Mariana Gabrielle is a pseudonym of Mari Christie, a professional writer, editor, and designer with almost twenty-five years’ experience. Published in dozens of nonfiction and poetry periodicals since 1989, she began writing mainstream historical fiction in 2009 and Regency romance in 2013. In all genres, she creates deeply scarred characters in uncommon circumstances who overcome self-imposed barriers to reach their full potential. She is a member of the Bluestocking Belles, the Writing Wenches, and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Her first Regency romance, Royal Regard, was released in November 2014.
I’m delighted to introduce Mariana today. (I love the sound of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers!) Mariana will be giving away an e-copy of her latest release, La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess, to one lucky commenter today, too, so I hope you can join us!
Where do you live, Mariana? Denver, Colorado.
Where is your favourite place in the world? Venice, Italy.
Being a writer is a great job. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? I picked strawberries for a few days when I was about 13—in knee-deep mud the day I told my grandmother I would rather not eat than do that again. (Go figure.) (To be clear, I wasn’t in any danger of starving.)
Oh, I used to hate strawberry-picking, too. Blackberrying wasn’t so bad, because you don’t have to stoop all day.
What book do you wish you’d written? The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop. The Beauty Trilogy (Quartet) by Anne Rice. (I know that’s seven and all outside my genre, but still.)
I haven’t read either of those. Intriguing titles!
What’s your favourite song? That’s like asking favorite book or author. I refuse to answer on the grounds it is an unfair question. ;-)
If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you say to them? My great-great uncle, Percy Whaley, who was a world-renowned journalist when very few people did anything globally. I would ask him to tell me about his life.
What’s your happiest childhood memory? My various goody-two-shoes awards and honors. I had my essays picked in contests. I was teacher’s pet in gifted and talented classes. I was in a lot of “citywide” things—drama, choir, band. I studied and performed in musical theatre from a very young age—it would not be an exaggeration to say first grade to college level. I took voice lessons from age ten to twenty. I loved to perform.
Nothing wrong with being a goody-two-shoes! Sounds like you worked hard.
If you had to marry a fictional character, from film, television, or books, who would it be? I have a few book boyfriends—Roxton from Lucinda Brant’s Noble Satyr, Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind, Aldridge from my friend Jude’s upcoming series. A fictional spouse, though, is an entirely different question. Richard Gere seems kind and emotionally stable, the most important traits I would want in a husband. (George Clooney runs a close second in Hollywood.) When I was a kid, I wanted to marry Billy Joel or Ringo Starr.
What’s the most important lesson life has taught you? If I am afraid of something, I must do it. Sometimes that turns out to be a really stupid thing to do.
My husband says, “Feel the fear, and do it anyway.”
And finally, please tell us about your latest book, where we can find it, and where we can find your blog/website!
La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess is about the natural daughter of a British peer and an Indian tawaif, traditional courtesan to the nobility. The legendary Kali Matai knows well the many ways a woman can be put to use and brought into compliance. But when everyone she loves is put in danger, and she has nothing to lose, she learns how to wield power she doesn’t know she has.
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Mariana Social Media
Facebook Launch Party, June 10, noon – 8 pm EDT
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Thanks for coming all the way from Denver today, Mariana. It’s been lovely getting to know you!
If you’ve enjoyed Mariana’s interview, or have any questions or comments at all, please let us know. We’d love to hear from you! And don’t forget, Mariana is offering a FREE copy of La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess (.epub or .mobi) to one lucky commenter!
17 thoughts on “Good to meet you…author Mariana Gabrielle – plus #giveaway!”
Very interesting interview, Helena and Mariana. I love the sound of your novel and the title too, but I am intrigued. Why did you give it a title in French? Is it set in the part of India where the French had trading posts? Anyway, I would love to win a copy…
Hi Marie, I had wondered, too, about the French title. Thanks for asking the question! I hope Mariana can let us know. Thanks for dropping in, and for your comment!
One of the things I like about writers is that odd things that catch their attention. It never occurred to me to question the French title. I was happy to learn that the French word for goddess is Deesse. :-)
It sounds so lovely in French, doesn’t it, Ken? I wonder if the French for OMG is AMD (Ah, mon dieu??) Thanks for dropping in!
Honestly, I really never thought I would get that question, but multiple times now! The book is set in London. The heroine, it is rumored, served as Napoleon’s mistress before he set out to conquer the world, and that her dancing made her the toast of Paris. Whether these rumors (and all the others) are true… that is another question entirely. ;-)
Thanks for hosting me, Helena! This just looks great.
How intriguing, Mariana! And so that is why the figure on the front is dancing. Thanks for your explanation!
I really look forward to reading this! I ,too, was in gifted and talented. Some of my fondest memories stem from that. I love hustory and a good book. When I learn something I wouldn’t have otherise known it makes it a fun read.
I love to learn from books, too, Amanda. I’ve learned so much from reading fiction! Way more fun than sitting in class :) Thanks for dropping in, and for your great comment!
I can’t tell you how excited it makes me every time someone says that. :-) I do hope you enjoy it.
I was lucky to win an ARC copy and it is in my top favorite books ever!! Love Kali and her strength so much.
What a lovely comment, Crystal. Thanks so much for dropping in!
You’re very welcome Helena , really enjoyed your interview!
Yes, Crystal. Thank you. The top of anyone’s list is an amazing place to be. :-)
Hmmm well I might be your top stalker not sure if that is good or bad lol
I wouldn’t count it a bad thing… ;-)
Probably not, as Christie is not my original surname. I had it legally changed in 1996. :-)