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Author Interview with Mae Thorn

Notorious is out tomorrow! It’s book one in Mae Thorn’s Poisonous Passions series. Mae was kind enough to answer some questions for us.

You can get your copy of this delicious historical romance HERE!

Did you always know you wanted to be an author? What is the first story you remember writing? How did you get from there to where you are today? 

I didn’t always know I wanted to be an author. I used to play around with a fantasy world I created when I was a teen, that was Tolkien’s influence. As far as romance goes, a few years back I hit a dry patch with my reading and decided I would write what I wanted to read, which is where Notorious came from. I wanted a heroine like in the fantasy novels I read but mixed with the historical romance I love.

How much research do you do into the time period and places you write about? Do you have any experience dressing in character or participating in living history situations or are you more a fan of libraries and online resources?

I like to totally immerse myself in a time period. I will read, watch, and visit as much as I can for a book. I love dressing in character, but I don’t do much of it. I’m a fan of using any and all sources to do research. First person accounts are especially interesting for me.

Do you know where the story is going before you begin, or does it come to you as you write? Do you write better in the morning or evening? 

I’m a true pantser, that is, I sit down without knowing what I’m going to write. I have a vague understanding of what I want from the story, but I let my characters do much of the writing. I tried outlining back when I was a teen and it only led to dead ends. My creative process doesn’t work that way. I’m as surprised as anyone else where my stories go.

I’m chaotic with my writing schedule as well. I usually write late mornings, but I do have problems with procrastination and sometimes I end up writing in the afternoon. Although, I work best when I have a loose deadline and a word count in mind.

What do you like to read when you’re not reading in your genre? Did you have a favorite book or series when you were growing up?

I read a lot of different genres. I love fantasy, science fiction, and horror. I’ve written something in all of those. I enjoy the crazy worlds in fantasy, the lessons from science fiction, and the weird of horror. I love to be scared or entranced by books and movies. Of course, my favorites have always been historical.