Please give a warm welcome to Mary Anne Edwards to the blog this week!
I was an introvert, not many friends, and was known as Rocky’s sister. I think only my close friends knew my name. Rocky, my older brother, was extremely popular and well-known in school. I’m still shy but I love to talk and laugh. Go figure.
Were you good at English?
Nah. Nope. Unh-Unh. That’s why I have to have my manuscripts proofread and edited.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I have ten books planned for the Charlie McClung Mysteries, but there maybe more. Many of my readers believe the Charlie McClung Mysteries would make a brilliant weekly series. Hey, Hollywood! Let’s talk.
What genre are your books?
Traditional mysteries with a touch of romance. There is also a very tiny bit of a foodie aspect to them as well.
I see Jason Statham playing Detective Charlie McClung. Maybe, Rachel Weisz could play Marian Selby, Charlie’s love interest.
How much research do you do? I do a ton of research.
My books are set in the early 1980s. Many of the things we use now, like cell phones and personal computers, didn’t exist then. I wanted my detective to use deduction, intuition, interview skills, and his little grey cells to root-out the criminals. Charlie McClung is Irish-American. His parents are third generation and keep alive the Irish traditions, food, and expressions with accents. There’s a lot of research with anything Irish. Also, I want my murders and police procedures to be authentic as possible. I partner with a medical examiner, a FBI agent, and a medical doctor whose speciality is poisons. Lucky for me, my father-in-law is a retired chief of police and my very best friend is a nurse practitioner. I’m not afraid of asking anyone for help. I contacted my cruise consultant for “Criminal Kind” which is set on a cruise ship. Don’t get me wrong; I do use artistic license at times. Hey, it’s fiction. Something “real” stuff is just too boring.
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I cannot self-edit, no way, no how. I need all the help I can get when it comes to editing. I should have paid more attention during English class and gotten a tutor or two for help.
The components on each book cover give hints to what’s inside. For instance, in “Brilliant Disguise,” you’ll see a fence, blood, a heart, eyes, and a watch, all of which play a part in the story. On the cover of “A Good Girl” there is a rear-view mirror, a church, a tree-lined street, and a curtain tieback. “Criminal Kind,” there is the cruise ship, a withered rose, a bee, and a skull. I wanted my covers to be synopsis-like.
Who designed your book cover/s?
Jasmin Woodworth designed “Brilliant Disguise” and “A Good Girl.” These were her first and only book covers. By the way, “Brilliant Disguise” received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 InD’tale Magazine Rone Cover Awards in the Suspense category. Michael James Canales designed “Criminal Kind.”
What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
The biggest advantage of self-publishing is I have more control over my books, like covers and titles. My royalties are larger. And I decide how many books I write in a year. I have to do all my own marketing but I’d have to do that anyway with a traditional publisher. The disadvantages are I have to pay for a graphic designer and an editor. I would consider any offers from traditional publishers but it would have to be a pretty good contract.
What do you think of “trailers” for books?
I love book trailers. A good book trailer makes me buy the book or put it on my Amazon Wish list.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
I wouldn’t mind having a trailer for all of my books. I’m not the brightest bulb in the package when it comes to technology. I’m doubtful I could create one on my own. I tried making my own teasers, didn’t happen. I’m very, very, very picky. I doubt anyone would want to work with me on doing a trailer.
The Charlie McClung Mysteries are available at Amazon in softcover and eBook. I hope to eventually have my books in audio. My books are also found online at Barnes and Noble. Any library or bookstore can order my books if a request is made.
What is your favourite quote?
Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Mary Anne, save your money. You don’t need all that stuff. Save now, invest well, and retire early with huge nest eggs.
Thanks so much Mary Ann! Please be sure to follow her for all the latest news and updates!
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