Monday, November 19, 2012

Interview With Marie Force

Marie Force is the best-selling award-winning author of more than 20 contemporary romances, including The McCarthys of Gansett Island Series, the Fatal Series, the Treading Water Series and numerous stand-alone books. Her new series, The Green Mountain Country Store, is coming in late 2013.

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1. What type of research was involved in the creation of police detective, Sam Holland?

Most of the qualities that make Sam unique aren't necessarily tied to her job as a police detective. She is loud and mouthy and fresh and funny and deeply emotional about the people she loves as well as the people who work for her. Starting with those qualities, as well as her struggles with infertility and dyslexia, made her a character I wanted to spend a lot of time with. Good thing I love her so much, because she and I are together a lot! One of the things I love best about Sam is that she is NOTHING like me (except for the mouthy part--LOL). She is ballsy and fearless where I tend to be afraid of my own shadow! She's the woman we'd all like to be--and she gets to go home to Nick at the end of the day, which doesn't suck! For the police part of the story, among other research, I rely on a police detective friend to answer a lot of questions and pay attention to various crime stories in a way that most "normal" people probably do not. :-)

2. You keep the readers engaged with Sam and Nick throughout this series. Do you find that a challenge, or do you like knowing Sam and Nick are waiting there for you in the next book?

Sam and Nick are ALWAYS a joy to write. I call them "the gift that keeps on giving." Somehow their romance remains fresh and interesting to me even after six books (the wedding novella counts!) Going into book 6, I can't wait to spend more time with them. Their jobs and their romance are an endless source of fascination to me. Toss in some politics and murder, and it's a series that could go on forever--at least I hope it will!

3. Are any characters in the Fatal series influenced by your relatives or friends?

Sam's dad Skip is a lot like my dad, except for the paralysis, of course! Her relationship with her dad is very much like mine with my dad. They are really the best of friends in addition to being father and daughter. I joke that my dad is my best girlfriend, which is really true (much to his dismay!)

4. Will we have more books to look forward to in the FATAL series?

Yes, much more to come for Sam and Nick! Fatal Deception is out on Nov. 12 and Fatal Mistake will be out next summer. I've got lots of plans for more adventures for Sam, Nick and the Fatal gang.

5. Tell us the truth, will Sam ever have a baby?

I honestly don't know yet. I hope to be able to share that experience with Sam--and Nick--but putting her into a high-risk pregnancy would greatly change the dynamic of the series. So IF it happens, I expect it to be very late in the series. In the meantime, I have other plans for Sam and Nick's family that don't yet include a baby.

The wife of the White House deputy chief of staff has been beaten to death, and their one-year-old daughter is missing. D.C. Police Lieutenant Sam Holland is in charge of the murder investigation, but she's forced to collaborate with Special Victims Unit detectives as well as thorn-in-her-side FBI Special Agent Avery Hill. Then, a cold case of her father's resurrects old hurts—a distraction Sam cannot afford.

As Sam's investigation heats up, so does Nick's political career—and the heat carries over to their bedroom. Will Sam put the pieces together in time to catch a killer and find the baby, or will ambition, greed and lies prove fatal?

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  1. I'm halfway through Fatal Deception and it's fantastic. Just had an eyebrow lifting moment with the text Nick sent Sam - who knew! I'm a Brit and I love the Fatal series, politics, romance and crime - it doesn't get any better imo, and Marie, you do it brilliantly.

  2. I am looking forward to this series a lot. I followed JD Robb's books up through New York to Dallas (will catch up later) and what I loved so much about those was reading about the same characters. It appears this series follows Sam and Nick throughout? I never want to let characters go so I am excited about this one! Thanks for the free book, Marie. I also downloaded all your McCarthy books when they were on sale and look forward to that series, too!

  3. Hi Maureen,
    Thanks for having me today! Nice to be here and thank you for all your RT and FF support on Twitter! You're a pal!

    Nice to hear you're enjoying the series. The text messages between Sam and Nick in Deception had me giggling madly. They are sooooo fun to write. I feel like they are my OTHER marriage. There's the real one with my hubby and then there is the pretend one with them. Fun! Thanks for the kind words!

    Thanks for checking out my series. I really appreciate that! Hope you enjoy the McCarthys and the Fatal Series, which does follow the same couple throughout with secondary character romances too.

  4. Just started reading the Fatal series and I'm loving it. I agree the mix of politics, romance and suspense is, pardon the expression, killer.

  5. I love Sam and Nick! Fatal Deception is waiting for me on my Kindle...I can't wait to read it over Thanksgiving :)

  6. I am a HUGE HUGE HUGE fan of Marie Force. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series so much. Each book just keeps getting better and that is saying a lot as the series was so AWESOME to start with. I just finished Fatal Deception and cannot wait for more Nick and Sam and the rest of the gang. I will continue to read this series as long as Marie continues to write it. Which I hope will be for a long time because I am not ready to leave them yet. Thanks Marie for writing such an AWESOME series with a hero and heroine that continue to entertain me and have me looking forward to seeing them again after each book. Nick *sigh*. Great Post!!

  7. Helen,
    Thanks so much for checking out the Fatal Series. So glad you're enjoying it!

    Enjoy Fatal Deception! Fun Thanksgiving reading! :-)

    Thanks so much for the kind words about the series. I hope to write the Fatal Series for as long as readers are still enjoying it!

  8. Looking for good romance that has a touch of murder/suspense thrown into the queue? That would be THE FATAL SERIES. I’ve read each book (except Fatal Deception) at least twice. I’m planning a ‘tour de reading’ for the entire series, soon. The anticipation of rereading each book in order is utterly delicious to this reader. What you have with THE FATAL SERIES is wonderful characters that are written with a human depth that few writers can hope to convey. Marie Force seems to write all her characters (in every book) with this quality. Yes, every book in each of her three separate series and even the stand-alone novels. Reading her books has always given me the feeling that I’m an invisible person in the room who is witnessing what is happening, first hand. Marie’s books read like a movie. I kid you not. I’ve read many thousands of romance novels in the past thirty two years and I can count on one hand how many writers have been able to give me the feeling of being part of the scene. Marie Force manages to do this in each of her books and does so consistently. Her books are not the usual ‘calgon take me away’ type that entertain but can then be easily forgotten as the reader moves onto reading their next book. YES, her books ‘take us away’ and yes, they entertain. They are however, not easily forgotten. It’s tough to let go of Marie’s characters. I read all of Marie’s books and series. If asked, I’d say that I favor THE FATAL SERIES because of all the wonderful characters. There is not one boring character. It is this reader’s belief that sometimes a writer creates characters to use them to ‘fill-in’ for the sake of word count. Not so in the writing world of Marie Force. She uses her characters as human interaction tools just as we have in our real daily lives. They play off one another just as you and I would. In each ensuing series-book we look forward to ‘seeing’ each character show up. We WANT to know how they are and what is happening in their lives. Personally; I hope THE FATAL SERIES can go all the way to minimum of a dozen books, if not more!

    I recommend Marie’s FATAL SERIES without reserve. I also recommend all her series because each is unique and entertaining. Marie knows how to writer her romance and this reader is grateful for her generous talents.

    **Note: I don’t know Marie personally and I read her books because I buy them myself. My comments are given freely because I'm an appreciative reader.

  9. I love all Marie Force's books and have read them all more then once. Her Fatal Series is by far my favorite. I just can't get enough of Sam and NIck.. I'm mean really wants not to love ???

    Sam doesn't take crap from anybody and gives it back with full force. She works hard, plays hard and Loves even harder.

    Nick...well everybody needs a man like Nick in their lives. He sexy, hot, rich, has a kinky side and loves you with all his heart and soul.

    Sam and Nick are just the kind of couple you wish you were a part of. They cry together, laugh together and love together.She's the family he never had and he's the one man who she let herself be herself with. They really do equally each other out in so many ways.

    I really am happy that Marie has more in mind for the two of them and as long as she keeps writing for them, I'll keep on reading. If you haven't yet picked up a copy of any of the Fatal Series books I recommend doing so today.

  10. One of the smartest things I have ever done, IMO, was download Book One in the McCarthy series. I loved it so much, I searched out more Marie Force and came upon the Fatal Series. I was immediately hooked. I love this series, especially Sam and Nick and look forward to each and every book that Marie intends to write.

    I've also read the entire McCarthy saga and the other books she has written, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the Fatal Series. I've recommended Marie to my friends who are avid readers and they've all come back to tell me how much they enjoy her books.

    Thanks Marie for all of the enjoyable reading hours you've given us....and keep them coming.

    Judy Kentrus

  11. Skeletor,
    Thank you so much for your kind words about my books, and thank you for clarifying that you don't know me personally. I think the good people who read Maureen's blog would have suspected you were my mother. LOL! I really do appreciate your thoughtful post and your support of my books!

    Thank you, too, for the glowing endorsement. I so appreciate that! Happy to have you as a faithful reader!

    I'm so glad you stumbled upon Maid for Love and went on to read all my books. Thrilled to know that happy accident got me a reader for life. :-)


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