M. R. Field is an author from Rural Victoria and has completed a Bachelor's degree with Honours from Latrobe University, Melbourne. After growing up with the river at her front door, she returned back to her hometown after many years of living in the city. She now lives a tranquil lifestyle with her husband, two young children and effervescent dog, Zephyr.
M. R. Field has always held a love for writing, filling journals as a child which progressed to more eloquent pieces as an adult. After ten years of creative instruction, she decided to turn these ideas into manuscripts. She adores creating new story lines and is a big fan of a happily ever after, but believes strongly in making her characters work for it.
Now, on with the interview...
ME: What is your favourite childhood book?
MR: Bridge to Terabithia.
ME: What is the first book that made you cry?
MR: Bridge to Terabithia, Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Cinderella.
ME: Is writing your primary 'job' or do you have another source of income?
MR: It is my secondary job as I’d love to write full time, but my primary job takes up too much time!
ME: Do people around you know you write romance/erotica and what do they think about it?
MR: Most people know as I’m not ashamed and I am proud of my work.
ME: Glad to hear you aren't ashamed! Do you believe in writer’s block? If not why not? And if so what suggestions do you have to start the juices flowing again.
MR: I do believe it occurs, but I’m more, “writer’s interruption.” As in, life keeps getting in the way when I’d rather be writing!
ME: Are you a plotter or fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer?
MR: A bit of both. An image can spark a storyline and then my mind goes from there.
ME: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
MR: I research quite a bit. For Fragments, I interviewed a friend who was in the Australian Ballet and a reader thought I was an actual dancer which was lovely. I interview at least ten people per book. I won’t write about it unless I have all the details down.
ME: Nice to know the research pays off. Would you rather write standalones, standalones with connections to your other works, or multi book series with no true conclusion until the very end?
MR: I have a series that I’ve started, but I have standalones that break the tension as my original series gets darker. I love writing standalones to give my mind a break and try something new.
ME: Where do your story ideas come from?
MR: My mind, a picture, a song … my mind is constantly thinking up ideas.
ME: Do you ever base your characters, events or locations on real people, events or places?
ME: Nonna in the Running on Empty series is my dad. I wanted his humour to be immortalised. The conversation Nonna has with Robbie and Hazel in Splinters, happened to me.
ME: That's a pretty personal connection to your books. Is there a character in one of your books loosely based off yourself?
MR: I would say Trice is the closest, given her isolation in high school and dealing with idiot bullies. She and I are proud of our heritage and I wanted to show that.
ME: What process do you use for selecting the names of your characters?
MR: They come in my mind and stick. Some of the couples have the same letter and as much as I want to change that, I can’t. Theo and Trinity for example, are strong and powerful. There’s no shaking them.
ME: Who has been your most difficult character to write so far?
MR: Theo. I wanted an introvert who was also dynamic. I had to make sure that his culture of being Japanese and Spanish was kept authentic.
ME: Have you ever killed off someone who pissed you off in one of your books?
MR: Yep, in book one. Off with their head!
ME: What was your hardest scene to write?
MR: My first sex scene as I was nervous. Now, there’s no stopping me!
ME: Does writing energize or exhaust you, and why?
MR: Energize me. I love it and would love to write full time.
ME: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal, and why?
MR: A puma. They bring strength, power, energy and vitality. They are also very patient and hunt what they want. Kinda like what my characters do when they want something.
ME: And for a little advice for the young writers out there. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
MR: Believe in yourself and write. Ignore the white noise. Just get on with it.
ME: What are common traps for aspiring writers?
MR: Ego and drama. Avoid!
ME: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
MR: My Editor and my cover designer. Absolutely adore them. Also my new laptop.
ME: Thanks, M.R. it was great to chat. Looking forward to seeing you at RTC2018!