Mary - a Golden Heart Finalist - and I met in Orlando at the 2010 RWA Conference and became fast friends. I've had the pleasure of reading an excerpt of her work and am here to tell you, this is one talented lady! But I really don't have to tell you - check out her beautiful website, http://www.maryoldham.com/ , and take a look at this multi-award winning author's work for yourself.
Then come on back and get to know Mary a little better:)
Take it away, Mary!
Why did you start writing?
What started as a way to journal my feelings after a bad marriage and resulting divorce turned into a rough draft for The Voice of Reason. At some point I stopped writing about my personal feelings and started writing about a woman plotting to kill her ex-husband. It kind of scared me at the time, but it was quite therapeutic! The story was badly written, but it got my mind thinking in a new way, like an author. I was very intrigued with the idea of a good girl raised in a loving family, who marries this wonderful man, but then discovers the marriage is a façade for something sinister. I couldn’t get this one simple idea out of my head: How far would you go to survive?
When I finished the rough draft, I put The Voice of Reason on the shelf and decided I’d never be a writer. But in January 2008, I wrote several short stories. I found that I had really missed escaping into the world of writing. I expanded five of the short stories into series contemporary manuscripts. Last spring, I picked up my old friend The Voice of Reason and rewrote the entire thing. The ten year break gave me a good amount of perspective and I think I’m finally happy with it.
What genre do you write?
I write romantic suspense and series contemporary. I would love to write single title, but series contemporary is a good way to get a lot of inventory in the pipeline. At 50,000 words if the story isn’t what agents and editors are looking for, I know I will have another story for them to look at fairly quickly. I also have a bit of a dark side, a little touch of the Dean Koontz or Stephen King that craves a great love story with something dark thrown in for fun.
Tell us about your 2010 Golden Heart Finalist manuscript, Laura Takes a Lover.
I like to write about women who want it all, but aren’t sure which pathway in life to take. Because no matter what direction we choose, the grass will always appear greener in someone else’s yard.
Laura is a heroine who is about to live a modern day fairytale, but doesn’t know it. She discovers she can’t have children at the same time her husband has an affair, which leads to a divorce. Then she meets Adam. Not only is he younger, he’s good looking, very attracted to Laura and quite capable of getting her pregnant!
Laura has to lose something she perceived to be good before she can value getting something that is great.
Mary Oldham – Bio
Ten years as a Media Consultant for The Oregonian newspaper in Portland, Oregon.
My career in advertising and outside sales has encompassed nineteen years. At any one time I have five or more stories swimming in my head asking to be written into novels.
Since January 2008, I’ve written six novels, finaled in ten contests, taking first place in three of them, as I continue to work full time. I rework a story until it's right, even if that means rewriting the entire manuscript.
For more information about my stories, please visit: www.maryoldham.com