Friendship Friday–Please Welcome Mystery Writer, Extraordinaire, Maris Soule

Author, Maris Soule, Mystery, Writer, Romance, Friend, friendshipI’ve known Maris since before I started writing professionally.  You might say she was an inspiration and helped get me going.  I know she told me about RWA (Romance Writers of America), although she might not remember.  When we met I was a ‘fan’ and I’m delighted that we’ve become friends.  She gives some clever answers to my ‘weird’ questions.  Please leave a comment and let us know what you think on those topics.  Now I’ll turn things over to Maris.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: I’m a California gal who was talked into moving to Michigan for “Just two years,” he said. That was 42 years ago. And yes, we’re still married. In fact we have two grown children and two granddaughters…and a Rhodesian Ridgeback who’s as big as a person. After having 25 romances published, I switched to writing mysteries (right after my husband retired. Anyone who lives with a man who is always around will understand why murder appeals to me). We now head for Florida in the winter, and as the temperature drops that’s sounding more and more appealing.

My two mysteries—THE CROWS and AS THE CROW FLIES—take place in southwestern Michigan, and, of course, include a Rhodesian Ridgeback and have a romance subplot. Both are available on-line, and I’m working on a third in the series.

 1. Have you ever had an imaginary friend? Definitely. I think I started making up stories in my head where Joey was my friend when I was around 6. He was my buddy into my early teens. Did I know he was make believe? Sure, but once I closed my eyes, he was real.

 2. Are you a “dogperson” or a “catperson”? I like both and have had both cats and dogs most of my life. I love Siamese cats and have owned a half dozen over the years. They have so much personality. As for dogs, I prefer the larger breeds, and maybe I love the Rhodesian Ridgeback because, in a way, they remind me of cats. Aloof is one word used to describe the breed standard.

Mystery Maris Soule, Author, Book, Novel, Writer, Story, Romance, Friend, Friendship, Rue Allyn,Mystery, Book, Novel, Story, Author, Writer, Romance, Maris Soule, Rue Allyn, Friend, Friendship3. What’s the model of your mobile phone? I have the 4S iPhone. Now does that mean I know how to use all the bells and whistles on that phone? No way, but it certainly makes life easier and I’d be lost without it.

4. What time do you normally go to bed on a working day? I’ve always been a night owl, even when I had to get up early in the morning. When my children were young and I was under contract for a romance, I’d often stay up until 2 a.m. writing and then be up at 6:30 a.m. to get them off to school. And no, I don’t usually take naps.

5. Who is the person you trust most? My husband. He’s my best friend. (And even though I have all of these books on poisons and weapons, I believe he trusts me. At least he still lets me cook dinner.)

6. How much cash do you have on you? $11. I need to go to the bank.

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6 thoughts on “Friendship Friday–Please Welcome Mystery Writer, Extraordinaire, Maris Soule

  1. Good questions and good answers! I had imaginary friends, too, and I made up stories about them, how they were dressed (mostly, as as I got older, they had had clothes that I wanted and couldn’t afford!) I wonder how many writers had those secret friends?

    • My secret buddy owned a horse ranch, which was what I’d always wanted. He also had red hair and blue eyes. I married a red-head with blue eyes who had grown up with horses. Hmm.

    • Zuri is definitely oversized for the breed and is the largest Rhodesian Ridgeback I’ve ever owned. I had a feeling when the judges kept putting long legged dogs up as champions that we might end up with dogs this size. Thank goodness I wanted pet quality. Standard for a male Ridgeback is 27 inches and 90 pounds. Zuri is 31 inches at the shoulders and weighs 150 pounds. As I said, it’s like having another person around.

  2. Every time I mention my husband’s retirement leading me to think of murder every woman in the room who has had a husband retire or suffer a long layoff nods her head.

  3. Lovely interview ladies. It’s always nice to meet new to me authors. LOL. It took my husband 9 months to find another job when he retired from the Army, so I know exactly whath you mean by having a husband around all the time.

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