Marin Thomas’ latest book combines teen angst, cowboys, and romance–so there is something for everyone! When I asked Marin what one question people don’t usually ask her, here was her reply:
There’s a misconception that authors are wealthy-we must be if our book is sitting on a table in Barnes and Noble, right? If you believe that as George Strait says… “I got some ocean front property in Arizona” I can sell you.
So the question everyone wants to ask but is afraid to ask…. “Why would you work an average of 50 hours or more a week with no paid vacation or sick days at a job that makes as much or less, depending on the year, as a person working full-time in retail?
Pardon me while I get cheeky…
Reason Number One: I get to sit at my desk in yoga pants and a T-shirt every day-even the same ones if I don’t feel like changing clothes.
Reason Number Two: the commute to my office is fifteen steps down the hallway from my bedroom.
Reason Number Three: I save a lot of money on therapist co-pays by forcing my characters to work through my personal issues.
Joking aside, the real reason I’m a writer is because it’s who I am. Stringing words into sentences is part of my DNA. Telling a story is as necessary to my survival as breathing air or drinking water.
When I was young, I wanted to be a nurse or a teacher, but my love of reading derailed those goals. Without really understanding how it happened, my passion for reading evolved into a passion for penning stories. The more I read, the more I needed to write. If I couldn’t write, I’d feel lost and the lens through which I look at life would lose some of its warmth, color and meaning.
Real life is hard and sometimes it hurts. Writing a novel isn’t the same as nursing the sick or teaching a child, but I like to believe that my stories have something positive to offer others. I hope that each person who reads one of my books will walk away from the experience feeling more hopeful and encouraged about their life.
You can’t put a price on reassuring someone who’s lost their way or helping someone get in touch with their emotions. Following my passion won’t make me wealthy, but it feeds my soul and makes my life richer in ways I never imagined. And that’s why I’ll gladly work at a job that pays—depending on the number of hours I put in from start-to finish in the publishing process—a penny or less a page.
Marin Thomas is a directionally-challenged small-town girl at heart who has penned over twenty-five western romances for Harlequin Books, including the bestselling series, The Cash Brothers. The Promise of Forgiveness (Penguin/NAL) is her first women’s fiction novel. When Marin isn’t writing she’s researching ghost tours or stalking estate sales and vintage junk shops, searching for her next story idea. She and her husband are recent empty nesters living in Houston, Texas. You can find out more about Marin and her books at www.marinthomas.com
Marin is also a member of the Tall Poppy Writers (http://tallpoppies.org/), a community of writing professionals committed to connecting authors with each other and with readers. You can connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.
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