As part of The Wild Rose Press Valentine's Month Blog Tour, I'm proud to present and interview of the awesome Maeve Greyson by my friend Elwood Wendie. Be sure to check out all 11 blogs on the tour and leave multiple comments to enter for a weekly prize worth $25 or a Grand Prize worth over $50. Blogs on tour are:
Meet contemporary YA an adult romance author Linda Kage at http://amielouellen.wordpress.com/
Meet contemporary, paranormal, and historical romance author Caroline Clemmons at http://authorjenniferjakes.blogspot.com/
Meet historical and paranormal romance writer Lilly Gayle at http://www.ajbooks.blogspot.com/
Meet Amie Louellen, author of fun and whimsical contemporary romance at http://lynneroberts.blogspot.com/
Meet erotic western historical author Jennifer Jakes at http://maevegreyson.blogspot.com/
Meet author AJ Nuest at http://amycorwin.blogspot.com/
Meet author Lynne Roberts at http://www.jilljameswrites.com/blog
Meet paranormal romance author Maeve Greyson at http://www.katduncan.net/writeabout
Meet author Amy Corwin at http://lindakage.blogspot.com/
Meet contemporary and paranormal romance author Jill James at http://carolineclemmons.blogspot.com/
Meet romantic suspense author Kat Duncan at http://www.lillygayleromance.blogspot.com
Who wouldn't love a sexy Scot? Check out Maeve's newest release, Beyond a Highland Whisper:
A beguiling Scot from the 1400’s, Latharn Mackay is cursed into a crystal orb when a seductive witch rages against his withheld love. But there’s hope. The woman destined for him can break the curse by whispering her love aloud. There’s just a few minor problems to overcome. Nessa is six hundred years in the future and Latharn can only visit her dreams with a silent presence. If he speaks, the curse will shatter his soul into bits. And then there’s still the matter of the sorceress. You know an enraged woman is going to have the final say…unless love proves more powerful.
The last time Latharn MacKay walked among his kinsman was in Scotland of 1410. Sensuous and charismatic, all the women wanted him, but none could capture his heart. Latharn's charm became his curse when a dark sorceress didn’t take rejection well. She snared his soul into a crystal globe until the one woman destined to be his love whispered his release. Now all Latharn has to do is find her and guide her to him without speaking a word.
One of the youngest archeologists in St Louis of 2010, Nessa credits one thing for this achievement: the recurring dream of a heart-stopping Highlander since the summer she turned eighteen years old. Little does she know, he's not some fantasy cooked up by her subconscious. He’s a trapped soul determined for Nessa to end his six centuries in hell. Can love prevail over the dark magic of a woman scorned?
Okay, Elwood the floor is all yours....!
EW: At what point in your life did you decide to take on the publishing world?
MG: Hmm...I don’t know when I actually decided to take up my shield and jump into the publishing world. I’ve always pretty much lived in an imaginary place as a means of surviving the sometimes more unpleasant aspects of reality. I finally put my daydreams to paper in an attempt to distract my mother from the dark side of her failing health. One of her last statements really stuck with me. She whispered, “I’ve never done anything worth leaving behind.” She died almost twenty years ago. I write to leave something behind.
EW: Awesome, Maeve. I applaud your transcending of earthly bounds.
How did you end up writing fiction about dark magic and curses? Do you have some skeletons in your own closet?
MG: In the closet? Are you kidding me? Closet space at my little house is at a premium. There’s LOTS more room to hide the bodies in the woods behind my house. *mwuhahaha*
What is a bit interesting is that while my brother researched our family history, he discovered that one of our ancestors burned at the stake for witchery. Don’t feel too sorry for her. It appears she’d married a gentleman with an older spinster daughter and she and stepdaughter didn’t quite mesh. According to everything my brother found, hubby must’ve always sided with daughter whenever disputes arose. So, wicked great-great-great auntie solved the problem. She served hubby a hearty stew seasoned WITH his daughter.
How do you like your meat, EW? Boiled, baked or fried? Hmm?
EW: I like my meat spit roasted (so I can SEE what I’m eating), but never immolated. Guy School Rule #7: Never Sacrifice. It's what sets us apart from the other heathens.
Were you aware of the trashy novel perception of romance when you decided to write romance and how did you plan to maintain your respectability in the face of that?
MG: Whoever said I was respectable?
EW: Atta girl! My kinda gal!
If you were a conjunction (and/or/not), which would you be and why?
MG: Definitely “or”. My husband’s most endearing request is: “Would you please make up your rabbit-ass mind?”
Of course then I just take longer to decide. J
EW: Hm...hubby needs to learn Guy School Rule #11: It's okay to think it, but be careful saying it! (Notice the exclamation point here...)
Do you use programs such as Autocritter or are you not a mere grammar mortal like the rest of us? How do you tackle grammar issues in your writing?
MG: Microsoft Word helps with grammar check and its lovely squiggles. Of course, there’s an exception to every rule and it will sometimes lead you astray. If really stumped, I’ll shoot the question out to several of the writer’s loops I’m on and there’s usually several editors willing to offer guidance.
EW: Personally, I love the squiggles.
Do you have a critique partner and how thoroughly does she review your work and wouldn't you really rather have a guy look at it?
MG: Unfortunately, I lost my critique partner and have yet to find another. No, EW. I wouldn’t rather have a guy look at it. Every time I ask a guy to look at my work, they want to know why there aren’t any pictures.
EW: I hear ya. That's what I said to Kat and she promptly gave up sending me her own work and now she just sends me the kind I really like. The ones with pictures such as Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, and Go Dog. Go!. I like Kat. She is very kind and understanding.
Why in the world would you want to join Writing with the Stars and go through all that grueling review and work and then have to beg for votes on top of it? (Someday I'll tell you about Guy School Rule#12 - The Path of Least Resistance)
MG: EW – where were you back in July when I needed you? Trust me. I had no idea Writing with the Stars was going to be this wild roller coaster ride. I actually entered my manuscript on the very last day they were accepting entries. I clearly remember thinking, “What the heck? Can’t hurt. Maybe I’ll get some good feedback.” I NEVER dreamt I’d final and survive this many rounds. And I’m really not good at pleading for votes. Kind of rubs my fur the wrong way because I’m afraid I’m getting on people’s nerves. But it’s been a great experience and I’ve met some wonderful folks. Whether I manage to take home the win or not, it’s been a positive experience.
EW: Good thing I'm a guy and therefore, lazy.
Thanks for joining me for an interview. Good luck with Eternity's Mark and with your upcoming release from The Wild Rose Press!
MG: Thank you, EW. I’ve enjoyed chatting with you. You’re all right…no matter what Kat says about you. ;-)
Kat: No, Maeve he really isn't! Don't encourage him...! Thanks for visiting WriteAbout today, Maeve! Look for Maeve on the web:
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