PLEASE WELCOME, THE FUNNY,ENERGETIC, HOCKEY MAD AND
AWSOME LADY AND ONE HALF OF THE BRILLAINT DUO THAT
BROUGHT US THE PENALTY KILL TRILOGY
My name is Mary Smith. I was born in Chicago Illinois, but raised in Princeton, Illinois (a small farming town). After some crazy years of my early twenties I needed up moving to West Virginia, getting married, and going to college. I started blogging in 2009, and co-founded Book Nerds Across America. On a dare, my husband challenged me to write a book. I did, and soon published Melting Away the Ice (Book #1 of The Ice Series). Shortly after that Lindsay Paige asked me to write with her, and we created The Penalty Kill Trilogy. Now, I have three books in the Ice Series, three co-author books in the Penalty Kill Trilogy, and a rocker romance, Always Forever. My true loves are my cell phone, my kindle, and professional sports (mostly hockey).
Most of my books are sport romance based around hot hockey guys. Always Forever is a rocker romance, with a bit of darkness underlined in it?
I love romances, and I mostly stick with that genre. However, I have plans to branch out later this year and 2015.
Share with us a quote from one of your favorite characters?
OMG! This is too hard. I can’t pick just one! I love them all!
Is it hard to come up with new ideas and / or plot's?
Sometimes it’s very easy and other times I want to pull my hair.
How long does it take you to complete a finished book?
Each one is different. If it’s easy I can finish pretty fast. Lindsay Paige and I finished Breakaway in a few weeks. Melting Away the Ice I did in less than a month, but Shattering the Ice took me almost three months. It all depends.
What inspired you to write your book?
For my sports romance books, it was all
Who is the easiest character to write for and why? Hardest and why?
The easiest to write was Charity Drake, from Shattering the Ice (Book #3 of The Ice Series). She’s an actually person that I use to work with, and was easy to muse.
Are your characters based on real people? People you may know on TV / Movie stars?
Melting Away the Ice is mused from Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks. Breaking the Ice is mused from Max Talbot of the Colorado Avalanche. Shattering the Ice is mused from Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Always Forever is mused from Nolan Long, the cover model.
With the Penalty Kill Trilogy, those are just made up characters.
Without giving anything away, what is / are your favorite scenes in your book?
I’m going to lie, in a couple of the books there are “I love you” scenes and those are my favorite to right.
What’s up next for you?
I’m currently writing a new series called
Do you have any hobbies?
I’m a reader! I read all the time. I also love movies, all kinds. I’m always going to the movie theatre, and I own thousands (for real!) of movies.
Is there anyone besides you in your family who writes?
No, I’m the only one.
When did you start? What was your first piece? First published piece.
I started in the spring/summer of 2013. My first published book was Melting Away the Ice.
Do you have any favorite books or authors?
Gosh, I have so many. My all-time favorite is Jane Austen. I can read her every single day. More current is Bailey Ardisone, Kristen Day, Shelly Crane, Lila Felix, Quinn Loftis, Chelsea M. Cameron, and of course Lindsay Paige
Out of all the books and stories you've
I love Always Forever the best, and all the books I write with LP, because I’m in awe of her talent.
Do you have a favorite character?
Sara from Melting Away the Ice, because she’s based on myself.
What is your favorite genre to write?
Romance is my favorite.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I read it all, but my top two would be Romance and Paranormal,
What are your favorite movies?
OMG! This is really hard I have so many. I can’t pick just one!!
How long have you been writing?
I started in 2013.
Who or what has been your biggest literary influence?
I will be truthful it is Lindsay Paige. I have been reading her works for so long that every time I read a story of her I am always speechless at the end. That girl oozes talent on every page. I’m so honored that she writes with me.
How Difficult is it for you to come up with one of your amazing plots?
Sometimes it comes to me, and it flows easy. Then sometimes I can’t even write one sentence but the idea is floating around my head.
How about characters? Are they easily born and developed?
Some are easy, some aren’t, and sometimes it
Do you find yourself a struggling writer?
There are times that I do, and I think all writers do, but you overcome it and let the story flow.
How long does it take you to take for you to complete a novel from concept to completion?
It depends on the story, and how fast it comes to me. Like I said some are fast, and some I struggle with.
Have you ever trashed a novel or story before or after finishing it, feeling it wasn't turning out as you planned?
I have a ‘junk’ folder, that I keep some of my ideas, or started projects in. I go back from time to time and see if anything ‘hits’ me.
Do you have a special time or place to write?
I write in my living room right in front of the TV, and I usually have music in the background too. I need noise around me all the time.
Any funny experiences or quirks you'd like to share with your readers?
Well, I think some might know this, but when Lindsay Paige asked me to write with her she sent me an email, and I was at my day job. I literally screamed, and typed “YES” as fast as I could and sent it back. LP emailed me back and said (and I quote) “Don’t you want to think about it for a second?”
Poor girl had no clue she was signing on with a crazy person ;)
Which one of your books would you like to see made into a movie?
I think I would pick the any of the Penalty Kill books. Those would be the ones I would love to see on the big screen.
What is your favorite band/artist/song?
By far, Shinedown is my favorite band and their song “Call Me” is my theme song.
What was it like to publish your first book?
Well, I cried, and drank a lot of vodka! It was with LP, and when we ranked on the Sports Romance bestsellers list, I almost passed out.
What advice would you give to others who want to make writing their career?
DO IT! Don’t be afraid! If you really want to do it, put your heart into it and DO IT!
Do you ever get ideas at random moments, and if so how do you hang on to them?
The one I got for Always Forever was when I was in my car, and I used my voice recorder on my phone to record the idea
How do you overcome writers block?
I step away from the computer and read a book, different from the genre that I’m writing.
Can you write on demand and under pressure, or do you need time and space before the creativity starts to flow?
I do better with deadline. I like the pressure! It keeps things ‘spicy’.