What inspired your latest novel?
I had an idea for a scene and it grew from there.
How did you come up with the title?
It’s the name of one of the rock bands in the book.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Don’t judge a book by its’ cover.
How much of the book is realistic?
It’s completely fictional.
Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The main male character is loosely based on the singer in the band Theory of a Deadman.
Where can readers find you on social media and do you have a blog?
Instagram = marlo_lanz
Facebook = http://www.facebook.com/marlolanz.author
Do you have plans or ideas for your next book? Is it a sequel or a stand alone?
I’m just editing my second book. It features Piper, one of the secondary characters in Raincheck but can be read as a stand alone.
Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?
Laina is my favorite. She’s the best friend and is funny, fiery and not afraid to speak her mind.
Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?
So far I’ve only writing romance. I would like to branch out eventually.
Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants style writer?
I’m a total pantser! I ended up rewriting half of Raincheck and am doing the same for my new novel. Something to be said for planning but I like to see where the story takes me.
What is your best marketing tip?
Good question. I would say network with other authors, bloggers and reviewers. Word of mouth goes a long way and is free.
Do you find social media a great tool or a hindrance?
I like social media for connecting with other authors, bloggers, reviewers and readers but find that it can be time consuming. I think the trick is to set a time limit for how long you spend on social media each week.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
The ability to create something amazing from absolutely nothing.
What genre are you currently reading?
Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?
My friend and fellow author Laura M. Baird. I met her through our shared publisher and we’ve become fast friends and cheerleaders for each other.
Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?
I belong to CaRWA, the Calgary chapter of Romance Writers Association and to RWA.
If you could meet one favorite author, who would it be and why?
Margaret Atwood. I love her stories and the way she crafts them. I discovered her when I was in University and love her ever since. Plus she’s a fellow Canadian.
If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be?
Either in the mountains in British Columbia or on a beach somewhere.
Do you see writing as a career?
That would be lovely, but I’m not expecting it.
Marlo is a Canadian girl, fond of the rolling prairies and majestic mountains close to her city home. And, of course, hockey, maple syrup and saying ‘eh.’ Working in healthcare for over a decade, Marlo believes that laughter is the best medicine and tries to put it to good use in her writing and at work.