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1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Any character from any story? Wow. Um, I'm rather partial to my PA State Trooper from my Laurel Highlands series. I think he looks like a younger Mark Harmon, so that might be why. But I also like my protagonist from Hero's Sword - she's got the spirit I wish I had when I was 13.
2. Tell me about your travels.
Travels? I don't travel that much, and when I do it's usually because of a taekwondo tournament or something. But I did get the opportunity to spend 6 months in Puerto Rico and St. Croix courtesy of the federal government (temporary job), which was amazing. I learned SCUBA, dove to a 100-foot depth, ate some amazing food and met some awesome people. I would go back to Puerto Rico in a heartbeat. In fact, my fantasy best-selling author writing retreat is in the mountains of Puerto Rico.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Tea. Never got the taste for coffee. I am especially weak for chai lattes - but they are so bad for the hips!
4. What else can you do besides write?
I play piano, violin, and viola. And I'm a martial artist.
5. Who are you reading right now?
I am reading Change of Heart by Jenna Bennett. I adore Rafe Collier - swoon!
6. Pop culture or academia?
Geez, probably academia. It's got issues, but not as many as pop culture (I cried when Snooki got a book deal).
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
Toughest scene I ever wrote was actually for a scene-writing class. The assignment was love scenes, and I was always squeamish about those. So I decided to challenge myself and write an all-out sex scene. It actually didn't turn out too bad - the class leader liked it.
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Everywhere! Stories my 13-year old tells me from her day at school. News stories. When that awful fertilizer plant explosion happened in Texas, I immediately thought, "What if a killer used the explosion to cover up a murder?" Random conversations I hear in Starbucks. Too many sources!
9. Food you could eat everyday.
Dark chocolate. Or potato chips. Dark chocolate covered potato chips?
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
As I mentioned above, I do martial arts - taekwondo. It's a lot of fun because I only have to compete against myself - it's very individual. I also like to swim, but I don't get as much time for that as I used to. I used to be big on hiking and biking, but I've got a bum knee that has kind of put a crimp in those activities.
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
All kinds, it really depends on my mood. I order my writing playlist based on what kind of scene I'm working on. But just for sheer "blow you away" factor, few things really mesmerize me like Beethoven. Just the fact that he could write such emotional music without hearing a note just blows me away. The Ode to Joy makes me feel like I can do anything.
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I don't outline, but I do write a 3-5 page summary of major plot points. That's my starting point, but from there the story just takes me where I need to go.
13. Celebrity crush.
Johnny Depp, hands down. Since I was, like, 13. =)
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
I can never dream of being her, but Agatha Christie is a long-time idol just because she was such a huge force in mystery. Hank Phillippi Ryan, because she didn't write her first book until she was older than I am now, so it gives me hope that I haven't wasted my entire life. Jonathan Mayberry because he was the one who made me think maybe I could write middle-grade fantasy, even though I'd never tried it.
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Absolutely! Phineas & Ferb is awesome, but what I really love is a good, old-fashioned Looney Tunes marathon.
A software technical writer by day, Mary Sutton has been making her living with words for over a decade.
She writes the middle-grade fantasy ebook series Hero’s Sword for Delabarre Publishing under the name M.E. Sutton. Power Play: Hero’s Sword Vol 1 is available now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony KoboBooks, and the Apple iBookstore.
She also writes crime fiction, including The Laurel Highlands Mysteries police-procedural series, under the pen name Liz Milliron.
She is a member of Pennwriters, Sisters in Crime, the Mary Roberts Rinehart chapter of Sisters in Crime (of which she is the secretary), the Sisters in Crime “Guppies,” and the Mysteristas.
Mary is a red-belt student of Songahm taekwondo and writes for her school, Oakmont Martial Arts. She writes a personal blog at www.summaria.net.
She resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two children. She hopes to have a dog again soon.
Find Mary online at these links:
WEBSITE: - marysuttonauthor.com
Find her M. E. Sutton books online at these links:
Power Play: Hero's Sword Vol. 1
KOBO - http://store.kobobooks.com/books/Power-Play-Heros-Sword-Volume-1/N4mmTpvg_kuoZn5cSY9B3Q
IBOOKS - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/power-play-heros-sword-volume/id580705207?ls=1
Storm Clouds: Hero's Sword Vol. 2
KOBO - http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/Books/storm-clouds-hero-s-sword-vol-2
IBOOKS - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/storm-clouds/id649061424?mt=11