Thursday 28 January 2016

Q & A with Mary J. Williams

Dreaming With A Broken Heart
Hollywood Legends #1
by Mary J. Williams 

Hollywood is a cutthroat town. 
Nobody knows that better than the Landis brothers.
It's time for them to step out of their parents' shadow. 
Garrett Landis is Hollywood's golden boy.
If he wants to make a movie, it gets made.
If he wants a woman, he only has to snap his fingers.
The moment he meets Jade Marlow he knows she's different.
She's the first woman to get under his skin. The first woman he can't have.
Jade Marlow is desperate to leave behind her tragic past.
Her ex-husband wants her dead. Her father is her worst enemy.
Jade wants Garrett, but she refuses to drag him into her mess of a life.
The attraction is undeniable.
What happens when your head tells you to stay away, but your heart won't listen?
Sex is easy.
Falling in love?
It's the hardest thing they will ever do.
But it could turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to them.
Book one in the Hollywood Legends series is a standalone story.
Read It & Reap:  August 2, 2016

About the Author:  

I love books, I always have and always will. Writing is an extension of that and though it has taken me a while to get here, I now can officially call myself a published author.

I grew up on a ranch in Eastern Washington, so I wanted to set my books on the Columbia River in Washington state. Harper Falls is completely fictitious, but I think anyone from the area will know right where it would be if it did exist.

My hobbies are gardening, reading, baking(fattening desserts are my favorite), exercise(I don't love it, but it is necessary due to the desserts), and animals. I had a dog but when he died I couldn't bring myself to replace him. That is why I wrote Edgar, the dog into "If I Loved You", I consider him my surrogate puppy until I can get a real one.

I love to get feedback on my books so I hope everyone will feel free to leave a question or visit my website(it is a work in progress, but I'm getting there).


Q & A with Mary J. Williams

1. Tell us a little bit about your main characters. 
Dreaming With a Broken Heart is the first book about the four Landis brothers. This one deals with Garrett. The Landis family is very prominent in Hollywood. Garrett is the hottest director in the business. He's on top of the world. There isn't anything he can't have. Except Jade Marlow. Jade is a woman coming off an abusive marriage. Her husband tried to kill her and he is still on the loose. The last thing she wants is to drag Garrett into her mess of a life. She has so many issues. All Garrett wants is to help her--to love her. Jade's journey from victim to a strong independent woman isn't easy, but Garrett is by her side the entire way. Jade grows so much as a character. Garrett has a firm and stable base. He becomes her bedrock.

2. Who designs the covers for your books and what is that process like for you as an author?
I use a woman in Greece who is very receptive to my ideas. We work very well together. I always think of my covers in terms of the tone of the books. My first series was very romantic and funny. The covers reflect that. Dreaming With a Broken Heart is the first book in my Hollywood Legends series. The covers are still romantic, but they are darker, more intense--like the stories they are representing.

3. Describe your ideal writing spot.
Before I started writing I pictured myself outside with warm sunlight and a nice breeze. I thought that would be the perfect way to be creative. The reality is very different. Right now I write in my basement. There is very little natural light. I'm better with a closed off environment with not distractions. I think better in a bubble.

4. What is the best advice you have been given?
Write every day and don't sweat the small stuff. If you can get yourself in the habit of putting something, even one line, on your computer--or whatever you use to write--every day, it becomes easier to establish a routine. And don't worry about how your book is selling or if you didn't get to the second round in an online award, those things will come. Your goal is to write the best book you can. If you remember that, they rest becomes much easier.

5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A writer. I took a long way around that dream before finally circling back, but it is what I have always imagined myself doing. Now that it is a reality, I'm loving every minute.

6. Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
I love a book in my hands. There is something about holding in, feeling the paper, seeing the physical copy sitting by my bed, calling for me to read it. But the ease of ebooks can't be denied. I appreciate both.

7. If you could have any supernatural power, what would you choose and why?
I would love to be able to fly. Anything to avoid airports and long flights.

8. What book are you reading now?
J.D. Robb's latest In Death novella Wonderment In Death. I love this series. Dallas and Roarke are my favorite book couple ever.

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