Mary Deal, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Mary Deal whose book Legacy of the Tropics captivated and enthralled me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love contemporary and moving fiction but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Mary Deal, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Mary Deal will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Mary Deal.

Mary Deal is an award-winning author of suspense/thrillers, a short story collection, writers’ references, and self-help. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, Artist and Photographer, and former newspaper columnist and magazine editor. She is currently writing the third story in her Sara Mason Mystery Series. A long romance novel, which is a new genre for her is presently in process for publication.

She has traveled a great deal and has a lifetime of diverse experiences, all of which remain in memory as fodder for her fiction. A native of California’s Sacramento River Delta, where some of her stories are set, she has also lived in England, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is also an oil painter and photographer. Her art is used to create gorgeous personal and household products from her online galleries.

Now, how wonderful does Mary Deal sound?! Mary Deal is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Mary Deal’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Mary Deal, I hope that you enjoy Mary Deal’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

In your own words could you please tell us about your book and what inspired you to write the story.

Some events in the three entwined novellas in Legacy of the Tropics are taken directly from my own near-disastrous escapades at sea, and on land too. As a reader as well as a writer, I knew I could turn these experiences into book material. Since the episodes were not related, I found a way to put them into book format by joining three novellas. Readers will follow the characters and time lines as they carry forward through the three stories.

A trilogy of stories that shatter the myths of stereotypical islands of paradise.

In Promises, during the late 1960s, the ketch, Mercy, sinks during a sea storm off Culebra near the Virgin Islands. Ciara Malloy assumes custody of her drowned fiancé’s son and learns a devastating secret about the boy that changes her life forever.

In Adrift, in the late 1990s, underwater photographer Lillian Avery gets caught in a rip current and swept out to sea off Kauai in Hawaii. In facing death, she finds a way to leave a message behind.

Years later, in Reunion, the two former neighbors from Puerto Rico reunite on Kauai. A hurricane wreaks island-wide havoc. Ciara is missing, presumed dead. Among the rubble, Lillian finds Ciara’s memoirs; a life history that threatens to expose tightly held secrets about the boy since the sinking of the Mercy.

What would your advice be for aspiring writers?

It doesn’t matter what you write and how your write, you must do RESEARCH. Something as simple as weather in a story where you set your plot is important. In mysteries and crime stories, research the psychology of a psychopath’s mind, or police search and seize or interrogations. Check the penal codes of your story’s state. These are only examples. Each genre calls for varying information. To make fiction believable, the details must be as natural to the plot and setting as if you lived there.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

What are you waiting for? Get all those stories written now!

In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?

The story Synopsis, on the back cover, or teasers you send around the Internet to gain an audience. The synopsis of the story should incite eagerness to learn how the plot plays out. With physical books, when a viewer picks up that book, they flip it over and read the synopsis. If it does not fit the genre they’re perusing, the book goes back on the shelf.

Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?

I have eight books currently published with several out of print. I have just submitted my next book to my publisher. It is a long romance and a new genre for me. Yes, I am a multi-genre author in both fiction and nonfiction. Now I have started the third story in my Sara Mason Mystery Series. That series started with River Bones being Book One, and The Howling Cliffs being Book Two. I have many stories to write and am in the process of determining which of these new plots would fit the Sara Mason series. If not, they will be written as standalone books.

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Mary Deal! If you have liked what you have read about Mary Deal and are interested in learning more about Mary Deal and reading Mary Deal’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,

Legacy of the Tropics: Review by Aimee Ann – Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads

Mary Deal: Website – Facebook – Twitter – Google + – Goodreads Author Page – LinkedIn


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Thank you, Aimee, for this wonderful exposure. Too, I’m so happy that you loved Legacy of the Tropics. This was my first book published and in this recent republishing, the story was lengthened and dramatized. Former readers are reading it again and loving it more. I’m grateful to my readers and this is a superb way to get close and personal with some of them. You do so much good for us authors. Thank you so much!

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