SPOTLIGHT ON MO MABIE

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1.  Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Always. When I was little I wrote songs and, then as I got older I wrote poems. Progressively, I fell in love with all forms of storytelling. My dream job was to write for SNL.  

2.  Are you a full time writer?  If so, what did you do in your “previous life?”  

I’m not a full-time writer, although I put in full-time hours. If that makes sense. I have a 40 plus hour a week job and I easily put that into my books as well. It’s a balancing act, but having a very supportive husband helps. I’m an industrial control specialist for an electrical distributor.

3.  If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?

Don’t stress so much.

4.  Do you work on one storyline at a time or do you have multiple storylines in the pipeline?

MULTIPLE! Hahaha. I always have more than one plot simmering in my head.

5.   When writing, do you find yourself becoming as emotionally involved as your readers do?  Do you find ourselves laughing and crying with your characters?

Absolutley! That’s the hard part. When you’re writing it you’re not sure if others will react the way you do AND you have no one to share the emotions/excitement with. That’s one of the hardest parts.

6.  Have you experienced any of your stories personally?

No. Although, parts of me are in each character, I write fiction. The “fantasy” of it is what attracts me. I can make, do, or go anywhere. I love the magic of fiction for that reason.

7.  What are your biggest distractions?

My husband. Other books. Sleep. Hahaha.

8.  What is your least favorite part of the writing or publishing process?

My least favorite part is how much I miss my characters when I’m done with their story. It’s a most odd feeling.

9.  Do you find it difficult, or challenging to write from the male POV?

I love writing from a male POV. Hahaha. Sometimes it can be a challenge, and sometimes I probably get it wrong. But, all that aside, it’s such a thrill to put yourself inside of someone else’s head. And if it’s a hot man’s head–even better.

10. What activities do you enjoy outside of writing?

Reading. Traveling. Live music. Spending a lot of time outside. Spending time with my family and friends.

11. Do you have a favorite author or book?

Hell no. That’s like asking me which breath has been my favorite. I love every book I’ve ever read–for one reason or another. I’m a love the one you’re with kinda gal, in terms of reading. My “favorite” is usually the one that I’m reading at the moment.

12. Ever think you have a great idea for a book, only to find out someone released the same storyline already?  

No. I think this question is subjective, though. You have to look at it from both sides. If “art imitates life,” then there’s bound to be similar stories. Think about it. How many Cinderella stories are there? How many underdog Hobbits have ever triumphed over evil? It’s about interpretation of the overall theme. That’s the part you have to make original. That’s the place where the author lives. A spectator will say, “that’s a great story.” A writer might say, “But… what if this happened…?”  

I love this topic.

It also depends on if you’re the follower or the trend-setter. Most would strive for the later. I do.

13.  Have you ever had writer’s block and how do you work through it?

Tsk. Tsk. Hahahaha. I’m too superstitious to talk about this right now. It feels like a jinx waiting to happen.

14.  Do you ever find yourself jumping up from the dinner to table to jot down a scene that just ran through your head?

The shower. I get my best dialog from the shower. When I’m doing well, I might not shower for days. On slow word days, I might take four.

15. What does your writing workspace look like?

I have an office upstairs, down the hall from out bedroom. It’s pretty standard. Books. Desk. Windows. I love it there.

16. Sharing your baby with the public has to be scary. How do you respond to negative reviews?

I don’t. It’s not my job to respond to reviews. It’s my job to write books. I can’t focus on negativity. I don’t have the time for it. Have I read bad reviews? Sure. But I don’t look for them. I rarely go on Goodreads. To be fair though, I don’t swell my head by swimming in praise either. Unless someone sends me the review or tags me, I probably won’t see it.

17. Do you have any visuals for your characters from any of your books?

Oh yes. Lots and lots. Hahaha. Casey Moore seems to be the most asked about character. My muse for him is Alex Libby the super model/surfer.

18. Can you tell us what you are working on next? I’m working on a lot of things!

I’ll be finishing up Blake and Casey’s story with Anchor this summer. It’s bitter sweet. I’m happy to finally give them the happy ending that they deserve, but I’m sad to see them go. I really love them.

The only thing that’s soothing that tender spot is knowing that I still have five standalones to visit them whenever I want. The Wake family books, featuring Reggie, Shane, Cory, Audrey and Morgan are going to be really fun. I’m glad I did due dillegence while I was plotting Bait and outlined where I wanted each of the sibilings to go.

And… I’m working on The Very Second Time (standalone) that is NOTHING like Fade In or the Wake books. It is a romance. There are steamy bits. But there is a story that’s been screaming at me to tell, even though it’s a bit outside the typical “box.”

And… I may or may not have a few secret projects that I’m working on with other authors, behind the scenes. 😉

19. What is in your purse right now?

My wallet. Chapstick. Keys. A million bobby-pins. My charger. Nothing too weird today. hahahaha.

20. Do you have a favorite scene or book of your own?

I can’t pick one favorite, but a few scenes I’m proud of are the closet scene from Fade In, the violin scene from Bait and the last line from Sail. Hahahaha. I hope there’s a little something that stays with me from every book I write. 🙂

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