Sunday, November 16, 2008

Author Interview with Marin Thomas

Interview with American Romance Author Marin Thomas

How long have you been published?

Not that long really. My first book came out June 2004.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

Story-telling ability of the author. Each writer has her unique voice, unique way of stringing words and sentences together but if the author isn't able to tell a good story that engages the reader, creates characters that the reader cares for, cheers for, cries with, celebrates with…then it's just another story.

If you could erase any horrible experience from your past, what would it be?

I narrowly escaped being abducted by a city cab driver while walking home from elementary school. I had stayed late to help a teacher with a bulletin board. It was during the winter and I left the school at dusk around 4:00. I remember the cab pulling up along the curb, the driver rolling down his window calling me to get in. He said my mother had told him to pick me up. I knew that couldn’t be right because my mother would never waste money on a cab. The school was about a mile from my house and I was halfway home when the cab showed up. So I ran. Tears streaming down my face I ran like my tights were on fire. The driver kept pace with me and I remember hearing his laughter. Once in a while he sped up then would stop the cab and wait for me to catch up. To this day I don't know why he didn't get out of the cab and just grab me. I was so exhausted and terrified I doubt I would have been able to put up a fight.
When I made it home and ran up the front porch steps, the driver stopped in front of the house and opened the passenger door. He waved a bag of candy at me and tried one more time to get me in the cab. When my mom opened the door, I practically fell into the house. I was so distraught I couldn’t talk. By the time I was able to tell my mother what had happened the cab was gone. Needless to say I never walked home alone again for a long, long time.

When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought?

I paid too much for that wrinkle cream at Walgreen's.

Describe your writing space.

When I sold my first book my husband bought me a Texas Ranger's desk. It's huge and I love it. It has Texas stars on the front and the drawer pulls are antique stars. There's a real buffalo skull on one wall, a painting my father did years ago of a blacksmith framed in old barn wood, I have an Indian rug on the wood floor and two flea market specials--a battered chest and a storage cabinet made of metal and wood. In one corner stands a Texas coat rack on which hangs an antique sombrero, a gun holster with a "fake" six shooter, cowboy spurs and a rope. In another corner stands an Indian spear and rain stick. The room is painted Life Vest Orange by Ralph Lauren. I did a faux leather technique on the lower half of the wall beneath the chair rail using an Elmer's glue and water mixture to paste pieces of ripped butcher paper to the wall. Once that dried I painted over it with a Tobacco glaze by Ralph Lauren. I've never been afraid to use bold colors in any of the homes we've lived in. Now that we're in the Chicago area I especially appreciate the warm colors during the long dreary winter months.

What are you reading now?

Decembers HARs. I belong to the monthly book club. It's always fun to see what the other authors in the line are writing.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I've written 12 books so far for the line and I have a few favortites. My first two books, The Cowboy and the Bride and Daddy by Choice are special to me because of the positive feedback I received from readers. For the Children is my favorite out of my Hearts of Appalachia series. And my current release The Cowboy and the Angel is special because I wanted to show that Christmas is more than gifts--it's about a time of year people can and should touch the lives of others in need--especially children. I chose Detroit as the backdrop for this story because the city often gets a bum rap due to its economic troubles, political turmoil and crime….but often the true spirit of Christmas is strongest and more heartfelt in the trenches of our larger cities, which are mostly made up of smaller, tight knit communities.

Are you working on anything at the present you'd like to share?

I'm finishing up the third book in my Cartwright series. Matt's story (A Cowboy's Promise) comes out April 2009 and Samantha's Cowboy is due out in August 2009.

What did you do career-wise before becoming an author?

I worked as an AT&T team manager at an 800-number call center. When I had my son I became a stay-at-home mom. When the kids entered elementary school I became a substitute teacher. Now I write full time.

What is your dream car?

A 1959 Cadillac Convertible classic. Here's the link (if it works) of the car

If you were stranded on a deserted Island what kind of hero would you want with you--A Cowboy, a Viking Warrior, a CEO, a Forensics investigator, a Chef or an Accountant…and why?

Definitely a Cowboy. Because the only way he knows how to get off the island is by horseback, which pretty much guarantees we're going to be stranded for a very long time!

For more information on Marin Thomas and her books please visit And stop by on Tuesday November 18th when Marin shares her "Call" story and discusses the American Romance line.

Marin Thomas
RT TOP PICK The Cowboy and the Angel (Nov 08)


Ellen said...

I enjoyed learning about your writing room - lucky you with the Texas Ranger desk.
I LOVED "The Cowboy and the Angel".
Laughing about being stranded with a cowboy and why.

Mary J. Forbes said...

Marin, your experience with that cab driver left chills across my skin! TG, you ran and ran.

On a lighter note, your office sounds wonderful! Bold, vivid colors are so stimulating. :)

Btw, Cowboy and the Angel is next in line on my TBR!

Mary J. Forbes
Sil. Special Edition
AND BABY MAKES FOUR - available now

Marin Thomas said...

Ellen, thanks for checking out my interview. My desk is one of the few niece pieces of furniture in the house that hasn't been abused by the kids through the years!


Marin Thomas said...


Thanks for stopping by the HAR blog!

For those readers who haven't read one of Mary Forbes Special Editions--you need to! She's a wonderful writer who tugs at the heartstrings in her stories. AND BABY MAKES FOUR is the second book in her Home to Firewood Island series, which is receiving high marks from readers! Mary, I picked up your book yesterday :-)


Estella said...

Your writing room sounds very nice.
I enjoyed reading your interview.

Marin Thomas said...

Hi Estella

Thanks for stopping by and reading the interview!


Megan Kelly said...

Marin, OMG, what a horrible experience! I echo Mary: TG you ran and ran! Scary.
I've got your book on my TBR pile too, waiting for a break (ha). I love your reason for wanting a cowboy; when I looked at the list, I determined which could provide best for me, not keep me occupied!

Marin Thomas said...

Hi Megan

Thanks for stopping by!

That was a pretty scary event that has stayed with me my entire life--I've been a very "over-protective" mother (sometimes not such a good thing) and I had the "Don't talk to strangers" talk with my kids before THEY could even talk!


Ann Roth said...

Reading about your near abduction... chilling! I'm glad you made it through that experience. Your desk sounds like a wonderful thing indeed.

Thanks for a terrific interview,

Marin Thomas said...

Hi Ann

Thanks for stopping by. I am partial to my desk. I've already told the kids that when I die they can sell anything of mine they want but NOT the desk!