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Into the Mind of an Author: Maria DeSouza

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Tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you’d like your readers to know:
I am 32 years old and married to wonderful man, Cleo. I have two young children. Katelyn who is 9 and Tyler is 7. I have always loved to read since a young age and writing started after wanting to change the ending of a story. I’m currently a stay at home mom due to a back injury. Love Lost is my first novel and I’m currently writing the first novella that follows Vin from Love Lost.

What made you do decide to become an author?
My decision to become an author came from friends and family pushing me to write and telling me that they wanted more of my writing. I have always loved books and having my name on one is a dream come true.

Who are your favorite authors, and how have they influenced your writing?
Growing up, I found myself loving to read Stephen King and Nora Roberts. Romance and Horror were my favorite genres, still are. Nowadays, I love to read paranormal and romance. Elizabeth James is a great author that gives me the traditional romance without an anatomy class. I love to read erotica, but sometimes I need something with a story. Laurann Dohner and JR Ward are two of my favorite paranormal authors. They write sexy, alpha men who know how to treat their women.

Where can we find you online?
Here are my Social Media links:
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/MariaDesouzaAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mdesouza05
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7082122.Maria_DeSouza
Website: http://mdesouza05.wix.com/maria-desouza-author
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Maria-DeSouza/e/B00JUPEDYA
Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100986039201515291682/about
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mdesouza05/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/maria12581
Authorgraph: https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/mdesouza05
You can also reach me by email: mariadesouzawrites@yahoo.com

Tell us about your book!
Love Lost is about a detective named Jason Straiz who meets a lawyer named Selene Mendez. They fall hard for each other but Selene has a past that she keeps from Jason. Tragedy happens and Jason feels the need to protect Selene from harm. He struggles to show Selene that she can trust him and Selene doesn’t want to put him in further danger. Someone in Selene’s past has an obsession with her and will not let her go. You have to read the book to know what happens.
Here are the links to my book:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JUG0VMW
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00JUG0VMW
Barnes & Nobles: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-lost-maria-desouza/1119298791?ean=2...
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/431397

Everyone has their idiosyncrasies, what’s yours?
I tend to clam up around a large group of people that I don’t know. Some people take it to be I’m stuck up but I’m just really shy and nervous as heck. A bad combo for an author wanting to meet her fans. I hope to get over this fear for my first signing next year.

What’s your favorite book turned movie and why?
The Notebook is my favorite book turned movie. In fact, anything from Nicholas Sparks is a tear jerker and one emotional roller coaster ride. I mean, who doesn’t love an epic love story.

What’s your favorite genre to read?
I LOVE romance in general because I love to read about how a couple falls in love. Paranormal romance is a close second. I love my vampires, werewolves, and other hot paranormal species who lust after their significant other.

Which do you do more, read or write, and why?
Right now, I write a lot more than I read. Writing for me is my passion and I know how frustrated I get when I am waiting for the next book in a series to be released. I want to release my next book, Hidden Heart, this summer and it will be followed by Lost Soul in the Fall/Winter. My children are also still in school and I like to take advantage of the time that my house is empty to write with no interruption.

What is your writing process like, and what’s your favorite part of it?
I sit in front of my laptop and I write until the book is finished. HAHAHA. Kidding, I wish it was that easy. I always have a notebook with me and write down notes for the book. I will look up photos that may be relatable to the story, who the characters may look like, what their surroundings may look like, etc. Once I have a clear picture, the writing starts. I tend to keep Mountain Dew handy since it is like coffee to me. Plenty of snacks are also helpful for long writing marathons or for bribing the kids to let mommy write.

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