Bio: California born Marisa Oldham, now resides in Arizona where she practices her love of writing and photography in both a leisurely and professional fashion.
At the age of fifteen, Marisa wrote her first short story.
Marisa attends The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division where she is studying to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Science – Photography. Marisa has completed both a World Literature and a Creative Writing – Fiction course during her studies.
When asked what genre her books should be categorized as Marisa answers, “Contemporary Romance.”
Marisa has already self-published three novels, part of a three part series she calls The Falling Series of Novels. The Falling of Love, Marisa’s debut novel begins the story of Grace Hathaway, a seventeen-year-old typical teenager who meets and falls in love with Ian Taylor, a rebel, misfit, outsider that is new to her small town. The Falling of Grace, the second novel in the series picks up right where The Falling of Love ended. The Falling of Hope, the third and final novel in the series begins two years after the end of The Falling of Grace.
Marisa has two more novels in the works at the current time, one with a working title of You Have Such a Pretty Face a romance novel that will explore the self-esteem issues of the main female character, societies views on overweight people, and how this makes overweight people feel, with a romantic, witty, and heartwarming story.
The second novel in the writing process does not have a working title at this time, but will be a spin-off to the Falling series where the main character will be Michelle Hathaway, Grace’s little sister.
Marisa is also entertaining the idea of writing a historical romance based on a photo-shoot she did in 2012 and since she loves to read thrillers, she plans to try to see where she can go with tackling writing a thriller.
What all have you written? Include everything:
The Falling of Love (book 1), The Falling of Grace (book 2) and The Falling of Hope (book 3)
Where can we buy or see them?:
Amazon, CreateSpace, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and LuLu.co
Tell us a little bit about your main character:
When the series starts Grace is a young and niave 17 year old girl who had lost her parents at a young age and is being raised by her older brother. She is an artist and also dreams of becoming a model. By the end of the series Grace has been through many more difficult life changing experiences and she is in her early thirties. I would hope that my readers will see the growth in Grace with each different novel in the series.
What are you working on at the minute?:
A book with only the title of Michelle’s book for the moment, until I can come up with a better title and a book called You Have Such a Pretty Face
What is it about?:
Michelle’s book is a spin-off to the Falling series where the main character is Grace’s younger sister Michelle (she’s been very popular with my readers)
You Have Such a Pretty Face is about a young, big, beautiful women named Phoebe who is a fashion photographer and she falls in love with a male model. It will deal with the mindset of a larger person and how it effects her life, but also have lots of juicy drama and romance.
What genre are your books?:
This is always a difficult question for me to answer. They’re not exactly romance with lines like, he dove his head between her mounds of flesh, and they’re not exactly erotica because each novel only has about five graphic sexual scenes. I like to call them love stories, because to me that’s what they are. I’ve been told they are either women’s fiction or contemporary romances.
What draws you to this genre?:
I’m a sucker for a good love story! I also like to read about drama, since I like to keep my life as drama-free as possible.
Do you have to do research for your books?:
Yes. I had to research many things for my books. When I read I like to escape and some of the places I would like to escape to would be Italy and France so naturally I write about these places in my books. To do so, I had to do a lot of research. For the book I am currently writing I have had to do a lot of research as well, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers so I won’t tell you what I’m researching. 😉
When did you decide to become a writer?:
I wrote my first “book” (probably more like a novella) when I was fifteen and after that I only wrote for college. I’ve had stories in my mind almost my whole life and I got bored one day and decided to start writing. Now I’ve written three novels and I’m working on two more, and I have ideas for more in my mind.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?:
Yes, I try to write books that are at least 60,000 words.
Do you work on an outline or plot before you start writing?:
I am an organic writer. I never use an outline and besides the basic core of what my stories are, I never really know what I’m going to write until I actually write it. I just wrote something major in Michelle’s book that I never dreamed I would have happen, but there it is.
What is the hardest thing about writing?:
Editing! It is the most tedious task and once you’ve completed writing your story all you want to do is share it.
What is the easiest thing about writing?:
Writing…for me it’s so easy to just sit and write for hours on end. Once my mind is flowing with dialogue and plots I just keep going.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?:
It depends on if I am working full time or not. I wrote my first book in about two weeks. The third took a lot longer because I was working.
Do you edit your book right after you finish or let it sit for awhile?:
Right after because I’m so anxious to get them to my readers and I get asked a lot about when the next book is coming. Although I start editing right away, it takes months!
Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?:
Christina Campbell, Lulah Wolfinger and Frankie Fraiser. Lulah Wolfinger and Frankie are two of my readers who always have an eye for catching my errors. Christina was recommended by a friend.
How are you publishing this book and why?:
Self-pub. I never imagined I would be sharing my book with the world or that I would have fans of the book in Europe. I write because I love to, not to make money so the speediness of self-publishing appealed to me. In addition, no one is going to try and change my stories if I publish them myself.
How do you market your books?:
Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter. I’m a marketing nightmare!
What do you do to get book reviews?:
I pester my readers on Facebook 🙂 I am also part of a group on Goodreads that is specifically for authors and reviewers. I also love to share my work with other authors because I believe they see things that readers don’t.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?:
Just do it! Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t or that you’re not good enough. Write a story you love and nothing else matters.
I would like to thank Marisa for her time in completing the interview. Stay tuned for my review of The Falling of Love coming in the near future.