Andi Marquette is my guest today for Author Spotlight. She is an amazingly talented woman and funny as a whip. She writes F/F romance fiction. She is a fellow NaNoWriMo alumni. One lucky commenter will receive an E-version of her book so tell us if you like F/F romance and want to be considered for a free copy of her book and with that I give you Andi Marquette.
- Who is your favorite character in this “From the Boots Up” and why?
First, thank you so much, Eden, for having me along for a bit of a ride!
Okay. Characters in Boots.
I dig all of ’em.
All right, all right. How about Meg and Gina, the protagonists? I have always had a soft spot in my heart for those two. Meg grew up on the family ranch in Wyoming (which is a working/dude ranch). Ranching and animals are in her blood and soul, and that’s why she wants to go to vet school. She’s practical and hard-working, but like her dad (who you will meet in this novella) she has a wry sense of humor and a deep love of the land. I grew up in rural Colorado, and Meg taps into those roots of mine. Gina, on the other hand, is a reporter from Los Angeles who’s got to come out to the ranch and do a story on dude ranching as an industry. Like Meg, she’s driven about what she does, but she’s a little more laid back about some things and she has a great sense of humor, which Meg keeps up with pretty well and it creates a nice rapport between them. I like Gina’s humor, and I like how it shows when she flirts. She’s confident but kind, and adaptable.
Gina would be the person I’d call if I needed somebody to bail me out of a Tijuana jail. Meg’s who I would call to haul my car out of a ditch in a full-on blizzard. Or save me from a stampede.
2. What inspires you for your stories?
Hell, everything and anything. I started writing my New Mexico-based mystery series when I was living in Nashville, Tennessee (I’m no longer there) and I was totally homesick for Albuquerque. I was born in Albuquerque, and ended up going back in the early 90s for grad school. I stayed for over twelve years then moved to Nashville (then back to Colorado). So homesickness started that series. I started writing my sci fi series one super cold winter that I spent on Colorado’s Western Slope. I think I was kind of tired of the piles of snow and frigid temps that went on for weeks. So I wrote the first novel in that series that winter, and it was set in a desert. Hot and dry. Heh. Funny, what your subconscious can do.
I also find inspiration in mundane things every day. An overheard comment at work. An interesting story on NPR. An article in Outside magazine. I make up stories all the time about strangers. I try to figure out who they are and what kinds of lives they live, and what kinds of characters they’d be in a movie or a book. And over the years, I’ve ended up in some pretty interesting places, where I’ve met some fascinating people. But you don’t have to travel to get stories. Every day, it’s possible to meet somebody who inspires something or see something that does. You just never know what’s going to happen in a day. I love that.
3. Tell us something no one else knows about you.
How about I tell you something that not many people know, as opposed to no one? Heh!
Let’s see…I’ve played piano (lessons for years as a child) and drums (taught myself). Not so much these days, and I’m super rusty, but I didn’t lose my taste for music even when I drifted away from playing instruments. I’m a music fanatic and have been since I was a kid. I’ve also been a radio DJ and I DJ’ed at a small club in Albuquerque for a bit.
4. What genre classification would you put on your novella and what would you consider the heat level of the romance?
F/F romance. I’d put the heat level at warm to hot. There’s sexual tension and flirting throughout and what I’d call explicit (though hopefully tasteful) sexuality. I’ve gotten great comments from readers since I released From the Boots Up and one of the more common is “smokin’!”
5. When did you start writing and what kicked off your passion to be an author?
I’m one of those authors who’s just always been writing. I also read incessantly as a child (and haven’t stopped), so I’m sure that played a role in my wanting to craft stories, too. I did write a lot more nonfiction for a few years because of grad school, but the fiction thing has always been in my life. I think I wrote my first story in grade school. No, maybe before that. I wrote two atrociously bad novels when I was in high school, along with a slew of cringe-worthy angsty poetry in college. The poetry got a little better; I’ve had a few poems published here and there. In now-defunct publications, of course. Heh. I also wrote a couple more novels in college. I sent my first short stories out for consideration when I was working on my master’s degree in Denver. I was writing a lot of speculative fiction then, and I sent several stories for consideration to the late Marion Zimmer Bradley, who was doing the Sword and Sorceress series at the time. She sent me rejection letters with really great advice and encouragement. And she personally signed them. That’s a rare thing, and I think had I not gotten those letters, I may not have eventually come back to writing fiction. I still have them.
Anyway, I finally started really writing fiction in the mid-2000s after I came across some of the novels I’d written in college in my parents’ storage shed on a visit to Colorado (I was living in Nashville at the time). The manuscripts weren’t horrible. They weren’t that good, certainly, but the stories were actually kind of cool. So I thought, “Huh. Maybe I can turn some of this into something or jumpstart something else.” So I wrote two novels that summer. One prior to November and then I did NaNoWriMo and hammered out what became the first book in my New Mexico mystery series, which ended up winning a couple of awards after it was published. Then I just…kept writing. Maybe it’s a sickness. Oh, well. I’ve got it, and I don’t think there’s a cure. Guess I’ll just have to write more. Stay tuned…
And thanks again for having me along. Really appreciate it.
Here’re my deets.
For more information about my work, excerpts, freebie F/F romance short stories, and links to buy, come on down to my website: http://www.andimarquette.com
From the Boots Up is available on Kindle here: http://www.amazon.com/From-the-Boots-Up-ebook/dp/B00BRBZ3HG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370045797&sr=8-1&keywords=andi+marquette
My other F/F romance novella, Some Kind of River, is also available on Kindle:
And if you read F/F fiction, come on down to Women and Words, where I also blog. http://www.lesbianauthors.wordpress.com
Land of Entrapment (2008)
Day of the Dead (forthcoming 2013)
and sci fi:
The Edge of Rebellion (2013)