... Mary Lynn Bast
1. Tell me about your book No Remorse and where you got your inspiration for it?
I have always written short romance stories but never did anything with them. A friend sent me information on a contest for writing contest featuring werewolves. I noticed that the books I had read always featured a male as the main, so I decided to try something different and came up with a paranormal romance with Amber being my main character in No Remorse.
2. Where do you gain your inspiration/ideas from in general?
In general I gain my inspiration while traveling. The people I meet and the places I see help me to form ideas.
3. When did you first become interested in writing?
As a kid I was always fascinated with books and began writing.
4. What was the first thing you wrote?
The first thing I wrote was some silly romance stories with a knight in shining armour swooping in on the back of a dragon to save the damsel in distress. No Remorse is the first story I actually continued writing and made it into a full length novel that was published.
5. Was there ever a time when you nearly gave up on becoming an author?
Writing No Remorse was not a big struggle. The story actually flowed when I set my mind to it. The hard part was trying to get it published. I think I found just about every person out there who was willing to take advantage of a new author. They are very willing to take your money for very little in return. It was a big eye opener. I nearly decided it wasn’t worth it, but then…I started getting lots of interest in No Remorse and people contacting me directly about the story, wanting to know when the next one will be released. That was very refreshing and gave me a new perspective, so I continue writing.
6. How do your family feel about you being a writer/author?
My husband is very supportive of me writing. He is always pushing for me to hurry up and finish another story. The rest of the family is excited to have an ‘author’ in the family.
7. What advice would you give to someone still trying to become an author?
Everyone has a story to tell. Just tell it. I have heard so many people saying they wish they could write a book. Well, do it! It doesn’t have to be perfect…that’s why there are beta readers and editors. There are lots of resources out there and lots of people who are willing to help. Networking is a key factor when getting started and the main thing I would recommend is talking to your network of people for advice. Don’t spend money until you have done the research, this is where your network comes in handy. Ask for recommendations.
8. Is there anything that annoys you connected to writing or being a writer?
Sleep, family, work…you know, life, it all gets in the way. It gets a little frustrating when I have to stop the flow of a story with all the interruptions. But hey, without all this, there might not be any stories.
9. Have you ever based a character on a friend or family member?
Not yet, but I have a few in mind for future characters.
10. Who is your favourite character/s you’ve created?
In No Remorse, I am having fun working with Adam. I have lots of people wanting to know more about him. He will show up in several books in this series before he gets his own story.
11. Have you ever had a dream that to you would make a great book or short story?
Good question. I actually have tons of dreams. Dreaming helps me work through some issues in my stories. I have even created new characters from my dreams. I keep a notebook by my bed and a whiteboard in my home office to write my dreams down on. In fact, my husband just read the white board and looked at me like I was strange. I stumbled into the office the other night and wrote on the board. Made perfect sense to me…
12. What’s your next project? What do you look forward to in the future?
I just published an ebook One Bite to Passion, my first real adventure into the world of erotica. The story was picked up immediately by Renaissance EBooks – Sizzler Editions. They are asking for my next one as well.
As far as Heart of a Wolf Series, No Remorse is book one. I am currently working on book two, Softest Touch to be released early 2013. In my story being released in June, Amber must decide if killing a human would be considered A Justified Kill when she discovers a man is abusing young women.
13. If you could speak to one kind of animal what would it be?
Love this question. I would have to say my choice would be to speak to a wolf. They always look so intense in some of the pictures. I would love to know if they were looking at the camera with that penetrating stare thinking, dinner…
14. You find a genies lamp and are granted three wishes. What would you wish for? *note you cannot wish for more wishes, it’s cheating. ;)
1. I would have to say I would like to be granted the title of ownership to a hundred acres surrounding a huge lake in the mountains with a beautiful log cabin.
2. A big time producer making movies based on my books…
3. To be a size seven and able to eat whatever I want without gaining weight!
15. If you could have one piece of technology from a sci-fi film or book what would it be?
Star Gate SG-1 with interstellar travel would be too cool to pass up.
16. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Although I love all the Star Wars movies, Star Trek would win out because their technology is so much better. I would gladly serve under Jean-Luc Pikard to ‘boldly go where no man has gone before.’
17. If you were stranded on a desert island, what five things would you have with you?
3. Comfortable shelter
5. Is it cheating to ask for a two to three big strong men to see to my every need?
Due to her unusual birth, Amber has abilities no other werewolf has ever possessed. On the run since childhood, the lone wolf avoids contact with other werewolves at all cost, continually moving, constantly looking over her shoulder and always alone. Everything changes when Amber saves a werewolf from the mere brink of death, Blake, the only werewolf to ever protect her. Love blossoms, but not without tribulations when Amber realizes she must help her new pack rescue a member who is being held hostage by a rival pack. Warring with emotions of going from lone wolf to the pack leader’s mate, Amber must decide if she is willing to risk Blake’s life to know true family and friendship despite the fact that the Council is hell bent on locating her and will stop at nothing until she is found. Will Amber’s special abilities be enough to keep everyone safe?