The Imperfect Series
Purchase on Amazon:
Imperfect Chemistry: https://amzn.com/B00JTJQRNW (Free on Amazon)
Imperfectly Criminal: https://amzn.com/B00P6P9DXY
Practically Imperfect: https://amzn.com/B01CO3XS6I
A Writer’s Guide Story Structure & Beyond: The Humorous Edition: https://amzn.com/B01H9FM51K
Are you a fiction writer? Do you ever find yourself slogging through your novel wondering, what am I doing? Why am I doing this? What day is it, anyway? And where the heck is the vodka?!
Well, never fear, dear writer. I am here for you. Within these pages you will discover the highlights of story structure from beginning, middle to end. This book also includes information on writing effective dialogue, crafting scenes that do double duty, creating dimensional characters and much more, delivered in a humorous and (hopefully) entertaining way.
What made you want to write?
I went through a quarter-life crisis. No really, I was twenty-eight. Thirty was rapidly approaching and although I had a good job and a great family, I felt like something was missing. I had always had some kind of creative outlet, and after I graduated from college and started a family, there was a hole that I needed to fill. I minored in dance in college, but didn’t have the time or money for dance classes. I’ve always been a voracious reader, so I thought, hey, maybe I could write something. It was an easy way to express myself, since I could do it at home and all I needed was my laptop or a pen and paper and a little bit of time.
How did you get the idea for Imperfect Chemistry?
A combination of things, really. I had spent many years writing mostly paranormal and sci-fi novels with little success, so I decided to write a contemporary romance, which I love to read. I wanted to write a female character who was really smart, almost too smart, too logical. Like a female Spock. And I knew I wanted the love-interest to teach her about emotions. That was the premise I started with, and the story grew from there. I also really wanted to write something that flipped some of the gender stereotypes inherent in so many NA romance novels. The alpha male, the crying female. I wanted to reverse some of those tropes, so I did. And it was so much fun.
What are your top 5 books that you have read?
Just five!? This is terrible. This list probably changes daily. Today, I will say Shogun by James Clavell, Sati by Christopher Pike, A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare, Back of Beyond by Neeny Boucher, and Can you Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella.
What other hobbies do you have besides writing?
I minored in dance in college. I still love dancing, although I do it mostly in my kitchen or living room, and I also enjoy cooking (I love food. So much. Probably too much).
Who is your favorite character that you have written?
Lucy for sure, then Sam (her brother). I love how logical she is, she never reacts emotionally. Well, almost never. Sam is such a funny, sweet joker. I loved writing those characters.
What books do you have planned for in the future?
I am currently working on a series about a con artist who moves to a small town, poses as a psychic and gives a fake reading that comes true. I also have a NA novella coming out next Spring, it’s part of a series that I’m working on with a couple of other writers.
Who is your favorite author and why?
I have too many favorites! How to pick just one? I guess I have to go with Christopher Pike, because he’s the reason I really got into reading to begin with. I’ll never forget when I was eleven years old and I picked up a copy of Remember Me. My older sister brought home. I was hooked. I didn’t know stories like that existed! I haven’t stopped reading since.
What do you love most about writing?
I love creating characters and I love making people laugh. My favorite thing is when I get messages from readers that say things like, I laughed out loud, or I smiled the whole time I read your book. That is the absolute pinnacle. The best thing ever.
Mary Frame is a full time mother and wife with a full time job. She has no idea how she manages to write novels, except that it involves copious amounts of wine. She doesn’t enjoy writing about herself in third person, but she does enjoy reading, writing, dancing, and damaging the ear drums of her co-workers when she randomly decides to sing to them.
She lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband, two children and a border collie named Stella.
She LOVES hearing from readers and will not only respond but likely begin stalking them while tossing out hearts and flowers and rainbows! If that doesn’t creep you out, e-mail her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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