Interview with Author Marianne Petit

My guest today is Marianne Petit.  Hello, Marianne!  Welcome to Writing in the Modern Age!  It’s such a pleasure to have you.

Can you tell us a little bit about your book? When did it come out? Where can we get it? title of my book is Amulet of Darkness. It was published in 2012. Amulet of Darkness is a romantic fantasy. It's a quest in a land where creatures shape-shift, a blind man sees and believing in your gut instinct might just save a life.

My heroine, who is dedicated to the deities, sets out on a journey of redemption when she feels responsible for the deaths of her comrades. The hero, who hates all deities, is determined to bring his parents back from the Underland and to revenge their deaths by killing the deity that rules that realm. They set out on a journey that takes them though uncharted territories where love teeters on the edge of danger.

You can buy Amulet of Darkness as a paperback or an ebook at all major resellers like Amazon and B&N and on my website

Is there anything that prompted your latest book ? Something that inspired you?

After doing a lot of research on my last two historicals, I thought it would be fun to try something different. To be able to create a new world or make up any kind of character I wanted, without having to worry about the "reality" of that character, was fun. As to what inspired me, I like the Herculean  hero and strong Xena type characters. The idea having them deal with deities, who are anything but perfect in their own right, was intriguing.  Then, for some reason, the story kept leaning toward a spiritual element and the change of beliefs away from many gods to one.

So, when did you know you wanted to write?  Or has it always been a pastime of yours?

I have been writing since way before high school so I guess it's been a longgggggggggg time!

Do you have any favorite authors?

Not really. I love historicals, time travels , fantasies and paranormal books, so any author in those genres are the books I tend to pick up and read.

Do you write in a specific place?  Time of day? 

No. I have no schedule.  When I feel inspired, I can write all day. When I am not writing I am thinking about the story, jotting down scenes and thinking about my characters.

Are there any words you'd like to impart to fellow writers?  Any advice? 

If you love writing, just do it. I started writing with two small children and a job but managed to finish my first book even though it took me two years. You have to stick with it, even when you feel frustrated or get rejections. I just can't image myself not writing; it's a purpose that keeps me going. If you believe in yourself and feel about writing as I do, than you will succeed. And to me success it not how much money you make, or how many sales you make, it's finishing the book and seeing your name on the cover.

Here is the blurb for Amulet of Darkness.

In a land where creatures shape-shift, a blind man sees, and where believing in your gut instinct can save a life, a Herculean hero matches wits with a beautiful huntress. Together they set out on a journey that takes them through uncharted territories where love teeters on the edge of danger.

Cyrenne’s life is pledged in servitude to the deity of the forest. She believes in obeying the deities, remaining chaste and that her abilities, as a warrior, are better than any man. When she catches the attention of the Storm Deity, and refuses his offer of immortality, he punishes her by besetting fear upon her. Her comrades die when she is unable to fight. She swears she shall not return home until she proves herself worthy and she sets out on a journey of redemption.

Gareth has always hated the Upland deities. He has no use for a woman dedicated to them, and who looks better in armor than most men do. He believes his gut instinct is always right, the deities are always wrong and a woman’s place is in the home, any home but his. When the spirited woman with the iron resolve saves his life, they set out on a journey that takes them through uncharted territories where love teeters on the edge of danger.
Here is an excerpt from Amulet of Darkness.  (Warning:  Some Adult Content)

She wanted his kisses. She shouldn’t, but she did…

 “Surrender to me,” Gareth commanded, his voice low, seductive. With deliberate slowness, he nibbled his way up her throat. “Only to me.”
Her head lobbed backward, and she welcomed his lips trailing across her flesh nipping the sensitive nape of her neck. His tongue darted in her earlobe.
When she moaned, he took pleasure in the thought that this strong beautiful woman had dropped her defensives and, for the moment, needed him.
She was ripe for him, willingly unabashed to let him delve into her forbidden nectar, willing to toss everything away and give herself to him.
Would she be sorry come first morning’s light? The words seeped into his mind unbalancing him, but before he could dwell upon the thought, she cupped her hands around his neck and brought him closer. She kissed his chin, grazing a trail of kisses across his neck.
His loins swelled, hot and torturous. Every nerve sizzled.
No. Stop. What about tomorrow? 
He didn’t want to think about the future, not now, with the swell of her bosom snug against his chest, not now as her uncontrollable passion aroused his own.
“Mmm, oh yes,” she moaned as he swirled his tongue over her budded breast then grazed his teeth slightly.
He pushed his conflicted thoughts away and lost himself in the sound of her deep heady groan resonating in the back of her throat. He ran his fingers through her hair and buried his face against her neck.
The tiny boat rocked, jerking him back to reality.
No. Gareth broke from her kisses. They would live to see another day.  She had to go back to Sariel.  He had a vow to fulfill and so did she.
He studied her face swathed in the eerie glow of mysterious green light. Her eyes were wide—dreamy, her lips swollen with his kisses. He sighed. Damn Sariel. Those lips were made to be kissed.    
Cyrenne leaned forward, taunting him with her mouth.    
He wanted to gather her into his arms and make love to her beneath the mysterious lights, but he knew the minute he’d broken away, reality had taken over.
He didn’t have the heart to say the words, but she knew they were finished. Disappointment darkened her eyes and sliced his heart.
Without a word, she sat up, covered her breasts, picked up an oar and began to paddle.
And as the dark realm slid past them Gareth knew she understood.
In his heart she was his woman.
In reality she could never be.

Author Bio
 Marianne Petit is a past President of the Long Island Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Her love of writing stems back to high school. She spent hours reading Nancy Drew, Alfred Hitchcock and historical romances. At the age of fifteen, she wrote a short story for children, as well as numerous works of poetry. Her love of history stems from her father, Roger, a Frenchman, whose love of American history greatly influenced her writing interests.

She is a past President of the Melville Lions club, a service organization that raises money for the less fortunate - especially the sight and hearing impaired.
Newsday and several local newspapers have written articles on Ms. Petit and she was interviewed on TV for her time travel, A Find Through Time.

She loves to ski, raft, horseback ride, and enjoys the theater. Marianne lives on Long Island and is happily married for 34 years. She has two sons, a daughter-in-law and a new grandson.

You can visit her website at for extensive research links and excerpts of Ms. Petit’s books. 


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