The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Guest number 5 on the Romantic Suspense Tour - Marie-Nicole Ryan!

Great to have you here as part of the Romantic Suspense Tour, Marie-Nicole! Why don't we get started?

1) Where do you write?

I write in a small office in my bedroom. I used to have an entire room, but I’ve downsized and only have a one bedroom apartment. I’ll soon be moving (again) to a two bedroom apartment, and it’ll be a relief to have a designated office again.

2) What is the best & worst part about the writing process for you?

The best part is living through my characters and doing things I’d never dare to do in real life. The worst part is slogging through the middle of a book to get to the HEA.

3) When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I always considered myself a write, although some of my teachers dared to disagree.

4) What is the best & worst advice you’ve received about writing?

The best advice was to join Romance Writers of America. The worst—can’t remember any bad advice. If I received any, I must’ve disregarded it and dismissed it entirely.

5) Which comes first? Plot or characters?

Quite often I’ll get a tiny germ of a story premise, then the characters best suited to that idea are developed. Quite often they come together.

6) What is a typical day for you?
Would that be a good writing day or a bad one? LOL Actually that’s hysterical laughter. I get up, dress, feed my dog and take her out for a walk…every day. After that there’s room for digression. I read the small local paper, then check my e-mail on my mini while I watch the local news on TV.
After that in a perfect world, I’d head to the tiny office and write for three to four hours. But since I’ve spent the last year decluttering and moving to another state to be of help to my elderly mother, my writing muscles are almost as flabby as my butt’s. I’ve just joined the Y and will be working on the aging body muscles. Hopefully my writing muscles will take a hint.

7) Where do you see your career in five years?

It’ll be a dim memory if I don’t get off my butt and focus on my current WIPs.

8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love antiquing, even though I don’t have room to buy any more. I love going out to lunch with friends. And I love to watch TV.


Pretending to be newlyweds is a dangerous game…particularly when you’re falling in love.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Caitlin Chaney believes in doing things strictly by the book, and she’s determined to prove her father’s position in the federal government has nothing to do with her new appointment. To her way of thinking, Agent LeFevre is a screw up and bound to trash her operation and career.
Agent Jake Lefevre is used to running undercover ops his way, and he’s not too happy with his new boss, Caitlin Chaney, an FBI accountant, whose undercover experience is limited at best. He needs a partner who can hold her own, not a prima donna.
Jake and Caitlin’s cover as newlyweds at a New Orleans casino is tested from the very beginning as they learn to live together and convince everyone else they’re madly in love. Their mission to investigate money laundering is almost compromised from the moment Jake discovers Caitlin’s boss and CFO is someone he loved as a teenager.
Warning, this title contains the following: hot naked sex, shower sex, an evil voodoo priestess, grisly remains in the bayou, graphic language, and violence.

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Wow, Holding Her Own sounds as though it has everything, LOL! Tell us more about working with Samhain - I love learning how different publishers work.

Questions? Comments?


  1. Forgive the typo above. I don't know what it is about your blog, but my computer stops working for long periods of time.

    Samhain is a great publisher. Very organized. Very open with what's going on with the company. They're very forward thinking when it comes to growing the business.

  2. Sorry you have been having problems! I came straight in but if anyone else experiences difficulties, please let me know.

    Rachel x

  3. It wasn't just the comment section, it was the blog that was moving so slowly; however, it's moving very speedily now. Huzza!