Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Why I'm a Selfish Author :-)

So it's occurred to me recently that I'm a rather selfish author. Now, now, it's TRUE. I write my books the way I want to and don't spend much time obsessing or worrying if there's something about them people don't like, or if a reader doesn't like the entire book. That's okay. That's their prerogative. I've decided it's far, far, FAR more important that I please myself than it is that I please anyone else. See how selfish I am? :-)

Let me give you an example. When it comes to my McCarthys of Gansett Island Series, there is a small camp of readers who do not like the fact that I include rather extensive stories for characters other than the hero and heroine. I absolutely get why they don't like it. The thing is, though, I like it. I love going back and revisiting couples who starred in past books and seeing what's up with them. Sometimes it's big stuff. In Season for Love, for example, Grant and Stephanie from Falling for Love hit a rather big speed bump in their love story. Doesn't that happen in real life? Don't people who are madly in love one minute start to wonder in the next minute if this thing that's sprouted between them will go the distance? See, I thought so! That's right when it starts to get interesting to me. How about you?

In Longing for Love, book 7, Evan and Grace from Hoping for Love will hit a bump when her parents come to the island for a surprise visit and discover that not only does their daughter have a boyfriend she never told them about, but he's living with her, too. Something tells me Evan is going to be rather hurt by the fact that she never bothered to tell her folks about him. Will that be the main story in Longing for Love? Nope. Tiffany and Blaine will be the main attraction in that book, but life hasn't stopped for the rest of the Gansett Island community, and I like to write about that. I suppose that makes me a selfish author, and shockingly, I'm quite okay with that.

The first person I have to please with my books is ME. If I don't love them, how can I expect any of you to love them? I will be the first to admit there is a LOT going on in Season for Love. I can totally see how some people might think it's too much, and I've already acknowledged that we can't have story for every past couple in every future book. Season was  definitely Laura and Owen's book, but I also used it as a wrap-up of the first six books and a launch pad for the next few. Did I succeed? I'll let you tell me!

The vast majority of readers, especially those in my McCarthy Reader Group, enjoy the subplots and want more of them in future books. Those of you who agree with them are in luck, because I do, too. And since I'm a selfish, selfish author, I plan to please myself first and foremost. :-)

Of course I'm teasing about being selfish. I always hope readers will enjoy my books, but if I'm not enjoying the writing of the books, there won't be any more. I've made a career out of breaking the mold a bit, such as the Fatal Series that features the same couple in every book (supposedly a no-no in romance) and now the McCarthy Series that keeps past couples front and center in future books. You may not always get what you expect from me (hello, Seamus and Carolina?), but just as I hope to keep things interesting for you, I've got to keep things interesting for me, too. Thus the road less traveled. I hope you'll continue to come along for the ride, even if I take you places you didn't expect to go. After all, my journey would be absolutely no fun without my lovely readers riding shotgun.

So tell me, are you in the "Want more of the past characters" camp or the "Want less of the past characters" camp?

102 comments:

Melissa Schroeder said...

I am a selfish reader and I would rather see past characters. Do I want them to have really dark moments and be wondering if they are going to stay together? No. But I do like to see their lives after the HEA finish. Even before I was published, I was usually happy with whatever the writer did as long as it worked for the characters. Mainly because I always viewed it at their world, their creation.
From another selfish author, lol

Marie Force said...

LOL Melissa! Glad to know I'm not the only selfish one! :-)

sina buckner said...

It's great to see what others are doing. Does that make You/me selfish? YES! Am so glad that they are regular people who have problems like the rest of us and not plastic. ( meaning so I'm so perfect that nothing goes wrong)Thank God!!! I got bored with one author with her I'm so perfect especially since "I have God this and God that with me all the time" I nearly threw up. Am glad to hear that you bring back past characters:)

Angela said...

I absolutely love the continuing story of past couples. But like Melissa, I don't want to see their HEA's ruined, just perhaps challenged a bit. To me no one couple exists alone, they are always surrounded by friends and family. It's interesting to see how they all interact together. It reminds me of a TV show.

Heather said...

Totally LOVE revisting old characters, and LOVE that their lives have little bumps...it does make it seem more real.

Plus...I feel like I get more than one love story per book...I get several...makes me feel like I'm getting more bang for my buck (if you get my drift).

There are other selfish Authors, like you Marie, and one of the reasons I love their work is because of the multiple storylines, and the revisting of "old friends"...because that's how I think of them.

Keep doing it your way...it's been successful so far!!!

Joy said...

You can't be all things to all readers, but you definitely are for me and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the multiple storylines. I'd love to see more! I'm glad you are SO SELFISH :) Bring on more characters (Ballard and Lawry siblings should add plenty of interwoven family drama for many books to come!).

CMD said...

I love reading about past characters-- that's part of the appeal of reading a series for me! It's like catching up with old friends, and it lends a sense of realism to the series (especially those set in small-town communities)... there's no way in hell people/couples exist by themselves in real life.

You also have to 'like' your book as an author for that to translate into a memorable read for readers-- it's immediately obvious when an author is solely writing fanservice he/she doesn't fully believe in! So more power to you, Marie.

P.S. Can it be whenever it is that Fatal Attack will be released? I need my Sam/Nick fix :P

Dianna said...

I enjoy reading about the past characters also. After reading a book you kind of feel like they are family and want to know what is going on with them so I do enjoy it.

Pamela Quander said...

I too am a selfish reader, I love reading about past characters, seeing where they are at in life. You keep being a selfish author and I will keep being a selfish reader LoL....Gansett Island is by far my favorite series and I hope to see many more books!!!!

Andrea Coyne said...

I love reading about the past characters. That is what
makes the books so great!! Ok so i am selfish too..

Nancy H. said...

Okay, apparently I am a selfish reader too because I really enjoy finding out what is going on with past characters. After all, Gansett Island is a small community. These people don't just go poof! at the end of their particular book.

So, if that makes you selfish, please continue to be so.

As an aside. I am a wanna be author. If I wasn't enjoying WHAT I was writing, I wouldn't even keep trying. You have to like what and how you write, or it becomes just another boring job.

lydia white said...

Marie, you do what you gotta do. My favorite couple is Mac and Maddie by far and if you include something about them in later books, i eat it up. Its great to see what others are up to. So you do what you do best... be a selfish author because we will selfishly eat it up.

Megan said...

I love reading about other characters in the books going forward. It was those characters that made me fall in love with the series to begin with so its fun to hear what they are up to now.

Amy said...

I love to read about the past characters, isn't that why they are called series? I feel like I know the characters & love to read where they are now. If that's selfish then great keep doing it. Thanks for all of your great books

Colleen said...

I think the quote 'to thine own self be true' relates greatly to writers in that their writing should reflect the love they have for their writing and characters. This shines through in every single one of your books. It comes from your heart, soul and very being. It's true. What is true is real to us readers. That said - there is really nothing selfish in it. Rather; it is self-serving to your writer's muse.

oklanannie said...

I'm kinda lovin' the "selfish" you and it appears lots others are too! When I picked up the first Marie Force book I ever read and
started reading, it was the writing style, the dialogues, the characters and the overall "fit" for me. I've never looked back or questioned why your books just bring me reading pleasure because they just do! Are there ones I favor over others - maybe, probably -- but there's not one - no not one that I've ever been disappointed in.

So, from my standpoint - BE SELFISH! Just continue sharing that selfishness PLEASE!!!

Take it from Old Blue Eyes (I know - I'm aging myself but he knew what he was singing about!):

"For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows -
And did it my way!

To think I did all that;
And may I say - not in a shy way,
"No, oh no not me,
I did it my way".

Bravo and Cheers for all you've accomplished selfishly thus far. Count on me to be there as you continue to pave the path with lots more wonderful books!

Jeanine said...

My favorite thing about reading books in series is finding out about past characters. I love a HEA, but I'm always curious about what happens after that. Keep being selfish Marie... and keep this series going for as long as possible!

Heather said...

I am right there with you Marie, I love getting to follow the characters from book to book, so I guess that makes me a selfish reader! One of the reasons I love series books are just for that reason, you can follow what the characters are doing from book to book even if they may not be the focal point of that particular story. It also does give more of a "real life" feeling when you do get to see that things aren't always rosy 100% of the time. One of my favorite aspects of Season for Love was that we did get to find out what our favorites from Gansett Island were up to.

And for the record, I love Sam & Nick being the sole focus of the Fatal Series too! ;)

Donna said...

One of the things I like best about your books is that you continue to give us glimpses into the lives of previous characters. This makes the storylines more real. Real people have close friends and family who are an integral part of their lives. Your Fatal series and McCarthy series are so much fun to read. In fact they are downright addictive! You can't please everybody, but if you look back upon your work day with satisfaction you are doing something right; something your fans appreciate.

Karen L said...

You're preaching to the choir Marie! I love hearing about all my friends on Gansett Island and hearing what is going on in their lives - new babies, small bumps that get resolved, and proposals, engagements, and weddings! Just like we keep track of our real friends and how they are doing, it is fun to visit all the McCarthys and their friends to see what's up (and in this last one quite a bit was 'up').

Keep being selfish please!

Anonymous said...

I definitely want to read about the past characters and what's happening in their lives. Like you said, Marie, life goes on for all the characters on the island and it would be strange not to have updates on them. I'm all for happy ever after but am realistic enough to know there are bumps along the way. And you write those bumps so well. So keep being selfish because I'm selfish too. I'll read anything you write because you "get it" and put it on paper so well.

Anonymous said...

I love to see past characters! Families are constantly growing and learning, and it is nice to see some of our favorite couples go through that. I agree with another comment that I don't want to see their HEA ruined, but it is nice to see them interact and how kids, etc, changes their lives and perspectives.

Stephanie Oliva said...

If you being selfish works for you, it works for me too. I love that we get to see past characters. How can it be called a series when you just keep moving on to new characters and not revisit old one, than wouldn't that just be a new book and not a series? I hate how other authors say its a "series" when it's really a new book set in the same place as the one before but without the characters, what did they just vanish into thin air? Marie You ROCK!!!

Diane Burton said...

If I've invested the time to read a story and love the characters, of course, I want to know what happened after "the end"--because it's really "the beginning" of their live together. We all know life has it's ups & downs and I want to know how they manage. Keep on being selfish.

Marie Force said...

Wow, well, tell me how you really feel, people! :-) Thank you so much for all the lovely comments. You made me smile all afternoon. I'm glad that my brand of selfish works for you guys! You all are the best!

Jessica said...

Marie....One of the things I love about your series is you keep telling us about the others....I have mentioned about some of your other books that I want MORE!!! This series and talking about past characters definetly gives me that MORE factor! I am so glad I started to read your books....I am hooked and now wait patiently for more to come!

Anonymous said...

I agree, I love seeing what everyone is up to! Don't change a thing!

Tracy said...

Marie.... I am glad you are selfish! I fall in love with your characters and I LOVE to see what they are up too later...

Harriet said...

Want more! I love what you are doing and the fact that you're different is what has made me read all of your books. Keep it up please, I'm hooked on your stories and love revisiting old characters.

elaine croteau said...

i love any book that marie writes no matter who is in it!!! i love reading about the other people from other stories. i feel let down when i finish a book cuz i don't want it to end. when i read a good book i almost become part of the story. so no matter that some women don't like to read your books i like reading spoilers!!! thank you for writing awesome stories!!

Anonymous said...

Please dont change a thing. I love your books because of your terrific writing style. The main characters are a FAMILY so of course the stories will all touch each other. They all develop within the same setting for the most part, the island, so they will all interact and past stories will continue to intertwine with the new ones. That's the best part! And, all of the characters have regular everyday issues like us, so they are completely believable.
I just started reading the "Fatal" series, and again I am hooked on the continuation of Sam's and Nick's story! I finished Fatal Affair in record timing, and am already half way through book 2. I love the suspense and can hardly put the books down! But the best part is the characters are so real with their everyday problems like we all can relate to, like thecomplexities of their relationship, their insecurities and vulnerabilities. Such great stories! Please be selfish and continue to write your special way! Thanks for all the terrific books!

JenM said...

Marie, one of the reasons I love your books is that they are in sync with what I want to read. As you know, I love the fact that the Fatal series continues to feature one main couple, and I love it when past characters continue to make appearances in new books. It makes the fabric of the story that much richer. Keep up the good work!

Musing Sallie said...

I love to revisit because I love your characters. Grant and Stephanie were one of my favorite parts. When you introduce the featured couple prior to "their" book, I think us readers get enough bonding time and are happy to share the book with other couples. I'm looking forward to Grace and ALL her issues.

Virginia Rosario said...

I love reading about the past characters, because truly that is what happens in a series. The other characters should not die out simply because of a new story line. For starters the new characters learn from the previous ones. The "bumps" that the previous characters face is what makes the HEA more meaningful. No relationship is perfect, and when you read a book we need some reality entwined with the fantasy. I'm thinking of packing my bags and going to the Island and see if I can find myself a HEA for myself.

Judy L. from Raleigh NC said...

I had to sleep on this topic before weighing in.

The McCarthy's are my favorite series, on par with Dallas, Peyton Place, Nancy Drew, Northern Exposure and Downton Abbey. I believe revisiting previous characters is entirely appropriate and realistic in an island community. (Ask me about my two friends, guys, on Hatteras Island and the woman they fought over and eventually both lost.)

Ultimately, Marie, your name is on the books. You are the puppetmistress, the captain of the ship. I'd hate like hell for your creativity to be affected by two anonymous reviewers whose personal expectations are different from the rest of ours.

Do you want me to, um, handle them?

Marie Force said...

LOL, Judy, no need to handle them. Haha! You are funny! I don't want anyone to think I am particularly bothered by the naysayers who prefer a straight H/h romance with no secondary stories. But there were enough of them this time around that I wanted to talk some more about the issue. I think the loyal fans of the series have spoken loud and clear, and it's okay to continue my selfish pursuits! :-)

Pamela Nola said...

Marie, I'm thrilled to revisit in following books, I love the fact that in book 6 Mac & maddie all of the characters!!!!

Christina said...

I love the sub stories! I hate when you only get a tiny glimpse into a past character, I want to know more about them and how their relationship is going!

ecowgirl said...

I love that you keep us updated on all our favorite island couples! I also love Sam and Nick from the Fatal series and that all the books are about them and the friends that surround them.
One small however... I'm worried about your plan to continue/revive/reunite Kate & Reid from Marking Time. I was such a fan of them getting together but I thought their relationship came to such a natural conclusion. They are your characters, your creation, but I fear bringing them back together is just too much! But you know I'll still buy the book to find out what happens!!! :)

Marie Force said...

ecowgirl, thanks for the input. I hear what you're saying about Reid and Kate. Even though I had an idea for a follow-on story for them a long time ago, I wasn't planning to write it until SOOOO many readers asked me to. Since I'm all about giving the people what they want, I will be writing Coming Home, pretty soon actually. :-) I hope you'll like it.

Anonymous said...

I love love love your books! I am a new reader to your stories and I became a huge fan very quickly! I love the fact that you continue to tell the stories of all the characters we have met so far. For me, Season For Love has been my favorite book so far and I cannot wait to read Longing For Love!! Season For Love was just beautiful, I loved Laura and Owen's story, but on top of that we got Grants beautiful proposal that brought me to tears and not to mention Sydney and Luke's wedding.. I didn't want the book to end. Thank you for the great stories and I can't wait to read more!

Karen Speck said...

I do love the way you write. Sometimes (as in this newest book "Season for Love") I wasn't ready for it to end with so many open doors and windows of characters and stories to be. But that is the draw....those to be. I love it because it gives me something to look forward to. So many teasers! Thank you for being such a great writer.

Anonymous said...

I found a freebee in the kindle store last week called Maid for Love. I was immediately hooked & have since read all 6 books in the McCarthys on Gansett Island series. I love the way you have a mix of characters in each book, but each book seems to be focused on one couple. (I don’t think you are selfish at all LOL) I also love that you continue on with the characters and we get to see how each couple progresses! I am chomping at the bit to read Tiffany & Blaine's story! When can we expect it????

Marie Force said...

Thanks so much Anon! So glad you're enjoying the McCarthys! Thanks for reading.

Rayne said...

I have to agree. I like that you through in bits and pieces of other characters so we can see what has become of them "after the happily-ever-after". As a reader, you grow to love the characters, especially in a series, so to get a glimpse of their life outside their main story (whether it be before or after) is a nice way to check up on them and it's great to see that the writer hasn't brushed them aside once their story has been told.

Marie Force said...

Thanks Raine, so glad you're enjoying the McCarthys!

Manda said...

I love it! I feel like the books are more real and you care about the characters. Plus it was like we got to fall in love with Owen and Laura for 3 books!

Anonymous said...

When is Longing For Love going to be available? I can't wait to read Tiffney and Blains story :)!

Anonymous said...

I love the revisiting... the problem I have is that sometimes it gets overwhelming. Especially now that there are so many couples going on I'm always torn between whether I'm happy to check in on an old couple or wishing the updates were "off-stage" more.

Anonymous said...

I love love love the revisit of the other characters. Love all of them.
I finished all 6 in less than a week.
Thanks.
Hummmmm.. When will number 7 coming?
Can't can't can't wait.
Happy Sunday!

Marie Force said...

Anon,
So glad you're enjoying the series. I'm aiming for late summer/early fall for Longing for Love! So glad you're looking forward to it. Are you on my mailing list to be notified when the new book is available? If not, please contact me at marie@marieforce.com. Thanks,
Marie

Erica H said...

Marie! you are a gifted author. you be as selfish as you want to be. I love all your books. it's always nice to read about the past characters and to know that they are living their lives after the HEA! so don't stop. keep them coming girl. But i gotta tell you and I believe i told you before. I gotta have my Nick and Sam as one of your readers said "fix" I love them and can not wait for the next book. But i'm happy to get my fix on the Gansett island series =)

Marie Force said...

Thanks so much Erica! Your next fix of Sam and Nick is done and on it's way to the publisher this weekend for a November release. :-) Coming soon!

Anonymous said...

I would really love to see the past characters in all the books. i feel in love with maddie and mac and then the rest of them as you intoduced them. Please continue their stories, i am always excited to find out what happens next in their lives....thanks again for the great books and cant wait till book 7 is aviable...

Barbo said...

Love the revisiting of everybody.....can't wait for book 7! When is release date?

Shelley E said...

I love the revisiting... I also can't wait for book 7. I am going to be very sad when I finish because I love all the characters so much!!!

Marie Force said...

Longing for Love will be out late summer/early fall!

Anonymous said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE side stories on past characters. It is awesome to feel the love and interaction of the entire family!

Melynda said...

I love the McCarthys! And yes, I suppose I am selfish also ~ I love reading about the past characters and what is going on with them. That is one thing that I love about the McCarthys series. Keep up the great writing :)

Bronwynn said...

I am also a selfish reader. I want to know what happens next, and having a little conflict later after their happily ever after is realistic and keeps me wanting to read more. Keep up the great work!!!!

Anonymous said...

LOVE reading about past characters and how they connect with each other. It makes me feel as if I'm part of the group and it makes the island seem like an actual place, not one dimensional. This is my favorite series in a very long time

Tina Reynolds said...

I absolutely love the way you revisit the other characters of Gansett and I think it makes it more interesting when speed bumps come along after their "HEA"....it makes it more like real life. I can't wait to read the next story and I also hope there are more books for Sam and Nick in the Fatal series. Keep up the great work!

Elisabeth said...

I love the recurring stories of all of the wonderful couple on Gansett island!!! Just finished books 1-6 and shared them with my mother and sister! We are patiently waiting for book 7......love them!

Anonymous said...

I love all 6 books you have written and the fact that you bring back old characters makes me enjoy the books even more. I feel like I live on the island with them and I'm catching up on what everyone is up to. I LOVE it keep up the amazing job your doing

Anonymous said...

I also agree. I love that you keep us up to date on everyone. That is one of my favorite parts of your books. I feel like it is a great show that keeps on going awesome in their lives! How you write all the books makes me feel right there. I can't wait for the new book to come out. You are a great writer and great at bring everyone alive on paper!

Lisa Boyd said...

i love your books, they make me feel which is the best thing a writer can do for her readers the emtions make it all more better;) i can relate to grace`s story i too had the surgery and lost soo much weight i was a new person after dealing with the New Me... i didnt find the love of a lifetime but i found self respect and love for myself , thank you for writng about the surgery because those emotions in your book are what i went thru so i really can relate

Marie Force said...

Thank you Lisa, that is so very lovely to hear. Congrats on your successful weight loss. :-)

Marie Force said...

Thank you Lisa, that is so very lovely to hear. Congrats on your successful weight loss. :-)

Marie Force said...

Thank you Lisa, that is so very lovely to hear. Congrats on your successful weight loss. :-)

Ronnie Pekeles said...

I feel that referring to other couples in all the books makes it more real to me. Many of them are related so we should expect to hear about them. I love all the characters, whether they are the main ones or not, it just is so much more interesting to me. I really love how you write and I eat your books up.
Thanks for being you.

fleurdelis70 said...

Please don't stop writing about all of your past characters! I love that each book along the way so far has further developed all of their stories. They are linked and thus I would hope to continue to see them in and out of each others lives. I can't wait to see how you are going to bring Adam back and how Blaine and Tiffany finally get together, will Seamus catch his cougar, do you have someone in mind for Charlie, what may happen between Kara and Dan and who you have in store for Julie.

You have me addicted to the McCarthy's and their friends. Keep them coming!

Marie Force said...

Thanks Ronnie and fleurdelis70! So glad you like the way I'm writing the series. :-)

Anonymous said...

The fact that you include your past characters is what is keeping me so into this series! Keep it up!

me said...

I have quickly devoured your last six books over the last six days! I love them!! I love how you keep the entire community in the books and introduce new characters..Im waiting on Adams new lady..will it be the lighthouse Jenny or the new Launch Program lady! I love knowing how Mac and Maddie and every other character is doing! I want to hear about Thomas and Charlie and even Cal and Abby (in passing). ! Keep it up! It makes me love it..besides I want to hear about the new baby :)

Marie Force said...

Me: Adam's love interest is not Jenny or Kara. :-) So glad you're enjoying the books!

Sarah said...

By all means, PLEASE be selfish. I LOVE hearing about everyone else too while the new story is being told. The past characters don't just drop off the face of the earth because they aren't the main characters. Besides, the current characters have to sleep sometime, so why wouldn't there be time to see what the others are going through. Anyway, just my thought.

Marie Force said...

Thanks Sarah! So glad you enjoy the updates!

Elaine said...

I totally love that you revisit characters from the previous books. I love knowing what's going on in everyone's lives. I just can't wait to hear more about all of them!!

Anonymous said...

I DEFINITELY want to see the continuing story of the past couples. It makes them a family. Although my brothers and sisters have their own lives we all share some part of our lives together. I think seeing how past characters are all growing and interacting is what makes the series interesting. Please keep it up!

Jen said...

Love revisiting! Keep it up! Thank you!

Tonya said...

I'm so excited about this! I originally read all of your Gansett Island series and while I impatiently await for Longing for Loce to be released :) I decided to start the Fatal series and I fell in love with Sam, Nick and all of the wonderful characters in this series also! I have a question, when I was reading Fatal Consequences one of the characters name was awful familiar.. Seamus O'Grady.. It only took about 2 minutes for me to recognize that name from your Season for Love. Is this the same character? Will he tie the books together in some way? I just thought it was interesting that he showed up very briefly as the ex husband of one of the cleaning ladies. Keep the books a coming I'm addicted :)!

Marie Force said...

Thanks Tonya! Glad you enjoyed the McCarthys and the Fatal Series. The dual Seamus O'Grady references were an authorly brain fart. No connection between the two series, but that's one reason I'm having both series indexed! LOL!

Tonya said...

LOL thanks for the answer :). I can't wait for the next books.. In the meantime I'll be reading some of your other stories. My b-day is in November so the next book of Sam and Nick's story will be my first b-day present :) I hope Scotty decides to live with them :). Keep the great stories coming :)!

Marie Force said...

Hope Sam and Nick make your birthday extra happy, Tonya! I realllllly love this next book. Hope you will, too!

Anonymous said...

Love reading about past characters- period.

Sandee D said...

Can't wait for longing for love. I just discovered your work two weeks ago and I'm ready for more! I think I'll read the fatal series while I wait impatiently to read more about Gansett Island. So curious to learn how the rest of the island residents will react to Tiffany's Naughty and Nice :0). I like hearing about characters from previous books so I'm glad you're selfish too!

Marie Force said...

Thanks so much Sandee! So glad you're enjoying my books!

Heather W said...

I LOVE the fact that you go back and tell us about the other characters!! PLEASE keep doing it and keep those McCarthy books coming :)

Marie Force said...

Thanks Heather! So glad you're enjoying the books!

Elizabeth Counsman said...

I love how you weave in the subplots of past characters.

Kimberly Brouthers said...

I found this series by chance when I was looking for something to read this summer on my kindle.......I love this series and got my mother loving it as much as I do......looking forward to reading all of the rest when they come out also I love that yo revisit the past books.....keeps me very interested and I find it hard to put them down.

Marie Force said...

Thanks so much, Kimberly! So glad you and your mom are enjoying the McCarthys!

Linda Gump said...

I discovered your books in early August and have read all of the McCarthy series, 3 others, and am now finishing the 3rd book in the Treading Water series. I LOVE your writing and was really grieving the end of the McCarthy series in book 6 until I saw that there was #7 coming. Thanks! I feel like they're family, and I can't wait for Longing for Love. I've read the books in order and love the fact that we get to really keep up with past characters in future books. When they become part of you, it's hard to say goodbye to them. Now I'm really hooked on the O'Malleys. I'm a recently retired teacher of 42 years and love that I have the time to indulge my reading. Thank you for creating such wonderful characters and families for us to love!
Linda Gump -- Dallas, TX

Marie Force said...

Thanks so much, Linda! So glad you're enjoying my books so much! Great to see you over at Marie Force Book Talk, also! :-)

Rocio Rei said...

Hi Marie!I just finished reading Evan's book and you totally hooked me up!can't wait to read the next one and then next and the next...etc... =)
and I have a question, more like a request actually =) MORE Seamus O'Grady please!!!will he have a HEA?do we have to wait too much till we meet her??? ='/
Ill keep reading you to find out =) you make wonderful novels!

ROCIO

Anonymous said...

PLEASE be selfish!! One of the reasons I felt compelled to keep reading is because I love the characters and you see them grow in the real world. I mean, as real as having all these hot guys living on this island at the same time can be ;)

I think by interconnecting the stories it makes continuing the series am easier task. The lives and loves of this island can grow and evolve, endless possibilities!!!

So excited for book 8!

Sara

Marie Force said...

Thanks Sara! That's ver nice of you to say!

Anonymous said...

Hi Marie, I just want to say I am an advid reader , I read at least 4 to 5 books a week. With that said I am a mother and have full time job that are very stressful so I find reading gives me the outlet I need to be able to relax. When I came across your first book in the this series I was overwhelmed with the need or know more about Maddie and Mac so to my surprise in reading the second, third and so on that their story was continued gave me such gratification that I do not get from other books I have read. Most books leave with the feeling of being cheated with not knowing the what after!!! I am so glad I found your books and look forward to reading everything you have written. This week started off a real roller coaster of emotions in my own life that finding your books I was able to lose myself in their stories helped more then ou know with my own.. THANK YOU!!!!!

Marie Force said...

Anon,
Thanks so much for your note! Thrilled to be able to take you away from it all for a few hours! Thanks for reading!
Marie

maritza cabrera said...

Thats what I love about the Gansett Island series is that we revisit the characters we fell in love with in the 1st place! Its way cool to get to see what their up to!!! Please dont stop Marie. Add me to the selfish readers list :-)

maritza cabrera said...

I was ready to have an all out war session with the anonymous persons, although we are all entitled to our opinions. Happy to read, that it wont be necessary! MARIE, we love they way you write, have a group of coworkers that devour your books & discuss them at great detail. The McCarthy's of Gansett Island is beautifully written, the best part is the revisiting and the new twists they get into. People you dont fall out of love with these characters, its a bonus and ablessing that she writes this way!!! Similarly I love that Sam & Nick dominate the Fatal series, I cant get enough of those two! I just finished Coming Home sooo happy Kate &Reid got their hea but now I want now I want to know about Jill & Ashton, Maggie, etc..you get the picture! SERIOUSLY THANK YOU MARIE! U MAKE ME :-)

Marie Force said...

Thanks Maritza! So glad you're enjoying the McCarthys! I like writing about the past couples and keeping their stories moving forward. Glad you like it, too! No plans to continue the Treading Water Series now, but you never know! :-)