I’m a central Virginia-based contemporary romance writer. When I’m not writing, I love to do karate with my kids (I have a second degree black belt) and work by day as a computer programmer/DBA. Theoretically, I love to travel, but until I find a patron to fund my trip around the world, I placate my wanderlust by letting my characters hop on a plane and hang out in Paris.
My debut novel, SOME KIND OF MAGIC, is scheduled for release with Kensington in February 2017. Its sequel is also contracted for later release.
More random info about me:
1. List of random things I like:
TV: Game of Thrones, Community, IT Crowd, Doctor Who, Colbert, Sherlock, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Gilmore Girls, House of Cards, Survivor, Sword Art Online.
Movies: Fight Club, Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth one), Bridget Jones (Did I mention Colin Firth?), Say Anything, The Fall (with Lee Pace, yum), Monty Python’s Holy Grail, Tanlged (most kid movies really), Deadpool, and all things Star Wars.
Books: Game of Thrones, The Name of the Wind, Lolita, Les liaisons dangereuses, The Poisonwood Bible, Lolita, Tangled, Gone Girl, Outlander, Harry Potter, The Thorn Birds, Pride and Prejudice, Bridge Jones’s Diary, Can You Keep a Secret, How to Kill a Rock Star, The Color Purple, The Beach, The Prince of Tides, Shuffle Up and Deal, Sutphin Boulevard, Attachments, The Siren, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Dark Tower series, A Confederacy of Dunces, The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next.
Music: Indie (Beck, Elliott Smith, The Shins, Arctic Monkeys), indie folk (The Head and the Heart), rock (David Bowie, Queen), musicals (Les Miz), disco (Donna Summer, ABBA), oldies (Etta James), new stuff (Hozier), some rap (Eminem), some metal (Metallica), some of this, some of that. Music is central to my existence, and I’m neither picky nor snobby about it.
2. I am the most socially awkward person alive. This is my defining characteristic.
3. I have a deep-seated love of languages, whether it be French, German, or Java. Starting in sixth grade when my class had a unit on London and Paris, I wanted to visit those places. Wanderlust set in early, and I eventually lived and worked in France and Germany. I’ve now traveled to England, France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Canada, Bermuda, Mexico, Jamaica, The Bahamas, but still have a long list of countries I’m in dire need of visiting.
I was working towards a doctorate in French literature, when I suddenly had the revelation that learning a computer language wouldn’t be that different, and might pay more. I dropped out of Academia and after some learnin’, got a job working in lower Manhattan programming at a Wall Street bank… for about five years.
I’m still one of the very few women nerdy IT geeks programming at my company, but I’m doing it in central Virginia now.
And there’s more. There’s always more. But you’ll just have to get to know me if you want to find out. Hit me up on Twitter: @maryannmarlowe