Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find your books?

All Maryanne Wells titles are available from Amazon and Kindle. You can also ask your favorite
bookstore to order the books from their regular distributors.

Are there audio books available?

Not yet. Stay tuned.

Why do you write under a pen name? And why is it the same name as one of your character's?

After I graduated from law school, and with the encouragement of friend and fellow Undead Bar Association member Naomi O'Connors, I started a blog with Undead Bar Assocation short stories. Since I was a working as an attorney, I felt a need to put some distance between my professional life and my online, fiction writing life. And so a pen name was born.

By the way, Naomi used a pen name too (she also wrote some short stories on the blog). We agreed to use the pen names as character names because we wrote stories together from our separate POVs (points of view), and liked the name we'd each selected.

As for why I still have a character name that matches my pen name, that's for the fans. People asked me to take the Undead Bar Association fictional world off the blog and into book format, and I agreed. At that point I could have changed either the pen name or the character name, but that would have confused the original story readers.

So the name stuck. Also, the name stuck.


Why did you begin writing? When did you start writing?

Writing feels right, and I've been doing it since I was a kid.

I wrote my first trilogy in fifth grade. Three historic fiction novels set in Reconstruction era American South and Pacific Northwest. The books were simply awful and I've since destroyed them, thereby saving the planet and protecting humankind. You're welcome.

What's your favorite thing about writing?

I love planning and researching the books, especially when the research involves travel. I also love reading the books when I'm done. Through reading my books, I've learned a lot of secret truths about myself.

Where do you get your ideas?

Two eyes, two ears, a life that's never dull or boring, and a vivid imagination. Sometimes life just hands you ideas - there was once a law school Dean who came to school dressed as a vampire on Halloween - and you need to be ready when the ideas appear.

And no, I'm not saying that Dean is really a vampire. I truly write fiction.

What word processing software do you use?

It depends on the book series. The Hearts Science Fiction series is written by hand in a notebook then typed into a word processing program. Those books have a different format from others novels - each chapter is written from the POV of a different character – so the writing style needs to be different right down to the applied technology.

All the other books are written from word one in Open Office. Open source rocks. Long live Linux.

What's your favorite book that you've written so far? 

The creepy, funny, surprising, intense one. Seriously, I won't answer this. I refuse to play favorites. It's dangerous ... think of the attitude of some of my characters! I can't risk making them angry. I have to work with these people.

Why is it "New Mexico Fairytales" and not "New Mexico Fairy Tales"?

Because Fairytales are different from fairy tales. Fairytales combine traditional fairy tale magic with modern legends. It's a blend, so the fairy and the tales are together.

What's your best advice for aspiring writers? 

Don't edit the book until you've finished writing the rough draft. Editing too soon is a trap. You get caught up in changing the little bit you've written and never finish. It's ridiculous. It's absurd. It's intellectual sadomasochism, so unless that's your thing, don't do it.
Finish your rough draft. Do not go back and make changes until you've finished your rough draft. 
Know why it's called a rough draft? Because it's not edited; it's rough. 


How do you stay motivated? 

I don't think about it. When I think about it, I worry. When I worry, I fidget. When I fidget, my editor snaps at me and my book developer grumbles about making me take a 'vacation'. Not quite sure what that is, but it sounds dreadful.

Focusing on my developer's mission statement and core values helps: Deliver beautifully impossible and impossibly beautiful books and stories. Invest in people. Do more with less. Be genuine. Be adventurous. Be vulnerable. Embrace ambiguity.

I believe that if I hold true to those things, I'll succeed.

How do you handle writer's block? 

Meaning, I guess, how do I make myself write every single day. That's not a problem. I am a writer. I exist, therefore I write.

The truth is, I can't stop writing. The only time it's been a problem is when I've fallen out of love with a book in process. That frustrates me. It also delays the publishing schedule because my editor won't give final approval to a book if I'm not in love with it.
But I don't think "writer's block" exists. It's half myth, half misnomer. The only time a writer encounters a 'block' is when he or she chooses to fight against the natural progress of a story. They don't like how the river's flowing so they build a dam. The solution is to let go, trust the story, and believe in yourself. There is no external block; the problem is a mistrust you invented inside.

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