Monday, 29 April 2013

Books, Banter & Bites on my Dock…featuring Marci Boudreaux

Photo by Brianne Boulton
Welcome to my virtual dock in the wilds of Muskoka, where it’s always sunny and warm no matter what time of the year it is. Please pull up one of the dock chairs, sit your butt down, and be prepared to be entertained and enlightened. Today, I’ve got busy romance author, Marci Boudreaux stopping by for a visit. If you’ve never heard of this awesome author, here’s her mini bio:
Marci Boudreaux lives with her husband and two daughters. With
an abundance of pets and freelance writing and editing jobs, she somehow manages to find time to write contemporary romance and sometimes, just sometimes, a bit of erotica under pen Emilia Mancini.

Romance is her preferred reading and writing genre because nothing feels better than falling in love with someone new and her husband doesn't like when she does that in real life.

Marci is currently preparing to begin work on her Masters in Publishing because she still has time to sleep.

Okay, I’ve got the campfire all set up for us after our big girl banter, Marci, so let’s begin with a glass of sweet red wine I scored from Muskoka Lakes Winery. Are you sure you don’t want to wear a bug jacket like I’m wearing? I bought extras for our guests from Canadian Tire (my hubby’s favorite store) just in case the mosquitoes get out of control. Then again, wine works too. LOL! Oh, and I made a batch of your famous Mama’s Sweet Revenge Peach Cobbler to nibble on around the fire. If anyone is interested in trying out this sublime recipe, please click HERE and scroll to the bottom.  So, while the cobbler’s cooling, and we’re sipping and enjoying the sunset, let’s talk about your book, Unforgettable You

Where did you get your idea and inspiration to write Unforgettable You?

Unforgettable You was a great distraction for me. It was the first full length novel I'd written in several years. I was a full time student, editor on the college newspaper, a reporter writing for several magazines, not to mention a wife and mom to two kiddos. I needed something to do to relax. I had also just published a novella as Emilia Mancini so I was inspired to get to writing. It is a great escape for me and I needed that. As for inspiration....ha!...I don't even remember.

Women definitely need distractions! What sets Unforgettable You apart from other books in the same genre?

What I love about this book is it isn't just about the hero and heroine falling in love. The heroine, Carrie Gable, is the primary caregiver for her dead husband's mother, Doreen, who had Alzheimer's. Carrie and Doreen have a bond that is incredibly moving, Carrie takes incredible care of her and we get to see that. I think that is unique for a contemporary romance.

How long did it take for you to start and finish Unforgettable You?
With all I had going on, it probably took six months or longer. I spent a lot of time in the newspaper office romancing these two characters.

Six months is pretty speedy for someone as busy as you are. Kudos! Do you have any advice for writers wanting to write in your genre?

Romance is kind of a tough genre to find a way to stand out. There are so many amazing writers who share love stories and in so many ways. I think the best advice is to write what you want and don't try to conform to what to what others say you should write. If everyone conforms, no one will stand out.

Fantastic advice, and so true! What's next for Marci Boudreaux the author?

I have just released The Messenger through Secret Cravings Publishing. This is a book I wrote about 10 years ago. I pulled it off the shelf and reworked it, which was a horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE process. The bones were there but the meat was rotten. Grin. The story is about Evelyn Thomas, a reporter fresh out of college working for her father's newspaper. No one at the paper takes her seriously so when she stumbles on a chance to prove herself she jumps at it. Unfortunately for her and for her co-worker Wes Reilly, he's already on the story. Neither one is willing to give it up and end up having to work together to breath the story.

It's a romance, so you get one guess where that takes them. Yup, the bedroom.
Sounds like you’re not going to slow down anytime soon, Marci! Oh here, let me top up your wine glass. Are you sure about the bug jacket? I think you’re being swarmed. No. I guess the wine must have kicked in after all! Now, before you go, please let readers know where they can buy your book, and how to connect with you. Thanks for taking the time to share your novel and your wisdom with us on my dock this evening. Cheers and best wishes in ALL your publishing ventures, Marci.

Unforgettable You Buy Links: Musa Publishing and Amazon
Learn more about Marci Boudreaux on her website and blog

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  1. I may have gotten a bite or two, but nothing a little more wine can't fix! Thanks for having me, Sharon!

    1. LOL! Told you to wear a bug jacket, Marci! Cheers for being such a good spot!

  2. Just love your statement, 'The bones were there but the meat was rotten.' I'm re-working a piece of old writing at the moment, Marci, and this describes my MS perfectly.
    Wishing you much luck with all your writing projects. :-)

    1. At least the bones are still there, Amaleen! Cheers for stopping by!

  3. Sharon's dock is the best! Great interview ladies :-) Best of luck to you both!

  4. Honestly, Alan, there's a cold beer with your name on it here! Would love to pimp your wares! Wink. Cheers!

  5. Wonderful interview, Marci and Sharon. Love Unforgettable You and the calorie free peach cobbler.:)

    1. Hmmm, not sure the cobbler is calorie free, but the wine might be! Cheers for your support, Goddess Sloane!