Tell us the name of your books that are currently available?
I have two books available on Amazon. Whatever It Takes, which is about a couple trying to mend their marriage after the husband cheats, and Falling from Disgrace, the story of a young woman trying to overcome her addiction to painkillers.
Can you tell us your name and a bit about yourself?
My name is Lauren Maretta and I am a wife, mother to two young girls, and a teacher. I was born in New York and spent some time living in New Jersey before my parents moved my family to Florida where I still currently reside.
I love books and music, just about all genres, and a large portion of my disposable income is spent on shoes and wine.
When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing at a young age, probably around thirteen or fourteen years old, just as a creative outlet. Writing was also very cathartic for me as an adolescent. It was fun to write out fantasies of living the life of an extraordinary girl when you’re an average teen going through average teen drama.
As an adult, it’s still for a creative outlet. I write to entertain, myself and my readers.
What inspired you to write your first book?
After the erotica explosion happened I thought, why not take a shot at it? I enjoyed Fifty Shades and other popular series that were similar but they were fantasy stories. I wanted to write something that more people could relate to; no billionaire sex gods. I also wondered what if these men, who were flawed but perfect boyfriends/husbands/lovers, really did something to screw up a relationship. What if Christian cheated on Ana? Whatever it Takescame from there.
How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
With Whatever it Takes the title was easy and pretty self-explanatory. The husband is willing to do whatever it takes to repair his marriage and make amends for what he did.
Falling from Disgrace was a tougher one. I spent a lot of time playing with different titles, bouncing ideas off of friends, before I was satisfied. I wanted a title that didn’t sound cheesy but gave the message that it was about someone turning her life around for the better.
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
My books are part of the erotic/romance genre so naturally they are intended for adult women. I have had men read my books and enjoy them, though! Why should they read my book? My books are meant to be realistic and give hope. I want readers to connect with the characters and see that it doesn’t take being rich or incredibly good looking to have a happy ever after.
Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Jack from Falling. I love that he’s sweet and nurturing but doesn’t come off as too soft. He’s a real guy and he’s smart, funny, sarcastic, and very sexy!
How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
This is a hard one to answer. I would have to say Lisa from Whatever it Takes. Not because she was the other woman, but because she had what she wanted, threw it away, and then was very selfish about trying to get it back.
What was the hardest part of writing your books?
When I write I don’t write from beginning to end. I get certain scenes or conversations in my head and write those out. The hardest part is going back and connecting all those scenes.
If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
I wouldn’t change anything; I am happy with how they turned out.
Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series
Gavin’s name from Whatever it Takes came from Gavin Rossdale from the band Bush. I always have music playing while I am writing and the song Glycerine came on. Now, my favorite band is U2 but I didn’t think having a main character named Bono would work.
Whilst writing your book did you have much support from family and friends?
I did! With both books I had my sister and a few friends who would read the stories chapter by chapter and give me constructive feedback. They were extremely helpful.
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I like to think that walking around in the heels that I wear qualifies as a talent. Coming up with sexy stories is my hobby!
What can we expect from you in the future?
Hopefully more books! I am working on one now that’s a bit different than my first two. It’s meant to be sexy but more funny than dramatic. It’s coming along nicely so far but not as easily as my first two books.
I also get inspired to write short stories that I put on my blog. You can read them atwww.lmaretta.com
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Review them on Amazon and Good Reads and tell your friends about them!
Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
Just do it. Get it done and put it out there. Don’t be afraid of what people think, there will be positive and negative feedback but as long as you’re writing for the enjoyment of it, you’ll be fine.