Wednesday, October 2, 2019

"The Secret Life of a Career Wife" by Mariah R. Embry

Dear Readers:

Have I found the perfect fall book for you and just in time. Whew! Everyone loves a good story that picks up from a cliffhanger from the first novel, and that is precisely what I am going to introduce you to today. Today's author is Mariah R. Embry and her sequel novel "The Secret Life of a Career Wife." Read about Mariah and the book below in today's author interview section.


  1. Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
    I grew up about forty-five minutes from San Fransico. I still live in my home town, yet I don't spend much time at home. I'm always on the go, and if I am home, then I'm writing. I went to Granada High School in Livermore, CA and then Las Positas Community College, and San Jose State. Safe to say, I'm over academics and enjoy writing. When I'm not working, I like to hike, hang out with friends, family, or the husband and kitties. I'm also a very spiritual person, so I tend to meditate every night before bed.

    What inspired you to author this book?
    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.

  3. Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
    Oh gosh! I don't remember. I was fooling around in one of my classes years ago and created it. Then when I went back to it, updated it a little and yeah.

  4. Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
    I've found that my fellow writers are the greatest influence. Back in my community college days, I took a creative writing class, and they gave me fantastic feedback for The Secret Life of a Housewife. I've found that just being around other writers does wonders for my work and other's pieces too. Something about sharing that energy: also, my family and friends, the support system I have are amazing.
  5. What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
    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.
  6. Tell your readers about your book.
    The Secret Life of a Career Wife is the sequel to The Secret Life of a Housewife. It tells the same story but from Lisa's point of view. This book answers all the questions that were left unanswered in Joyce's story. Then it picks up at the major cliff hanger in the first novel.

    Both tell the story of a marriage that's headed for divorce. Lisa, a shady lawyer, finds herself losing the love of her life and tries in vain to keep her. When the distance is finally awarded to her wife, Joyce, they both find that their love overcomes all the pain they caused each other.

  7. Who is your target audience, and why?
    Anyone who likes dark romantic suspense is my target audience. This novel is not for the faint of heart.
  8. What do you consider your greatest success in life?
    I look at everything as a success; waking up, brushing my teeth, putting my shoes on the right foot. However, if I had to choose one thing in my long list of successes, I'd say publishing my novels. It's hard work creating a story and putting it out to the world to critique.
  9. What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
    Every story I tell has a bigger picture. A subliminal message, if you will. I infuse a little piece of my beliefs into my work through each character. Essentially, I put a bit of personality into my novels. What you are reading is a part of me.