Blind Date With a Bear by Marie Mason‏

Marie Mason loves romance. Writing, reading –it just depends on the time of day which she loves to do most. Having had a mydrid of unsatisfying jobs, and the gnawing, aching need to be a writer, Marie jumped head first into the world romance, without a safety net nor the ability to swim. She still works as a semi-unsatisfying and is just waiting for the day when her husband turns to her and says “Honey, when are you going to quit your job and write full time.”

When Quinn Blackwood thought it was time to go hunting for his mate, he couldn’t believe fate handed her to him on his very first blind date. His family thought it was an hilarious turn of events since the big bear shifter had been looking forward to sowing a few more wild oats before settling down with his one true mate. No one was laughing when Paige got the wrong idea and believed Quinn was just looking for a good time.

Paige Matthews had finally given into the cajoling of her co-worker and agreed to a blind date with the woman’s brother. Paige admired the family of bear shifters and had nursed a secret crush on the oldest Blackwood brother, Quinn, since moving to town. Even though she’d known the odds were against it, she was terribly disappointed that she wasn’t his true mate. She did however, decide to take him up on his offer of a good time, cause this good-girl craved the bear’s sweet loving.

Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
Well, as a reader, I wanted more bear stories. I know it seems as if writers “write” what’s popular, but unless you’re a very, very prolific writer, you usually can’t keep up with the trends. It sounds old and trite sometimes, but they always say write what you know, and if you don’t know anything, write what you’d like to read.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
 Blind Date With a Bear took about 3 months to write – with a lot of down time on my part. I work full time, so I had to stop and start a lot. I’m working on the second Blackwood Brothers book which features characters from Blind Date. I hope to finish it by the end of April. Again, life kind of laughs at writers when we impose deadlines on ourselves. That’s the double edge of the sword for independent writers. You don’t have the lead time that big publishers do, so you really have to write fast because you want to give your readers something else and you can, because you don’t have the lead time.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
 Listening to the voices in my head? Being able to daydream and realize, hey, I can share my stories with others.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
The editing afterwards. Or, when the scene and dialogue sound so good in your head but when you go to write it down, it sucks. Big time.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why? 
Toughie. Does being the wife or lover of a really good looking actor count? Cause if so, I can think of a lot of women I’d like to be.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
A package of pre-cooked bacon. I’ve had it since before Thanksgiving.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future? 
I’m currently write the second Blackwood Brothers book – Bear and Bear Alike. If Paige and Quinn will talk to me again, I’d like to do a “filler” book and give you a little more time with them before Bear and Bear Alike is released. But, that may be a pipe dream (Don’t worry, Paige and Quinn are in the second book.) I’m toying with another character in Blind Date who may also get his/her story. Can you guess who? I’ve got several shorts floating around and hope they come for a visit soon.
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