Although Marina Myles lives under the sunny skies of Arizona, she would reside in a historic manor house in foggy England if she had her way. Her love of books began as soon as she read her first fairy tale, and grew by leaps and bounds when she discovered Nancy Drew/Agatha Christie mysteries and rich, historical romances.
Dreaming of becoming a published author, she wrote her first ‘gothic’ story at age eleven. She went on to study creative writing at Southern Methodist University— where she received degrees in Communications and English Literature. During her time in Dallas, she had the unique experience of being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.
Now with her loyal Maltese close by, she relishes the hours she gets to escape into worlds filled with tortured heroes, strong heroines, and their fiery—but not easily attained—love affairs. She’s busy being a wife (to her Italian-born husband) and a mother (to her two beautiful daughters), but she is never too busy to hear from her amazing readers.
Represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency
Giselle Swenov is a radiant opera star whose beauty is second only to her voice. That is, until a jealous enchantress strips away her talent and looks, transforms her into a mute and haggard old woman, and forces her to leave the man of her dreams at the altar on their wedding day. Now there’s only one person able to reverse the spell: Giselle’s warlock ex-fiancé, Lucian Ivanu.
But three years have passed, and the ever-dashing Lucian seems to have moved on―he’s inherited a vast fortune, forsaken his scandalous powers, and is even set to marry again. Will he recognize his former flame when she shows up at his engagement party and begs for help? Can she recover the powerful magic ring needed to break the curse before it’s too late? Giselle’s plight has a darker twist as she discovers just how far the enchantress’s grasp reaches…
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I was watching a SWAN LAKE “Barbie” video with my daughter. Since I was in the midst of writing a series of fairy tale retellings, I was inspired to right a short novella based on hidden identity. Like the prince who falls in love with Odette, what if Lucian (my warlock hero) was being fooled? What if his true love was inside an unfamiliar body all along?
Q) How long did it take you to write?
My deadlines for the Cursed Princes series are pretty tight so I wrote this novella in about six weeks.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
My favorite thing about writing actually mirrors my favorite thing about reading. Escaping to a different time and place…where romance rules!
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Deadlines. Did I mention those before?!!
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I’d be Queen Elizabeth II. To have so much power at one’s fingertips and to live in a real-life palace, would be a dream.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Oh my gosh, I think the oldest thing in my fridge is a box of Armor and Hammer baking soda. I even scribbled a date on it to remind me when to change it. Oops.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I plan to write more historical/paranormal romances. A series featuring three brothers, actually. It’s set in the Louisiana bayou and involves a moss-covered mansion and a dark, voodoo curse.