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Wednesday Writer Spotlight – Mary Waibel

Join me in welcoming Mary Waibel, author of Quest of the Hart, to be published by MuseItUp Publishing very soon. Her companion novel to this one, The Lost Princess should be out in a few months.

Mary lives with her husband, son, and two cats. She loves twisting fairy tales. When she’s not writing, Mary enjoys reading, playing games, watching hockey, and camping.

Mary wants to share a blurb about Quest of the Hart today.

A reverse Sleeping Beauty tale where the princess goes on the quest to save the prince.

Princess Kaylee has never had to fight for anything. Her entire life has been arranged, even her marriage. But when Prince Devlin falls under an enchantment, she finds she is willing to do anything to save him, even if it means fighting a dragon.

Devlin’s own sister, Princess Arabella, is behind the deadly plot. She wants the throne and will use any means necessary to gain it. Her perfect plan unravels, leaving Devlin caught in a magical sleep that is slowly spreading through the kingdom of Breniera. All Arabella needs to finish her spell and claim the crown is a drop of Kaylee’s blood, but obtaining the single drop is proving more difficult than expected.

To save her betrothed, Kaylee embarks on a quest to find an ancient sword and gather a drop of dragon’s blood, while trying to stay out of Arabella’s traps. But Arabella’s traps aren’t the only danger. Time is everything. For once the last inhabitant of the kingdom falls asleep, the spell will be sealed, and not even true love’s kiss will break it.

GO: What do you like to read?

MW: Anything. Romance, suspense, fantasy, mystery. I do find myself strongly drawn to romances with a mystery/intrigue plot, too.

GO: What’s your advice for new writers?

MW: Keep writing and keep reading. You’ll learn from what you read, and the more you write, the better your skill develops.

GO: What are you currently working on?

MW:I am currently working on getting the third novel in the Princess of Valendria series ready for submission. I have a paranormal romance out for feedback from my CP’s (critique partners), and am beginning a romantic comedy.

GO: Where did you get the idea for your book spotlighted here today? What inspired you to write it?

MW: A friend told me I should write a book where the girly-girl saves the prince, and Quest of the Hart was born.

GO: Why do you keep writing?

MW: Because I have stories that come to mind and I want to share them with others.

GO: As an author, how do you want readers to view your book?

MW: I want my readers to be able to escape to another world, spend time characters they want to root for, and enjoy their time in that world.

GO: What are your writing achievements and goals?

MW: Quest of the Hart is releasing from MuseItUp Publishing on Friday, 4/19/13. A companion novel, Charmed Memories, will release from MuseItUp Publishing in August. I hope to have at at least 2 more companion novels in this series, as well as one or two in a related series. I am hoping my paranormal book will turn into a 2 book series. And, there are several other books I have waiting in the wings.

GO: You must belong to at least one writer’s group. How does/do such groups benefit you and your writing?

MW: I have a close group of CP’s that I work with. We exchange work (sometimes a few chapters at a time, sometimes entire books) and read for each other, looking for flow, character issues, timeline problems. Things that we see that work really well for us, and things that don’t work at all. Sometimes my CP’s understand my characters better than I do, and they make sure I stay true to them. It’s great learning when something worked really well, and (even when it’s frustrating) it’s extremely helpful to learn what didn’t work.

Trailer for Quest of the Hart

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3 comments to Wednesday Writer Spotlight – Mary Waibel

  • No problem, Gloria. It was a very recent change. Made me take a look at some other titles I have in the works so I could change them before sending, if I needed to!

  • Gloria- thanks so much for having me visit today and help to get the word out about Quest of the Hart releasing on Friday.

    I noticed you mentioned The Lost Princess in your opening. After submitting my manuscript to MuseItUp Publishing, I discovered there were several books by that title already in circulation, so we decided to change the title of mine to Charmed Memories. It will release in August, and follows Kaylee’s brother, Trevor.

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