Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Author Interview with Marie Dry

I'm thrilled to introduce a fellow ROSA writer today. ROSA stands for Romance Writers of South Africa. Marie Dry writes paranormal romance and her debut novel has just been released and has soared up in ratings!!

Blurb for Alien Mine:

In a bleak future where government systems are breaking down and lawless bands of men terrorize the country, botanist Natalie Hanson fears for her life and hides in a cave in the Rocky Mountains. When she is captured by human raiders, a fierce alien appears and slays her attackers. Natalie is now held captive in her own cave by the sexy and striking alien commander, Zacar, who informs her that she will be his breeder. Natalie soon realizes that these aliens worship strength. So what will happen when Zacar finds out she has severe asthma?

Author Interview:

Share two things that inspired your book.

Seeing the predator movie and the thought of cultural differences. How two people coming from vastly different worlds would adapt to each other.

What was your favourite scene to write?

I enjoyed all the scenes but the scene where she threatens him with Darth Vader had me laughing out loud. Oh and of course the getting wounded every Tuesday morning at the same time. I thought that was hilarious too.

Where is your book set and did you need to conduct research for your setting? If so, how?

It is set in a cave in the Rocky Mountain. I read a lot and watched documentaries and of course the Internet is always a good source.

Is this book part of a series? If so, describe the series and what part your book plays in it.

Yes, I have written the second book and am editing it. It is Zurian’s story.

Is there a part of yourself in the book? You are not obligated to share but you may.

I don’t think there is a part of me but subconsciously something of me had to come through. I cannot run around a mountain like Natalie, and if an alien appeared before me he wouldn’t have to chase me because I’d faint on the spot, and then he’d kill me to rid himself of my irritating blubbering.

What genre / genres do you write?

I write mostly paranormal although I have an historical that I wrote years ago that needs some heavy editing and also some contemporaries that also need a lot of editing before they see the light of day.

Where would you like to be in your writing in two years’ time?

I would love to be able to write faster. At the moment I’m a very slow writer.

Tell us three quirky or interesting things about yourself.

I believe ants are going to rule the world eventually. Seriously those little creepies are deep underground planning our demise.
I love chocolates and am addicted to Coca Cola.
I’ve lived in Zambia and Morocco and Spain and spent some time in Brazil, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Italy and Portugal. I love to travel and there are many more countries on my list that I would like to see. I’d love to see the US and attend the RWA conference one of these days. 

What rituals do you use to help you focus or get the words down on the page e.g. music or a snack?

I tend to write in front of the tv. I would put on a series and then concentrate and block it out and then every now and then focus on the series and then go back to writing. I can basically write anywhere anytime and don’t really need any rituals. 

Mention something unique about your books and your writing style.

I don’t know if anything is unique but I try to tell the story in as plain a language as I can manage.

How has your family responded to your writing?

They are very supportive and they all came to celebrate with me on my release day.

If your heroine had to come alive, what activity would you enjoy doing with her?

I’d love to talk to her about her trees. My father was a horticulturist so I can relate to her need to replant the trees.

If your hero had to come alive, what activity would you enjoy doing with him?

Honestly, I’d just hide rather than spend time with him. I don’t think he likes any other humans beside Natalie.

What was your darkest hour as a writer?

I love writing so very few dark hours. Whenever I get a rejection I’m down for a day or two but then I just get determined to work harder.

What has been your greatest triumph so far as a writer?

Getting published. Learning my craft. And getting to meet authors whose books I have read for years.

Thank you for hosting me, I enjoyed chatting with you.

Marie, it was only a pleasure. I love your easy-going sense of humour. And yes, ants are horrible and they're much more scary than spiders! In summer, they take over my kitchen.

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Where to find my book: AmazonBarnes and Noble and Black Opal Books


  1. Thanks for having Marie on your blog today, Vicky. It so refreshing to read something different and I believe this book will stay in top of the best-seller charts for some time to come. Can't wait for the next installment.

    1. Hi Ylette, thanks for the kind words. I'd love to stay on best seller lists.

    2. Thanks, Ylette. I'm keen to read this book.

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Cassandra, as you know I'm a fan of your books.

  3. Lovely post, Vicky!

    Mmm, can't wait to meet your hero, Marie :) Good luck with the sales!

    1. Elsa, he's a bit bossy but otherwise a great guy.

    2. Thanks, Elsa. Aren't they all a bit bossy, Marie? Part of being male.

    3. Enjoyed reading about this author. Sounds like my kind of book. Good to know someone else writes in front of the tv.

  4. Congrats on your debut Marie. Wishing you all of the very best. Angelé