and a point of no return.

2. Who designs the covers for your books and what is that process like for you as an author?
Judith Nicolas designed my last cover. Before her, I used Jun Ares. I like to have a lot of input on cover design. I usually have a general idea of what I want and my designers are very good at find images to match my thoughts. We go back and forth a few times but I’m very happy with the results.

3. Describe your ideal writing spot.
A comfortable chair: high back, good seat cushioning, a swivel, and a seatbelt that once buckled, cannot be released for at least one hour.

A room with no access to food, the Internet, the telephone, or pets. And a lock on the door so no one can come in.

I’ll have to have a teapot though, because I can’t function without my jasmine green tea.

4. What is the best advice you have been given?

Never give up.

Best advice I have given? Pay to have your manuscript professionally edited.

5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Probably an actress. I had a vivid imagination as a child and loved pretending I was someone adventurous.

6. Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
E-books, by a thin margin.

PROS of actual books.
You see the cover every time you pick it up so you can actually remember what you are reading and who wrote it.

Paperbacks can be read at the beach, at the pool, or other places that could be instant death to an e-reader.  (No, I don’t really care what a book smells like.)

PROS of e-books
I can carry a whole library of books with me

If I forget a character, I can type in the name and the e-reader will show me where they appear in the book

My e-reader has a dictionary and the Internet so I’ll never wonder what a porte cochere looks like again.

If I try to buy the same book twice, Amazon reminds me that I already have it. (Can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought the same paperback at a book sale.)

7. If you could have any supernatural power, what would you choose and why?

I’d definitely like to fly. The traffic in Atlanta has gotten so congested that it takes me nearly 30 minutes to get to the mall. That is totally unacceptable.

8. What book are you reading now?
(Wait a minute, let me go check my Kindle.)
A Shot of Tequila by J. A. Konrath.


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