Author Interview,  Writing Life

Author Interview: MaryLynn Bast

This use to be on my old book review blog and since that blog is no longer active, I am moving the posts here. I love supporting other authors.

Please welcome author MaryLynn Bast to the blog today! MaryLynn Bast grew up in Texas. An avid reader, she enjoyed writing romantic short stories. After moving to Las Vegas in 2010 and starting a new chapter in her life, she followed her dream of publishing her first book, a paranormal romance, in 2012 and continues to write stories for the Heart of a Wolf Series. She is branching out and beginning the Panther Pride Saga, The Haven and a Steamy Fairy Tales collection of short stories.

MaryLynn has several blogs she keeps updated on a regular basis. Her book blog can be found at www.mlbast.com. Her Paranormal blog can be found at www.catparapsychic.com.  MaryLynn is also a graphic designer and provides photography and graphic design services for other authors book covers, book marks, branding and advertising materials, her portfolio of work can be found at www.mlbaststudios.weebly.com.

You can find out more about MaryLynn here:

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I have always known from a very young age that I enjoyed writing. It was my dream to publish at least one book in my lifetime. When I wrote and published No Remorse in my mind I was done. I had no plans for another book, let alone an entire series of stories. I had fans keep asking me what about this character or that person…what happened to them? I started writing the next story and they just fell into place.

How long does it take you to write a book? No Remorse took me 3 months to write with a month of editing. One Bite To Passion took me 36 hours to write and a week for editors. Most of the short

stories have taken me 3-4 days to write. Softest Touch is the one that has been with me the longest. It was actually the very first book I started writing seriously and had intended on publishing as a thriller. It has since turned into part of the series, but still contains elements of a thriller.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? I have the TV on for background noise.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? When I start writing I need to have days to just sit and do nothing but write. When writing No Remorse I actually sat and chatted with my aunt and other people on Facebook while writing. I have a tendency to get bored too easily if I am just doing one task, so I am always multi-tasking.  

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? I do research on the internet about certain topics then I change it up as much as I can to fit what I need the information for. My ideas come to me while driving down the road, waking up from dreaming, going to sleep, or sometimes when someone says or does something that triggers a thought. So in other words, anything and everything inspires me.

When did you write your first book and how old were you? My first story was when I was about 4 years old. I was proud of the cat and the fish being friends.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? When I am not writing I am at work or doing homework for my Master’s Degree.

What does your family think of your writing? My husband loves my stories, my family supports me. My youngest son was 21 and wanted to read my first book. I warned him that there were sex scenes in it and he called me later telling me I should have really warned him and should have sent him the censored version. Now he knows too much!:D

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? That people really did like my stories and the characters I was creating.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? I have ten books written at this time. No Remorse has a place in my heart as a favorite because it was my first published book. One Bite To Passion is one of my favorites as it is part of my experience when I was in Japan. Names and places have been changed to protect the innocent…and not so innocent…  

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? I have been out of the writing loop for the past year, working on getting back on track with my stories. I do hear from my readers. They are demanding more stories. Especially Anna Dase, who keeps after me to hurry up and get another one out there. I love hearing from them how they really enjoyed the character and how sassy some of them are. The scenes they loved the most in the book and especially that they are waiting for the next story to come out.

What do you think makes a good story? Good characters and an actual plot line make a good story. I have read some where, while sex scenes are good, that is all they were about. Hurry up and get to the next sex scene. Without a plot, that becomes boring.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? I always wanted to be a writer. I also wanted to be a truck driver so I could travel the country. 🙂  Instead, I took a job with a company doing military contracts so I was able to travel through them.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Women are strong in who they are. They do not have to rely on a man to take care of them. It’s nice to have the love and affection, and to WANT them there, not that they HAVE to need them there.

What books have most influenced your life most? I don’t have a specific book that has influenced my life the most. I love almost all books and the fact that people have such vivid imaginations to create the books. That is the most influential part for me…I can be a part of that world and share my imaginations.

What are your current projects? For the Heart of the Wolf Series I am currently working on Blake’s Tale – Unpredictable Fate and Marcus’s story Softest Touch. For The Haven Series, I am working on Rosa’s story – title TBD. For the Panther Pride Series, I am working on Harper’s story – Corporate Affair. (This series may be one that changes)  

What was the hardest part of writing your book? The opening line for the book is the hardest for me to write. Once I get past that, I can rock and roll.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Don’t be afraid to share your work. When starting out, there will be people who love your work and there will be people who hate it. You can never please everyone. So please yourself and write for you. Enjoy what you do and don’t turn it into a chore.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I love you all! Thank you for sticking with me through thick and thin. More books are coming!  

What’s next for you after your current project is complete? More books and more stories. I am working towards getting my books into movie or a TV show.

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