Friday, November 1, 2013


Mary Wine has been a guest several times here Over Coffee. I thought it would be nice to learn a bit more about her beyond writing good stories. For one, she's a talented seamstress. You can click on any of the pictures to get a closer view of costumes made by Mary.

How has being published changed your life? In what ways?

This is going to sound strange but it’s given meaning to a large part of me that I really questioned. These stories are there, in my mind and very real to me. Being able to write them down and actually have someone else be interested in reading them is flat out….amazing. There is no way to really express to people how much of a jolt it gives me to have someone come up and talk to me about my characters. I mean, those crazy hatchlings of my imagination.

Did you try other genres before you hit with this one?

As far as romance, no. I’m the girl who waited with baited breath for Han Solo to kiss Princess Leia and snuck my first Johanna Lindsey book home from the super market when I was about thirteen. At least I thought I snuck it home. Seems that my mom knew about the book but my reading grades had always been low, so she decided that at least I was reading. I love many types of genres but that is really one of the great things about Romance, you can be writing a para-normal or a historical or a suspense.

How has associating with other writers helped you?
Mary in costume (her author pic
shows another costume)

Let’s me know that while I am insane, at least I’m not alone.

How important is belonging to a writing group, such as RWA, to an aspiring or published author?

I find it very important. I go out to my yearly conferences and do a lot of fact gathering and skill polishing. I think your writing can get stale if you don’t get out and polish up the skills.

What does your writing day look like?

I get up with the rest of the family and sit down at my desk. I feel one of the biggest mistakes writers make is forgetting to treat their writing like a job. Discipline is key.

Describe your writing space. Or, describe your DREAM writing space.

My current writing space in in my sewing room. My dream space would be far away from the living room, or as I tend to call it, the temple of the Xbox. I would like to have a bigger space but all I really need is my computer.

How do you refresh and recharge yourself so you can continue writing?

I tend to sew something between books. Working at the sewing machine sort of clears the deck it seems. If I’m having writers block, I go sew and it usually clears right up.

Paint me a picture, with words, of a perfect day?

I love cruise ships. I’ll hang out on the rail and enjoy the open ocean. Up in Alaska, the Hubbard Glacier is a favorite of mine. I’ll stand on that deck, squeezed in with three hundred other people, some of them wearing their bathrobes in an attempt to get another layer on them in the chill and listen to that glacier. It’s amazing.

Mary in Victorian dress
What’s a hobby you enjoy?  

Sewing. But in particular, I sew historical clothing. I own a bustle and wear it. I love to find pictures of clothing from eras gone by and recreate them and find reasons to wear them.

Does your hobby play into your writing?

Yes. If you’re reading one of my historical’s…I've worn those dresses.

How has your own romance colored how you write romance in your stories?

I am married to a wonderful man…who puts up with me. In fact, we met at a renaissance faire. He was in a suit of armor and I was wearing a court dress.

What temptation do you wish you could resist?

I don’t think I've ever met a cookie I didn't like.

Who is your real life hero?
Mary's husband in costume made
by Mary.

Nuns and anyone able to dedicate their life completely to helping others for no reward. Only the basics. It’s such a selfless act. I also really admire vegetarians. I wish I had the self-control to become one.

What’s the last thing that made you laugh?

Listening to my husband yell at the Xbox game he’s playing while I’m writing this. I have never played online games and it cracks me up to hear him and my sons getting so worked up….”What the hell do you mean!!!!”   “*%^$# Sniper!!!”

When’s the last time  you stop and reflected and realized you’re happy just where you are?

I do this often. I am very grateful for what I have, for every book contract I am offered and for every person who takes the time to email me.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why there?

I would love to go someplace I am not allowed. A place rich in history that perhaps isn't open to the public. Like the Tower of London, the areas not on the tour. The great pyramids of Egypt, the country is simply too unstable right now to go there. The Vatican, in the archives. I’d love to walk on the beach in the Antarctica and see the penguins, maybe I’ll get to do this one. If I were given a chance to live somewhere, I’d love to try different cultures for a few months at a time. What would it be like to be a Japanese’s woman, an Indian woman, A Greek or a hundred others. Wouldn't it be grand to experience all of these different cultures through something that we have in common like celebrating birthday parties? I think it would be smashing.

Mary, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to share a bit about yourself and your beautiful work as a seamstress!



How to Handle a Highlander (Hot Highlanders)

In a Land of Warriors Playing a Deadly Game...
Moira Fraser has been given an ultimatum—marry the elderly Laird Achaius Morris, or risk another deadly clan war. She vows to do the right thing, as long as she can steer clear of the devilish charms of one stubborn Highlander...
How Do You Avoid Becoming a Pawn? 
Gahn Sutherland knows there's a dangerous plot behind Moira Fraser's wedding, and will stop at nothing to foil it. But where a hot-headed, fiery Highland lass is involved, trust and honor clash with forbidden attraction, threatening to blow the Highland's sky-high. Excerpt


Mary Wine has written over twenty novels that take her readers from the pages of history to the far reaches of space. Recent winner of a 2008 EPPIE Award for erotic western romance, her book LET ME LOVE YOU was quoted “Not to be missed…” by Lora Leigh, New York Times best-selling author.
When she’s not abusing a laptop, she spends time with her sewing machines…all of them! Making historical garments is her second passion. From corsets and knickers to court dresses of Elizabeth I, the most expensive clothes she owns are hundreds of years out of date. She’s also an active student of martial arts, having earned the rank of second degree black belt. 
You can find Mary:,  Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter 


~Sia McKye~ said...

Mary, welcome back to Over Coffee. I did stock up on some cookies for your visit.:-)

I so enjoyed going through your Facebook photos and seeing all the fabulous costumes you've created. Your husband looks so dashing in his court costume. Thank you for sharing all that with us and another great reads set in the highlands.

Kat Sheridan said...

Those costumes are just amazing! I mean really gorgeous! I've just spent days researching late 17th century fashion and am still having an impossible time wrapping my head around it. Do you have some resources you rely on to get it right? And what the heck goes under all that? Thank you for sharing your writing life with us!

shelly said...

Love the costumes!

L.G. Smith said...

Wow, what fantastic costumes. And I LOVE that you and your husband met at a Renn Faire. How perfectly romantic and apt. :))

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Temple of the X-Box - funny!

Dawn Ryder--Mary Wine said...

Good Morning everyone...thanks so much for the wonderful comments. Kat- finding the undergarments is the hardest part and I feel, the most important. The dress will never look right if you don't. Pinhurst is a great resource, I used to rely on pictures from museums but Pinhurst is a great place to hunt for more. I also own a fair number of books and am always searching for a new one.

Sheila Deeth said...

The costumes are wonderful, and what a fun place to meet--inspiring more than fiction :)

Jo said...

Some people are so talented. I can hardly wield a needle let along make beautiful costumes; and you write books. I agree, your hubby looks very dashing in his court dress.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Mary, I do sew and have made some rather complicated things, enough to know how much work would go into one of these costumes. Kudos to you. I've made costumes for Renn faire. The hardest part was making the undergarments to make those court dresses look good. Sis and I did every thing from scratch, including the patterns. We came to the conclusion it was cooler (those court clothes are fun but, are both heavy and HOT--especially in California weather) and more fun to go as saucy wenches.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kat--I had a feeling you'd like this guest.

Alex--I snickered over that too. My son and my wants to be adopted by me kids do lots of yelling and cursing over xbox.

Jo--you are also talented. You create some beautiful dishes in your kitchen. :-)

Nick Wilford said...

Mary's work certainly sounds eclectic! Fun interview.

Talli Roland said...

That's an amazing Victorian dress! And anyone with the surname 'wine' has to be worth reading. :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

These are seriously some of the most amazing costumes I've ever seen in my life.

DEZMOND said...

ooh, a medieval delight! I love it :)