|Authorial Mom Hanna Martine!|
Hanna Martine: I have one. She's four going on fourteen.
AM: What do you write? How many books have you written/published? How old are they?
HM: I write paranormal romance novels and erotic short stories. My first novel, LIQUID LIES, releases from Berkley Sensation on July 3, 2012. Its follow-up, A TASTE OF ICE, doesn't have a release date yet. A novella taking place in the same world will appear in the paranormal romance anthology tentatively titled UNBOUND, also coming from Berkley Sensation. I will have a short story titled "In the Dog House" in Cleis Press's upcoming erotic romance anthology, ONLY YOU.
AM: Wow, that’s a pretty full schedule! Tell me about a typical day. How do you write with kids around? Or do you have to ship them off to school or grandparents’ houses to get anything done?
HM: I cart El Kiddo off to some sort of preschool every day of the week. I write best during the day, especially first thing in the morning.
AM: Did you write before you had kids, or after? What changed with your writing when you had kids?
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AM: How old will one or more of your children have to be before they’re allowed to read your books?
HM: Considering I used to sneak my mom's romances when I was in high school (maybe even earlier, I don't recall)? I'm not sure. It will depend on her maturity and where we are in our relationship. I think the romances/books published today are far more sensible and better focused on female empowerment than the ones I read. I'd like to think that I will raise a confident, educated young woman who can read my books with mature eyes.
AM: Becoming an author means having a public persona. How do you combine motherhood with the demands of a public life? Do you feature your kid, keep her shielded under pseudonyms, or leave her out of the equation entirely? Has she asserted her opinion on this matter?
HM: I intend to keep my public and private lives as separate as possible. I use a pseudonym and only call my child El Kiddo online. It's just what makes me more comfortable.
AM: Most Moms I know have a limited amount of free time. Give me a few reasons why they should dedicate some of that time to your characters. What’s in it for us?
HM: Hot, ex-military guy with shaved head and mysterious torso-covering tattoo has got it bad for smart, driven water-magic sorceress he's been hired to kidnap. Want me to go on?
AM: Oh, my…that does sound delicious! Let’s have a little fun with fill-in-the-blanks. “The floor of my kitchen is so ___ you can ___ it.”
HM: “The floor of my kitchen is so full of dog hair you can make another Bernese Mountain Dog with it.”
AM: In what way have you turned into your mother? How are you coping with it?
HM: My mom always had a book with her. Always. I like to tell the story about how she ripped off the cover to THE CIDER HOUSE RULES and used it to wrap around her romance novels. I think she read THE CIDER HOUSE RULES for three years straight. I'm always reading, but I will never cover up what's in my hand. My mom loved books in general, and I'm so proud that she passed that love on to me.
AM: I sort of love your mother right now. Okay, what’s up next for you?
HM: I'm currently working on a novella for Berkley Sensation.
AM: Where can we find you and your books online?
HM: My books are sold through all major retailers.
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Liquid-Lies-ebook/dp/B006CUFWJ6/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2
Barnes & Noble link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/liquid-lies-hanna-martine/1107382987?ean=9781101569009&format=nook-book
Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/HannaMartineBooks
Or visit me at www.hannamartine.com