Good morning everyone and happy Wednesday! It’s the middle of the week for any of your who are still working – the weekend is in sight!! Today I’m happy to introduce you to Marisa Mackle. A Romantic Comedy author, we’re talking about how long her most popular book took to write, being a flight attendant, hand writing stories, telling Alan Sugar not to go anywhere….and her most recent book, Last Summer in Ibiza…….She also has some great advice for aspiring writers.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am a mother-of-one, an animal lover and passionate about reading and travel.
How many books have you written and published?
I have published over 20 novels, but I have written a lot more. I wrote four books before a publisher took a chance on me and published my book, called Mr Right for the Night. It went to no. 1 in Ireland and Germany. That book was also turned down by some publishers. I didn’t listen to my critics and kept believing in myself!
How long does it take you to write a book?
It usually takes me around two months. Funnily enough though, my most popular book, Mile High Guy, took me just three weeks to write. I was stuck in bed with the flu feeling miserable, so decided to put my time to good use.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
My first book, Mr Right for the Night, is my favourite. I wrote it on hotel notepaper mostly, to pass the time on hotel overnights when I was a flight attendant. I didn’t have a computer back then, and I didn’t know how to type.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Anna, the heroine of Mr Right for the Night. I think we’d have a lot of fun on island because she makes me laugh.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a flight attendant. I always thought it would be such a glamorous job, flying from place to place and I am really glad I got to do it for 6 years. I think it’s really important to have a day job as well as being a writer, as you get so much material from working with other people and hearing their stories. I have always kept a part-time job.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go and why?
I would turn back twenty years just to have one more chat with my granny who was my mentor, my cheer leader and my absolute hero.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
A strange and scary day was September 11th, 2001. I was on a plane bound for New York. The plane had to turn around and I never went back to New York. I thought it was the end of the world.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
People will reject you over and over again. Don’t listen to them. Only listen to your supporters. You only need one supporter, and that person might just be yourself. Hard work and self-belief can move mountains. My favourite saying is ‘The man who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the man doing it.’ – Chinese Proverb
Do you believe in love at first sight?
No. But I do believe in romance and I fall in love easily.
If you could travel anywhere (world/universe etc!) where would you go and why?
I would go to the Aqua Suites Hotel in Lanzarote for some fun and sunshine, because the hotel is Irish-owned and has a great atmosphere. I don’t think I’ll be flying anywhere in 2020 though so I will hopefully enjoy a nice break in Ireland.
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you (that you’re willing to share?!)
I was sitting beside Lord Alan Sugar in a restaurant in Spain and when he was leaving I asked for a photo. He agreed but then I realised I hadn’t got my camera in my bag. So I asked him to wait a minute so I could get my friend’s phone. I think I said ‘don’t go anywhere’ or something awkward like that. I’m a big fan so I’m glad I got the photo.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
My latest book is called Last Summer in Ibiza and it’s about three different women staying in the same small hotel. Each of them are on a deeply personal journey and are hiding a secret. It’s a mix of romance, comedy and self-reflection.
final words from chelle…
Thanks Marisa for coming on over to Curled up with a good book and letting us get to know! I love your picture with your tortoise! It sounds like you must have had some adventures being a flight attendant – and the 9/11 incident must have been so scary. The fact that you told Alan Sugar to wait made me laugh out loud – he must have been wondering what was going on! I think you’re right in that we won’t be going anywhere in 2020, but at least it means lots of people can look forward to breaks away in 2021 – the way this year is going, it will be here before we know it.
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Have a wonderful day all