The Secret Life of a Career Wife (Author Interview)





Is The Secret Life of a Career Wife a part of a series or a complete standalone book?         
The Secret Life of a Career Wife is the sequel to The Secret Life of a Housewife. I highly suggest reading the first novel before reading the second. Otherwise, you might be a bit confused about the storyline.


How long did it take you to write The Secret Life of a Career Wife?
This novel was a weird one. I wrote it while writing The Secret Life of a Housewife. Then I stopped writing this one and rewrote the first novel then trashed pretty much 75 percent of this story and rewrote it in a month. All together it took three-years.

What inspired you when writing The Secret Life of a Career Wife?   
I was inspired to write this novel by Lisa’s character. Initially, Joyce’s story was going to be a sole project. Yet, I decided to write a little intro for The Secret Life of a Housewife in Lisa’s point of view, and that intro turned into the missing piece of Joyce’s story. Plus, Lisa’s life and secrets are worth being exposed.


Why/when did you decide to become a writer?
I’ve always loved to write. I loved it when I was in second grade, and my teacher made us create our own little books. I think I still have the book actually. That was the beginning of my love for literature. I had a few years where English was hard for me, so I did not write. But those years passed by, and I was back to doing what I love.

Writing is my escape from reality. In creating novels, I can go anywhere I want. Do anything I want. It really does give you a god-like complex because you are creating these characters whose lives are in your hands. I do like to abuse this power sometimes by killing off major characters. What can I say, I have a dark side too.


How did you come up with the story in The Secret Life of a Career Wife?
I honestly just sat down and wrote what came to mind. I tried to channel Lisa’s character. I knew she was older and had to be a Leo, so I came up with a birth date and looked up her signs. The birth chart for the time matched the personality I felt she had, so I simply stuck to it and went from there. Because I wrote Joyce’s story, I had a better understanding of who Lisa was and knew that she hid quite a few secrets.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Secret Life of a Career Wife?
The hardest part for writing Lisa’s character was, by far, channeling that dark energy. For a good majority of the novel, Lisa is depressed or doing something majorly demented. I am a happy, bubbly person, so writing for her character was a challenge. Sure, I might have a bit of a dark side but nowhere near that evil.


What do you like to do when not writing?
When I am not writing, I am working as a substitute teacher. I love it because I get to meet so many different people and have a flexible schedule. I love to hike, hang out with friends, and enjoy a night in with the husband and kitties. I love spending time with family, mother-daughter dates with my mom. I’m a very spiritual person, so I enjoy meditating and being in nature.


Where can readers find out more about your work?
All of my work can be found at: mariahrembry.com


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