Welcome, MaryLynn, to Inside the Writer's Mind. I'll be asking you some questions, sort of picking your brain a little bit to get to know you as an author. Thank you for joining me. Ready?
Same DiNamics: Writing can be a daunting prospect, what made you decide to share your story with the world?
MaryLynn Bast: I have been an avid reader since I was a kid. Even then I always wondered what if the author did this or that in their story. I have always written short stories. It wasn’t until 2012 that I was able to begin my writing career. On The Run is the 7th book in the Heart of A Wolf Series. I had to share this story with the world because everyone kept asking me questions about Amber’s life and why she left Blake behind.
SD: Who has influenced you as an author?
MB: I absolutely love Sherilynn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter Series. She is my all time favorite author with Laurel K. Hamilton and Christine Feehan on her heels.
SD: What is your writing method? Do you outline first or do you purge your brain on paper until yourstory is told?
MB: Actually I do neither of these. When I tried to write from an outline I sat staring at the outline at a total loss. I do however have a handy spiral notebook where I keep notes on the different stories I am working on so I don’t forget what I’m thinking at the time.
SD: How long does it take you to write your story, from getting it down on paper to publishing?
MB: On The Run is a 31k+ word novella. This one took me about 3 months to write and go through the publishing process. I kept going back and forth between this story and others. I took longer with On The Run because I wanted to make sure that it was just right. With my novella One Bite To Passion is 46k and literally took me 2 days to write and published within 2 weeks.
SD: Can you tell me a little bit about your book(s) without giving away too much? Why should I read it?
MB: You should read them because they are good. J That’s what my fans tell me anyway. Heart of a Wolf Series is a paranormal fantasy. Amber is a werewolf with special abilities and is On The Run because the Wolf Council is after her because of this. The Series follows Amber as she meets different people and faces different situations along the way.
SD: How much of yourself is in your character(s)?
MB: Good question. My husband read On The Run just last week and made the comment that Amber sounds a lot like me. Independent, stubborn, will always find a way to make things happen and stays alone most of the time.
SD: What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
MB: Write because you enjoy it. Let people read your work. Get their feedback but remember that family and friends will always say it’s excellent. In the real world you will find that people like your work, but there will be some that don’t. Don’t take their criticism to heart. Take something constructive away from it.
SD: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?
MB: On The Run is the 7th book in the Heart of a Wolf Series. No Remorse – Book One of the Heart of a Wolf Series is a full-length novel and the first book written. The subsequent 6 books were written to give some insight to some of the characters. The stories are written as a stand-alone and can be read in any order. However, if you want to read them in the time line of how things happened leading up to No Remorse, I would suggest reading in this order:
On The Run, Werewolf Bound, Realm of Secrets, Veiled Secrets, A Justified Kill and Escaping Dominance. No Remorse can be read before the novellas or after.
I am currently working on Book 2 – Softest Touch. My plan is for a March / April 2014 release.
You can find more info on Author MaryLynn's books on her Facebook page.