MaryJanice Davidson

I was set to do an interview with the talented author MaryJanice Davidson awhile back but due to her schedule she was just now able to complete it. However, we are more than thrilled that we were able to complete it and get it up for you to read. Thank you for taking the time to do the interview with us. For anyone who has yet to read “The Undead Series” is definitely missing out and should do so!

How old were you when you first started writing and knew that this was your calling in life?
I was 13 when I first started writing for fun. I was in my twenties when I started sending stories and book chapters to agents and editors for publication. Didn’t get a contract until I was in my thirties, though. It took a while for me to get the hang of it!

How did the idea for the Undead Series come about?
I had this idea of a young woman waking up in a morgue with someone else’s shoes and bad pageant makeup (orange blush, harsh blue eyeliner). And the woman didn’t know she was a vampire, which really stuck with me. I couldn’t get it out of my head: why didn’t she know she’s a vampire? In every book or movie I’d seen or read, the monsters always knew they were the monster. And Betsy Taylor of the UNDEAD series was born from those questions.

Who is your biggest inspiration in life not only as a writer but also as a support person?
Charlaine Harris! She’s been so supportive in all stages of my career. Writing is a wonderful career for many reasons, not least because virtually all of my colleages are nice, professional, and so helpful! They’re always ready with time or advice.

Do you have a favorite author and how have they inspired you as a writer?
Carl Hiaason, Andrew Vachss, and Stephen King. Carl becauase he’s funnier on his worst day than I am on my best, Andrew because he writes anti-heroes you love to root for, and Stephen because I love rags to riches stories.

Are you currently working on any other books that we can expect to see in the future?
Oh yes! UNDEAD AND UNWARY will be out in October 2014, and I’m working on a new series making fun of romance novel tropes (like amnesiac sheriffs or bad boy heroes having to break horses) called DANGER: SWEETHEART due in early 2015.

Can you share a secret with us that your readers may be surprised to know?
I’m not into designer shoes! That’s purely something I made up for Betsy. I buy my shoes at Payless and Target. I’m not ashamed, dammit!

What is the hardest part about being an author?
Keeping my butt in the seat all the way until typing THE END. I love coming up with book ideas, and starting books, but sometimes I get bogged down in the middle. It takes discipline to keep going back to the computer day after day after day after day. I love writing and there’s nothing I’d rather do, but even so, sometimes I just cringe when I look at my laptop.

We know that you recently took a vacation and it seems as though you had a few mishaps along the way. Do you find that you are often having silly issues arise out of nowhere or was this a one time thing?
Oh, all the time! I’m blessed with a strange life full of strange and wonderful people and happenings and places. My blog is full of such stories:

Of all of the series that you have written do date which was the hardest to write and why?
My FBI trilogy, ME MYSELF AND WHY. The heroine has multiple personalities, and the book is told from the point of view of all of them. I had to do a lot of research for that one, and keep everyone’s voices straight. But readers and the critics loved them, and I got fan mail from people with MPD and their family members telling me I did it right, so it was worth all the work, definitely!

What advice would you give budding authors that are looking to gather as much as information as possible about how to be successful?
Don’t ever quit. I had a decade of rejection slips before I got my first book contract. Don’t give up! Try and send out a new book proposal/query letter/short story pitch/etc. the day you get a rejection. That way you’ve always got something out there. It’s hard, and discouraging, but it’s so worth it. My writing literally changed my life and trust me, if I can do it, anyone can.

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