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Evolution of a Romance Writer Through Books by Mari Carr

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As I look back at the path that led me to becoming a romance writer, I realize I was blessed with the opportunity to read some truly amazing books by talented authors who never failed to take my breath away.

My journey started way back in middle school when I read Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume. I was simply scandalized by that Seven Seconds in the Closet game. My love for all things Judy Blume continued in high school when I picked up Forever. That book led to an epic argument between my mother and I as she foolishly thought she’d ask me what the moral of the story was. For those of you who haven’t read it, Forever is about a teenage girl’s first time. I said that what I’d learned was if you really love someone, it’s okay. My mother insisted I was wrong, that I’d instead learned that you should wait until after marriage. We still don’t agree! And my mom would be horrified to know that by my senior year of high school, I’d discovered Jackie Collins’ books (I snuck them away from my dad—who loved them). Lucky Santangelo—oh my!

Then there were the college years. As an English major, my reading time was consumed by the classics. That time was followed up by marriage and children. It wasn’t until my late 20’s that I rediscovered the beauty of reading for pleasure. And as always, my pleasure was in romance novels. I picked up Iris Johannsen’s Beloved Scoundrel and it was game on. I was devouring Regency romance novels in bulk—5 or 6 a week (while working fulltime and taking care of young children) – Julia Kent, Stephanie Laurens, Catherine Coulter and anyone else I could lay my hands on.

Somewhere in my mid 30’s, I found Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series (Jamie is MY boyfriend) and Lora Leigh’s Men of August. Holy cow! I was bitten by the erotic romance bug hard. By 34, I swear I’d read every contemporary, spicy romance on the market.

Depressed when the stories weren’t releasing fast enough for me, I decided to try my hand at writing. I started with a time travel series where three friends were magically transported back to Regency England in the June Girls series. And after that, I wrote my first erotic romance, Erotic Research. The rest, as they say, is history.

Since becoming a writer, I have been so very lucky to meet and befriend some of the most incredible authors in this industry and today…my Kindle is filled with their stories. Books from Erin Nicholas, Lexi Blake, Angel Payne, Lila Dubois, Sierra Cartwright, Desiree Holt, and so many more!

With the release of February Stars this week, I have published 87 books—from short stories to long novels. February Stars is part of my Wilder Irish series—the next generation of Wild Irish books. Coming back to this family after a many years hiatus has been like returning home to my beloved family.

In February Stars, rock stars Sky Mitchell and Teagan Collins’ shy daughter, Ailis, is dumped by her longtime boyfriend. Enter Hunter Maxwell, aspiring singer and cocky bad boy. He and Ailis have nothing in common except for their broken hearts (it was Hunter’s fiancée who ran off with Ailis’s fella!). Turns out opposites really do attract!

February Stars is available now at all major vendors.


Mary Carr Logo Personal PhotoWriting a book was number one on Mari Carr’s bucket list and on her thirty-fourth birthday, she set out to see that goal achieved. Too many years later, her computer is jammed full of stories, novels, novellas, short stories and dead-ends and she has nearly eighty published works. Virginia native, Mari Carr is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller of contemporary erotic romance novels. With over one million copies of her books sold, Mari was the winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Passionate Plume award for her novella, Erotic Research.

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