Monday, October 22, 2012

If I Fail by Marian Lanouette - Author Interview

Today I'd like to welcome author Marian Lanouette, here to talk about her mystery novel, If I Fail. Thanks for stopping by! The floor is yours.

 Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?

I love to read mysteries. I especially like mysteries which incorporate romance into the story. I always say life is both mysterious and romantic and a good read should have both.

I think it’s the mystery itself. I like puzzles. Mysteries engage my mind and get those gray cells working. There’s nothing like being kept on the edge of your chair as you try to beat the author to solving the crime.

What research is required?

I had to research police procedure along with the politics of police departments. Luckily, I have a friend who is a retired cop and he answered many questions for me.

Name one thing you learned from your protagonist.

I learned it’s okay to mess up, as long as you fix and make amends immediately.

Any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?

When I’m writing dialog, I walk around the house talking like my character. I do that to make sure the lines and content sound convincing.

Plotter or pantser?

Actually a little bit of both. When I get an idea for a story, I immediately write down all my thoughts. Basically an outline and then I write out two or three chapters to the story for when I get back to it. This way I have a feel for the mood and the pace I had in mind.

Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

A cup of coffee, a water bottle, a computer mouse and let’s not forget the dozen roses my husband gave me for our 33rd wedding anniversary on Saturday.

Anything new coming up from you? What?

In January 2013 the second book in my Jake Carrington series will be released. It’s called Burn in Hell.

Do you have a question for our readers?

I love to hear from readers. As a reader what do you look for in a mystery?

Are rules really meant to be broken? Jake Carrington finds out the hard way and the answer is no! Dating Chloe Wagner was a huge mistake, and Jake should have known better—he’s investigating the murder of Chloe’s sister. Now Chloe is the number one suspect in that murder. If she’s convicted, Jake could lose not only his rank, but his job. If that’s not bad enough, he’s got a stalker on his hands, someone who’s threatening his fledgling relationship with the lovely Mia. Things are getting just a little too personal for comfort!
About the author: Marian born and raised in Brooklyn, New York is the seventh child of ten. At the age of sixteen her family moved from New York to New England. As a typical teenager, she felt her life was ruined and took to journalizing her feeling and this new life. The journal helped her realize how easily she had adapted to the change. Although, she did miss her cherished friends terribly; she's thankful, they are still friends today. The four of them refer to each other as the cradle to the grave friends.

Unbeknown to her parents, at the age of five she started reading the New York Daily News story about the murdered nurses in Chicago and the investigation. Marian followed the story every day as authorities rushed to solve the brutal crime. It had caught her attention and her imagination. To this day she stills checks her closet before going to sleep. Marian thinks it was on that day the mystery lover was created.

At the age of eight she wrote every day, whether it be a poem, a short story or in her journal. An eighth grade assignment got her published. Though she failed the assignment, the nun was impressed with her poem. It was supposed to be a four line poem, but she couldn't still her pen. The Beach her first official published work is still her favorite though much longer than four lines. It was the nun who submitted the poem for her to the local paper. Thus, the writer was born.

Marian's first book If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery will be released on September 7, 2012; and will be followed up in January 2013 with the second book in the series, Burn in Hell, A Jake Carrington Mystery. Each book's a mystery with romantic elements, because to quote Marian, "Life is both mysterious and romantic."

Marian resides in New England with her husband.


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  1. I'd like to thank It's Raining Books for having me here today. I enjoyed the interview.

  2. Marian Lanouette is on my 'interesting author' list. I love myseteries with a touch of romance and will definitely be watchiing for the publication of the next book in the Jake Carrington series.

  3. Thank you so much, Mary. I'm glad you like the series.

  4. Hi Marian,
    I enjoyed your interview. I read If I Fail and loved it. What I like in a mystery is a real curve ball coming at me from outfield - something I don't see coming and never expect. I love twists and turns and being led down the wrong path so that the killer is never the person I'm being led to suspect. I'm really looking forward to Burn in Hell - can't wait to see where Jake's story goes. Thanks for sharing today.

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    2. Gerri, you brought tears to my eyes. It's great when a reader loves your stories. Thank you for stopping by.

  5. A nice interview, Marian! Saying hi!

  6. I enjoyed the interview a lot. I especially identify with moving from Brooklyn. When I was 15 we moved to Kew Gardens, Queens and I hated it. I had to make new friends and I hated my school. I also live in New England and it's a long way from life in Brooklyn:) I will be sure to read this, because I love mysteries and add a hot guy....d

  7. Marian has entered the realm of the great writers in the U.S. Please write faster! Loved the book!

  8. Thank you, Anonymous. Would love to know who you are. The next one comes out in January 2013 and I have a novela coming out in December just in time for Christmas. I'm writing as fast as I can. :D

  9. Marian, I so relate! My son-in-law is a K-9 drug interdiction officer and I drive him crazy! Definitely have to grab this one.


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