Interview with Mary Ann Marlowe, Author of Some Kind of Magic

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Mary Ann Marlowe discusses her debut Some Kind of Magic (Women’s Fiction), releasing January 31, 2017.

Describe what your book is about.

“Some Kind of Magic is the story of a music-loving biochemist who’s swept off her feet by a rock star. Due to a pheromone-enhancing perfume she’s sporting at the time, she doesn’t know for sure if it’s love or just a chemical reaction.”

Share a teaser sentence or two from your novel.

“I was lost in a fog of confusion, thinking back to Friday night when Adam had breathed in the perfume on my wrist. Was it possible this drug could magnify an attraction so much that the moon could attract the sun?”

What do you want people to know about your book?

“Although this falls into the category of “rock star romance,” I think of this more as a “rock fan romance” because Eden isn’t attracted to Adam’s fame, but she has to navigate the culture surrounding her new boyfriend as a result of his fame.”

What did you learn about yourself while writing this novel?

“Much like my main character, Eden, I learned that you sometimes have to chase after a dream, no matter how far-fetched and risky it might at first seem.

Didn’t mean for that to rhyme…”

What was your timeline from drafting to publication?

“I started this book in August 2014. I signed with an agent the following March and then had the offer from Kensington in September 2015 with a release date of January 2017.”

What is your favorite part of writing (drafting characters, making up scenes, plotting, developing emotional turning points, etc). Why?

“I love all aspects of writing, though I also get frustrated at all stages. My favorite part is having words on the page to play with and then layering in more emotion, more details, more character.”

Briefly, where did the idea for your book come from?

“This book is the result of years of following musicians around and being a truly dorky fan, but I didn’t set out to write a rock star romance. My inciting question was wondering what it would be like to accidentally hook up with someone famous, especially if you had reason to doubt the sincerity of the connection, and dealing with the aftermath.”

When do you do your best thinking about your work in progress?

“I daydream all the time. If I’m trying to sleep or driving or washing dishes, my characters will talk. The hardest part is holding onto those thoughts and getting them on the page before they dissipate. I sometimes email myself late at night if a scene starts to unspool so I can fall asleep without juggling unwritten words.”

Share something people may be surprised to know about you?

“I worked in Manhattan for five years, writing mortgage-trading software for Lehman Brothers. But I left long before the crash, so please don’t blame me.”

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever gotten?

“Anne Lamott: ‘Write sh!tty drafts.’”

What’s next?

“The sequel to Some Kind of Magic, A Crazy Kind of Love, is slated for December 2017, and I’ve been working on a third book in the series.”

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