Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Marissa Marchan, and I am a Child Support case manager by day and a creative writer by night. I have written a total of ten books including two children’s books: A Boy Named Ray, and, And Then There’s Haley, and two contemporary romance: My Amnesia Girl, and My Runaway Bride. Four more novels in the series are in the works.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest work, Mrs. Millionaire Short Story Book Series contain five stories, and fifteen more titles are in the works.
Mrs. Millionaire and the Homeless Woman Book 1
Mrs. Millionaire and the Bad Father Book 2
Mrs. Millionaire and the Waitress Book 3
Mrs. Millionaire and the Runaway Kids Book 4
Mrs. Millionaire and the Delivery Girl Book 5
The idea for Mrs. Millionaire character came to me while in bed, sleeping. Within weeks, I finished writing four stories in the series. I was so inspired I even created the book cover for each story.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Since I have a day job, I have to schedule it. I write at night—in the dark. I know a lot of people would think I’m insane because after a long day at work, who has the energy to do anything let alone get ideas for your story? So far it works well for me.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have to say Jennifer Crusie because of her book, Maybe This Time, was the first romance novel I’ve read and it inspired me to write my very first romance novel. I love her writing style. From then on, I continued writing.
What are you working on now?
I just finished writing Mrs. Millionaire Short Story Book Series Volume I. It contains five stories. Each completely stands on its own, without a cliffhanger. It tells the stories of different characters suffering personal crises whose lives intertwine with Tilly at various points and tie together into one big surprise ending.
It still has to go through proofreading and editing, but I finished writing Volume II.
Mrs. Millionaire and the Thief
Mrs. Millionaire and the Maid
Mrs. Millionaire and the Reluctant Hero
Mrs. Millionaire and the Elevator Man
Mrs. Millionaire and the Taxi Driver
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I joined about 30 book groups on Facebook. I also have twitter account, LinkedIn, Goodreads, and my own website. I only signed up to what I can manage. I still need some time to write.I just recently discovered Author Marketing Club, that’s where I found your site and found it to be exploding with ideas on book promotion and other things. I plan to be a member.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
As I am also an aspiring author and still learning the ropes in publishing my work through self-publishing, don’t let rejection bring you down. Keep writing and don’t give up. Take every piece of advice going, and never think it doesn’t apply to you.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
To write a good story, you have to get inspired, develop your content, and then revise your work until you’ve written the best story you can write.
What are you reading now?
Whenever I want to recharge, I always go back to my favorite book: Hans Christensen. It always put a smile on my face. I never get tired of reading it.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am so excited with the character and story development of Mrs. Millionaire. Writing it transport me inside the pages and feel like I’m part of the story. I just finished the next five stories, and I have ten more to go. I think I will be busy for a while.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Hans Christensen hands down.