Dennis: How long have you been a writer and how did you get started?
Maria: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember but it wasn’t until my son Steven just wanted to stay up later than his younger sister Ali that I began writing my first book, Malicious Intent A Sam Parker Mystery. You see, I tried to discourage him by allowing him to read or write only. At
first we both read, but one night he said he was going to write a story and I should too. Well, I did. And every night after Steven went to bed, I was up writing. That’s how I wrote my first book.
Dennis: What type of writing do you do?
Maria: I write mysteries. I have always loved reading them and find them challenging to write. I do a lot of research and love creating interesting characters and storylines. I also write non-fiction ebooks and work as a freelance copywriter writing promotional materials for businesses like web content, articles, case studies and whatever else they may need.
Dennis: You have a website www.mariapease.com. Please provide an overview of your website and its connection to your writing.
Maria: My website is a way for mystery lovers to read about my books, I offer several chapters to read free so they can decide if they like the books but I also share my experiences as a writer. I write useful articles and communicate with readers and aspiring writers through my site as well. It’s a great way to connect with people and allows them to ask questions or give me feedback.
Dennis: You have written several books. Please provide some examples of your books and an overview of the information within them.
Maria: My novels are titled Malicious Intent A Sam Parker Mystery and Malicious
Secrets A Sam Parker Mystery and they are about a young female private investigator learning the job. The books take place in my town of Temecula, California and are filled with all the things I love in a good book. Fun, in depth characters, a great plot, and some sexual tension to boot. My main Character, Samantha Parker is very likable but she has a few flaws and hang-ups that add to the fun. Although my books are mysteries, there is also a lot of humor in them as well.
Dennis: Do you belong to any social networking sites?
Maria: I’m not big on social networking because I spend my time writing and adding content to my websites. I do have a Facebook account, twitter and I’m on Linked In where I promote my copywriting services.
Dennis: What suggestions do you have for other writers/authors?
Maria: My best advice is to write what you enjoy and always be learning and improving. I take a lot of writing classes and find talented people to work with. I have an amazing editor and publisher and trust their experience but I am also very hands on in the process and review everything.
Dennis: What have you learned about the publishing industry that might help other authors or those who may want to be authors?
Maria: The first thing anyone needs to know is to have a great book. Then I would suggest to learn about all your publishing options and what is involved in each. We all have things that are important to us and what suits one author may not work well for another. I work with Booklocker on all my books and ebooks because I enjoy having control over my work and they give me amazing personal service and great advice.
Dennis: What kind of marketing activities have worked for you that you might suggest to others?
Maria: I do a variety of things including sending out press releases, writing articles, posting blurbs from my book on Facebook, doing interviews, promoting my website, and asking for reviews. There are so many opportunities that it can be overwhelming. I focus on doing one to three
things a day and keep it simple.
Dennis: Do you write articles? If yes, please provide some links where others can read what you have written?
Maria: Yes, I do write articles. Along with writing my novels, I also work as a copywriter and write for several companies writing promotional materials, web content, articles, case studies and whatever else they may need. My work can be viewed in many places including
I just love to write.
Dennis: Is there anything else you would like to add to include in this interview? Basically what would you?
Maria: If you love to write, find a way to do it. If you have trouble getting motivated or are not sure of yourself, take a class or find another writer to talk with. I teach classes as well as take them and I love to communicate with writers and answer questions on my website,
so if writers want to connect, they can contact me there.