Hi Maxine! Welcome back to my humble abode :) I am happy to have you here to help celebrate your new release. Love your cover, it's gorgeous!
Thank you Rachel for having me. It is such a treat to be featured on your Blog.
1: When and why did you decide you wanted to be a published author?
For as long as I can remember, I have written stories and developed characters and plots in my head. But the desire to actually be published? That came about twelve years ago when I was going through a very difficult time in my life, and it was the stories I read that took me away and gave me peace of mind for awhile. I decided then, that I wanted to do for others what had been done for me.
2: What is the best and worse thing you have learned from an editor/agent?
I think the best thing I have learned is that when the book is done the book is done and you have to let it go. That was a hard lesson for me. Left to my own devices, I would rewrite forever. Thank god for an editor who keeps me in check. The worst thing I ever learned was the bad habit of eating my meals at the computer screen just like a lot of my fellow authors do. You have no idea how many keyboards I’ve destroyed with soda.
3: Favorite author/s?
Wow, there are so many. I love love love Julia Quinn, Monica McCarty, and Tessa Dare, for their historicals. Lizbeth Selvig and Jennifer Bernard for their contemporaries, Donna Grant for her paranormals, Tam Linsey for her Scifi, Susan Collins for her YA Huger Games, and Rollins for Harry Potter. I love books, all genres, all lengths, all types. I just want to hug them and squeeze them.
4: What is your typical day?
I’m not sure I have a typical day. I work three twelve hour night shifts a week at a job that has nothing to do with writing. And no, I’m not a prostitute, but I sure wouldn’t mind interviewing one for love scene variety. My imagination only goes so far these days.
5: Share your blurb or short excerpt from your latest release with us
Served: Beach volleyball player Sam Waterson knows he made a mistake--a really big one--three years ago when paparazzi interrupted his jubilant celebration with sexy Carlos Delacruz, the love of Sam's life, and with their ménage partner Drew Eversly...and Sam blamed the public exposure on the wrong man. But fate has given him a second chance to prove his prowess on the sun-baked beach volleyball court and at loving the sensual man who has unknowingly held his heart. Can he--or Carlos or Drew--win a spot on the team? But even beyond sweating it out on the court and regaining the spot they had to forfeit three years ago, can Sam win back Carlos's heart? Sam needs to show Carlos that he can spike and score where it counts...between the sheets.
6: Who would you cast to play your hero & heroine in a movie?
Well, it’s all hero’s and no heroine so if I could have my pick for the main character Sam who is a cowboy from Montana I’d so pick Channing Tatum. For his saucy Puerto Rican partner Carlos from New York I’d choose Joaquin Phoenix. And for their ménage partner Drew who is an artist from San Francisco, I’d have to go with Liam Hemsworth. Wouldn’t watching those three together make your mouth water and your knees quiver?
7: Did you plan this book? Or write it as it came?
There was a call out at The Wild Rose Press for Boys of Summer stories and so I plotted out Served, my beach volleyball story (because I am a complete and total plotter) and submitted it. I had never written a male/male story before, let alone male/male/male. It was a unique challenge, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
8: What surprised you the most when you became a published?
I think what surprised me the most was how much things changed yet stayed the same. Over was the waiting for edits (for this book anyway) and the waiting for promo opportunities, blogs, sales reports, and deadlines for the next book began. At the same time, my grandchildren keep me very grounded. They don’t care what I write or how many books I have out, as long as Nana can afford to take them to McDonalds for lunch once in awhile. We all must have priorities I suppose.
9:Do you have a dedicated writing space? What does it look like?
I actually have a very nice office with a computer in it and everything. Do I actually write there? Nope, I prefer to write on my laptop at the dinning room table or relaxing in my (Barbara Cartland) style chase lounge.
10: What’s next for you?
The second in my erotic fantasy series is do out this fall. Tempted by the Storm: Lark has always been just the younger sister of Princess Aryanna. Never quite as pretty, or as smart, or as anything. A chance encounter with the handsome high elf, Prince Sarco Sunwalker, while at Carnalval, changes her entire world. How can fate be so unkind as to destine the one and only man in all of Albrath Lark could ever love, to be the self same man who must marry her sister because of an eight-hundred year old prophecy? Or is it fate at all? When this barbarian princess and elfin wizard are once more thrown together at The Academy of Magical Arts, lightning strikes, and thunder roars as they are both Tempted by the Storm. If you enjoyed Touched by the Magic, you will certainly like Tempted by the Storm.
Served can be found at: http://www.wilderroses.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=86&products_id=887 also at amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and where ever e-books are sold
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Thanks for being here, Maxine - I have to ask...where did the Twitter name come from? LOL!!!