Today I’d like to welcome Marnie Cate, YA fantasy author of Remember.
Can you give us your quickest description of your books?
Girl finds out that she has magic and that her family is full of secrets.
Having read your first book, I agree that covers the basics. 🙂 I love how you use family, by the way. You put a unique twist on family dynamics. What gave you the idea for your story in the first place?
The opening scene of Gram leading Mara to safety came to mind and I knew then that I needed to write this story. The obvious path for me with a story with a grandmother and a granddaughter would include a sister. The secrets of my book were really not planned and revealed themselves as we went along.
What are you working on currently?
Exigency, Protectors of the Elemental Magic (Book 2)
Can’t wait! How many books do you plan for the series?
Book 3 has been very rude and trying to interrupt my writing of Book 2. My original vision was to have a boxed set of eight books that spelled out the name REMEMBER. I want the story to continue as long as it is fun and exciting to read.
That is a clever idea! What is your favorite scene you’ve written? Can you give us a peek?
You are losing him. He is going to leave you,” she whispered in my ear. Her breath felt so cold that my ears tingled. “All because of your lies, he will not want you anymore. You know you really want to be with Kai. You crave excitement not the boring boy from your childhood. Come with me, Mara and I will bring you what you long to have.”
“You lie,” I screamed at her trying to push her away from me. “You are not going to destroy us.” Tearing my arm out of her clutched fingers, I felt the burn of her fingertips. Laughing, she faded away.
Jolted out of sleep, I awoke in the safety of my grandmother’s bed. Trembling, I glanced around the room. Trying to convince myself that it was just a dream and that I was safe, I vowed that I would not lose Cole.
“Cole,” I whispered. Patting the spot where Cole should have been fast asleep, I found an empty space.
Scared that my dream was right, I searched the house for him. He was nowhere to be found. My mind began to race. Where would he go? Pacing back and forth in the kitchen, my eyes landed on the lavender journal in the center of the kitchen table and I knew where he had gone.
Very suspenseful. I like that you so clearly seem to know Mara as a character. How do you put yourself in a frame of mind where you can write the thoughts, feelings, and reactions of this girl?
My whole life I have always had a vivid imagination. I could play with my Barbie dolls for hours creating a new world. When I write, my best work comes from me talking it out as if it was a play.
That’s a great method. What is one bit of advice you’d like to share with writers?
I read once, write the book you want to read, and I remind myself of this on the days of doubt.
Yeah, I agree with that idea – write to please yourself. In a perfect world where you could cast your book for a movie, who would you pick for your main characters?
Judi Dench would be my main pick for Gram. Vanessa Marano and Beau Mirchoff would be my dream Mara Stone and Cole Sands. For my antagonists, I see Julianne Moore as Eliza and Meryl Streep as Blanche Drygen. I would love to see Dame Judi and Meryl face off.
I actually pictured Julianne Moore as Eliza! Too funny. And of course I’ve seen MANY places where you share your love of Judi Dench. 🙂 When you get stuck in your writing, how do you make yourself keep going?
Love of the characters. I am exited each day to find out what path my characters will go down. Even the outlined storyline can take an unexpected turn.
Do you use your personal experiences in your writing?
My grandmother is my inspiration for Gram and the sister relationship is impacted greatly by my own sister. The rest is pure imagination.
That makes sense. Your relationships are very “real” and believable in your story.
Thank you, Marnie, for sharing!