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About Maria Lima

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 9/4

Q. Previous occupations

A. HR manager, pizza delivery driver, accounting/payroll clerk, retail store manager

Q. Favorite job

A. Writing...even when I'm frustrated at the words.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Lago Vista HS; Trinity University

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Crazy, mixed-up, conglomeration of all sorts of things.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. The time and means to be able to write fulltime, travel to conventions to meet fans and fellow writers and to just "be".

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Singing. I love music and have a passable voice, but I'd love to be able to sign like a pro.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Becoming a published writer. My mother always thought I'd do this...I was never so sure.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Tenacity. I will finish. I will get it done.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My smile.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Reading and watching genre TV/movies.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I'm living it! I write and get paid to do it.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Loyalty, Respect and Sincerity.

On Books and Writing

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. There's no magic bullet, no fairy godparent: keep writing and give it your all.

Q. How did you come to write Matters of the Blood?

A. I'd started writing a traditional mystery based on a scene I'd imagined: a woman, trapped inside a mortuary prep room. Except, suddenly, one of the draped bodies sat up and started talking to her. Right then, I knew I either had to take it to straight up horror, or something else. I ended up with something else: urban (rural?) fantasy set in a fictional small town in the Texas Hill Country. The basics of the scene remained. The story completely changed.

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