Interviews by Catherine Chant

What They Say

“Geniuses can be scintillating and geniuses can be somber, but it’s that inescapable sorrowful depth that shines through—originality.”
—Jack Kerouac



Catherine Chant

Catherine Chant is the author of a young time travel series available at and other online retailers, and two installments in the Vampire Diaries franchise via Amazon’s Kindle Worlds. She teaches several online classes for writers throughout the year, and her popular workshop GROW A BOOK: TURNING YOUR STORY IDEA INTO A WORKABLE PLOT is now available as an eBook, exclusively at

Grow a Book by Catherine Chant

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December 2017

Interview with Romantic Suspense Author Mary Martinez

Romantic Suspense Author Mary Martinez

What inspired you to write mystery books?

I loved to read a story on that I can’t figure out who the bad guys are. I love the twists and turns, but mostly I love the puzzle.

What style of mystery novel is your favorite (police procedural, cozy, etc.)?

I enjoy a cozy once in a while. But the navy seals, or federal agents, or even local police officers are my favorite.

When you start a new mystery, do you plot it all out from the start (all the clues and red herrings) or does the story evolve as you write it?

I am not a plotter. I get bogged down in the plot and when I start to write my characters won’t talk to me. They don’t like me being in complete control. They want to be the ones driving the story. I’m a pantser. I find all the clues and red herrings as I write, as the reader does.

What are you working on now?

I am editing the sixth book of my Beckett Series. Once I do one more edit, it will go to my critique partner and then on to the editor.

Do you prefer to write mystery series books or stand-alones?

I love writing a series. The characters are like family. I know their neighborhoods, their favorite bars, and parks. After this sixth book of my series I’m taking a break to do a stand-alone or two. Then I will be back to the Beckett’s to start on the next generation.

What’s the most interesting or unusual research you’ve done for a book you’re writing?

Watching old Cary Grant mystery movies. I had my notebook in hand and took notes through five or six of his movies, from An Affair to Remember to North by Northwest. For Classic Murder: Mr. Romance.

Where do you get your ideas for the mysteries in your books?

I honestly do not know. Something just triggers it. On minute my mind is clear and the next I have to find a note book to jot a blurb down.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block, and if so, how do you overcome it?

Yes, but not often. It’s more that I need to brainstorm. Going for a walk or taking a shower helps.



Abandoned by Mary Martinez

The Beckett Series:

Abandoned (Book VI The Beckett Series)
Coming February 2018

Glenna Beckett loves her family dearly, but being the youngest of six can be overwhelming. Moving across country helped her learn who she was outside the family. She’s built a successful business in the form of a quaint shop on Main Street of Calistoga, that sells a bit of everything vintage, the new age term for antique. What more does she need?

Then he walked into her shop. International playboy, Lance Gordon. After a whirlwind courtship he asks her to marry him. Burying a niggle of doubt in the pit of her tummy, she says yes. He’s even agreed to have the wedding in Brooklyn so her family can attend. But he never arrives.

Glenna refused to believe she’d been abandoned at the altar and asks her brother, Tyler, to contact an agent friend on the West Coast to search for Lance.

Patrick McGinnis can’t believe he’s walking into a prissy shop in the high end of the Napa Valley searching for a missing groom. The bride, Glenna Beckett, is everything he feared, drop dead gorgeous, and a spoiled brat. Not that he’d ever tell her brother that. He hates wild goose chases, and this mission is exactly that. Patrick’s certain the playboy fiancé is off wooing some other delectable creature.

Unfortunately, once Patrick started to dig, he finds there’s more to the tale and it will take all his skills as an agent to keep Glenna safe. Especially when the case takes a turn and threatens the safety of his son, Finn.



About the Author

Mary lives in Magna, a little town west of Salt Lake City, Utah. Together with her husband, she has six grown children, and six wonderful grandsons and five beautiful granddaughters. She loves to spend time with family and friends--she includes good books as friends!

Mary and her husband love to travel, especially to the Caribbean for relaxing, and Italy for the wine. And most recently she discovered she was Irish and Scottish, of course they had to visit Ireland and Scotland. Mary fell in love with both, but the green hills of Ireland felt like home.  With the experience from the exotic places she has visited, she is able to fill her books with colorful descriptions of cities, painting a colorful backdrop for her characters. One of her favorite US destinations is New York/Brooklyn, where her beloved Beckett's live. When she visits, she can wander their neighborhoods, favorite parks, and visit their favorite pub, Putnum's.

They are avid concert ‘Ho’s’! Yes, they pretty much want to do them all. They love outdoor amphitheaters the best and attend as many during the warmer months as possible.

Mary writes mostly romantic suspense, romance, women's fiction, and she has just begun to dabble in young adult mystery. She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA). During her writing career she has been a conference coordinator, workshop presenter, and chapter president for the Utah Chapter of RWA. In 2007 she was presented with the Utah RWA service award in acknowledgment and appreciation for outstanding service. Mary has also participated in numerous library panels on writing and co-presented a workshop on writing a series at the League of Utah Writers conference.

Mary and her husband are also enthusiastic college football fans. They have season tickets to the UTES, University of Utah Football and they tailgate every game. They love tailgating so much, that they were married at a tailgating in 1999.

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