EXPENDABLE | The Wild Rose Press | Romantic Suspense | eBook Aug. 12, 2011 | Print Out Now
After a bitter fight, Jenna Mosier's pregnant sister ran away. Now, ten years later, Tanya is dead-murdered. A bloody note clutched in her hand pleads for someone to rescue her baby-a child Jenna must find to make up for not saving her sister.
Former Marine Reed Adler thought he left danger behind when he retired from Special Ops command. But faced with a dead body and a terrified ten-year-old boy in his backyard-and a mesmerizing woman who's tied to both-Reed finds himself pulled into his most complex mission yet.
Ensnared in a dangerous mystery involving biogenetics research and children with no identities, Jenna and Reed must rely on each other for survival. Yet the closer they get to danger, the more intense their feelings for each other become. The cost of saving her nephew may be their hearts.and their lives.
Please tell us your latest news!
It's a banner publishing year for me. My SF with romantic elements, ETERNITY, was released in May. Now my romantic suspense is out, EXPENDABLE, and in September and October the first two books in my Sweetwater Canyon series will come out--UNDERTONES and HEALING NOTES. Exciting stuff!
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Gosh I have a lot of favorites, but I'll talk about two who write romantic suspense. One is Roxanne St. Claire. I think I've read every one of her books. What I love about her writing is that I get really invested in the characters early on, so I'm rooting for them all the way through. I also love that she has the perfect balance of exciting, page-turning action with really sexy, intimacy building.
The other favorite I have is Terri Reed. She writes romantic suspense with an inspirational twist. Her books are just as much of a page turner (I usually read them in one sitting) but I like that they have a good faith element as well. I have a lot to learn from both of these authors.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It started in fourth grade. We were all asked to write a patriotic piece about America and what it means to us for a national contest. I think all fourth graders around the country participated and the schools forwarded them to somewhere in Washington D.C. Somehow I won 3rd place in the contest. My elementary school held a big assembly and presented me with a certificate and had me read my story. Needless to say, I loved all the attention. I'm sure that was the spark of interest in writing.
What main genre do you write in?
Please describe your writing environment.
One of the bedrooms in our house serves an office for my husband during the day and for my writing at night. It has a view of the street so we can surely see if the Dream House people are going to knock on our door. :)
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
I've been very fortunate in that my husband has been my best supporter. He has not complained (too much) about the money I've spent over the last seven years attending workshops and conferences to learn to be a better writer, or the subscriptions to keep on top of the market. When I sold to a small press I thought he would be disappointed because I wasn't going to get the big advance. But he was just as excited as if I'd sold to Random House. He took me to dinner and he tells everyone we see that I've sold. When my first author copy book came in the mail he hugged me really tight and told me how proud he was of me and how much he loved me. I am truly, truly blessed.
Do you have any other author names? If so, what are they and what's different about what you write under each name.
I do have a different name for my YA novels. It is Maggie Faire. I am just finishing up my first YA novel, an urban fantasy, and already have three editors interested in seeing it. So, I'm hopeful this name will become well known too. My YA website is http://maggiefaire.com
Do you like to mix genres?
I have always naturally mixed genres from the beginning of my writing. I started off writing and publishing science fiction short stories, so it is natural that futuristic elements would appear in my romances. EXPENDABLE has a near future twist because of the biogenetic aspect. My contemporary series is a cross between romance and women's fiction. Fortunately, Kristin Hannah gave me a name for that--romantic women's fiction.
What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?
I'm just finishing Terri Reed's INNOCENT WITNESS and have to say this is the best she's ever written. I started it on the treadmill (where I get most of my reading done because it's the only time outside of my day job when I'm not writing). I was turning the pages so fast, that I almost worked into a jog to keep up. She portrays the autistic son very well. I've worked with autistic children before, and she has him pegged. I'm also in love with the hero, which exactly what I expect in a good book.
Tell us all about "The Call" or "The Email"!
I was at a writer's retreat in Colorado with six other romance writers and led by Margie Lawson. I remember I was working on the opening to my YA novel and we had taken a break, so we all jumped on our emails (cell phones were iffy up in the mountains so we all relied on email for contact) I saw the offer in the email and blinked a couple of times to make sure I wasn't seeing things. I had been trying to sell for six years, and had written four previous novels to that one, so I was in such shock I could barely move.
I don't know how long it was until I spoke, very calmly to the group. I said, "Um, I have something to share. I just got my first offer to buy my book." The group looked at me for a moment in stunned silence, then almost in unison they shouted "MAGGIE!!!!! Why aren't you jumping up and down and screaming?" I think I was somehow afraid if I looked away from the computer that it wouldn't be true. :)
At the end of the retreat they celebrated by spraying me with silly string.
What inspires your writing?
I get inspired mostly by questions. Sometimes they are questions about myself and at other times they are questions about what is happening our world. For example, the idea of biogenetics research and missing children was a mashup of questions that were in the news. When I was writing EXPENDABLE, the controversy over stem cell research was very strong. At the same time I watched a documentary on children who were bought and sold in other countries. I'm always very concerned about the powerlessness of children and how their plight is easy to ignore. My mind put the two together to form the foundation for EXPENDABLE
Thanks so much for having me. These are great questions.