Saturday, October 27, 2012

Interview with Maria Hammarblad

Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
Thank you for having me on the blog, I'm excited to be here!
Maria Hammarblad used to be my real name, until I married and became Maria Sadowski a little over a year ago. I still use Hammarblad for pen name, though. Changing my author name would just confuse people. I mostly write science fiction romance, but also some contemporary works and short stories.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
My latest release is called Undercover. It's about a quite ordinary and slightly naïve young woman who stumbles into danger when she falls in love with an enigmatic foreigner. She chooses love before safety, and will have to travel the world to stay alive and protect her loved ones.

Are you a mom (or parent)?
No children. I mean, I have dogs and call them my babies, but I suspect it's much easier to raise dogs than kids.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?
I don't normally do that, but Undercover has a lot in common with real life. The main characters and their story are made up, of course, but several of the side characters are based on real people. Jenny's job (Jenny is the heroine of Undercover) is based on something I used to do, her house resembles one where I used to live, and so on. I just moved everything to a more convenient location.

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

When I'm not writing, I usually wish I had more time to write, hahaha! I go to school in pursuit of a Bachelor's Degree, and I work at Pet Doors USA. Luckily I only have a few more classes to go until I graduate, and not having homework will make life easier.
I love dogs, we have three of our own and one foster dog, and if I have time I help out at a local rescue. Lately, it's been more symbolic assistance than hands-on help, but hopefully I'll be able to do more for them in the not too distant future.
Hobby-wise, I play the bass, and I like to shoot paper zombies with air guns. It sounds a little quirky in writing, but it's really a lot of fun.

Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?
I would love to write a fantasy epic filled with wizards, magic swords, and a grand mystery to solve. Thus far I haven't gotten around to it, but maybe in the future.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
My favorite is Stephan Forks in the Goddess's Saga. He has human flaws, but he tries so hard, and life (umm, me, I guess, lol) makes him carry a heavy burden. This is a series of three novels and I want to re-write them, I've learned so much from the wonderful editors at Desert Breeze Publishing, but I haven't had the focus to sit down and do it. It's on my to-do list, just not at the top right now.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?
I have a lot coming up, actually. In December there will be a little freebee called "Courage and Retribution." This is a short prequel to my science fiction novel Kidnapped. After that I have three releases scheduled for 2013; a contemporary suspense called Flashback in June, a science fiction romance called Operation Earth in August, and a still un-named science fiction project for December 2013. I'm thinking of making a freebee for Undercover as well. It will be a fun and busy year!

What book are you reading now?
I'm reading the first book in the Time After Time series by Tami Dee and Lynette Endicott. It's about a line of women cursed through the generations. I've read almost half, and it's imaginative and exciting. Can't wait to see what happens!

What is in your to read pile?
I was reading Beyond Hades by Luke Romyn, but got sidetracked, and I want to finish it. Next on the list after that are The Faberge Secret by Stephanie Burkhart, The Faithful Heart by Merry Farmer, and The Twelve by Justin Cronin.

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Maria Hammarblad

Genre: Romantic suspense
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-61252-216-6

Word Count: 77000

Cover Artist: Gwen Phifer

Book Trailer:

Book Description:

When Jenny Moore meets Alexei Roshenko, it's love at first sight. The tall, dark and handsome stranger appears to be the answer to every romantic fantasy any woman ever had. There is however more to him than meets the eye, and a dark and violent past is catching up with him. When Jenny decides to follow him back to Russia, she gets entangled in a web of deceit and secrets beyond her wildest imagination.

Author Bio:

Born in Sweden in the early 1970's, Maria showed a large interest for books at an early age. Even before she was able to read or write, she made her mom staple papers together into booklets she filled with drawings of suns and planets. She proudly declared them, "The Sun Book." They were all about the sun. She also claimed, to her mother's horror, that her being on Earth was a big mistake and that her alien family would come and bring her home at any moment. This never happened, but both the interest in space and the passion for bookmaking stayed with her.

As an adult Maria's creativity got an outlet through playing bass in a number of rock bands, and through writing technical manuals and making web pages for various companies and organizations. She did write drafts for a few novels, but the storytelling muse was mostly satisfied through role playing online on Myspace. It was here, while writing stories together with people from around the globe, she stumbled onto Mike. They started talking out of character, and she moved over to Florida to him late 2008. Today the two are married and live in the Tampa Bay area with three rescue dogs.

Besides writing and playing bass, Maria enjoys driving off-road, archery, and Tameshigiri.

Upcoming releases

Flashback, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing June 2013
Operation Earth, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing August 2013
Borealis XII, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing November 2013

Fun Facts

Favorite color:              Blue
Favorite food:               Chicken with cashew nuts
Doesn't eat:                  Mammals
Favorite TV Show:        Star Trek TNG and Leverage
Favorite animal:            Border Collie
Quotes:            "Full Speed Ahead" and "Caffeine is good for you"

Find Maria on the web




Twitter:                        @mariahammarblad


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