Contact Info: Website- www.mariannepetitbooks.com
Q & A TIME!
Q1. What inspired your latest piece?
A. My latest book, Behind The Mask, was inspired by stories told to me by my parents, friends and aunt who lived in France during WWII. In fact, at the end of the book I let my readers know which scenes were based on real-life incidents.My Dad was with the Free French and the French Navy, my Mom and Grandfather worked for the American Consulate in France.
Q2. What advice would you give to inspiring writers?
A. Don’t feel like the each chapter has to be perfect before you move on to the next one, or you will never finish your story, just go with the flow. There will be plenty of time to go back and edit. Think of a story like a painting, sketch your picture,(write the story) start the colors (fill in more details about your characters, as you get to know them better. Make sure you have used your sense of smell or sound in the scene) than go back and fill in with more layers of color. (Check you grammar, you sentence structure.. short and quick for tense moments, etc. Make sure everything has come together and you have tied up all loose ends) And…. Write , write write! Don’t give up, even when you feel like no one will ever publish your book.
Q3. What does your family and friends think of your writing? Are they supportive?
A.Gosh yes, my husband is my biggest supporter. He is constantly talking about my work to others and thinking of ways I can promote my books.
Q4. Favourite Word?
Genre: Historical Romance
Author Marianne Petit mixes true life experiences with fiction to create a suspenseful tale of intrigue and romance set in the early days of war-torn France.
In 1940 Paris, both rich and poor are thrust together - a mixed society struggling to survive.
American born Yvette Matikunas, one of the privileged few, goes underground with a deathbed promise to her grandfather that has her roaming the streets of France with a dangerous message. She quickly learns that no one is who they seem to be and trust is a thing of her past.
Injure in battle while trying to save the life of one of his men, Colonial André Rinaldo is disillusioned by a shell-shocked country and a weak government. Persuaded to go underground and unite his fellow compatriots by forming resistance groups, he meets the beautiful blonde, Yvette, whose determination to free France from foreign dictatorship is as strong as his.
In the middle of espionage and clandestine rendezvous, they form a partnership that deepens even under the ever-present threat of arrest. But with America’s interest in the war building in the background all Americans are ordered to leave the country. Will Yvette return to the States, or will André persuade her to stay and fight for love?