After writing more than a dozen love stories, she is exploring the other side.
Best known for her emotional honesty, Mary doesn't write about well-adjusted people, but rather the wounds in life.
M. Billiter writes with clarity and raw emotion to explore difficult subjects and issues close to her heart.
The Book Trailer for, "A Divided Mind" can be viewed on the author's website!
What inspires you to write?
I’m not going to lie – when I meet a reader, who shares with me something about my work they connected with – it makes the long nights, lost weekends, and all that time I devote to writing worth it. I’m so immensely grateful when readers take the time to approach me, email or leave a review – those connections feed my writer’s soul and inspires me to bring my “A” game.
Tell us about your writing process.
First, I'm a seat of a pants writer, which will explain the rest of my writing process!
I steal pockets of time – while I’m in line at Starbucks, in between work meetings, and always during my lunch hour – I write. Whether it’s on my phone, scribbled on meeting minutes, or on my laptop – I write.
I don’t have a set number of words I write in a day, but I do focus on completing chapters within a day or two of starting one. Once I begin a new chapter, the storyline and characters consume my thoughts until I finish what they’ve started. And honestly, THAT’S the best part of writing – when the characters take over the story. I’ve often described myself as a stenographer because it often feels as though I’m simply transcribing what they show me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
It's worth repeating that the BEST part of writing is when the characters take over the story. I’ve often described myself as a stenographer because it often feels as though I’m simply transcribing what they show me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Chose to stop listening to that doubtful voice in your head. That voice is a bully that stops you from thinking and worse, creating.
Stand up to that voice. If your little brother or sister were being bullied, you’d stand up for them. Do the same with that voice. Talk to that doubt – address that doubt – with all you’ve already accomplished. Let all those certainties become your guiding belief.
Doubts are traitors that steal from us. Choose to stand up to those doubts. It’s our choices that show who we really are.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I met Becky Johnson from Hot Tree Publishing and the decision from that point forward was made. She is a publisher that supports authors – especially women writers – with a pursuit for bringing their voices to the world! She's amazing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Good question. Since my first book was agented and published in 2011, I’ve seen great changes. Authors have more accessibility to agents, editors, and publishers. As with any growth in an industry there are advantages and disadvantages. Vetting the source that will market your work and you as an author is paramount.
What genres do you write?: Domestic Thriller/Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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