M. L. Newman is an independent writer who lives in rural Connecticut. Many of her stories come from dreams that she has had while others have been inspired from music or real life experiences. The characters are deep and intellectual—whether they are book smart or street savvy—and it’s easy to fall in love with all of them. She couldn’t choose between writing Young Adult and Adult romance, so she decided to write for both genres. Never one to be pegged into just one place, she has a string of upcoming novels— romantic thriller, paranormal romance, sci-fi romance and contemporary. She recently joined the Romance Writers of America. She doesn’t believe in limits or the word “impossible:” if you say that she can’t do something…she probably will.
Getting to know you
Night owl or early bird? I am a definite early bird. Without an alarm, I can easily wake up at 7am and sometimes I find myself wide-awake at 5am. On the weekends I can manage to stay up until 2am but I still wake up at 7am the next morning like normal.
Other creative outlets? I enjoy dancing to let the creative juices flow through my mind. While I love the idea of drawing/sketching, it isn’t something that I have a talent for but my attempts are fun and entertain my husband.
Things that make you want to go “EEEEEEK!” Spiders are the number one reason, followed by centipedes. Also my imagination frightens me. I can think about something that scares me so much that I will be on edge and ready to scream for no one whatsoever. I’m my own worst enemy.
Favorite books from childhood? My favorite book from my childhood would have to be Oliver Twist. I would read and reread that story over and over again. There wasn’t another story like it that could eclipse my need to reread it.
Three favorite movies: My three favorite movies would have to be Titanic, Meet Me In St. Louis, and A Tale of Two Sisters. I’ve loved Titanic since I first learned about the tragic event. My curiosity was peaked and it still is, I don’t believe I’ll ever get over it. I love Judy Garland and the storyline of this musical has owned me from the moment I first watched it. I’ve auditioned for quite a few plays with songs from this movie. And my favorite horror film, A Tale of Two Sisters, has the most amazing and cryptic storyline while the music encourages your imagination to flourish. I have the movie soundtrack added to my writing playlist.
Who do you message most on Facebook? I message my family mostly since they are spread all over the U.S. and the U. K.
The Written Word
Favorite type of hero? I don’t have a favorite type of hero; I love both good guys and bad boys all the same. However if I had to choose to live with one, I would rather live with a good guy.
What type of fiction heroine would you be? Jane Eyre or Lara Croft? This one is very difficult to answer. I’d want to be a mix of a bunch of characters like Lara Croft, Emma from Jane Austen, Harper Connelly from Charlaine Harris, and Luce Price from Lauren Kate. That sounds extremely complex and I know that it is but I couldn’t be just one character.
Favorite genre to read? (Is it what you write?) My favorite genre to read is adult and young adult romance but I do enjoy a good murder mystery.
What are you reading right now? I’ve finished reading the Divergent Series By Veronica Roth, which I loved. Now I’m trying to sift through my long list to choose the next one.
Paperback or e-book? I prefer a paperback because I enjoy the feel of the book in my hands, the smell of the pages as they turn; it’s an entire experience. I do like the convenience of the e-book though and the cheaper price.
Favorite books you can read over and over. Easy By Tamara Weber, Twilight By Stephenie Meyer, Thoughtless By S. C. Stephens, Hearts in Darkness By Laura Kaye, and Grave Sight By Charlaine Harris.
OCD plotter or free range pantser? I’m a good mixture of both. I have a plan that I am very much OCD about but I have the open mindedness to try different paths that will lead me to the same result.
Which was easier to get, agent or editor? I don’t have an agent so I’d have to say an editor. She is absolutely amazing on so many levels. She understands how my mind works, what I meant to say even if I didn’t say it and how to accentuate certain details to make them clearer.
Do you have a set writing schedule? I make the attempt to write a little everyday but I don’t have a set schedule. Sometimes the writing bug catches me at the most inconvenient of times, actually it usually is at the most inconvenient time but that doesn’t happen every day.
Solo muse or critique partner(s)? I usually write with a solo muse but most of the time, I share my project with my beta reader and/or best friend. There are some things that make sense because it is all inside of my mind and I need the clarification/feedback that not everyone is going to understand. It enhances the writing experience as well as encourages further growth in my writing career.
Biggest hurdle to getting words on the page and how you overcome it. I love typing my stories up but sometimes the biggest hurdle is literally doing just that. It is easier for me to grab my notebook and walk outside to write a few pages. There is something special about writing with a pen and paper where the words written are firmly planted and there is no looking back.
What’s on your desk? On my desk is my laptop, a bottle of water, my outline, a blue pen, printer and box of tissues.
When can we get your next book and what’s it all about? The next book coming out is my Young Adult novel My Night Breeze which should be released Summer 2014. It is a scifi romance about a junior in high school named Audra who has a pretty closed off life style. However when the new transfer student Mateo needs to be guided around the school, she is appointed to do that task. Mateo is nothing like she expected and everything she believed wasn’t possible. Can she fight the urge to get closer to him or will their connection bring down the house of cards?