• Kelly Collins

Author M. Mabie

Fish Hook

Tell us your latest news.

Well, at present, I’m working really hard on Sail, Wake #2. Trying to keep up with mailings, emails, work, writing, promotion and my husband. Ah, the life of an author. I wouldn’t change it in any way.

I also have an anthology I’m working on for April and fine tuning the plot for Anchor, Wake #3.

I’m sure it isn’t only me, but it seems when I’m short on time that I’m heavy on ideas.

What inspired you to write your first book, Fade In?

Fade In was a book that I’d thought about for a while and I thought it was an interesting idea. Like most authors, I was trying to write a book that I’d want to read. My main character, Tatum, is suffering from a condition which has her losing her sight and Ben, the hero, is the perfect man to help her through it.

And it was a fun pretending that I had my dream job, a writer for a sketch comedy show. Being an author is fun like that. You get to be whoever you want.

Your last book has an interesting title, Bait. How did you pick it?

The title of Bait was an easy pick. There is a scene, not too far into the novel, that explains the term or the relevance to the story. For a long time the manuscript was just called HLS on my computer after the bar they met at.

After I wrote the “Bait” scene it just was the title. I can’t imagine trying to call it anything else.

What does M. Mabie do for fun?

I’d like to think that I do everything for fun! My husband is a musician and that occupies a lot of our weekends –when I‘m not behind on a deadline. Which is becoming the new norm. We have a really fun neighborhood and so there are many nights when where spending time somewhere in a our little town enjoying an impromptu happy hour.

I love to read. Books. Blogs. Articles on self-publishing. And I love socializing with my readers.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

I think the toughest thing for me is time management. It’s hard to write and get focused when you’re worrying about what you’re not getting done in other aspects of life. House stuff. Spending time with Mr. Mabie. Making sure everything is moving along with promotional things. Everything is so important. Sometimes it’s just hart to prioritize when there’s just so much stuff.

But again, I wouldn’t change any of it.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Too long. Hahaha. Isn’t that the answer? I’m not really sure. I write the most on weekends. It seems like I get a lot more done after I’ve been writing for a few hours in a row. I suppose it’s a momentum thing. When I write after work in the evenings I can get words out. However, after a few hours of writing on the weekend I’m much more productive and efficient with my word count.

So it all depends on how much time I have to write. If writing were my nine-to-five, then I think I could probably get a book done in about six to eight weeks (start to finished first draft).

What is your favorite movie and why?

I love so many movies. Waynes World is probably my favorite though. I know every word, every lyric. And I quote that movie every single day.

Others I always go back to are The Jerk and anything Monty Python. Romance wise, I love About Time and the Notebook. Then, again just as soon as I send this to you I’ll think of twenty more that I should have said.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Well, I wouldn’t want to mess with the time-space continuum. I wouldn’t want to change much about my life I‘m a pretty happy girl. I have a wonderful family, we own a great home and I couldn’t have done a lot worse.

If I could go back and say something it would probably be, “Don’t worry so much. It’ll all be okay.”

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

They can stop by my website www.mmabie.com I‘ve made a vow to blog and post more there this year. Of course, like everyone else in the community. I’m all over social media. You can find me most places by searching Author M. Mabie. I love talking with readers, not only about my books, but all books, music and life in general.

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