Marie Tayse published her first book titled The Monster Within on July 22, 2015. She has several other projects in the works as well. She writes romance, suspense, crime, western, non-fiction, paranormal, and children’s genres. She’s been writing since she was ten years old and has always dreamed of one day getting published.
Marie lives in Tennessee with her family, five cats, and four dogs. She is an animal lover, and hopes one day to own and operate a no-kill animal rescue for dogs, cats, and farm animals that have been abused.
She is also Founder of the paranormal investigation group Seeking Answers Paranormal in Tennessee. You can follow the team on Twitter at @SAP_TN and on Facebook on the team page Seeking Answers Paranormal Team – Tennessee.
What inspires you to write?
I write because I have so many thoughts in my head that writing them into a storyline is the only way to get them out of my head and on paper. I write because my life, as well as, the lives of others have many stories to be told. Each thought, memory, traumatic experience, etc. is just a story waiting to be written. I write because I want to bring a little bit of joy into the reader’s life. I write for my own joy of seeing my books in print; to hold and flip through them and know that I’ve created something that will be around after I’m gone.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write the paragraph or section that comes to mind first and then I build on to it. I write most of my stories on paper first and then re-type and edit on Microsoft Word. I write the entire book rough draft, and then go back and add the descriptions of the characters and locations. But I always have a clear image of the characters in my head as I’m writing the storyline.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t really interact with the characters. It’s more like I develop a character in my head, and then compare characters from other movies and TV shows to the character than I’m writing about. What would she do if she were in that situation? How is this character different from her? Why would she act differently? I’m different, I’m sure, than most writers but it works for me.
Who are your favorite authors?
I am a huge fan of Heather Graham’s Krewe of Hunters and Harrison Investigations series. I follow her on Goodreads and always try to read each new book in the series as they are released.
Ann Rule is another of my favorites. She helps the reader identify to each case she writes about.
I also love reading Hans Holzer’s books. His books were the reason I first became interested in the paranormal, while doing research on an frightening experience I’d had as a teen.
I enjoy reading any true haunting books, as well.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish my books, because I have a fear of rejection. If I’d submitted my book to a publishing agency and they turned me down, I would have given up hope of ever being published. It’s been my dream since I was ten years old to see my books in print; and now it’s a reality. It was never about making a living as a writer, although it would be nice. For me, it’s always been about writing something readers could relate to and being able to see them in print.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hope print books don’t disappear. I love being able to hold a book in my hands; to feel the pages beneath my fingers, and smell the scent of the book itself. I don’t own a Kindle, although I may at some point I would still prefer to read print books.
As far as the future of book publishing, I think that it is now much easier for writers to get their books in the hands of readers. But for every badly edited or horrible Indie book that people read, it hurts those authors who have a great book but can’t get anyone to read it.
I would also like to see more reasonably priced software made available to children’s book authors to use for the illustration process. If you can self-publish, it stands to reason you should be able to do all the aspects of it with minimal computer skills.
What genres do you write?
Contemporary Romance, Children’s, Paranormal, Western, Paranormal Romance, Erotica, Crime Fiction, Self-Help
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook