Monday, October 13, 2008

J.S. Marlo * GIVEAWAY*

Ebook giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment with your email addy to be entered for a chance to win Salvaged. I’ll draw a winner next Monday, the more comments the better chance you have to win.

Author Pen Name: J.S. Marlo

CA: How did you choose your pen name?

JSM: Marlo is a nickname my hubby gave me a long time ago, and J. and S. are the initials of the two people responsible for getting me to write again.

CA: What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?

JSM: I write romantic suspense. Why? Well, I can either thank or blame my overactive imagination for that. What can I say, I like to take my readers for wild rides and keep them holding on to their seat, but at the same time, I also believe in true love and happy endings.

CA: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

JSM: Always and never. I’ve always dreamed of writing, but I never thought it would become a reality.
As a child, I loved to read and imagine different endings to my favorite books. I used to write short stories in my math class. My teacher turned a blind eye on my creative activities as long as I let her read them (and finish my homework). Since I was raised to be practical, I let writing slip away to earn a business degree. Then, four years ago, by accident, I stumbled on a writing site and rediscovered my passion for writing, except this time, I held on to it.

CA: Who or what was your inspiration for writing?

JSM: As a military wife and mother of three spirited children, I’ve had the pleasure to travel over the country, to live in wonderful places, to meet “memorable” people and to experience “unforgettable” adventures. Notice the words in brackets and the wicked smile on my face? Okay, you can’t see the smile, but it’s there. I guess every day life was an inspiration.

CA: What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

JSM: Totally random! My laptop follows me everywhere. I’m writing this sitting in a restaurant for breakfast. I try to write 1,000 words a day. Sometimes the words I labored over are gone the next day. I find I’m most productive between midnight and 2am when the house is asleep and the wind is blowing against the windows. Unfortunately, I’m usually too tired to stay up that late more than once or twice a week.

CA: Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?


CA: What was your biggest challenge in writing your book(s)?

JSM: Language. English is my second language. I’m French Canadian and I only learned English in my late teens. Twenty-five years later, I still struggle with the language…and I never lost my accent.

CA: What do you like to do when you're not writing?

JSM: Does eating chocolate count? I love to walk, read and travel to go see my children scattered over the country.

CA: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

JSM: “Salvaged” is my first original novel and very special to my heart. I’ve also written two dozen stories for an online romance site. They’re all my babies, some more rambunctious than others. I’ve learned a lot from each of them, and I had fun writing every one of them.

CA: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

JSM: Mostly from my imagination, though some of my characters share a few traits with people I’ve known over the years.

CA: Do you have any advice for the aspiring writers out there?

SJM: First, NEVER GIVE UP. If I made it that far, you can. And second, write for yourself, have fun with your characters and love your story. It will show in your writing.

CA: How can a reader contact you or purchase your books?

JSM: People are welcome to visit my webpage at and email me at
To purchase my book, follow the link to my publisher or go directly to

CA: Is there anything you would like to add?

JSM: Grab a book, buckle up and enjoy the ride. You’ll love the destination. Thank you!

CA: Thanks J.S. it has been fun reading your interview!
**Ebook giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment with your email addy to be entered for a chance to win Salvaged. I’ll draw a winner next Monday, the more comments the better chance you have to win.


LeighSavage said...

Great interview....Blessed Be Leigh

Crystal-Rain Love said...

Hey Marlo! Your book looks awesome! I didn't even know english was your second language ! I imagine that makes it difficult writing.

ddurance said...

So who are the J and the S?


Cannibal Rose said...

What a fantastic interview! Quick-witted, funny, and fun. I can only imagine those same endearing qualities tumble into her stories as well. Good stuff!

J.S.Marlo said...

J and S stand for Jack and Sue.

And I have to admit that my French/English dictionary is never very far.

Thanks everyone,
J.S. Marlo