Thanks for taking the time to visit, Mary.
Why, after graduating law school, did you decide not to be a lawyer?
I just don’t have the focus and love of the law to be a practicing lawyer. I saw that even before I graduated.
After being an organizer, lobbyist & non-profit executive, why writing?
What drew you?
Writing has been a significant portion of all of my jobs, but obviously, that’s a world away from romance. When I started reading online fiction, I thought, “Hey, maybe I could do that.” Then I gave it a shot.
You’ve lived quite a few places. Is there anything about them you miss?
I miss something about every place I’ve ever lived. That’s what makes going back to visit so much fun. Growing up in Texas, I ate a lot of Tex-Mex, and I really miss that. Even living in California, the Mexican food is different. When I go back to Texas, I eat Tex-Mex every day that I can!
Can you tell us a bit about A POLITICAL AFFAIR, please?
In writing A Political Affair, I wondered what would happen if the affair was actually a well-intentioned one. What if the pair truly loved one another? How could they get around their situation and actually grow a relationship? And how would the public react once it was disclosed in the middle of an election? I hope I’ve drawn a story that plays that out, while poking fun at the political world. After all, making fun of politicians is always good time, and they definitely deserve it!
What’s your favorite aspect of politics?
I love politicians with out-sized personalities. Sadly, there are fewer and fewer of them. In today’s political and media worlds, the public demands people who are careful in their words, looks, and approach, rather than being charismatic and challenging.
A VERY IMPORTANT GUEST sounds like a totally different read than A POLITICAL AFFAIR. A bit about it, please?
I’ve lived in Hawaii, and it’s such a special place. I thought it would be fun to write a story that could showcase some of the uniqueness of it. I also enjoy being in the head of a smart, but troubled young woman, so developing the Abby character was fun—especially pairing her up with a hot congressman. The sequel will be out early next year.
Is there a genre you’d like to explore that you haven’t?
I would really like to write a young adult book. I think we carry those emotions and experiences around with us our entire lives. I’d love to explore them as they’re happening to a character.
Do you have a favorite book?
I don’t have a favorite book, though I do love Louise Erdrich’s writing.
Definitely romance, chick lit, and women’s literature.
Do you have a WIP you can share some info about?
I’m finishing up a novel about two candidates who fall in love during a heated primary. It’s fun for me because it’s set in Northern California where I live. MORE THAN RIVALS will also be out early next year.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Mary.
Thank you so much for this opportunity to chat.
Stephen McEvoy never expected to fill his father’s U.S. Senate seat at such a young age—or to fight to keep it. When clever Anne Norwood interns in his office, Stephen dismisses her as another pretty face—until her independent streak catches his attention. They’re both too smart to fall for one another, yet they do. During a tough election, their relationship is an impossible political gamble. Campaigns—like love—are either won or lost.
Even before she graduated from law school, Mary Whitney knew she wasn’t cut out to be a real lawyer. Drawn to politics, she’s spent her career as an organizer, lobbyist, and nonprofit executive. Nothing piques her interest more than a good political scandal or romance, and when she stumbled upon writing, she put the two together. A born Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, and transient resident of Washington, D.C., Mary now lives in Northern California with her two daughters and real lawyer husband.