Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hi! I'm Mary Hughes, a lover of stories that crackle with action and love. A mother, a flutist, a binge-TV-watcher of NCIS, Sherlock, and Agents of SHIELD. Most of all, a believer in grand passion.
I write wickedly funny romantic adventures and scorching hot paranormal romances, fast-paced reads with challenging heroes—and resilient heroines who aren't afraid of a challenge.
I have over twenty books to my name, but what I'm really excited about is the box set project I'm in–Happily Ever Alpha: Falling for the Billionaire.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Happily Ever Alpha: Falling for the Billionaire is a set of 20 stories, each featuring the best billionaire romance ever! Mine is romantic adventure Falling on/for the Billionaire, about Zan, a billionaire media superstar tired of high-gloss, meaningless dates and Vicky, a junior college teacher who loves Zan from afar—until she’s roped into playing wingman for her international-model sister, who's trying to win him back.
Tag: When Vicky trips and lands in billionaire and media superstar Zan’s lap, her face is hot. But soon, that’s not the only thing heating up.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I love to smell nice things while writing! Candles, incense, or just fresh air through an open window.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Johanna Lindsay, Jayne Ann Krentz, Nora Roberts/JD Robb, Jim Butcher, Elizabeth Peters, Rex Stout, Carolyn Keene, Felix Salten…
What are you working on now?
Brand new series called The Ancients. Book One, Night's Caress, is about an ancient vampire, now working for the FBI, and the human woman he needs preserve his cover on his latest murder investigation in the woman's small hometown. Naturally, she doesn't want any part of posing as his lover or returning to her hometown.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write. Be willing to make mistakes. Follow your passion. Bare your soul.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Take a deep breath and listen.
What are you reading now?
Jenn Stark's Aces Wilde
What’s next for you as a writer?
More writing!! (Yay!)
What is your favorite book of all time?
Robin McKinley's Sunshine