Interview with contemporary romance author Bernadette Marie

My special guest today is contemporary romance author Bernadette Marie. The feature is her
newest book in her Keller Family Series, Home
Run
.

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Bio:

Bestselling
Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part
of. Her series, The Keller Family, has graced bestseller charts since its
release in 2011, along with her other series and single title books. The
married mother of five sons promises Happily Ever After always…and says she can
write it, because she lives it.
When
not writing, Bernadette Marie is shuffling her sons to their many events—mostly
hockey—and enjoying the beautiful views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from
her front step. She is also an accomplished martial artist with a second degree
black belt in Tang Soo Do.
A
chronic entrepreneur, Bernadette Marie opened her own publishing house in 2011,
5 Prince Publishing, so that she could publish the books she liked to write and
help make the dreams of other aspiring authors come true too.

Welcome, Bernadette. Please tell us
about your current release.
Home Run is the 7th
book in the Keller series and follows Christian Keller, the middle son of
Carlos and Madeline (book 2). A tragic accident tears apart Christian’s career
as a baseball player and his relationship with his fiancée Victoria Lincoln.
However, the Keller family always rallies around their own and this is no
different. When Christian pulls himself back together with the help of his
family he then takes on the challenge of winning back Victoria’s heart.

What inspired you to write this book?

I had Christian’s story in my head before even finished the first
four books. It was a matter of waiting. As for the story inspiration, I don’t
even know where that really came from. I am blessed to have these great
storylines just come to me.

Excerpt:

As they stepped onto the dance floor
the music changed, slowed, and the lights dimmed more. Christian wrapped his
arm around Tori’s waist and pulled her as close as he possibly could to him.
She rested her hand on his shoulder and clasped her hand into his other.
           
They’d never danced well, but they
were a pair with their limping and their scars. Still, they swayed together and
he managed to get her even closer, until they were cheek to cheek.
           
“Did you pay the DJ to play this?”
She said softly in his ear.
           
He finally listened to the song.
Unchained Melody played and the verse, “Are you still mine? I need your love,”
rang in his ears.
           
“That would be giving me too much
credit.”
           
He’d noticed that her hand was no
longer on his shoulder, but instead her arm was draped behind his neck. He
pulled their clasped hands in closer until they were rested between them.
           
How was it that in a matter of
minutes he had her pressed so close to him, swaying to a song that was so close
to ending.
           
It was a sign, right? She had to
miss him as desperately as he missed her. There was no other reason to be able
to hold her so close.
           
One song melted into another slow
dance and she stayed in his arms. In a bold move, he slid his hand from hers
and laced it around her waist forcing her to take her other arm around his neck
too. Now they were completely pressed together. Their cheeks rested against each
other’s and he was sure he could feel her fingertips massaging the nape of his
neck.

What exciting story are you working on
next?

I am working on the Three Mrs. Monroes which will be a trilogy
launched this summer. And I am also finishing up book 8 in the Keller Family
series The Acceptance.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

Though I have written since I was 12, I only said the words “I’m a
writer” starting in 2007. That was the year I penned 12 books and started
seeking publication.

Do you write full-time? I do write
full time, and publish.

If so,
what’s your work day like?
 I
write in short stints of time. I write for 10-20 minutes, then do some office
work, and then back at it. When my family is home I will then write for hours
while they watch TV (as I do not) and I have a laptop.
What
would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I think again it would be that I write in short bursts. I can,
since I have 5 kids, also write anywhere, anytime, under any conditions. I’m
great under pressure to get things done. I can also write a book in less than 2
months.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

My original wants were to be a teacher, a beautician, and a
singer. Well I went to college to teach—not for me. But I did teach karate, so
I count that. I am an award winning nail care professional and hair stylist.
Check. And I have sang at weddings—but if you read my books you’ll find I’d
probably love to be a country singer.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

Ways to connect with me and learn more about my writing include:

Thanks,
Bernadette!


7 thoughts on “Interview with contemporary romance author Bernadette Marie

  1. Karen H says:

    Loved reading that dance scene…very real!

    Have a great weekend too! See you on Monday.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  2. Unknown says:

    I think it's amazing how you're able to settle and focus yourself in such short increments of time and to actually produce usable passages of a book. That's taking "sprinting" to a new level! Thanks for sharing

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

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